If you saw Incredibles 2 opening weekend or have at least seen the Incredibles 2 trailer, you probably already know it but if not, I’m going to tell you anyway…
Jack Jack has powers!
Powers plural. As in so many powers it was hard to keep track of all of them.
But what you don’t see on screen is how hard it was for animators to create and animate all of those powers.
During my recent visit to Pixar Animation Studios, I had the chance to listen to members of the Pixar Animation and Effects team talk about how all of the challenges that came along with Jack Jack’s powers.
I received an all-inclusive trip to Pixar and a sneak peek at what’s coming for Pixar Fest as part of the Incredibles 2 event in exchange for my honest opinions. This post also contains affiliate links
Fun Facts about Jack Jack in Incredibles 2
Here are a few of my favorite moments from that presentation including details about one power that the effects team really wanted to make work but couldn’t and had to finally hand back over to the animation team. You can get more fun facts about Incredibles 2 here!
Who Voices Jack Jack in Incredibles 2?
One of the things you’ll notice quickly about Jack Jack is that he talks but doesn’t say any words. Funny enough, Jack Jack’s sounds are all recorded sounds from Supervising Animator Tony Fucile’s baby from back when they were working on the original Incredibles movie. Tony followed his son around with a tape recorder and used actual baby sounds to voice Jack Jack in both the original The Incredibles and in Incredibles 2.
That’s why Jack Jack’s voice sounds like an actual baby and reflects real baby sounds! And that kid might be one of the youngest voice actors ever.
It Took a Lot of Work to Make Jack Jack Not Scary
One of the most challenging things for the animators and effects team was making sure that Jack Jack’s powers didn’t look scary. They didn’t want to frighten kids (or adults for that matter).
I’m pretty sure Chucky was referenced at some point.
To stick with the funny/cute look, they decided that Jack Jack needed to be the source of the fire, not actually burning. And since he’s the source and not being burned, his fire power wouldn’t come with any consequences of fire like smoke, embers, etc.
The teams tested out a bunch of things before the final look came together, a look you can see in the trailer below!
The Goo Power Wasn’t an Effect After All
Another one of Jack’s many powers in the movie is a “goo power,” which basically is Jack turning gummy. It’s actually one of the powers that Brad Bird mentioned he wanted in the original movie, but they couldn’t make it work.
The effects team tried and tried to come up with a way to make the power work as an effect but everything they tried just looked creepy.
Eventually they handed the power back to animation who is responsible for the goo “effect,” one of my favorite powers of Jack Jack’s! Check out this behind the scenes concept art showcasing Jack Jack’s powers!
How Many Total Powers Does Jack Jack Have?
We asked the effects team about the total numbers of powers Jack Jack has in the movie, and they answered six or seven. And that doesn’t include Jack Jack’s changing to metal power that was seen in The Incredibles, that power kind of disappeared in the sequel.
The animation and effects team counted six or seven, but I counted nine, and this article about Jack Jack’s powers came up with 14. But I think that’s a bit of a stretch because some of their descriptions are the same power just manifested in different ways. At least I think so.
Bonus – Jack Jack’s Costume Fun Facts
And one bonus fun fact – as I mentioned in my write-up of Incredibles 2 costume designs, Jack Jack is dressed when Helen Parr is around and in a diaper with Bob Parr when Elastigirl is off saving the world, other than during this bedtime scene.
Until Jack Jack meets Edna of course. And that my friends might be the best combination of characters ever in the history of animation.
About Incredibles 2
In Incredibles 2, Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) is called on to lead a campaign to bring Supers back, while Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson) navigates the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life at home with Violet (voice of Sarah Vowell), Dash (voice of Huck Milner) and baby Jack-Jack—whose super powers are about to be discovered. Their mission is derailed, however, when a new villain emerges with a brilliant and dangerous plot that threatens everything. But the Incredibles don’t shy away from a challenge, especially with Frozone (voice of Samuel L. Jackson) by their side. That’s what makes this family so Incredible.
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