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Annecy to Screen ‘Incredibles 2,’ Honor Director Brad Bird

Film’s French premiere slated for June 15, with an honorary Cristal Award to be presented to Bird for his acclaimed work. 

Pixar’s ‘Incredibles 2’ will have its France debut June 15 at the Annecy International Animation Festival.

ANNECY, FRANCE -- Pixar will again play a prominent role at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival, with the France premiere of Incredibles 2 and an honorary Cristal Award for its director, Brad Bird.

Bird is an exceptionally talented American director, screenwriter and producer. He has written and directed three major animated movies which unmistakably left their imprint on our culture: The Iron Giant, which won a BAFTA Award; and the Pixar films The Incredibles, which won the best animated feature and the best sound-editing Oscars, and Ratatouille, which also won the best animated feature Oscar.

Brad Bird

Bird will be at the Annecy festival this year to present his brand new film, Incredibles 2, which will be released July 4 in France. 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 and baby Jack-Jack -- whose superpowers 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 Parrs don’t shy away from a challenge, especially with Frozone by their side. That’s what makes this family so Incredible.

The France premiere of Incredibles 2 will be June 15 with a subtitled version at Annecy in the presence of the film’s producers and Bird. The film is produced by John Walker (The Incredibles) and Nicole Grindle (Sanjay’s Super Team, Toy Story 3 associate producer).

Additionally, the festival has announced the sixth edition of the Disney Art Challenge. This year’s challenge asks the students of the RECA Schools to imagine “the daily life of a family of superheroes,” a theme directly inspired by Incredibles 2. The announcement of the winners and the prize giving will be held in Annecy.

Source: Annecy International Animation Festival

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Tom McLean has been writing for years about animation from a secret base in Los Angeles.