With the studio's 13th feature on the way we take stock of the studio's best
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9. "The Incredibles" (Brad Bird, 2004)
When I saw Brad Bird’s follow-up to "The Iron Giant" in the fall of 2004, I must say I wasn't as enthused as most. Pixar’s sixth feature, "The Incredibles," was so hellbent on being an action fun-fest that the thematic virtues couldn’t poke through to the surface. The result was a somewhat long-winded (the film clocks in at 115 minutes, short of "Cars" by 60 seconds) exercise in exploiting the senses. There’s nothing particularly wrong with that, of course, but it's never quite registered as high for me as it has for others. I still enjoy it very much, and seeing Bird's transition to live action has been quite exciting.