Two Reasons why The Incredibles is Incredible:
1. The Parr family is less 'American Beauty' and more 'Little House on the Prairie'. Bob Parr is no clumsy lout or second-rate oaf. He is a strong, capable and manly man, who takes his role as his family's protector and provider with absolute seriousness. He bears a strong sense of justice, right and responsibility. Helen Parr, for her part, is a supportive and nurturing wife and (stay-at-home) mother, who sees her primary task as ensuring her family's protection and thriving. But when her family is endangered, she is a lioness, and no man or beast can stand in her way. Both parents strike a fine balance between disciplining and protecting their children, yet also creating an environment where they can exercise and refine their own talents and gifts, each contributing to the greater good of the family and community. The children learn that their own thriving is facilitated not by setting themselves against their parents, but by exercising their gifts in service to one another. The villian in the story is a sordid youth who uses his talents to further his own self-advancement and egoism; the Parr family emerges from their adventure more closely bound together. Even the baby is not excluded: he gets to deal the death blow to the bad guy.
2. Lest I give the impression that The Incredibles is a parenting movie: Despite being an animated feature film (which I, as a rule, depise), it is packed to overflowing with action, violence, and arbitrary killing, from the opening machine-gun car chase, to the closing scene where the villain is sucked into a jet turbine. Jamie like. Jamie like very much (though children, of course, should stay far away).