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There's plenty of truth, justice and the American way sewn into these costumes. But there's more to this movie than typical save-the-world positivity. "At its heart, I saw The Incredibles as a story about a family learning to balance their individual lives with their love for one another," says director Brad Bird. And the end result lives up to Bird's vision. Mr. Incredible's grandest superpower is his ability to love his wife and kids. Vainly attempting to convince Elastigirl to stay in a safe place during the story's climactic battle, he tells her he's strong enough to risk taking on the baddies alone, but he'll never be strong enough to bear it if she's killed. "If we work together," she retorts, "you won't have to be." Realizing that his drive to do superhero-type things almost cost him his family, Mr. Incredible informs them, "You are my greatest adventure, and I almost missed it."
Dash and Violet are pretty keen on family bonds, too, agreeing that death itself might be preferable to their parents getting divorced. The pair bicker and fight as young siblings are wont to do, but they readily stick up for each other and watch each other's backs. Helen shows the strength of character it takes for a parent to apologize to her kids when she's done the wrong thing, letting Violet know that she's sorry for wrongly pressuring her to suddenly become super-proficient with her superpower. Executive producer John Lasseter calls the Parrs a "superhero family trying to do what all families try to do—make one another happy."