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What's Shocking About The Incredibles?

The supervillain is, almost undeniably, a combination of Harry Knowles and Drew McWeeny… and I don’t mean in a “he reminds of them” way.

Syndrome, voiced by Jason Lee, has Harry’s hair, albeit the supervillain version, and in a short way, Drew’s body, Harry’s head shape and Drew’s mouth… and a strange, almost inexplicable combination of their energies.

And on top of that, Syndrome is the self-proclaimed “ultimate fan.”

Strange feeling watching that…

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8 Responses to “What's Shocking About The Incredibles?”

  1. Nick says:

    That would certainly explain why they’re always shitting themselves in their desire to see it, as they mention every time in their postings on the movie. This in addition to the usual Pixar worship! Well, hell, to be fair; if I was comic-loving movie-über-geek and Pixar even remotely based one of their characters on me, my brain would probably fry too.
    But it’s going to be fun as hell reading the talkback reaction on their homepage, if it’s, one way or another, confirmed. Even better: reading how Harry tries to come off as humbled and surprised. That guy always comes off losing it in the public eye, one way or another.

  2. bicycle bob says:

    drews mouth? who would know that?

  3. Lee says:

    Now I have one more reason to look forward to the film. Between it, The Life Aquatic, and Mar adentro, I’m going nuts waiting for the weeks to pass…

  4. killeridea says:

    Is his supervillian power the ability to sell bootleg movies while at the same time ranting about how movie piracy is ruining Hollywood?

  5. bicycle bob says:

    the aicn is the most hypocritical site on the web. they don’t even have “cool news” anymore. its all about debunking others gossip and making sure they get movie deals out of it.

  6. Martin says:

    Why would a Knowles/Mcweeny composite supervillain make you excited about seeing this piece of crap? And do those guys have any legitimacy at all anymore as movie critics? They’re like the Weekly World News, not even the Enquirer anymore.

  7. Mark says:

    What studio head gives these guys a deal? For what?

  8. Creford says:

    How wonderful it is! Today, I had seen the film – “The Incredibles” this afternoon, My father also had seen this film in this evening. This cartoon movie is powered by Disney-Pixar.
    In this film, I love the people’s sensation, scene, bugbears. The scene is so sublime.
    With the great imagination.

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