Jack (Jack) of All Trades! – The Scoop on the Youngest Parr’s Powers

At the #Incredibles2Event, I learned all about the character on everyones mind- Jack Jack! In the Incredibles 2, Jack Jack’s powers become more visible and an important part of the story! Bob Parr (Mr. Incredible) is having a more difficult time than most stay-at-home dads because of Jack Jacks unpredictable and dangerous powers! Read more to learn about how Supervising Animator Tony Fucile, Effects Supervisor Bill Watral and Effects Artist Jason Johnston brought Jack Jack and his powers to life in the Incredibles 2!


Jack Jack in the First Movie

In the first Incredibles movie, the Parr family was unaware that the youngest of the crew, Jack Jack, had powers at all. Violet even said that Jack Jack was the only “normal one” in the family! However, Jack Jack was giving his poor babysitter, Kari, one heck of a hard time while they were off saving the planet! 

Jack Jack was actually voiced by Supervising Animator Tony Fucile’s son, Eli! Fucile followed Eli around the house recording any “cute and weird noises” the baby would make! Since Eli was only 2 during the production in the first movie, fourteen years later he is not the voice of Jack Jack for the second film!

Concept art by Teddy Newton. ©2018 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.
Concept art by Evan Bonifacio. ©2018 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

Jack Jacks Powers

Jack Jack can do pretty much anything. His powers include (so far!!): shooting lasers out of his eyes, levitating, teleporting, Mr. Incredible worthy strength, transfiguration (into anything it seems), walk (I guess crawl or levitate actually) through walls, and he can even turn into a little devil (literally!!). Jack Jack is the most difficult baby to ever take care of in the history of ever I think! 

Concept art by Ralph Eggleston. ©2018 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

His Look

Animators wanted to make sure Jack Jack looked like he did in the first film, but also wanted to bring in all the new technology available that was not around in 2004. To keep him consistent, animators wanted to make sure to keep Jack Jack “still round and fat” and extremely cute! They kept the mid-century look of the first film and made sure he was not realistically proportioned and still adorable.

Burn, baby, burn!

One of Jack Jack’s more notable powers is his ability to light himself on fire. Effects Artist Jason Johnston explained the challenges and processes involved with animating a baby that can light himself on fire! Jack Jack lit himself on fire in the first movie when he was with babysitter Kari, and the effects team wanted to keep that look of the fire, but revamp it!

To recreate that look, the team started work on different ways to have Jack Jack use that power. The first draft was a bit scary, and supervising animator was quick to remind the team that Jack Jack is not on fire, he is the source of the fire! This means there would be no smoke or embers coming from Jack Jack at all. He can set things on fire that will burn, but he never will! The team had to go through a few tries before ultimately changing his skin color and eyes and creating the final look.

Some powers didn’t make the cut!

One power that animators wanted Jack Jack to have was the ability to turn into “goo”! The idea was that Jack Jack could transform himself into a honey-like substance. The team tried this idea for the first movie, but the technology just wasn’t there. This time around however, animators decided that the goo power was just too gross! They spent weeks trying to come up with ways to make it look cool, but it did not make the cut for the second movie. Fucile said that they tried out tons of ideas for Jack Jacks powers, but some “frankly just looked creepy” for a baby!



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