Updated: Jun 28, 2021
It's hard, being a parent and a spouse. raising kids, making enough money for your family, and all the while, maintaining some semblance of normalcy. So, imagine if not only you and your spouse are superheroes, but your three kids are super-powered, and you're trying to make ends meet! Amid struggling to adapt to a new society where being a Super is banned. In this addition of Bad-Ass Fantasy Parents, we're talking about Bob and Helen Parr, otherwise known as Mr. Incredible and Elasti-Girl.
(Playful banter...aka flirting)
Early in their superhero career, Mr. Incredible and Elasti-Girl fell in love and got married, unbeknownst that the government would pass a law banning vigilantes. Being forced into retirement, Bob and Helen had to find a new way to live in society. in addition to having three kids (two of them having superpowers, and both in school.) They basically had to juggle suppressing their gifts while raising their family. In the first movie, this was incredibly (Sorry, had to! Lol) difficult for Bob, who wanted to relive the glory days of stopping crime, being remembered as a hero, instead of being a lowly insurance accountant. He still helps people, by giving advice on how to avoid legal loopholes every now and then. But that wasn’t enough. Once he got his chance to go back to the way things were, Bob jumped right back into his tights. After a cool training montage, of course.
(Getting rid of the infamous dad-bod)
Helen, meanwhile, has adjusted to life as a housewife and mother. Picking up the kids from school, cooking dinner, and making sure that Bob remembers why they’re retired and why they had to relocate so many times. It’s because of Bob being reluctant to let go of his glory days as a superhero. Eventually, Bob gets his act together, after escaping from a villain of his own making, named Syndrome. Bob realizes that his family is his greatest power.
Fast forward to The Incredibles 2, where immediately after the Parr family is arrested for vigilantism, broke and now homeless, Bob and Helen must find a way to provide for their family. Fortunately, an opportunity arrives when an independent corporation wants to try to make supers legal again. When the heads of Deav-tech, Winston and Evelyn want the front-runner of their plan to reinstate supers to be Helen, both she and Bob are surprised. Bob, because in his mind, he is the ideal super. Strong, tough, experienced, the typical male heroic type. But when explained that Helen was more suited for the job, due to her skillset and being way less destructive when on patrol, she’s taken aback. Helen, too, wants to go back to being a super. But her family comes first. And this is where we see the difference between the two. Whereas Bob would drop everything to put the mask back on, Helen mulls it over, thinking about her kids adjusting to school and a new-born. Bob puts his pride aside, and encourages Helen to go for it, taking up the responsibilities of home.
(Yeah, Bob. Way better. The city can’t keep spending billions on property damage!)
So, their roles reversed, Bob being the stay-at-home dad, Helen as the bread-winner, they soon learn to be careful what they wish for. Helen adjusts to being not only a super, but the face as a new campaign for the public to trust supers, utilizing excellent detective work and gaining a new arch-nemesis in The Screenslaver. Bob on the other hand is struggling to help his son Dash with math, trying to help Violet with her kind-of boyfriend (Bob had the poor guy’s mind erased) while dealing with her own struggles as a older teenager, and finding out the hard way that Jack-Jack has powers, all the while trying to maintain his sanity. Eventually, he cracks, realizing that it’s perhaps not as easy as Helen makes it. With the help of best friend Fro-Zone and Edna Mode, Bob gets some rest and settles into his new role. Oh, let's not forget that new-born Jack-Jack's powers have fully developed! So on top of everything else, Bob has to care for a moody infant with god-like powers!
It’s been proven that while formidable alone, Mr. Incredible and Elasti-Girl together are a force to be reckoned with. Whether fighting crime, relearning how to be supporting spouses or parents, Bob and Helen continue their quest for truth, justice and hope. And more parents need to learn from them.
(Stronger together, indeed.)
Updated: Jun 28, 2021
I was still in middle school when I was introduced to Anime. Like many my age, kids were introduced to the new genre of animated cartoons, such as Pokemon, Digimon and many others. The first anime that I remember was called The Guyver.
When I first saw it, my young mind was like, I asked myself "What in the world is this? Why is there so much blood? You can cuss in cartoons?! And why is this so…..amazing?!" A few years later, I was introduced to Cartoon Network's new lineup in the afternoon called Toomani. It mainly focused on cartoons made from Japan, but dubbed in English. Shows like Tenchi Muyo, Outlaw Star, Gundam Wing, Sailor Moon, Ronin Warriors, and of course, Dragonball Z.
Flash forward to today, amine is still going on strong. Adult Swim is back, after fans petitioned for it (another post for another time), and everyone has their favorite series. Whether it’s One Punch Man, Naruto, Beserk, Death Note, and other shows. Even DragonBall has made a return with three movies (Battle of The Gods, Ressurection F, and DragonBall Super: Broly.) and a new series. But, what I love the most about anime, is that there is something for everyone. If seeing characters blow up planets isn’t your brand of cognac, there are plenty of shows and movies that you should try. Spirited Away, Akira, Jin-roh, any of the Gundam spin-offs, Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo, My Hero Academia. The choices are almost endless. So, hopefully, during this seemingly infinite quarantine period in life, reading this will inspire you to explore a new kind of storytelling that may surprise you.
(P.S, Cowboy Bebop has one of the dopest soundtracks I have ever heard. Facts…)