The Incredibles Conflict Theory
May 2, 2013
The Incredibles (2004)
A movie by Pixar, The Incredibles was very well thought of by audiences. In 2005, it won an Academy Award for "Best Animated Feature Film of the Year" beating the movies "Shark Tale" and "Shrek 2". The film starts off as an interview with three superheroes known as Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl, and Frozone talking about why they have secret identity. They all love their role as superheroes and enjoy helping people. While the start doesn't necessarily show conflict it does provide the audience of some tension by having Elastigirl mention that she fights crime because it's typically a male only thing, and she doesn't believe that men should be the only ones able to save the
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This conflict is very much related to power and power currencies as Mr. Incredible has the power. The boy claims he is Incrediboy and wants to be his sidekick. After admitting he knows all his moves, crime fighting style, favorite catchphrases, and also is his number one fan, the young boy is ejected from the car and Mr. Incredible flies off down the street telling him he's just a fan boy. While it is a short conflict, power is a clear perspective that starts the plot of the movie. "Just as energy is a fundamental concept in physics, power is a fundamental concept in conﬂict theory. In interpersonal and all other conﬂicts, perceptions of power are at the heart of any analysis. Hundreds of deﬁnitions of power tend to fall into three camps. Power is seen as (1) designated (power given by your position), (2) distributive (either/or power), or (3) integrative (both/and power). Designated power comes from your position, such as being a manager, the mother or father of a family, or the leader of a team. Your power is conferred by the position you hold." (Wilmot, p. 103) By this definition Mr. Incredible got his power in a designated way, as he is looked to as a leader and as a role model to many especially to the younger boy. He essentially gave Mr. Incredible power over him simply by admiring him so greatly and admitting that he was his biggest fan.
One of the ways that the younger boy could of