Thursday, April 10, 2014

#MagicalBlogorail Green: Bob and Helen Parr


Welcome to the first stop aboard Magical Blogorail Green. Enjoy the ride as we share our ideal Disney couple or the couple we relate to the most.

There are so many fabulous Disney couples out there.  I have a lot of favorites based on story line, a happy ending, a great scene or just because "I like them!"  But when I started thinking about who I related to the most, it got a bit harder.  I thought about several couples and even looked back at the Magical Blogorail's Favorite Disney Couples Series.  But it wasn't until I looked through our collection of Disney movies that I realized which couple I related to the most...
Bob and Helen Parr 
also known as Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl.

In the movie, The Incredibles, Bob and Helen fell in love when they were "practicing" Superheroes.  Soon after they were married, the US Government outlawed "Supers" and it was illegal for Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl to be Superheroes.   This resulted in them being regular US citizens known as Bob and Helen Parr.  Bob worked as an insurance salesman while Helen stayed home with their three kids, Violet, Dash and Jack-Jack.  By the end of the movie, Bob and Helen are able to be Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl again, along with their children possessing their 
own superpowers: Violet can produce force-fields and become invisible, Dash has the ability to run as fast as lightning, and Jack-Jack can transform into other things such as fire, lead and monsters.

When looking at this family's superpowers, I can totally relate!   Here is a quote from the Pixar web site
"The Parr family's superpowers were based on their personalities.  As a dad, Bob had to be the strong one.  Mom Helen had to handle being pulled in all directions.  Violet, the insecure teen, doesn't want people to look at her.  Dash represents a typical hyperactive boy.  And baby Jack-Jack is all about undiscovered potential."
I know most dads try to be the "strong one."  That is true at our house.  Most moms feel they are being pulled in all directions- true again.  As for the kids, our 13 year old, JAG, is not insecure, but few teens want too much attention on them.  C-man is very full of energy, like Dash, but not quite hyperactive.  And yes, Big E is still a toddler and his potential is being discovered daily!  

While the Parr's have problems, like every couple or family in real life, they still place a huge importance on family.  In The Incredibles, Bob finally realizes after almost losing his family, that his real source of power comes from his extraordinary family.  My family is the most important thing on this Earth to me.  My husband and kids are my daily source of power and the things that keep me going day to day.  

At the end of the movie, there is a dialog between Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl.  Bob, Mr. Incredible, wants Helen, Elastigirl, to wait with the kids and stay hidden while he goes in to fight the bad guy.  Elasitgirl's response is, "And I'm telling you, not a chance.  You're my husband.  I'm with you... for better or worse."   After some arguing, Mr. Incredible finally admits he doesn't want his wife or family to help him fight because he's not strong enough to handle the pain of losing his family.  Her response is, "If we work together, you won't have to be."  

I love this dialog!  It's so true.  When couples or families work together for better or worse, you don't have to be "strong enough."  It's this reminder from Bob and Helen that makes me relate to them the most.  Our relationship is about working together, being a team and sticking with it for better or worse!  

Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is Heidi's Head.

Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:


2nd Stop ~ Heidi's Head
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4th Stop ~ Return to Disney

18 comments:

  1. What an amazing post Beth! I can totally relate to everything you've said here, such great insights on this Incredible family.

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    1. Thanks Donna kay! It was a fun post to write. they are a great family! :)

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  2. What a great post to start off with, Beth! Thanks for sharing it with us. I'll admit that I never was a big fan of The Incredibles movie, but you've given me a new reason to look into it more. Do you see yourself as the modern day Helen Parr?

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    1. haha!! Sometimes when i feel I'm being pulled in 100 different directions, I do feel like Helen.... sometimes when I look in the mirror, I feel my body shape is similar too! ;)

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  3. I'm with Mike - this wasn't my favorite Disney movie either, but I love that ending dialog too. Marriage and family is all about being stronger than you could ever be on your own, and facing life's craziness together!

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  4. Great post to start off our loop!! I love your choice!! The Incredibles is such a great movie about the "power" of family!

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    1. I agree James! I really enjoyed this movie and look forward to the next one!

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  5. What a great article! I've never really thought about that conversation much, but you are right. It is a great reminder to us all!

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    1. absolutely! Many times when I slow down to really pay attention to things being said in Disney movies, there are lots of great reminders! :)

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  6. This is such a poignant perspective on not just this movie, but about family life and the support we all hope we give (and take). You ARE Mrs. Incredible Beth!!

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    1. AWW! thanks! There is always so much to learn from all the Disney movies!

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  7. That's great, Beth! I know I can certainly relate to those personalities too. I wish I had the superpowers to go along with it :)

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    1. me too!! I could do so much more! :)

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  8. You are most definitely Mrs. Incredible, Beth! What a great post and what fabulous thoughts on a Disney couple that you can relate to. I really enjoyed reading this post. If you, as a Mom, could choose any super power, which would you choose?

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    1. Is adding more hours to a day a super power!? That's what I'd like... but I'd also like the power to be invisible! :)

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  9. I agree with this family - I just heard those descriptions a few weeks ago for the first time and it really does work perfectly!

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    1. I think most families can relate to this!!

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