Movie animator Pixar’s determination to be original and ambitious in its projects has certainly not been affected by teaming up with Disney. Indeed, their latest collaborations must provide many a challenge to Feld Entertainment - the company which regularly transforms these adventures into entertaining ice shows - and The Incredibles is no exception.
In bringing this super hero family to life on the ice, the same old Feld flair is there to see, although it has to be said that the production, and occasionally the skaters, do stumble along the way.
Fans of The Incredibles film could even be disappointed, as only elements of the original pop up in an adventure which sees the supers in their everyday personas attempting to have a low key holiday in Disneyland. Alas, when villainous Syndrome invades the Magical Kingdom, kidnapping Mickey and Minnie Mouse along the way, the supers must don their Lycra again.
This is a clever and often humorous alternative to the movie plot from creative director Jerry Bilik and a treat to those who have visited any of the Disney resorts and will recognise the attractions featured.
However, when The Incredibles theme tune plays and Mr Incredible, Elastigirl, Violet, Dash, Jack-Jack and impressive skater Frozone do their thing, the audience reaction is palpable - a sign, perhaps, that theatregoers want more of the same.
To replicate the individual super characteristics of The Incredibles also proves difficult, but director Patricia Vincent and choreographer Cindy Stuart do redeem themselves in some of the set pieces, notably in Dash’s training session with Buzz Lightyear, the battle against Syndrome’s army and the magical finale. All memorable stuff for the children present but perhaps not quite up to the standard of previous years.