Fans of The Incredibles have been waiting a long time to see the sequel — but now that it’s here, some people aren’t too happy. Even though you’d assume that the folks at Pixar would have been extra cautious, especially since the movie is geared towards children, there are scenes including flashing lights and strobe lights that can easily cause seizures and migraines for those with particular health ailments.
The Incredibles, a movie about a family of undercover superheroes, was released in theaters back in 2004. Fourteen years later, the sequel finds Elastigirl, the mom, out on her own adventure while Mr. Incredible stays at home with the kids — a refreshing plot indeed.
Viewers who were looking forward to Incredibles 2 were upset that Disney Pixar didn’t release any sort of warning, so that those with epilepsy would be warned that there were triggers in the film. Veronica Lewis, a blogger and student at George Mason University, was one of the first to bring up the topic, creating a Twitter thread that ended up going viral. Unfortunately, she suffered from some of the effects during her viewing.
Even though she started the conversation on the film, it’s something that everyone who buys tickets should be aware of.
Lewis wasn’t the only viewer who brought the issue up. Kate Bettencourt, a mom, tried to address Pixar through Twitter. Since her daughter suffers from epilepsy, she mentioned that she was scared to bring her to a viewing. Knowing about the lights in advance, she doesn’t want to trigger an episode.
Conditions like epilepsy are more common than you may think. According to Healthline, 2.5 to 3 million Americans have been diagnosed. One in 26 people suffer from seizures, meaning that everyone should be on alert.
Disney has addressed the issue by putting signs on certain theaters, warning moviegoers that Incredibles 2 contains a sequence of flashing lights that might trigger seizures and migraines.
Hopefully, they’ll rectify the issue even more by re-editing the sequences to be less intense when the movie is out on DVD.