On June 15, Disney Pixar released Incredibles 2, the long-awaited sequel to 2004's blockbuster The Incredibles. The sequel grossed $71.6 million on its first day, breaking the previous record for an animated film.
Incredibles 2 continues the story of the super-hero family, the Parr family. The family is led by Bob Parr (Mr. Incredible) and Helen Parr (Elastigirl). Their children are Violet, Dash and Jack-Jack.
But some people have raised an important issue with the film.
The sequel's villain uses a weapon that projects a bright, rapidly flashing light. However, Disney Pixar did not label the film with any type of warning for those with health concerns that can be triggered by such stimuli.
And some movie-goers are outraged.
It began when Twitter user Veronica Lewis began a thread about her experience with the movie.
HEALTH ALERT I haven’t seen this mentioned in a lot of places, but the new Incredibles 2 movie (#incredibles2) is filled with tons of strobe/flashing lights that can cause issues for people with epilepsy, migraines, and chronic illness. This thread is spoiler free— Veronica Lewis (@veron4ica) June 15, 2018
Video games, some music videos, live concerts, theme park attractions, and even consumer electronics provide warnings about strobe lighting effects and the potential for seizures and other adverse effects. Why not have the same thing be done for a movie targeted at kids?— Veronica Lewis (@veron4ica) June 15, 2018
Parents have the right to make an informed decision about something that could impact their child’s safety and people with chronic illness have the right to learn about potential triggers/make steps to avoid them. Incredibles 2 needs a safety warning at the ticket window for this— Veronica Lewis (@veron4ica) June 15, 2018
Others picked up on Lewis' warnings and added their thoughts on the issue.
So apparently Incredibles 2 is a trigger for photosensitive epilepsy with no warning before the film and this is terrible for anyone who was waiting for this film and could endanger themselves with they see it wth disney— American (BI)tch (@dontreadenough) June 17, 2018
also Incredibles 2 was a super fun movie BUT WHAT THE *HELL* DISNEY NOT PUTTING IN AN EPILEPSY WARNING— kicked out of magical girl academy for being 2rad (@nelwelfel) June 17, 2018
After feedback from moviegoers, some theaters have taken it upon themselves to warn viewers.
I saw The Incredibles 2 today and the theater had warnings about the epilepsy scenes at the ticket areas when I got there. Btw it was a great movie, I totally recommend it, but those with epilepsy might want to be cautious if they go to see it. pic.twitter.com/ODmY8KFQUJ— Whip [Colin WK] (@Whip_YT) June 17, 2018
In fact, the Epilepsy Foundation released their own warning as well.
Some have expressed concerns about flashing lights in the new Incredibles 2 movie. If you are among the 3% of people who live with photosensitive epilepsy, you may want to be cautious about seeing this film. About photosensitive epilepsy: https://t.co/aFc3PRB0yv pic.twitter.com/Mmql44lt0s— EpilepsyFoundationFL (@EFOF) June 16, 2018
But some people think it is the responsibility of the viewer to know a movie's content without a heads up from the movie maker.
How about instead of blaming Disney epileptic people should look up if it has flashing lights before watching, same applies to any movie.— wndr 👖 (@wndr0) June 17, 2018
Others point out the film had to pass various screenings before release.
Hi Veronica, typically a seizure safety check (Harding FPA) would be done as part of the quality control test before any film or tv is released. Are you certain the strobing was fast enough (ie 16hz+) to trigger PSE?— Reece A. Jones (@ProfShred) June 16, 2018
They screen the movies through test before they’re released... no one is at risk— jesse turner (@DeadxPizza) June 17, 2018