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Face-Off: Buzz Lightyear vs. Mr. Incredible

Jun. 21, 2012by: Paul Huffman
In last weeks Face Off, John Travolta pulled the victory over Nicolas Cage in a score of 7-5. A well deserved win, just get back on track with your career choices John boy.

This week is all about Pixar, Brave is coming up and we've just seen the awesome trailer for Monsters University. Pixar is full of memorable characters, two of my favorites being Buzz Lightyear and Mr. Incredible. Both are strong, resourceful, honorable, have that never say die attitude and go to infinity and beyond and all that jazz. Today is about judging the complete package for both. Let's break it down.
Name
Buzz Lightyear's name was inspired by real life astronaut Buzz Aldrin, a fact Aldrin himself has embraced when he pulled out a Buzz doll during a speech at NASA. Just the name of Buzz Lightyear is as adventurous as the character himself, just has that all american heroic type feel to it and that's the character of Buzz in a nutshell. It also provided some slight gags in the first film (I'm looking at you Woody). Lightbeer didn't get a chuckle from me in 1995, but it never fails watching it today. Adulthood has its perks.
Bob Parr/Mr. Incredible. Superhero names can sometimes lack in the humility department, but dammit Superman really is super, Wonder Woman really is full of wonder, and Mr. Incredible really is incredible. It's simple, it's effective, and it's backed up.
Look
John Lasseter had in mind when he designed this character a toy that he could sell, to say he succeeded is the understatement of the century. I mean, I imagine it going down just like it did in the first Toy Story with the sell of Buzz Lightyear merchandise with the kiddies, with the bedspreads and the whole nine. John pulled from actual suits from Apollo astronauts for the design and used his and his wife's favorite colors for the color scheme of the character.

NOTE: The way the whole team designed the characters movements is a whole other monster. A human like Mr. Incredible is easier to create then guessing how a toy would come across on screen. That has always impressed me in the Toy Story films.
The suits this super family wore was easy to look at, nice and simple...the typical iconic middle symbol in the form of an 'I'...because...well you know. Thank god for NO CAPES!! With that said, I think the most notable and most entertaining about how Mr. Incredible looked was how his physique was used to tell the story. The man started out fit as could be, and when his rights to fight crime were taken away and he had to blend in with the crowd, Mr. Incredible didn't look so Incredible anymore. We got some nice comedic moments, and a Rocky montage as Parr got back in shape to go back to doing what he does best and he definitely looked the part. Mr. Incredible was modeled after director Brad Bird.
Resourcefulness
Buzz Lightyear may not actually be able to fly, but damn if he doesn't have some skills to 'make you believe a toy could fly." In three movies Buzz never hit a road block he couldn't find his way out of, it was a joy to watch that damn astronaut use everything that was around him to get him and his crew where they needed to be. I mean, he was a damn rock star in Toy Story 2. He mastered the wheel, he mastered the elevator shaft, he mastered a toy stores sliding doors. If that wasn't enough he also has the intelligence to put two and two together when Woody initially was kidnapped. Buzz is not bad to have on your side in a tight spot.
What superhero doesn't know how to get himself out of a jam? If you can't, you better start thinking about a new line of work. Even though Mr. Incredible was forced to, when he found himself back in the game even though he was a bit rusty, beer gut and all he prevailed against Syndrome's technological terror he constructed, and again that was done by pure intelligence when he was lacking in physical ability at the time, ten points. Incredible buckled down and did what he had to do and discovered he still knew his way around a fight.
Overall Characterization
My favorite aspect of Buzz Lightyear is that in three movies he never got boring. His clueless dynamic with the rest of the grounded toys in the first film was priceless, seeing a glimpse of that same Buzz again in the second meshed with our real Buzz was entertaining (it's akin to how my parents view themselves thinking back to the 80's), then the third we had tyrant Buzz and Spanish Buzz. We've never had a dull moment with Buzz Lightyear and for me he's in a trilogy that is highly nostalgic, what an unfair advantage Lightbeer.
Mr. Incredible and The Incredibles as a film as a whole was a great homage to superheroes and superhero films that ended up being better than a lot of the other superhero films out there. Mr. Incredible was a very easy character to relate to for me in the sense of his unflinching need to serve a higher purpose and do what he knows he was meant to be doing. Furthermore, he bent the law for the longest time in doing it knowing it was for the greater good, courage up the wazoo for this guy. Move over Superman.
Buzz Lightyear
So there you have it folks, as it stand Buzz Lightyear meant so much to my childhood and the entertainment he as a character provided made it impossible in my eyes for him not to come out victorious. That said, Buzz had a trilogy to etch himself into my heart the way he did. I think of it as a travesty that I can't see Mr. Incredible getting his sequel anytime soon and wonder if he got one this opinion would change for me. Either way it's deserved. So what do you think schmoes, was Mr. Incredible's one film enough to take this victory for you?

If you have an idea that you'd like to see in a future FACE OFF column, feel free to shoot an email to me at paulhuffman@joblo.com with your ideas and some ideas for the critique to base your ideas off. Thank you and in the meantime...

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10:31PM on 06/21/2012

Mr. Incredible

Mr. Incredible is a much more fleshed-out character. Lightyear remains roughly one-note throughout the series while Mr. Fantastic isn't just a caricature. He's a person with a life and dreams and personality.
Mr. Incredible is a much more fleshed-out character. Lightyear remains roughly one-note throughout the series while Mr. Fantastic isn't just a caricature. He's a person with a life and dreams and personality.
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7:13PM on 06/21/2012
Buzz lightyear to the rescue! Toy story gave Pixar its identity.
Buzz lightyear to the rescue! Toy story gave Pixar its identity.
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6:32PM on 06/21/2012
While I'm a bigger fan of The Incredibles, Buzz Lightyear has become an icon and one of the "founding characters" of Pixar. Gotta go with Buzz.
While I'm a bigger fan of The Incredibles, Buzz Lightyear has become an icon and one of the "founding characters" of Pixar. Gotta go with Buzz.
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3:06PM on 06/21/2012

agreed

I actually like The Incredibles quite a bit, more so than TS2 and especially moreso than TS3... but I still would pick Buzz over Mr. Incredible.
I actually like The Incredibles quite a bit, more so than TS2 and especially moreso than TS3... but I still would pick Buzz over Mr. Incredible.
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12:41PM on 06/21/2012
I am gonna have to go with Mr. Incedible. Anything else, is just a toy
I am gonna have to go with Mr. Incedible. Anything else, is just a toy
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9:45AM on 06/21/2012
This is hard to choose but I have to go with Mr. Incredible. He's so down to earth and such a character. And where's the Incredibles 2 already??
This is hard to choose but I have to go with Mr. Incredible. He's so down to earth and such a character. And where's the Incredibles 2 already??
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7:39AM on 06/21/2012

Love them both...

But Mr. Incredible edges Buzz just a bit more for me.
But Mr. Incredible edges Buzz just a bit more for me.
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7:04AM on 06/21/2012

Enough already

These articles are a waste of time. Haven't your writers got better things to work on than some school boy battles of who is the best. Thought this kind of thing ended with Mario vs Sonic in the early 90's.
The fact there are more and more of these seems to show a lack of invention and ideas by this website.
Nothing wrong with fun but this is pointless.
These articles are a waste of time. Haven't your writers got better things to work on than some school boy battles of who is the best. Thought this kind of thing ended with Mario vs Sonic in the early 90's.
The fact there are more and more of these seems to show a lack of invention and ideas by this website.
Nothing wrong with fun but this is pointless.
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7:11AM on 06/22/2012
Mario wins over sonic hands down.
Mario wins over sonic hands down.
7:20PM on 06/21/2012
Insulted by a stranger on the internet... Oh no!

Look, I like this site a lot and have been coming here for years. I just find articles like this a but dull, and completely obvious most of the time as well. Discussion is cool but there seems to be a hell of a lot of 'Face Offs' at the moment and its just lazy who is better than who stuff. Oh and I don't disagree with the verdict even though I love The Incredibles more.
It's the kind of conversation I expect to have with my kids.


Insulted by a stranger on the internet... Oh no!

Look, I like this site a lot and have been coming here for years. I just find articles like this a but dull, and completely obvious most of the time as well. Discussion is cool but there seems to be a hell of a lot of 'Face Offs' at the moment and its just lazy who is better than who stuff. Oh and I don't disagree with the verdict even though I love The Incredibles more.
It's the kind of conversation I expect to have with my kids.


12:42PM on 06/21/2012
You're a jerk.
You're a jerk.
9:45AM on 06/21/2012
Hear hear, Morix.
Hear hear, Morix.
9:39AM on 06/21/2012
If you don't like it, don't read it. No one is forcing you to come here.
If you don't like it, don't read it. No one is forcing you to come here.
2:32AM on 06/21/2012
I call bull shit on that!
I call bull shit on that!
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1:41AM on 06/21/2012
Love The Incredibles, hands down my favorite Pixar film...and I think Mr. Incredible is a perfectly-executed character.

But I agree with the conclusion. Buzz Lightyear is an iconic character, as recognizable as Mickey Mouse or Bugs Bunny. Owns every scene, lines never get old, gains depth in each successive movie.
Love The Incredibles, hands down my favorite Pixar film...and I think Mr. Incredible is a perfectly-executed character.

But I agree with the conclusion. Buzz Lightyear is an iconic character, as recognizable as Mickey Mouse or Bugs Bunny. Owns every scene, lines never get old, gains depth in each successive movie.
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1:08AM on 06/21/2012

☺☺☺☺☺

And to bantameant....He's sharing his opinion???...Oh my gosh! I had no idea until you told me! Why on earth is he doing that?! That's clearly not what these headlines are supposed to be about! The horror! (_o) :rolls eyes:
And to bantameant....He's sharing his opinion???...Oh my gosh! I had no idea until you told me! Why on earth is he doing that?! That's clearly not what these headlines are supposed to be about! The horror! (_o) :rolls eyes:
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12:48AM on 06/21/2012
The whole Face Off column is unnecessary IMO. It's ONE person's opinion favoring the attributes of characters that the writer prefers.
The whole Face Off column is unnecessary IMO. It's ONE person's opinion favoring the attributes of characters that the writer prefers.
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1:19AM on 06/21/2012
The beauty in the column I think isn't my opinion as the writer, but rather the opinions of the readers that they are able to chime in with the attributes they can use themselves to judge that opinion on, y'know? Whether you agree or disagree.
The beauty in the column I think isn't my opinion as the writer, but rather the opinions of the readers that they are able to chime in with the attributes they can use themselves to judge that opinion on, y'know? Whether you agree or disagree.
1:05AM on 06/21/2012
Ummm....DUH! He's sharing his opinion which is what you're doing now.
Ummm....DUH! He's sharing his opinion which is what you're doing now.
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12:45AM on 06/21/2012

Wrong.

Just completely wrong.

Mr. Incredible any day of the week and twice on Sunday!
Just completely wrong.

Mr. Incredible any day of the week and twice on Sunday!
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