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Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl, Violet, Dash and Jack-Jack are back to take on evildoers in the animated sequel “Incredibles 2.”
USA TODAY

LOS ANGELES – Here comes Elastigirl!

Helen Parr is one mother of a superhero as she steps up as the main crime-fighter in “Incredibles 2.” Her secret identity as Elastigirl takes the spotlight in the long-awaited Pixar sequel (in theaters Friday).

Her heroic theme song takes on renewed vigor (“Elastigirl! No one is beyond her reach!”) as Elastigirl flies on a fancy new electric Elasticycle in her spiffy new suit.

“Her superhero identity is fully fledged in this story, no apologies, no excuses,” says Holly Hunter, 60, who voices the role. “It’s so enlivening to see her feel the glory of her gift. She really stretches with what she’s good at – no pun intended.”

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Fourteen years ago, in “The Incredibles,” Elastigirl showed the skills and the fire. “Settle down, are you kidding?” she boasted at the start of the first movie. “I’m at the top of my game! I’m right up there with the big dogs! Girls, come on. Leave the saving of the world to the men? I don’t think so.”

In “Incredibles 2,” Helen (aka Elastigirl) is called on to help bring supers back. Her mission comes with a brand-new Elasticycle. (Photo: PIXAR)

But with family life, Helen was content to look after the three children: Violet, Dash and baby Jack-Jack. It was husband Mr. Incredible/Bob Parr (Craig T. Nelson) who was drafted for a secret mission – on the down-low because superheroes are illegal.

“Helen had to save her husband, that’s why she put on the suit in the first movie. She was a very reluctant hero,” says Hunter.

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