Tuesday, January 16, 2007

The Incredibles

I'm working on a coffin corner post, but I'm not done yet, so you're getting a few notes from a movie I saw instead.

One day I watched the DVD extras from the movie The Incredibles (an animated show about the home lives of superheroes). One of the animators was talking about how realistically everything must be animated because any errors irk or distract the audience from the story. He summed it up as:

"If we do a fantastic job, nobody notices."

I guess that applies to a lot of professions.

There's also a funny scene where the mom is flying a jet to the bad guy's secret island hideout, and she's overhead, trying to check in with the control tower. She announces that she is "VFR over the top," which I've never heard in a movie. I wonder where she got the tower frequency from. I've never noticed any secret island airport frequencies published in the CFS or CAP. Apparently she has the right frequency, though, as they hear her, and ... well that would be spoiling the movie for you. It's a fun movie.

13 comments:

Paul B said...

What do you mean "I wonder where she got the tower frequency from"?... these are the sort of details that super-heros just KNOW!!! If they didn't know such details, then they wouldn't be super-heros, would they?

:-)

Anonymous said...

I just assumed she was on 121.5, which is monitored by all ATC facilities...

-J

Paul Tomblin said...

I assumed she got the freq from the flight service briefing.

"Any NOTAMS or unpublished tower frequencies for Bad Guy Island?"

nec Timide said...

Anonymouse might be right. Some brain cells who escaped death by beer are trying to tell me she made the call ON GUARD and included a properly formated BUDDY SPIKE. I guess I'll just have to watch it again tonight.

Aviatrix said...

I'm familiar with the US terminology "guard" meaning 121.5 MHz, and with its use there as a default frequency for non-emergency transmissions, but BUDDY SPIKE is a new one on me. Can you clarify?

IJ said...

121.5 isn't necessarily monitored by all facilities... depends on the area and the country. It's always monitored by at least one person though.

nec Timide said...

BUDDY SPIKE: Friendly aircraft air-to-air indication on RWR. To be followed by position/heading/altitude. www.buddy-spike.com is also a German F-16 board, Spreken zie Deutsch?

nec Timide said...

I take it back, her initial calls to Approach and Tower are too routine and she seems to expect a reply. Then when the missles are inbound she transmits "in the BLIND GUARD" presumably on 121.5 or the secret government emergency frequency. So were back to Aviatrix's question. I'll try not to let it ruin the movie for me ;-)

Swedish Aviatrix said...

I am seriously impressed that Bad Guy Island has a control tower! Too bad they didn't get everything quite right although I guess the general movie viewers like incorrect radio transmissions more than correct silence... It's a great movie though! Lovely animation and very funny.

Arthur said...

What I like best is the bad guys are listening and presumably able to transmit back, from the prison cell block! Why would you prison cell block need to be able to converse with pilots?

Anonymous said...

I think a lot of you missed the point here. Helen "Elastagirl" Parr is transmitting to what she believes to be some kind of private island resort.

Though she is ready for what she finds there to be unfriendly, she is operating (perhaps hoping for is a better wording) on the assumption that her husband is there for some legitimate reason.

Unknown said...

Please by all means correct me if I'm wrong but generally when a pilot is passed from controller to controller they are given the freq to contact the next controller. Once she left the primary ATC she would have been told "India Golf niner niner contact Nomanisan Island Tower on 129.925"

Aviatrix said...

Sure, Unknown, if she were in controlled airspace with controller contact all the way along she would have been passed from controller to controller. But low flying in the vast emptiness en route, you lose contact with the controllers and they say buy-bye, leaving you to your own devices.