When Disney-Pixar released “The Incredibles” in 2004, they awakened in their fans a new appreciation for the studio: the ability to make a superhero movie that is just right for the whole family. Perhaps it would become a factor in Disney eventually acquiring Marvel, who knows. It is known however that the House of Mouse was good enough for a repeat performance, such as with the Marvel-based “Big Hero 6” in 2014. This month they have revisited the old stomping grounds with “Incredibles 2”, premiered Friday last week. The sequel was well-received so far, but for receiving a health advisory.
USA Today reports that Disney is now issuing an official warning for movie audiences who are out to watch “Incredibles 2”, mainly concerning those who have epilepsy. Shortly after its premiere across US cinemas in June 15, some of the viewers of the film went on social media to discuss a sequence in the middle of the film. In this scene the “Screenslaver”, one of the antagonists, hijacks a TV broadcast with flashing imagery that puts whoever is seeing them under mind control. Flashing lights have been notorious for triggering epileptic seizures, as well as causing migraine headaches in others.
Before premiere day was out, Disney has begun sending advisories to theaters showing “Incredibles 2”, asking them to warn audiences of the potential health hazards in that scene. Said memo has been shared on social media and goes: ” ‘Incredibles 2’ contains a sequence of flashing lights, which may affect customers who are susceptible to photosensitive epilepsy or other photosensitivities.”
In addition, the Epilepsy Foundation has added its own weight with an official statement pertaining to the Screenslaver scene, noting that 3% of epileptics are susceptible to suffering seizures when exposed to flashing lights with specific intensities. Such “photosensitive epilepsy” is common in children and young adults. Their statement concludes, “(We) appreciate the efforts some theaters have already made to post warning signs for people waiting to see the movie.”
Theaters receiving the advisories have been quick to respond to the epilepsy concerns. Mauricio Mencia, supervisor for the AMC theaters at Universal CityWalk in Los Angeles, notes that the advisory has been disseminated to the staff, with the cinema guest greeter who receives and tears viewer tickets also now tasked to inform them about the epilepsy health warnings. Mencia remarks on the rarity of such a move saying, “I’ve never seen something like that happen.”
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