Pixar-Forgotten/Minor Characters #6: Snug

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Pixar’s The Incredibles has quite a devoted fanbase and probably rightly so. The 2004 hit film from Pixar isn’t my favorite, but it’s a wonderfully made film. The fanbase so loved it that a sequel has even been planned by Disney/Pixar in the coming years.

For those who don’t know, The Incredibles tells the story of a family of superheros who has to go into hiding after the world doesn’t feel safe with them around.

The patriarch of the family is Bob Parr aka Mr. Incredible (voiced by Craig T. Nelson), a superhero of super-strength, but a man who’s so tired and bored of living the sheltered life.

And being an insurance guy doesn't help his boredom much!
And being an insurance guy doesn’t help his boredom much.

His wife is Helen Parr aka Elastigirl (voiced by Holly Hunter), a superheroine of elastic proportions, but a loving and caring wife/mom who’s willing to go to any extremes for her husband/family. She’s also more comfortable staying under the radar than her husband is. A great post about her can be found at my loyal follower and friend, swanpride’s blog here.

I just love her playful banter!
I just love her playful banter!

They have three kids: a teenage girl named Violet (voiced by Sarah Vowell) who can become invisible and create force fields,

And sometimes I think she's related to Mike Wazowski.
And sometimes I think she’s related to Mike Wazowski.

an elementary school-aged boy named Dash (voiced by Spencer Fox) who can run at incredibly high speeds,

He's also the typical mischievous one. He's like Dennis the Menace who's a menace on purpose...sometimes.
He’s also the typical mischievous one. He’s like Dennis the Menace who’s a menace on purpose…sometimes.

and a baby, Jack-Jack, who doesn’t seem to have any superpowers.

Well, at least not in the beginning of the movie. Don't worry, this isn't much of a spoiler.
Well, at least not in the beginning of the movie. Don’t worry, he’s not really the spawn of Satan.

They try living a normal life despite having  problems while doing it. But all that changes when Mr. Incredible is called back to resume his job of being a superhero. But, he doesn’t tell his family about it. Rather, he lies and says that he’s going to out-of-town conferences for his job. But once his wife finds out the truth, she goes to catch up with him and see what’s really going on.

This is where our forgotten/minor character comes in. Mr. Incredible is actually on a small island far, far away. The only way that Elastigirl can get there is by jet. So whom does she call?

Uh...no.
Uh…no.

She calls a guy named Snug, our forgotten/minor character. We don’t see him, but we see a picture of him that indicates that he has some connection with aircraft. Maybe he was a pilot? Maybe he owns planes? Maybe he taught Elastigirl how to fly planes? Maybe he’s related to Elastigirl?

The questions never seem to end!
The questions never seem to end!

Whatever the case is, he definitely knew Elastigirl in the past and is still connected with the aircraft industry. We know this because Elastigirl asks him to lend her a private jet to return a favor and he does.

That’s all we know about this character, but I do hope that we can see/learn more of him in the upcoming sequel. Anyone who has the ability to lend you a private jet is just…awesome! And also anyone named Snug just makes you…wanna find out why he’s named Snug!

Or it makes you think of "a bug in a rug". I don't think my foreign followers will get that joke.
Or it makes you think of “a bug in a rug”. I don’t think my foreign followers will get that joke.

And I’m also curious as to what the favor was that Elastigirl did for this Snug in the first place? Oh well, Pixar, I hope you provide answers! Here’s to our forgotten/minor character, Snug!

"Hey Mark, aren't you forgetting something?"
“Hey Mark, aren’t you forgetting something?”

Oh yes, thanks for remind me!

In Memory of: Elizabeth Peña (September 23, 1959 – October 14, 2014)!
In Memory of: Elizabeth Peña (September 23, 1959 – October 14, 2014)!
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17 thoughts on “Pixar-Forgotten/Minor Characters #6: Snug”

  1. I really like this movie. The animation, the themes, the characters, it’s just an awesome film!
    On a side note, I found two video edits of this movie (called YouTube Poops) that I thought were pretty hilarious, so I’ll let you judge:

  2. Thank you for the pingback!

    I love the incredibles. Snug got really lucky, though. In the early drafts of the movie, he was supposed to be the one piloting the plane. Let’s just say, it wouldn’t have ended well for him. Thankfully someone at Pixar realized at one point that there was no reason why Elastigirl shouldn’t do it herself.

      1. Mainly the crew was annoyed at creating, designing, and casting a character just to get killed. You can still see signs of the original idea with Helen looking forlornly up at the wrecked plane, and when she lectures her children about how dangerous the villains are.

  3. I like the homage you did for the VActress.

    I have not seen this film in many years, but I do remember almost everything about it. I did watch this in theaters, and it is one of my favorite Pixar films (which I am sure will still be when I watch it again).

    Out of all of the times I watched this film, I never knew about Snug, so……good choice for a Forgotten character.

  4. As always, I hope you know how much I enjoy this series you have going on! It makes me think back to when I watched these movies and really pay attention. The idea of Forgotten Characters is such a cool idea for a blog post. I think it would be a lot of fun to do this for live-action films if perhaps it could be narrowed down to a certain genre or decade of films. Great post, Mark!

    1. Thanks, Kristin!

      I think I’ll stick with my animated movies for this project, lol. The live-action will get too cumbersome. I’ve already done this with the Disney Canon, and when I finish the Pixar set, I’ll still have other studios to do if I choose to continue with it, such as Dreamworks Animation, etc.

      Maybe you can do this with live-action films on your blog if you’re looking for a project.

      1. Haha, I don’t blame you at all, Mark. That’s smart – makes a lot of sense!

        Yeah, I was thinking I might try something like this if/when I’m in need of a new project. But like you said, it could become quite cumbersome. So I’d have to narrow it down in some way or I think I might just give up! Lol. But it really is a great idea for a post. I always enjoy reading yours.

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