March 15, 2005 – The Pixar Short Film Jack-Jack Attack is Released
“Well, it started out like any normal sitting gig, you know, with the reassuring of the parent and all.”
On March 15, 2005, the Pixar short film Jack-Jack Attack was released on the DVD release of the animated feature film The Incredibles. It was based on the film, exploring the powers of the youngest Parr, Jack-Jack. It was written and directed by Brad Bird, with story by Teddy Newton, Mark Andrews, Rob Gibbs, and Bosco Ng, and starred Bret Parker as Kari, Bud Luckey as Rick Dicker, Eli Fucile as Jack-Jack, and Jason Lee as Syndrome.
The short begins with Violet’s friend Kari being interrogated by government agent Rick Dicker. He asks her about the “incident,” and she starts relaying the story of her babysitting gig for the youngest Parr, Jack-Jack. She is seen on the phone reassuring Helen that everything’s just fine, for surely a baby like Jack-Jack couldn’t get into any trouble. She then starts playing Mozart and having him play with educational toys, but when Kari turns around after placing the CD in the player, she finds Jack-Jack missing, only to find him on the kitchen table. As she chases after him, he disappears from there and is found at the fridge, drinking a bottle of milk. She remarks on how weird this is, and calls Helen again, leaving her a message about a question she has about Jack-Jack. As she is leaving the message, Jack-Jack starts floating, and sits on the ceiling. Kari looks for him, and when Jack-Jack opens his bottle of milk, the milk falls out and lands all over Kari.
Kari calls Helen again, this time having kept Jack-Jack trapped in his playpen, with a recliner and several large books on top of the playpen to keep him caged. As her message starts to get more panicked, Kari turns around to find that Jack-Jack has bitten his way out of his cage, and is on the bookshelf. She notices him start to fall, but when she goes to catch him, he seemingly disappears, leaving only his diaper behind. She runs down the stairs, and finds him floating and transporting himself through the walls. Kari finally catches him, and ties him to a weighted barbell so he won’t disappear again. As she attempts to do a calming activity of flashcards, when she shows him a flashcard of a campfire, Jack-Jack is suddenly set ablaze. He runs around the house as a giant flame, and she finally is able to pick him up with tongs and extinguish him in the bathtub.
In the morning, the house is a shambles, as Kari is on the verge of collapsing, holding a fire extinguisher and extinguishing Jack-Jack every so often. He shoots lasers out of his eyes, but Kari holds up a mirror to deflect the rays, leaving a mark on the ceiling. Suddenly, the doorbell rings, and Kari answers it to find Syndrome. Nearing the edge of insanity, Kari nearly frightens Syndrome, and she assumes he is her replacement, handing him the baby. She asks him what the “S” on his outfit stands for, and he quickly tells her that it stands for “sitter.” He goes on to say that he was originally going to have the initials for “babysitter,” but that would have been “BS,” and that wouldn’t have been a great idea. Agent Dicker then interjects with the statement that Kari believed him, and she erupts, and asks if he’d ever seen an exploding baby before. He stands up, grabbing a box with a red laser on the front, and asks her if she told anybody else about the incident. She says she told her parents, but they thought she was being funny. She asks if Agent Dicker believes her, and he says he does. She then wishes aloud that she could forget the whole thing, and he tells her that he will before using the box to wipe her memory.