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Seizure Warning for Incredibles 2

Posted by RSC Diagnostics on Jul 3, 2018


Fans all around the world have been waiting a long time for the sequel to The Incredibles, one of the most popular Disney Pixar films of all time. Now that the wait is finally over and Incredibles 2 is in theaters, audiences are filling the seats and hoping to enjoy the long awaited sequel. However, there is a problem with the film, and it does not have to do with the plot or the voice acting. Rather, it has to do with some of the animation in the film and the effect it has had on people who suffer from epilepsy.

Epilepsy Triggers in the Movie...

There are moments in the film that contain flashing lights, and there have been reports of people who have suffered from seizures because of those lights. Specifically, there is a villain in the movie that is called Screenslaver, and when that villain appears, there is a sequence of bright lights that flash. Families want to enjoy the moviegoing experience but had no idea that there were potential seizure triggers in the film.

Because approximately 3% of the people who have epilepsy can be triggered by flashing lights, the Epilepsy Foundation called on Disney Pixar to provide a warning before the film, and on all of their digital properties and channels on social media. The condition is known as photosensitive epilepsy, and it tends to be more common in children and in adolescents. Since this is an animated film, it stands to reason that there will be a substantial number of children and adolescents who are watching it, and some of them could be suffering from juvenile myoclonic epilepsy.

Others who saw the film, including those who were not suffering from epilepsy, also called on Disney to put a warning before their movie. They felt that it might not only trigger seizures in those with epilepsy, but that it could cause issues with those who suffered from migraines and chronic illness.

The Epilepsy Foundation did go on to say that they were appreciative that some theaters who were showing the movie had already put up warning signs for their theaters. However, they also felt that Disney should do something about the situation, as well.

Disney’s Response

Within just a couple of days of learning about the issues with the flashing lights in Incredibles 2, Disney took action. They sent out an advisory to the theaters that were showing the movie and asked them all to let customers know about the scene before they went into the theater. This, they hope, will provide people with ample warning of whether they should watch the movie, or whether they should avoid it instead.

According to the Epilepsy Foundation, this was the first time they had ever had to ask for a movie to provide a photosensitivity warning. However, it was not the first time that these sorts of issues have caused problems for people who have epilepsy. It was not long ago that the Epilepsy Foundation requested that Apple make changes to their promos for the new iPad because they also had a series of flashing lights that were deemed to be unsafe. Apple changed the video to make it safe for all viewers.

Many will also remember that in 1997, there was an incident – perhaps the most infamous incident – with an episode of the popular Japanese cartoon Pokémon. The show also had a sequence with flashing lights that caused problems with those who were photosensitive and epileptic. In fact, that episode ended up sending close to 700 kids to the hospital.

Fortunately, Disney does seem to be trying to make things right and provide proper warnings through the theaters showing Incredibles 2. Hopefully, there will not be any more incidents with this movie.

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Topics: Seizure News