Elastgirl, saving the day. Image: Disney/Pixar
When Incredibles 2 showed up at theatres this week, it appeared without one potentially very important detail: an epilepsy warning.
Over the past few days, reports have been mounting that certain scenes in the film could trigger seizures in members of the viewing population who are sensitive to strobing, flashing lights due to epilepsy and related conditions.
HEALTH ALERT I haven’t seen this mentioned in a lot of places, but the new Incredibles 2 movie (#incredibles2) is filled with tons of strobe/flashing lights that can cause issues for people with epilepsy, migraines, and chronic illness. This thread is spoiler free
— Veronica Lewis (@veron4ica) June 15, 2018
Since appearing a couple of days ago, these warnings have spread over the internet, such that Disney has now issued a directive to theatres to place epilepsy warnings outside of screenings, and according to Cinema Blend these warnings have begun to appear.
Bring the kids! This notice sent to exhibitors today from Disney #incredibles2 “INCREDIBLES 2 contains a sequence of flashing lights which may affect customers who are susceptible to photosensitive epilepsy or other photo sensitivities.” pic.twitter.com/N2g0vQ8lsL
— Colin Geddes (@colingeddes) June 16, 2018
Important note: INCREDIBLES 2 contains a sequence of flashing lights which may affect customers who are susceptible to photosensitive epilepsy or other photo sensitivities. Please see a manager if you have any questions or concerns!
— Alamo Drafthouse NYC (@AlamoNYC) June 16, 2018
So far as I can tell, there have been no verified reports of an actual epileptic seizure occurring during the film, but it's good to keep in mind nonetheless.
No word on how a film with a major sequence of screen-filling flashing lights managed to not receive an epilepsy warning in the first place, though.