I’ve been watching the Disney Channel show Good Luck Charlie and thought the patriarch, Bob Duncan, reminded me a lot of Bob Parr, aka Mr. Incredible, from the Disney/Pixar movie the Incredibles. Both men have similar builds at the beginning being big and tall guys with similar blond haircuts. I believe their similarities go further than the physical if you’ll allow me to indulge.
In Good Luck Charlie, Bob Duncan is an exterminator who wears a uniform for his job. Mr. Incredible wears a uniform when he is in his superhero mode. Both have larger than average family sizes with three to five kids each. Even their family members have some common threads.
Each family has at least two boys and one girl. Good Luck Charlie focuses primarily on Teddy, the girl who is making the video diaries for her baby sister Charlie. I would say of the children in the Parr family, Violet seems to get the most attention. The two girls are the most likely in their respective families to behave in school, not get in as much trouble as their younger brothers, and aren’t the most confident around boys.
Speaking of trouble, in the Incredibles, Dash is a bit of a troublemaker as evidenced by his mom, Helen, getting called into the principal’s office after Dash tormented a teacher. Gabe Duncan of Good Luck Charlie is a first class expert in causing trouble in and out of school, to the point it seems his mom is in school almost as often as he is.
Their are some differences too, like Good Luck Charlie has an older brother, PJ, while the Incredibles other brother is a baby named Jack Jack. While their ages are obviously on opposite ends of the spectrum, I’d say these two boys are the most innocent and childlike in their respective families. The Duncan family also now has two other children, the aforementioned little girl Charlie and now another baby boy named Toby.
Back to the Bobs. Each of these two men are the breadwinners in their homes while their wives take on the role (eventually for Amy Duncan) of stay at home mom. Helen Parr is the most flexible 😉 as Elastigirl, but she and Amy do have some things in common. Often Amy and Helen are put in positions to rescue their husbands from the error of their ways. Progressing through Good Luck Charlie and the Incredibles, both Bobs go through amazing physical transformations. Bob Duncan even played a superhero, Captain Extermo, in a Halloween episode of season 3 of Good Luck Charlie. Although, if Edna Mode of the Incredibles was around, I’m sure she would have told him, “no capes!”
So what do you think? Have you seen both Good Luck Charlie and the Incredibles? Did you notice the likenesses between the Bobs and the Duncan and Parr families? Let me know.
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