‘Incredibles 2’ is the superhero family saga we need right now

Well, maybe not all. Superheros are still illegal, just as they’ve been for a decade and a half, and evildoers like the Underminer (“I am always beneath you but nothing is beneath me!”) are still eager to empty the bank vaults of Municiberg and manufacture havoc wherever they go.

But for moviegoers who cherish the Oscar winning 2004 original that introduced Bob and Helen Parr, a.k.a. Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl, the good news is that writer-director Brad Bird has taken his own advice about not fearing to use your gifts to benefit the world and returned to animation with the sparkling “Incredibles 2.”

With “Incredibles 2,” Bird has returned to what he is brilliant at, and if animation fans are tempted to slaughter a fatted calf in celebration of this prodigal son’s return, it’s to be expected.

It’s not only the Parrs (voiced one more time by Craig T. Nelson and Holly Hunter) who reappear, so do their three kids, 14-year-old Violet (Sarah Vowell), 10-year-old Dash (Huck Milner) and superbaby Jack-Jack, not to mention close family friend Lucius Best/Frozone (Samuel L. Jackson).

Also returning is the first film’s zesty mixture of whip-smart, knowing dialogue, hairsbreadth escapes and realistic family dynamics made more involving by being filtered through parents and children gifted and burdened with super powers.

Though it would be unrealistic to expect “Incredibles 2″…