'Incredibles 2' Should Have A Potential Health Hazard Warning, Says Theatergoer

"I just wish Disney/Pixar and theaters alike would issue a warning that the movie contains several scenes with strobe lights."

While audiences often flock to new releases in an effort to avoid spoilers, some movies should come with warnings for those who might suffer from chronic illness. Viewers of Disney/Pixar's latest animated film, Incredibles 2, for example, never received notice that the much-anticipated sequel features flashing lights and strobe light effects scattered throughout the duration of the film. Thankfully, Veronica Lewis (@veron4ica) took to Twitter to share her experience and offer the warning audiences deserve.


According to Lewis's description of the film, "the villain's weapon of choice in the movie is bright white lights that are at a rapidly flashing/strobing frequency, with the intent to disorient people." These instances are also scattered throughout the film, appearing at random intervals, which make it hard for viewers to predict when these triggers will strike.

"I am not calling for a boycott of Incredibles 2, or to change the movie," Lewis explained. "It is very well done, and the strobe lights are an important point in the plot. I just wish Disney/Pixar and theaters alike would issue a warning that the movie contains several scenes with strobe lights."

"Video games, some music videos, live concerts, theme park attractions, and even consumer electronics provide warnings about strobe lighting effects and the potential for seizures and other adverse effects," she added. "Why not have the same thing be done for a movie targeted at kids?"

"Since I am visually impaired, I use descriptive audio devices provided by my theater to get descriptions of visual information on screen," Lewis wrote on her blog. "One of the hidden benefits is that I had a warning about scenes involving strobe lights ahead of time, so I could close my eyes and avoid them. While the descriptive audio did not warn me about all of the flashing lights used in the film, I know that had I not had descriptive audio, I would have had to leave the movie early."

As Lewis notes, bright, flashing lights have been known to cause migraines and trigger epilepsy -- and her fellow Twitter users were quick to confirm her concerns.

Thankfully, since Lewis's Twitter thread and accompanying blog post went viral, movie theaters have begun posting warnings, as initiated by Disney, at their ticket windows to ensure those who might be susceptible to flashing lights avoid the film or proceed with caution.

Lewis tweeted her gratitude to both Disney and Pixar: ""It is an INCREDIBLE movie, and people can now make an informed decision either to watch the movie now or wait for the DVD."

While many eager theatergoers will now have to wait to see the film until it's released on DVD, this eye-opening experience should hopefully establish a new precedent for health hazard warning systems and possibly limiting exposure to such dangerous effects entirely.

Cover image via pathdoc / Shutterstock

(H/T: Teen Vogue)

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