Disease & Illness

Here’s How Disney Came To Include A Warning About The Strobe Lights In ‘The Incredibles 2’

This is what you need to know before seeing the movie with your child.

As annoying and disruptive as social media can be, don’t underestimate the power of a well-worded Twitter thread! Every once in a while, Twitter sheds light on important issues that may not have been addressed otherwise.

Such was the case with the new family movie “The Incredibles 2” and its possible effects on those with vision impairments. Certain people — especially children, people with epilepsy and those who are prone to migraines — can be very sensitive to extreme light displays on screens, and it’s helpful to be warned about strong lights before seeing a movie or show.

Twitter user Veronica Lewis — who also has a blog about her life with vision impairment — brought up the issue via Twitter thread:

Lewis starts the thread with “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.” She goes on to describe a few of the scenes where strobe lights are seen for longer periods of time.

She makes it clear that these scenes could be triggers not just for those with photosensitive epilepsy but also “those who suffer from migraines, vision impairments, seizure conditions, vertigo (specifically flicker vertigo), autism, ADHD, and PTSD.”

Lewis devoted an entire blog post to the dangers of strobe lights. In the post, which has since gone viral, she explains why the continuous flashing and strobe lights can be dangerous to some, and she calls on companies and movie theaters to issue a warning regarding the lights.

“I would like for these companies as well as movie theaters to issue a warning to guests purchasing tickets that this movie has a significant amount of strobing lights that can cause adverse health effects, especially in young children,” she writes. “Families have the right to be able to make informed decisions about movies and to determine if this is safe for their children to watch.”

Now, thanks to Lewis, Disney has requested exhibitors to warn viewers that “The Incredibles 2” may cause issues for those with light sensitivity issues.

Way to go, Disney, for listening to concerned parents and ensuring that people are warned before watching this film.