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Incredibles 2 Moviegoers Warned Film Can Trigger Seizures and Migraines
  • Based on reviews, Incredibles 2 is a must-watch film for families (we love it!), but several moviegoers say it needs to come with a warning.

    Several Twitter users in the United States have tweeted that the "strobe/flashing lights" in the movie could trigger migraines and seizures in some people, prompting the Epilepsy Foundation to issue an advisory.

    One Twitter user said she had an "issue" and did not want it happening to those "who have epilepsy, seizure disorders, and light sensitivity."

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    Another Twitter user reported that a fellow theatergoer suffered an epileptic seizure during the movie.

    In a New York Times report, one man, whom the newspaper described as a Disney fanatic, suffered seven seizures.

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    Veronica Lewis, a college student who has low vision and Chiari Malformation, tweeted a detailed account of when the flashing lights happen in the movie and how long it occurs.

    "So, 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. One of these scenes lasts over 90 seconds with continuous strobe light, other scenes last anywhere from 5-30 seconds."

    She stressed that she was not "calling for a boycott of Incredibles 2, or to change the movie. 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."

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    In a statement, the Epilepsy Foundation asked Disney Pixar to "post a warning on all its digital properties, including relevant websites and social media channels, about what has been described as 'flashing' and 'strobe' lights in its Incredibles 2 movie. There should be a warning of the potential effects on people with visual sensitive epilepsy or migraine features."


    The statement continued, "For about 3 percent of people with epilepsy, exposure to flashing lights at certain intensities, or with certain visual patterns, can trigger seizures. This condition is known as photosensitive epilepsy and it's more common in children and adolescents, especially those with generalized epilepsy and a type known as juvenile myoclonic epilepsy.

    "For those who have been diagnosed with photosensitive epilepsy — or are simply sensitive to flashing lights — and are planning to watch the movie, they should be advised that the flashing lights may trigger seizures in some people."

    According to Lewis, people have seen warning signs at the ticket windows.

    [h/t: Real Simple]

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