Saturday, July 18, 2009

The incredible Chinese brothers

Does anyone remember the Five Chinese Brothers? It's a Chinese folktale about identical brothers, each of whom has a unique talent. They work together to save one from being executed for a murder that wasn't his fault. (Another story that probably wouldn't be grabbed up by publishers or parents today.)

I had the thought recently that they are the original Incredibles.


(And who can name the five talents? I had to look them up: swallowing the sea, stretching his legs, an iron neck, surviving fire and holding his breath.)