The Mitchells vs. The Machines (also known as the alternative title is Connected & Mitchell's Movie:The Robo-pocalypse on other territories) is a 2021 American Animated Computed Action Science Fiction Comedy film directed by Mike Rianda and Jeff Rowe as an co director. The film is written by Mike Rianda and Jeff Rowe, with Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, and Kurt Albrecht serving as producers. It stars the voices of Abbi Jacobson, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph, Mike Rianda, Eric Andre, and Olivia Colman. This film follows a similar to Sony Pictures Animation films, a secretly person named Katie Mitchells who was a human and its mysterious friend about filmmaker while she was got family such as Rick, Linda and her brother named Aaron. In future days later, about the robot secretly being a power by Pal also between an evil cellphone leader villains of robopocalypse. Katie Mitchells takes a plan and save the world.
The film is scheduled to be released by Sony Pictures Releasing under its Columbia Pictures label. This film released in April 23, 2021 on theatrical release. It received acclaim reviews from film critics who was praises Abbi's comedy and animation while it criticizes that overuse of shenanigans of LGTBQ+.
Katie Mitchell is a quirky aspiring filmmaker in Kentwood, Michigan who often clashes with her nature-obsessed and technophobic father Rick, and has recently been accepted into film school in California. The evening before Katie leaves, Rick accidentally breaks her laptop after a fight between them over one of Katie's previous short films, leading the family to fear their relationship will forever be strained. To try to prevent this, Rick decides to cancel Katie's flight and instead take her, her mother Linda, younger brother Aaron, and family dog Monchi on a cross-country road trip to her college as one last bonding experience.
Meanwhile, technology entrepreneur Mark Bowman declares his highly intelligent AI PAL obsolete as he unveils a new line of home robots in her place. In revenge, PAL takes over Mark's company and orders all the robots to capture humans worldwide and launch them into space. The Mitchells manage to avoid capture at a roadstop café in Kansas. Rick decides that his family should stay put in the café for their own safety, but Katie coerces him to help save the world instead. They bond with two defective robots that tried to capture them, Eric and Deborahbot 5000, who tell the family they can use a kill code to shut down PAL and all the robots.
The Mitchells make it to a mall in Colorado to upload the kill code, but PAL orders all the PAL chip-enabled appliances to stop them. Katie tries to upload the kill code, but is stopped when a giant Furby pursues the family. They ultimately trap and defeat the Furby, destroying a PAL router in the process, which disables the hostile horde of devices. However, this also stops the kill code from uploading. On the way to Silicon Valley to upload the kill code directly to PAL, Linda reveals to Katie that she and Rick had originally lived in a cabin in the mountains years ago as it was his lifelong dream before he gave up on it.
Upon arriving in Silicon Valley, the Mitchells disguise themselves as robots and head to PAL Labs HQ to shut it down, but PAL manipulates them by revealing surveillance footage from the café of Katie telling Aaron in secret that she was pretending to have faith in Rick so that he would take them to upload the kill code. As Rick becomes heartbroken by this, the Mitchells fail to reach PAL's lair and Rick and Linda are captured by PAL's stronger and smarter robots, dubbed PAL MAX Prime. PAL then reprograms Eric and Deborahbot into obeying her, while Katie, Aaron and Monchi escape the headquarters and hide from the robots.
Katie discovers Rick's recordings of her childhood on her camera, realizing that Rick gave up on his lifelong dream to care for his daughter. In the meantime, Rick realizes the error of his ways after seeing one of Katie's videos that mirrors his relationship with Katie. Reinvigorated, Katie and Aaron infiltrate PAL Labs HQ again, this time using Monchi to malfunction the robots, as his appearance causes an error in their programming. With help from Mark, Rick and Linda free themselves and plan to upload a home movie of Katie's with Monchi in it to short-circuit the robots. However, Rick is outnumbered by the robots when he is about to upload the video, and Katie and Aaron are eventually captured.
Facing PAL to justify saving humanity, Katie explains that no matter how hard her family struggles, they will always stay connected despite how different they are. PAL rejects this reasoning and callously drops Katie from her lair. Eric and Deborahbot, having been inspired by Rick's "reprogramming" himself that allowed him to use a computer, revert to their malfunctioning states and upload Katie's home movie, saving her and helping the rest of the Mitchells. The family bands together to fight the rest of the improved robots, with Linda leading the charge and destroying dozens. Katie eventually finds and destroys PAL by dropping her into a glass of water, freeing all the humans and disabling all the robots except for Eric and Deborahbot.
A few months after the uprising, Katie and her family arrive at her college as she shares one last heartfelt goodbye with them before beginning her school life. She later joins them on another road trip with Eric and Deborahbot to Washington, D.C. to accept the Congressional Gold Medal.
- Abbi Jacobson as Katie Mitchell
- Danny McBride as Rick Mitchell
- Maya Rudolph as Linda Mitchell
- Mike Rianda as Aaron Mitchell
- Eric Andre as Mark Bowman
- Olivia Colman as PAL
- Blake Griffin as a new sleek robot from PAL Labs
- Fred Arminsen as Deborahbot 5000
- Beck Bennett as Eric
- John Legend as Mr Jim Posey
- Chrissy Teigen as Mrs Hailey Posey
- Charlyne Yi as Abbey Posey
- Doug The Pug as Monchi
On May 22, 2018, Sony Pictures Animation announced the title of a Phil Lord and Christopher Miller-produced animated film that was in development, entitled The Mitchells vs. the Machines. The film was the duo's fourth collaboration with SPA following the Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs duology and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, as well as the studio's first original feature film since The Star. Mike Rianda and Jeff Rowe, former writers of the Disney Channel animated series Gravity Falls, were writing, with Rianda serving as director and Rowe as co-director.
Further details were revealed a year later, when Sony Animation president Kristine Belson revealed that the film would be using an art style similar to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, and that the worlds the Mitchell family and the robots live in are initially separate universes before colliding. Animation work at Sony Pictures Imageworks had already begun the previous month, as confirmed by animator Nick Kondo on Twitter.
On February 19, 2020, Abbi Jacobson was cast as Katie Mitchell. This was followed by the casting announcements of Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph, Mike Rianda, Eric Andre, and Olivia Colman the next day.
On February 20, 2020, images were revealed through Entertainment Weekly, and it was announced the title was changed from The Mitchells vs. the Machines to Connected. On January 21, 2021, Netflix announced they had bought the film and were reverting back to the original name.
Following the release of the first trailer, Phil Lord announced on Twitter that his frequent collaborator Mark Mothersbaugh will compose the score for the film.
Like this film, it releases in April 23, 2021 on theatrical release and on Netflix in April 30, 2021 with the totally score server. About the 100% naturally, just getting delayed by coronavirus pandemic which it's a secretly released in January 10, 2020 originally. Meanwhile, China bills $110 million while Sony partners on One Cool Films.
On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 98% based on 173 reviews with an average rating of 8.20/10. The site's critics consensus reads: "Eye-catching and energetic, The Mitchells vs. the Machines delivers a funny, feel-good story that the whole family can enjoy." On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 80 out of 100 based on 31 critics, indicating "universal acclaim."
The film was praised by critics for putting an openly LGBT character, Katie, as the central figure of a family-oriented animated movie. Rianda and Rowe wrote Katie to be unambiguously LGBT in consultation with LGBT members of their production team, but did not seek to make it part of the central conflict with her father, considering her sexuality "normal in real life". Michelle Yang of NBC News gave the film a positive review and lauded the film for its LGBTQ+ representation (particularly the character of Katie, whom she called a relatable and inspirational protagonist), stating that the film "treats its protagonist's identity matter-of-factly but with care — which is exactly how it ought to be."
Benjamin Lee of The Guardian gave the film a 4 out of 5 star rating, stating that "The frantic, anything-goes nature of their films, both in tone and visuals, belies a tight focus on storytelling and dialogue with sight gags and set pieces used to supplement rather than distract" and "It’s also genuinely funny, a credit not only to the hit-a-minute script but also to a finely picked cast of comic actors, of unusually high calibre," while also praising the animation, calling it "part of the energetic oeuvre of Phil Lord and Chris Miller." Matt Fowler of IGN gave the film an 8 out of 10, stating that "The Mitchells vs. The Machines is a ridiculous, riotous, and relevant adventure fill with great humor and winning sentiment. It's fast-moving and gorgeous to behold, filled with quirks, quips, and a lovably goblin-like pug ("voiced" by IG-famous Doug the Pug). It's a good time for both younglings and elders, delivering an intelligently goofy rush of new animation and old emotion." David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter gave the film a positive review, stating that "Ultimately, this is an original adventure that feels stitched together out of a hundred familiar film plots, often freely acknowledging its pop-cultural plundering, as in the family’s obligatory slo-mo power strut away from a building exploding in flames. But for audiences content with rapid-fire juvenilia, the busy patchwork of prefab elements will be entertaining enough" although he said that "I wish the film’s laughs were as consistent as its energy, giving its able voice cast better material, and that there had been more distinctive story beats." Richard Trenholm of CNET also gave the film a positive review, stating that " one of the best new family movies on Netflix" and that it is a "family film that has a message for all the family, not just the youngsters. Yes, like most films of this ilk it encourages kids to be themselves. But it also nudges parents not to stress about social media, and to value their kids' creativity -- even if what the kids create doesn't make a lick of sense." Brian Tallerico of RogerEbert.com gave the film 3 out of 4 stars, calling the film "Like a mash-up of an ‘80s family road comedy like Vacation and the visions of a tech apocalypse foretold in films like The Terminator,” Netflix’s “The Mitchells vs. the Machines” is a lot of nostalgic fun but told in a modern style" and stating that it is "threaded with clever commentary on our reliance on tech and featuring some incredibly strong design work, this is a pleasant surprise for families looking for something new this season, and one of the more purely enjoyable Netflix animated films in a while."
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