Formerly called “Connected” (none of the titles are great), this Sony Pictures animation project fell victim to the pandemic, initially slated for last fall before a title change and a move to the king of streamers. Directed by Michael Rianda and written by Rianda and Jeff Rowe, “The Mitchells vs. The Machines” is produced by Phil Lord and Chris Miller and is undeniably creatively inspired by their work on “The Lego Movie” and “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse. Like the first, it’s loaded with jokes and gags with so many fancy visual thefts happening at any given time that it takes multiple rewatches to catch them all. The creative influence of “Spider-Verse” -verse ”is even more critical to the success of this project – just as this Oscar-winning modern animated classic used comics and street art as its source of visual inspiration, this project uses viral culture and YouTube not only in its storytelling , but in its design.The result is one of the most visually vibrant animated films since, finally, “Spider-verse.”
Like many teenagers, the generation gap between Katie Mitchell (Abbi Jacobson) and her father Rick (Danny McBride) has been widened by technology. She has a creative mind that has led to the making of viral YouTube videos, most featuring her big pug Monchi in a series called “Dog Cop”; dad doesn’t know how to use a computer or smartphone to even watch the videos that somehow made his daughter a star. The personality divide between Katie and her father is even wider as she plans to go to film school to pursue her dreams, and he belongs to a generation that doesn’t really know how to express their feelings other than through gifts like a perfect screwdriver. In an effort to unite them once more before he leaves, Rick decides that the Mitchell’s – including mum Linda (Maya Rudolph), Katie’s brother Aaron (Rianda) and Monchi – should drive Katie to school for one last. family road trip. It just happens to be the same day the machines take over the world.
As the Mitchell’s navigate a family drama, tech giant Mark Bowman (Eric Andre) introduces the world to the next stage of technological evolution, a new version of PAL, this universe’s version of the iPhone or from the iPad. Imagine if your iTechnology like Siri or Alexa was included in a literal robot assistant. It doesn’t go well because the original PAL virtual assistant (playfully voiced by Olivia Colman) doesn’t want to be replaced by the new model and so she turns all the technology on the planet against her human owners, imprisoning them and planning. their replacement. Only the Mitchell’s survive the robot apocalypse, and only the Mitchell’s can stop PAL from destroying the human race.