The Mitchells vs. the Machines is director Michael Rianda’s next family adventure comedy. He is best known for his writing and voice acting on the Disney animated series Gravity Falls, and this marks his directorial debut. He also co-wrote the script alongside Jeff Lowe (Gravity Falls, Disenchantment), and was produced by Phil Lord and Chris Miller of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. The film was originally scheduled for theatrical release by Sony’s Columbia Pictures, but will have a streaming release via Netflix later this month.
It features an impressive voice cast that includes Abbi Jacobson, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph, Beck Bennett, Fred Armisen, Eric Andre, Conan O’Brien, Charlyne Yi, Sasheer Zamata, Mike Rianda (wearing various hats) and Olivia Colman.
The official and extensive synopsis of the plot is as follows:
The Mitchells vs. The Machines is an animated action-comedy about an ordinary family who find themselves in the middle of their biggest family challenge yet… saving the world from the robot apocalypse. No big deal, right? It all starts when creative outsider Katie Mitchell is accepted into the film school of her dreams and is eager to leave home and find “her people,” when her nature-loving dad insists on having the whole family drive her to school and bond during one last totally-not-awkward-or-forced road trip.
But just when the trip can’t get any worse, the family suddenly finds itself in the middle of the robot uprising! Everything from smart phones, to roombas, to evil Furbys are employed to capture every human on the planet. Now it’s up to the Mitchells, including upbeat mom Linda, quirky little brother Aaron, their squishy pug, Monchi, and two friendly, but simple-minded robots to save humanity.
It looks like it can be a lot of fun. It’s funny, the voice acting looks great and the animation looks great. Only one thing is really giving me a break, and it is with everything that is going on in the trailer, I wonder how busy and frantic the full movie will be.
What do you think?
The Mitchells vs. The Machines will premiere on Netflix on April 30.