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The Mitchells vs. The Machines is coming to Netflix

The Mitchells vs. The Machines is coming to Netflix

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The Mitchells vs. The Machines (aka Connected) is the coming of age animated adventure made for empty nesters and the fledgeling birds trying their wings for the first time from my favorite producers Phil Lord & Christopher Miller written by Mike Rianda and Jeff Rowe!

“This is a very personal movie about my very weird family. I’m so grateful to all the incredible artists that poured their love and passion into this project to make it a reality, and to everyone at Sony who believed in us and were on board to make a different kind of animated movie. I’m so thrilled that everyone at Netflix has been totally in sync with us creatively and are just as excited about the movie as we are! Not only because it’s an original story with a creative visual style that we’re extremely proud of, but also so I can prove to my friends that this five-year journey wasn’t an elaborate delusion on my part.”

Mike Rianda
(L-R) Maya Rudolph as “Linda Mitchell”, Abbi Jacobson as “Katie Mitchell”, Mike Rianda as “Aaron Mitchell”, Doug the Pug as “Monchi” and Danny McBride as “Rick Mitchell”.

I have a weakness for animation and can’t wait to see The Mitchells vs. The Machines (formerly Connected) on Netflix later this year. It was supposed to be released in October but because of the pandemic it was pushed back. Luckily Netflix has swooped in like a hero to show on the streaming site worldwide (except for China). Now fans will be able to see the film directed/written by Mike Rianda and Jeff Rowe, producers Phil Lord, Christopher Miller & Kurt Albrecht and Will Allegra, Louis Koo Tin Lok executive producers.

It looks like such a fun story about the changes to a family as their daughter leave the nest for college! I am sure a lot of people will see themselves in the characters from the parents to the kids. I still remember when I went to college (Iowa State University) and my parents dropping me off at the dorms. It was exciting and scary pit in my tummy as I embarked on the first steps of adulthood! Of course machines weren’t out to get me but you get it <samesies>.

“We are overwhelmed by the enthusiasm Netflix has expressed for this movie with this acquisition and grateful to everyone at Sony for making a great picture with us and finding a big way to bring it to audiences. We’re really proud of the film we all made together, plus we understand our subscription fees are waived in perpetuity as part of the deal? We’re not lawyers but it does sound right to us.”

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller

When people say ‘go big or go home’ well it has a new meaning to me with all of the great exclusive content Netflix has announced for it’s slate of 2021 movies! So many of us have been dealing with the upheaval of the Covid-19 Global Pandemic changing how we consume media. It’s been a lot for all of us rather if your kids, adults, senior citizens, families or single people what with sheltering in place, online school, remote work (if lucky), wearing a mask, and just trying to navigate this ‘new normal’ has us all feeling a bit tapped looking for escape.

“We want Netflix to be the place where families can come and enjoy stories together. And while we know no two families are the same, we think The Mitchells will immediately endear themselves to yours. It’s an honor to work with Phil Lord, Christopher Miller and Mike Rianda to bring this incredibly special film to members around the world.”

Melissa Cobb, Vice President of Original Animation, Netflix

Netflix has really worked to bring projects that include Spongebob: Sponge on the Run (ex North America), Wish Dragon and more for their slate of original animated features. I’ve enjoyed so much that has made me laugh and cry ugly tears over the holiday season. One of my favorites has to be the Academy Award Nominated Klaus it was beautifully animated and the story really stuck with me. I enjoyed Kris Pearn’s The Willoughbys that was all about making your own family, and Glen Keane’s Over the Moon that delighted me with it’s Chinese mythology. But Netflix has even more animation coming throughout the year with the upcoming animated comedy Back to the Outback directed by Clare Knight and Harry Cripps, Richard Linklater’s Apollo 10 ½: A Space Age Adventure, Chris Williams’ The Sea Beast, Henry Selick’s Wendell & Wild, Nora Twomey’s My Father’s Dragon, Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio, Wendy Rogers’ The Magician’s Elephant, and an Aardman sequel to Chicken Run. My animation heart is overflowing with excitement!

The Mitchells vs. The Machines is an original animated comedy about an everyday family’s struggle to relate while technology rises up around the world! When Katie Mitchell (voiced by Abbi Jacobson), a creative outsider, is accepted into the film school of her dreams, her plans to meet “her people” at college are upended when her nature-loving dad Rick (voiced by Danny McBride) determines the whole family should drive Katie to school together and bond as a family one last time.

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