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The Mitchells vs. The Machines is one of the most ambitious computer games of the last decade. I say that because the game was developed by a team of 8 people, and it has a very ambitious story that is delivered in a very ambitious medium. The medium in question is an episodic delivery system, with each episode requiring 5 to 10 hours to complete. In addition, the first episode has more dialogue than most free-to-play games, and the entire thing is in English (with Japanese subtitles).
When The Mitchells vs. The Machines was first announced, I, like many in the gaming community, was mildly intrigued. When I found out it would be a historical RPG, I was slightly intrigued. When the trailer dropped, I was excited, and waiting for the game to be released.
Watch – REVIEW: The Mitchells vs. The Machines (2021)
CHECK : Mitchell v. Machinery (2021)
Friday the 30th. In April, Netflix released the latest film in Sony Pictures Animation’s Mitchells vs Machines series. The film, produced by Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The Lego Movie, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, 21 Jump Street, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse), tells the story of a dysfunctional family that goes on a trip and gets into trouble. I remember hearing about this movie when it was still called Connect and it was going to be in theaters before anyone knew what was going on. I had completely forgotten about this movie because there were so many other things going on. I recognized the characters immediately when I saw the film in a new title on Netflix and couldn’t resist the curiosity. The talent involved in Mitchells vs. Machines is just great; I love everything Lord and Miller touched except Solo, which I don’t blame them for. I was surprised to see that Gravity Falls writers Michael Riana and Jeff Rowe wrote and directed the film. Creator of the series Alex Hirsch also lent his voice to one of the characters and acted as a creative consultant. In a normal year, without Pandemic, this movie would have been big news for animation fans. As before, Mitchells vs Machines is a pleasant surprise that deserves to be discussed. Let’s see.
Katie Mitchell (Abbi Jacobson) is an awkward young girl with a love of movies and filmmaking. Katie gets along well with her brother Aaron (Michael Rianda), who is obsessed with dinosaurs. However, she feels that her parents Rick (Danny McBride) and Linda (Maya Rudolph) don’t understand her. Rick is quite skeptical of this technology and feels that Katie needs a backup in case she can’t make it to the movie. Linda does her best to support the family and keep them together, but she doesn’t exactly share Katie’s interests either. When Rick breaks Katie’s laptop, he decides to make it up to her by taking the whole family on a trip to take her to college. At first this irritates Katie, but soon the whole family is having fun. …. Until the robot apocalypse arrives via a sloppy technical director. Will Katie be able to save the world, fulfill her cinematic dreams and reunite with her family before it’s too late?
Not knowing all these impressive names and having only seen last year’s poster, I had no idea what to expect from Mitchells vs. the Machines. Sony has made some excellent films, like Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and In the World of Spiders, but it’s also the studio that made the Emoji movie. They’ll never recover. I prefer quirky films, because great products can come out of unconventional ideas. Of course, the animation style quickly caught my attention when I turned on the film. This movie is absolutely, mind-blowingly awesome! While I look forward to seeing the film for free on my streaming service, it’s a shame that Mitchells vs. Machines will not be released in theaters. The character designs remind me of hypercarded shows like Close Enough and Bob’s Burgers, but the textures, colors, and backgrounds are very similar to Into the Spider-Verse. The contrast between the exaggerated characters and the somewhat realistic setting reminded me of the movie The Good Dinosaur. However, the concept is much better executed here. At first I found the bulging eyes and oddly shaped faces distracting, but soon I learned to love them, especially Rick and Katie. It’s a nice change to see cartoon characters where creativity and personality are more important than pure beauty in their design. The sets in the film are great, and I love the way Katie’s drawings cover the landscape in some places. You can see and feel the love that goes into every frame of Mitchells vs. Machines has stopped, and I think the characters are the best evidence of that.
In addition to the design, the personalities and interests of the Mitchells are varied and very believable. I immediately liked Katie because of her quirky personality and love of movies. Instead of painting in broad strokes, Mitchells vs. Machines the characters more sympathetic to the audience by going into the details. Aaron’s fascination with dinosaurs and his lack of socialization reminded me of my autistic children. Whether that’s the intent of the film or not, it’s just well written. Katie’s strained relationship with her father was also very realistic. Most American cartoons dealing with this subject have toned it down considerably. For example, Elinor is all wrong in Brave when she forces Merida to marry her, Ariel’s father is domineering and racist, etc. This is not always the case, but in many cases the battle between parents and children is oversimplified to save time. In Mitchells vs Machines, Rick and Linda are the same characters as Katie and Aaron. We even learn that Rick had a passion in his life that he gave up to support his family, which gives context to what appear to be cruel comments about his children. I’ve had conversations like this with my parents, it’s just creepy. Rick wants to bond with his children, but he struggles to understand their interests and tries too hard to protect Katie from the harsh realities of adult life. I also really like Linda; she’s hilarious, endlessly loving and supportive of her family. As for biological and nuclear families, I don’t like those kinds of families in movies since The Incredibles. And I think that’s easy to understand because Mitchells vs Machines, like The Incredibles, takes its characters and their problems very seriously, despite the increasingly bizarre circumstances they find themselves in. My only complaint is that I would have liked to see more of Rick and Linda’s relationship with each other, not just as parents of their children. But like I said, I agree that this is a technical issue and a more personal issue for everyone. All too often the media paints the picture of couples hating each other and being absolutely miserable, and I’m always happy to hear counter examples. It’s a stupid trend and I personally hate it.
The characters are brought to life by impressive actors. The Mitchells are played by Danny McBride and Maya Rudolph, and directed by Michael Rianda and Abby Jacobson. I don’t like Rianda as Aaron, especially since it’s obvious he’s an adult playing a little boy. Adults playing little kids in cartoons is my favorite subject and always catches my attention. He doesn’t do a bad job, but he wasn’t right for the role in the first place. Eric Andre and Olivia Coleman play CEO Mark Bowman and PAL, his invented smartphone and harbinger of the robot apocalypse. Jacobson and Andre are also the voices of the characters in Disenchantment on Netflix. Husband and wife John Ledgend and Chrissy Teigen play the Poses in real life, the Mitchells’ seemingly perfect neighbors of whom Linda is jealous. Interestingly, while Katie uses technology productively to make movies that will help her get into college, Linda only admires people who succeed on social media. You have to listen closely, but Gravity Falls creator Alex Hirsch plays Dirk, Katie’s boyfriend. Mitchells vs Cars is also a very funny film, with excellent use of visual comedy and quirky dialogue. I have to say that I didn’t really like the jokes with the two defective robots; they weren’t terrible or disturbing, but just not very funny. Mark Mothersbaugh did the music for the film, and it’s a decent score. The song selection is also very good, but I’ll leave that aside for now. This film deserves to be seen live.
Mitchells vs Cars is a great and pleasant surprise. Imaginative images, witty dialogues and engaging characters make this film a success. Comedy that doesn’t directly involve the central family fails at times, and I’d like to see more of Rick and Linda’s story. Nevertheless, Mitchells vs. Machinery is delicious and too good to publish. Give it a shot if you have Netflix and a few hours to spare.
Location – 8
Actor – 10
Control/Assembly – 8
Music/Sound – 8
Animation – 10
Imaginative images, witty dialogues and engaging characters make this film a success. Mitchell’s film against the machines is delightful and too good to be broadcast live. Give it a shot if you have Netflix and a few hours to spare.
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