Nothing says “family bond” like a road trip through a robotic apocalypse. At least that is the case for the Mitchell’s in the eccentric and extremely funny Netflix animated film “The Mitchells Vs the Machines.”
Katie Mitchell (Abbi Jacobson), a movie buff with a long filmography of YouTube videos, goes to college to find “her people”: tech-savvy moviegoers who love memes. She runs into her nature-obsessed dad, Rick (Danny McBride), who offers Katie a last minute family trip to her school with Linda (Maya Rudolph), Katie’s aggressively positive mom; Aaron (Mike Rianda), Katie’s dinosaur-obsessed little brother; and Monchi, their big golden pug.
As the family sets out on their difficult journey, a well-meaning tech genius from Silicon Valley presents a device upgrade that leads to a robot takeover, a la “I, Robot,” which only the Mitchell can stop. Think of the “Incredibles” – but instead of a family of heroes, here’s a family of lovable madmen who face menacing toasters, evil vending machines, and demonic Furbys.
Directed by Mike Rianda and written by Rianda and Jeff Rowe, who both worked on the beloved “Gravity Falls” series, “The Mitchells vs. the Machines” not only has ridiculously quirky characters, but also a script filled with fun. crazy, fast-paced action – with elaborate, wild visuals to match. The film combines pristine digital animation with live footage and 2D drawings – interjections from Katie, who serves as both narrator and director, imaginatively revising and annotating the story as she takes it. tell. That, along with the seemingly endless number of movie references and hidden gags, makes a movie with not only laughs (though, believe me, there are a lot of them), but a clear, well-formed identity.
You think your the family is far-fetched? Take a trip with the Mitchell’s – they’ll show you weirdos have fun.
The Mitchells against the machines
Classified PG. Duration: 1 hour 53 minutes. Watch on Netflix.