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New The Mitchells Vs The Machines Trailer Brings The Chaos


Sony Pictures Animation's new feature The Mitchells Vs The Machines (formally known as Connected) has had a slightly bumpy road to the screen. Like so many other movies planned for release in 2020, it had its cinema release cancelled, but Netflix picked it up now it's finally nearly here.

Written and directed by Mike Rianda and Jeff Rowe (known for their work on Disney series Gravity Falls) and produced by the almighty duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the project has generated a lot of excitement in the animation community. The film follows the titular family as they embark on a cross country road trip to deliver eldest daughter Katie (Abbi Jacobson) to College- a plan cooked up by Dad Rick (Danny McBride) to reconnect with her. Their trip is derailed by a robot apocalypse, as the machines of the world turn on their masters. And the Mitchells find themselves in the unlikely position of having to save the world.

A new trailer has been released that gives us a much more detailed look at the film. So much so in fact that if you're the type of viewer who finds themselves annoyed with how much trailers reveal, you might want to give it a miss.

The trailer shows off the film's gorgeous animation. It's created using an evolved version of the technique developed for the ground-breaking Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse. It looks quite distinct from Spidey as it has not got the same comic-book apeing aesthetic. In its place is a more cartoony style, bringing a hand-drawn animation style of expressiveness to CGI animation. That's for the 'human' elements at least. A shiner, sleeker CG style is employed for the robots and technological elements, really emphasising the contrast.

Previous trailers brought the domestic storyline to the fore and only really hinted at the more sci-fi elements of the film. Here though we get more of a mix, although the focus is more on the robo-pocalypse this time. So we get to see a nice bit of chaos unleashed by the machines- and hear the voice of their overlord (in the unlikely form of the Oscar-winning Olivia Colman) for the first time.

There's also a decent helping of the more down-to-earth domestic family dynamics. Just from what we see here (and have seen previously) it's clear their portrayal is going to be both hilarious and heartwarming. With the Mitchell clan inspired by Rianda's own "crazy family", we just know that they're going to be the true heart of the film.

The Mitchells Vs The Machines will be available on Netflix worldwide from April 30.

 

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