Before you jump into the singing contest known as “Sing 2”, take a look back at one of the best animated films of the summer.
In “The Mitchells vs. The Machines”, a family has a close encounter with aliens when they travel to California to take their daughter Katie (Abbi Jacobson) to school. A new version of a technical assistant is about to replace an old version, PAL.
Rather than take it easy, PAL (kindly voiced by Olivia Colman) decides to turn the robots against their humans. Sure enough, it’s a battle until the end, especially since Katie’s dad, Rick (Danny McBride) isn’t very good with smartphones.
As robots roam the world (much like Stormtroopers), the Mitchell’s must think fast to thwart PAL’s game plan. This means everything from daddy’s favorite screwdriver to their dog Monchi will be up and running.
Director Michael Rianda does a great job sowing the seeds of discontent in a first segment that shows how Katie uses technology to fuel her passion – the cinema. We can see the family members interacting, especially when Monchi is the star of “Dog Cop”. When trouble hits their car loaded with stickers, we have a good idea of ââwhere they are going.
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Rianda tackles all of these generational disconnections and shows how technology can be used wisely, without abusing it to dominate the world. Like âSpider-Man: Into the Spider-verse,â it’s packed with clever writing and plenty of clever visuals. If anything, âMitchellsâ is moving too fast for his own good. Just as you take a look at some messages in the background, you move on.
Riandi and his company poke fun at life monitors (and routers), push family tropes, and use specifics (like little brother Aaron’s whims) to show how alike all families are.
These goose-step robots have personalities too, and PAL is about as demanding as a teacher who can stop graduation. âMitchellsâ travels a lot faster than Daddy’s car and has one of those biting moments that will make the Incredibles think they’re getting their money’s worth.
âThe Mitchells vs. The Machinesâ features excellent vocal work from the stars and a charming take from Maya Rudolph as Mum Linda. When she sees that her family is in danger, she makes good use of these yoga moves and does like Sarah Connor.
One of the early contenders for Best Animated Feature, “The Mitchells vs. The Machines” may be the best family experience you ever thought you would have.