First Glance: “The Mitchells vs. the Machines”

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There is some pretty impressive talent behind the upcoming animated feature “The Mitchells vs. the Machines”. It’s produced by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, big names who had their hands in huge hits like “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” and “The LEGO Movie” (full disclosure – I wasn’t as smitten with “Spider-Verse” as many were but I loved “LEGO”). Like so many other films, this one had its release plans upended by COVID-19. Now it has been acquired by Netflix who recently gave us our first look.

The new trailer for “The Mitchells vs. the Machines” introduces us to a self-described “weird” family who ends up being the world’s only hope against a robot apocalypse. The Mitchells are an everyday family who have essentially lost their ability to communicate. In an effort to regain the loving connection they once had, the four and their trusty pug head out on a bonding trip only to have it upended by a global machine uprising. Sounds ridiculous which is okay with me. I love the look of the animation and there are several comedy bits that land really well. I’m anxious to see this one.

“The Mitchells vs. the Machines” premieres April 30th on Netflix. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or taking a pass.

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