The Mitchells vs. the Machines Explained: What’s Up With the Ending?

“Mitchells vs. Machines” / The Mitchells vs. the Machines

Genre family cartoon, comedy
Directed by Mike Rianda
Cast: Abbi Jacobson (Katie Mitchell), Danny McBride (Rick Mitchell), Maya Rudolph (Linda Mitchell), Mike Rianda (Aaron Mitchell), Eric Andre (Mark Bowman), Olivia Colman (PAL Virtual Assistant), PAL Robots (Blake Griffin) ) and etc.
Studios Sony Pictures Animation, Netflix
Release year 2021
Site IMDb

Sony Pictures Animation is a very strange studio. On the one hand, they have quite good cartoons to their credit like Hotel Transylvania, Hotel Transylvania 2, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and the semi-fiction film Peter Rabbit. On the other hand, there are enough passing works like The Angry Birds Movie, The Angry Birds Movie 2 and Hotel Transylvania 3. On the third, SPA is the authors of one of the best animated films of recent years, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. On the fourth, they are also the creators of the worst cartoon of all time – The Emoji Movie. Personally, it was completely unclear to me what to expect from The Mitchells vs. the Machines, or Connected, as they renamed it some time after the announcement.

And although the name Connected is actually very accurate and deep, in order to understand why the cartoon is called that way (robots and modern technologies have absolutely nothing to do with it), you need to watch it to the end. So the first thing Netflix did after buying the rights was to rename the movie back to The Mitchells vs. the Machines. A little pop, but it sells much better.


Yes, as promised in the title – this is a cartoon about how the awkward and not at all friendly Mitchell family fights with intelligent machines that have evolved from one virtual assistant offended by the creator (in the original, she is voiced by the magnificent Olivia Colman). So expect a lot of jokes about the relationship between people and their smartphones, the apocalypse that comes when Wi-Fi is turned off, and image recognition system failures. But in fact, the singularity, the robo-apocalypse and the problem of technologies that separate people, are only the outer wrapper necessary to talk about eternal values ​​- about the family.


Yes, it’s that simple. About the family, about the problem of fathers and children, about the impatience of the younger generation and the stubbornness of the older one, about different value systems and about what unites us all … correctly. After all, parents may not understand new technologies, they may not understand children, overprotect them (yes, the problem of overprotection is also mentioned in this cartoon), not accept their appearance and not share their hobbies. But if they are the right parents, they will be able to overcome prejudice and finally listen to their offspring, at least try to understand them, no matter what strange and incomprehensible things they do and how stupid, from the point of view of the older generation, they dress. It is difficult, but in order to take the first step, a robo-apocalypse is not at all necessary.


This theme – trust, acceptance of another, is repeated many times in the cartoon. And in the relationship between the director of Pal and that same offended virtual assistant. And in the relationship between robots and the Mitchell family, and, of course, in the relationship between the Mitchells themselves. Yes, very banal, but no less correct message.

The cartoon The Mitchells vs. the Machines will in most frames test the representatives of the older generation (and in this case it is even thirty years old) for strength and tolerance. TikTok-like filters, weird videos by Katie Mitchell, full-screen hand-drawn posters, arrows and comments over the main picture, etc. And, of course, memes and banter about the “dinosaurs” of the pre-computer era, who can’t even find videos on YouTube. Yes, sometimes these jokes look a little strained, in the spirit of the old How Do You Do Fellow Kids? meme, but in general it turned out to be even cute.


The Mitchells vs. the Machines was built using the same software as the 2018 masterpiece Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. And while the cartoons don’t look very similar visually, the comic style used in Spider-Man breaks through from time to time in The Mitchells vs. the Machines, if not in shading and shading, then in stickers, accents, emphasizing explosions and movement. The members of the Mitchell family themselves, unlike the cartoon characters we are used to, may not appeal to everyone, but in general the visual component here is quite original and interesting.


Well, the directorial debut of Mike Riand, who previously held the role of creative director and writer of the animated series Gravity Falls from Disney, turned out to be quite worthy. Rianda, who also works as a voice actor, gave his voice to one of the heroes of the tape. And, by the way, about the sound. The Mitchells vs. the Machines went to Netflix immediately with Ukrainian voice acting, and I must say, very high quality. A welcome trend, let’s hope that there will be more Ukrainian content on the streaming service over time.

Due to the abolition of a number of quarantine restrictions, from May 1, 2021, cinemas in Ukraine will resume work with 50% load, and among the premieres of this summer there are even several interesting animated films. However, The Mitchells vs. the Machines should not be lost in their background. Watch this movie. It is especially recommended for parents of adults or almost adult children.

Pros: Animation in the spirit of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse; very unusual, as for full-length cartoons, characters; some good jokes; important points raised by the authors Cons: Some jokes seem too far-fetched; effects and filters will not appeal to everyone Conclusion:

In fact, a very good family cartoon that is worth watching for parents of almost adult children.

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