The Mitchells vs. The Machines film hit 53 million household views within 28 days, making it the most-watched animation movie on Netflix. The title is a collaboration of Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the duo responsible for other big titles like The Lego Movie, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
In contrast, films like The Willoughby’s and Over The Moon gathered 38 million and 48 million member households respectively within the same period. Unfortunately, the Sci-fi comedy film released in March cut short its theatrical release due to the pandemic. But Netflix acquired it from Sony, relishing the implausible reception from viewers.
The film written and directed by Jeff Rowe and Michael Rianda follows the story of a dysfunctional Mitchell family. The Mitchells embark on a road trip as they take their daughter to college. But, the bonding activity is interrupted by a technological takeover.
The Mitchells vs. The Machines features Abbi Jacobson as Katie Mitchell aspiring to be a filmmaker who struggles to connect with her loving father, Rick Mitchell, voiced by Danny McBride. Rick can’t understand his daughter’s passions and interests as she gets ready to go to college.
While he suggests they embark on a road trip as they take her to college, he isn’t sure whether their strained relationship will survive the long trip. However, things change when the robotic uprising leads to a societal collapse, leaving them with no option but to collaborate to save the world.
Other family members include mum Linda, voiced by Maya Rudolph, and son Aaron voiced by Michael Rianda. The film’s other voice talents are Olivia Colman, Blake Griffin, Eric Andre, Beck Bennett, Fred Armisen, Sasheer Zamata, Conan O’Brien, Chrissy Teigen, Charlyne Yi, and John Legend.
Mark Mothersbaugh composed the score for The Mitchells vs. The Machines, including Lion and the Lamb by The Mae Shi, California by Grims, Live Your Life by T.I. featuring Rihanna. The veteran who has also served as a composer in other big titles like The Lego Movie and Thor: Ragnarok spices up the animated film even more.
The film flawlessly marries the explosive robot action with the dramatic family scenes presenting an exhilarating viewing experience. While the film was not the most-watched of all titles, it was a success as it overcame theatrical release challenges due to the pandemic.
The Mitchells vs. The Machines also offers a wild visual style that is remarkably detailed, enhancing your viewing experience. Moreover, it addresses significant themes in life like humanity, generational gaps, technology, our relationship with the internet, and how it affects our connection with other people.
Holding the first position in Netflix is Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead, which gathered 75 million household members in the first 28 days. This figure was higher than its prediction, which was 72 million. Elsewhere, Netflix predicted Kelvin Hart’s Fatherhood would gather 72 million viewers within the same period.
If you’ve not watched The Mitchells vs. The Machines yet, you can view it on Netflix. To catch more updates on animation films, stay tuned!