It was one of animation’s greatest mysteries, at least within this past year: what happened to Connected? The animated film from Phil Lord and Chris Miller, originally scheduled to come out sometime in the summer of 2020, instead dropped off the surface of the Earth with no explanation.
Yes, COVID is an “explanation,” but in most other cases we’ve heard of a rescheduling or a delayed date, or at least an acknowledgement that the film still exists. Connected just…vanished.
Today was the day we finally heard something. Netflix has acquired the movie from Sony and will be putting it on their service sometime in the near future, and not only that, they’re restoring its original title, The Mitchells vs. the Machines. It was announced with this title but changed to “Connected” because, y’know, marketing and trendy one-word titles and all that. Personally, we prefer the original title as well.
As for the meaning behind both those titles….The Mitchells vs. the Machines is about a dad who wants to take his family on a road trip but they’re too absorbed in their screens to care. He feels like he’s fighting a losing battle against technology, but little does he know how literal that scenario is about to become. Midway through the Mitchells’ trip, the robot apocalypse hits, and the family must learn to get along while waging war against the gizmos all around them.
The film stars the voices of Danny McBride, Abbi Jacobson, Maya Rudolph, Eric Andre, and Olivia Colman, and was directed by Mike Rianda and Jeff Rowe, who previously wrote for Gravity Falls.
Netflix won’t tell us when The Mitchells vs. the Machines will finally be available to watch, nor have they produced a new trailer yet. So until then, here’s the original Sony trailer, which uses the Connected title…