Connected, previously titled The Mitchells vs. The Machines, is an original animated comedy from producers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs).
The Mitchells are a dysfunctional but loving family whose road trip is interrupted by a tech uprising that threatens mankind: all around the world, the electronic devices people love–from phones, to self driving cars, to a sleek new line of personal robots–turn on humanity. With the help of two malfunctioning robots and the family's delightfully overweight pug Monchi, the Mitchells will have to get past their problems and work together to save each other and the world!
- Abbi Jacobson as Katie Mitchell
- Danny McBride as Rick Mitchell
- Maya Rudolph as Linda Mitchell
- Mike Rianda as Aaron Mitchell
- Eric Andre as Mark Bowman
- Olivia Colman as PAL
- Blake Griffin as a new, sleek kind of robot from PAL Labs
On May 22, 2018, Sony Pictures Animation announced the title of a Phil Lord and Christopher Miller-produced animated film that was in development, entitled The Mitchells vs. the Machines. The film is the duo's fourth collaboration with SPA following the two Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs films and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, as well as the studio's first original feature film since The Star. Mike Rianda and Jeff Rowe, former writers of the Disney Channel animated series Gravity Falls, served as the film's screenwriters, with Rianda serving as director and Rowe as co-director with a release of September 18, 2020.
On May 27, 2019, animation work at Sony Pictures Imageworks had begun, as confirmed by animator Nick Kondo on Twitter. On June 12, 2019, at the 2019 Annecy International Animated Film Festival, when Sony Animation president Kristine Belson revealed that the film would be using an animation style similar to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, and that the worlds the Mitchell family and the robots live in are initially separate universes before colliding. On February 19, 2020, Abbi Jacobson was cast as Katie Mitchell. On February 20, 2020, first images were revealed through Entertainment Weekly, and it was announced the title was changed to Connected and Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph, director Rianda, Eric Andre, and Olivia Colman joined the cast.
On March 3, 2020 the first trailer dropped online and Phil Lord confirmed on Twitter that his frequent collaborator Mark Mothersbaugh will compose the score for the film. On April 24, 2020, the film was delayed one month to October 23 when Sony made changes to its theatrical release schedule due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On May 6, 2020, Lord confirmed that basketball player Blake Griffin had joined the voice cast as one of the robots.
- It was Sony Pictures Animation's first film to feature its original female protagonist.
- The film was originally set for release on January 10, 2020 under the title of The Mitchells vs. The Machines, but was pushed back the following month to September 18, 2020 and renamed to Connected. This may have occurred on February 20, 2020 since an article published by Deadline Hollywood the previous date included the previous title.
- This is Sony Pictures Animation's first original film since The Star.
- The film is inspired by Rianda's own delightfully crazy family, and a childhood infatuation with robots.
- This is the second Sony Pictures Animation film to have the Sony Pictures Animation logo appear before the Columbia Pictures logo with the first being Peter Rabbit (film). The previous movie didn't feature the Columbia logo in the beginning.
- Sony Animation's 21st animated feature film.
- This is the first Sony Animation's animated film of 2020s to be produced in 1.85:1.
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- Cast list for Connected, Sony Pictures Animation website, February 20, 2020
- "An ordinary family battles a robot uprising in first look at Phil Lord and Chris Miller's Connected", Entertainment Weekly, February 20, 2020
- "Abbi Jacobson To Star In Sony Animated Film ‘The Mitchells Vs The Machines’ From Producers Chris Miller & Phil Lord", Deadline Hollywood, February 19, 2020