Aside from its compelling plot and characters, The Mitchells vs. The Machines’ animation is stunning and entertaining, drawing you in from the start. The film stands out from other animated films thanks to a creative mix of hand-painted illustrative work and more realistic computer graphics that creates an end result that looks like a 3D watercolor painting. But the fun animation options don’t end there. Since Katie is a filmmaker, the film takes a lot of its visual cues from her creative style and outlook on life. Her hyper-expressive drawings often appear over already-completed frames in the film, punctuating dialogue and main action scenes with superhero pugs, rainbows, and cartwheels. IMDB
Every frame is clearly filled with love and concern for this project. From the faded bumper stickers on their car to the notes scrawled on Katie’s hands, the Mitchells’ universe is so well-crafted. Katie’s films are full of visual gags and Easter eggs, including a hidden robot language and classic movie references. You’ll find yourself pausing and rewinding the movie to capture the last detail and joke.
The Mitchells vs. The Machines is ridiculously funny when it comes to jokes. This comes as no surprise given the film’s creators. Rianda and his Gravity Falls co-director and writer Jeff Rowe both worked on the film, which is full of off-the-wall gags. The Mitchells vs. The Machines is produced by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who are known for films such as The Lego Movie and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, all of which have killer graphics and snappy humor that are repeated in The Mitchells vs. The Machines. Allow this team to create a terrifyingly large Furby shouting, “Let the dark harvest begin!”