If you’ve had The LEGO Movie on loop in lockdown, if you want a kids movie not involving superheroes or if you’re just looking for a funny family film on Netflix, we have the answer.

The Mitchells vs The Machines looks destined to be a smash hit with young kids and parents as it brings together the genius team behind The LEGO Movie and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and a stellar voice cast for a witty new animated adventure.

Coming to Netflix this Spring, it looks guaranteed to be your kids new favourite movie…

When is The Mitchells vs The Machines released?

The movie is released on Netflix on April 30.

What is The Mitchells vs The Machines all about?

Key art for The Mitchells vs The Machines - Released on April 30th on Netflix 2021 SPAI

Netflix describes the film as an “animated action-comedy” about an ordinary family who find themselves saving the world from the “robot apocalypse”.

The synopsis reveals:

“It all starts when creative outsider Katie Mitchell (Abi Jacobson) is accepted into the film school of her dreams and is eager to leave home and find “her people”, when her nature-loving dad (Danny McBride) insists on having the whole family drive her to school and bond during one last totally-not-awkward-or-forced road trip.

Katie Mitchell, voiced by Abi Jacobson) and her dad, voiced by Danny McBride 2021 SPAI

“But just when the trip can’t get any worse, the family suddenly finds itself in the middle of the robot uprising! Everything from smart phones to Roombas and evil Furbys are employed to capture every human on the planet. Now it’s up to the Mitchells, including upbeat mom Linda (Maya Rudolph), quirky little brother Aaron (Michael Rianda), their squishy pug, Monchi (Doug the Pug), and two friendly, but simple-minded robots to save humanity.”

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Why you should be excited about The Mitchells vs The Machines

First look at the 'worst family of all time' The Mitchells 2021 SPAI

You’ll instantly recognise the irreverent style of humour and pop culture references in the trailer – this is a movie from producers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.

Lord and Miller are the duo who gave us Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, The LEGO Movie and the Academy Award-winning Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse in 2019.

“We are overwhelmed by the enthusiasm Netflix has expressed for this movie with this acquisition and grateful to everyone at Sony for making a great picture with us and finding a big way to bring it to audiences” said Lord and Miller.

“We’re really proud of the film we all made together, plus we understand our subscription fees are waived in perpetuity as part of the deal? We’re not lawyers but it does sound right to us.”

Squishy pug Monchi, voiced by Doug the Pug 2021 SPAI

The film is a five-year project from director Mike Rianda, who created the Disney animated TV series Gravity Falls.

“This is a very personal movie about my very weird family,” said Rianda.

“I’m so grateful to all the incredible artists that poured their love and passion into this project to make it a reality, and to everyone at Sony who believed in us and were on board to make a different kind of animated movie.”

Who is in The Mitchells vs The Machines voice cast?

The Mitchell family in The Mitchells vs The Machines 2021 SPAI

If you weren’t already looking forward to watching the film, the impressive cast list is a strong indication that this is going to be an extremely funny movie.

The cast include Abbi Jacobson (Broad City), Danny McBride (Eastbound and Down), Maya Rudolph (Bridesmaids), Mike Rianda (Gravity Falls), Eric Andre (Bad Trip), Olivia Colman (The Crown) and  Fred Armisen (Portlandia).

It also features the voices of Beck Bennett (SNL), Chrissy Teigen, John Legend, Charlyne Yi (Paper Heart), Blake Griffin,  Conan O'Brien,  Doug the Pug, Sasheer Zamata (SNL), Elle Mills, Alex Hirsch (Gravity Falls) and Jay Pharoah (SNL).

Watch this if you liked…

The LEGO Movie, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, The Incredibles, Onward, Wreck-It Ralph

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 Watch The Mitchells vs The Machines on Netflix from April 30.

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