Sony Pictures Animation has released the first official trailer for Connected. The film is produced by the masterminds of the studio’s Oscar-winning Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse duo of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, and with Kurt Albrecht. Mike Rianda, known for his work on cult animated series Gravity Falls, directed and penned the script, alongside Jeff Rowe.
Originally titled The Mitchells vs. The Machines, the film depicts a fantastical story of a family versus technology and machines, experimenting different types of animation styles that hint at Spider-Verse‘s revolutionary techniques.
Connected starts with the creative outsider and oldest daughter Katie Mitchell (voiced by Abbi Jacobson) who is accepted into the film school of her dreams. Her nature-loving dad Rick (voiced by Danny McBride) determines the whole family should drive Katie to school together and bond as a family one last time. Throughout the trailer, Rick makes a constant effort to get his family members off of their devices, especially during dinnertime when he asks them to look up from their devices and make eye contact with each other for a few seconds. Other members of the quirky family include Katie’s wildly positive mom Linda (voiced by Maya Rudolph), her little brother Aaron (voiced by Rianda), and the family’s delightfully chubby pug Monchi for the ultimate family road trip.
Suddenly, the Mitchells’ plans are interrupted by a tech uprising: all around the world, the electronic devices people love – from phones and appliances, to an innovative new line of personal robots – decide it’s time to take over. With the help of two friendly malfunctioning robots, the Mitchells will have to work together to save each other, their trip, and the world. The voices of Eric Andre and Olivia Colman will also be featured.
Connected is definitely not the first picture to comment on a potential robot uprising. Will Smith’s I, Robot and The Matrix series are stories that warn the use of technology. With the unique, modern animation style of Connected, though, the visuals of the story may paint a fresh, fun, but poignant lesson for the audience.
The animated picture is expected to hit theaters on September 18, 2020. Watch the trailer below: