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The official behind-the-scenes art book for Sony Pictures Animation’s feature film The Mitchells vs. The Machines
The Art of The Mitchells vs. The Machines gives insight into how the filmmakers behind Sony Pictures Animation’s new movie The Mitchells vs. The Machines were able to bring a fresh, new vision to the screen through concept art, sketches, and early character designs. The book also features exclusive commentary from director/cowriter Michael Rianda and codirector/cowriter Jeff Rowe, alumni of the team behind Emmy Award–winning Gravity Falls, and producers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the innovative and creative minds behind The LEGO Movie and the Academy Award–winning Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
From the humans who brought you the Academy Award-winning Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse and The LEGO Movie comes The Mitchells vs. The Machines, an animated action-comedy about an ordinary family who find themselves in the middle of their biggest family challenge yet. . . . saving the world from the robot apocalypse. No big deal, right? It all starts when creative outsider Katie Mitchell is accepted into the film school of her dreams and is eager to leave home and find “her people,” when her nature-loving dad insists on having the whole family drive her to school and bond during one last totally-not-awkward-or-forced road trip. 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, to evil Furbys are employed to capture every human on the planet. Now it’s up to the Mitchells, including upbeat mom Linda, quirky little brother Aaron, their squishy pug, Monchi, and two friendly, but simple-minded robots to save humanity.
Directed by Michael Rianda (Gravity Falls), produced by Oscar winners Phil Lord and Chris Miller, and Kurt Albrecht, and featuring the voices of Abbi Jacobson, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph, Beck Bennett, Fred Armisen, Eric Andre, and Oscar winner Olivia Colman, The Mitchells vs. The Machines is about embracing the things that make us unique, learning what it means to be human in a world increasingly filled with technology, and holding tight to the people most important to you when the unexpected hits.
About the Author
Ramin Zahed is a Los Angeles–based author and editor in chief of Animation Magazine. His recent books include Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse: The Art of the Movie, The Art of Captain Underpants, and The Art of DreamWorks Animation. Alex Lacamoire is a multiple Tony and Grammy Award-winning musician, who has worked on shows including In the Heights (2008), Hamilton (2016), and Dear Evan Hansen (2017) and movies such as The Greatest Showman (2017). Lacamoire was a Kennedy Center Honoree in 2018.
“This is a fascinating deep dive into the creation of one of the most visually engaging and endearing movies in recent memory. For you aspiring animators out there, let this serve as a guide to the endless work that goes into creating animation that serves both story and style. And maybe you’ll walk away with a little inspiration to color outside the lines, whether that’s on a sketch pad, computer tablet, or just in your everyday life.”
“An excellent companion piece. The kind of collector’s coffee table book that usually accompanies major theatrical blockbusters.”
“If you are a fan of animation or someone who loves to look deeper into how your new favorite film came together, then this book is a must-have.”
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