Director Mike Rianda Wrote A Little Of Himself Into Every Character In The Mitchells Vs The Machines

Although Aaron is the only Mitchell that Mike Rianda lends his voice to, he claims to have left a piece of himself in each member of the family (via The A.V. Club):

“I’m wildly in almost all of the characters […] I’m a lot like Katie in that I wanted to go to art school. My dad was like, ‘I don’t know, buddy.’ You know, but lovingly. My dad looks exactly like Rick. My mom is like the kindest woman in the world, but will come at you like a freight train if she’s trying to get you into Mr. Frederick’s third-grade class instead of Mrs. Holyfield’s.”

Where Aaron is the hyper-fixated dinosaur kid, the rest of the family possess their own identifiable quirks. Katie (Abbi Jacobson) is a talented young queer filmmaker who sees the world through her passion. Rick (Danny McBride) is more old-fashioned in his approach to doing things. He means well, even if he doesn’t know how to adapt to Katie’s bond to technology. Linda (Maya Rudolph) is the warm-hearted mediator, who you don’t want to cross. Then there’s Monchi (Doug the Pug), the canine enigma you can’t help but love.

“The Mitchells Vs. the Machines” plays like a loving tribute to the people who brought Rianda to this moment, as these characters are so precise in their mannerisms that it only could have come from someone who mined his loved ones for the world to see. I, for one, am grateful for the hilarious twist on what appears to be a really cool household.

“The Mitchells vs. the Machines” is currently streaming on Netflix.

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