Lots of funny lines in this Slate interview. Here's the first answer:
Mike Rianda: My history with them is: My mom got me one. I was a little too old. I think I was 13. I was like, “This is a baby thing! I’m an adult! I’m 13, Mom! Thanks for the gift!” But I did enjoy it, because it’s a strange, wonderful thing. I was actually talking to somebody about how it was made by a farmer, or something? It seems like it was a very earnest endeavor. It wasn’t made by a toy company to be like, “How do we move some product?” Some weirdo was like, “I like owls, and I want to put a face on an owl, and I want it to talk to children!” I had one, and I got sick of it, and my mom was scared of it, so I put it in the closet, and it would literally talk in the closet at night, waking me up and terrifying me.
There will be a livetweet viewing party tonight, and here's a few posts from some of the creators and fans:
THE MITCHELLS VS. THE MACHINES LIVE TWEET WATCH PARTY!— Michael Rianda (@michaelrianda) May 3, 2021
Tonight! 5pm PST/8pm EST!
Join me @chrizmillr, @philiplord, @lindseydraws, @billybobmartinz & more tweet as we watch the movie!
Fun! Stories! Secret art! Jokes TOO HOT for a family film! Cut Scenes! Easter Eggs! And MORE! pic.twitter.com/HN4OFG5dvg
So overwhelmed seeing all the love and excitement for @MitchellsMovie!— Lily (@lilynishita) May 2, 2021
Here's a bunch of surfacing stuff that can be found throughout the film. Action Movie Soundtrack ended up changing layout-wise for the final but I had so much fun painting all of these! pic.twitter.com/fkUg5YRgY3
Nick Bradshaw!! https://t.co/6OZiQS4UeR designed our Pal logo! I wanted to hire a specialist in order to make the tech company feel believable. He's an incredibly smart designer and developed a brand identity for Pal Labs. https://t.co/dDY07bt6U8— Lindsey Olivares (@lindseydraws) May 3, 2021
SO many moments in the movie are just funny @billybobmartinz drawings that made us scream laugh- that we then laboriously re-created in 3D.— Michael Rianda (@michaelrianda) May 3, 2021
Another Example: https://t.co/9UnusLtRxm pic.twitter.com/ZNSQQMOGHK
My first assignment on the Mitchells! I helped with poses/expressions for Linda (her design by @lindseydraws), and a few other characters. I was still struggling with getting that "lived in" mitchell feeling here- adjusting to the show style was such a rewarding process for me<3 pic.twitter.com/6B2y5fBPw8— alice lemma (@AliceLemma) May 2, 2021
Wow. @michaelrianda made a movie so good it got me to make alt posters again for the first time in months.— • 𝕾𝖎𝖘𝖙𝖊𝖗 𝕳𝖞𝖉𝖊 • (@HydeSister) May 1, 2021
So these are the consequences of your actions, man.
Seriously, @MitchellsMovie is so freaking good I can’t believe it. Easily the best animated film in years. pic.twitter.com/yzmL15ITFH