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WATCH: Trailer arrives for Sony animation’s new movie Connected

March 4th, 2020 by Marc Comments

Movies can be an effective avenue, especially for kids, to learn important life lessons. Animated movies, in particular, can be amazing sources of valuable learnings apart from being just visual spectacles that wow the eyes. So, when directors squeeze some lessons into these films, it’s like hitting two birds with one stone. This is what Sony Animation has in store for viewers in their upcoming animated movie. The whole family is sure to have so much fun, while, at the same time, learning lessons on responsible technology and gadget use.

If you want to go on a weekend journey with your family, technology got you covered! There are digital games, such as those from, digital playgrounds, and, of course, the all-time family favorite: MOVIES! With Sony’s latest offering, you’re going to want to bring your whole family to the moviehouse right when it comes out.

Wait, wait, wait… an animated movie from the folks behind Into The Spider-verse, The LEGO Movie AND Gravity Falls?! Yes, you heard that right! The fun continues this 2020, as Sony Animation brings in another family-oriented cartoon.

Honestly, I don’t think I could be more excited for Sony’s new movie, Connected.

Sony Pictures Animation’s Connected is an original animated comedy from director Mike Rianda (Gravity Falls) and producers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, The Lego Movie), about an everyday family’s struggle to relate while technology rises up around the world!

When Katie Mitchell (voiced by Abbi Jacobson), a creative outsider, is accepted into the film school of her dreams, her plans to meet “her people” at college are upended when 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. It’s an emotional affair that every member of the family, especially parents, can relate to! Well, this is because, one day, you’ll all get there, sending your kids off to the great big world.

Katie and Rick are joined by the rest of the family, including Katie’s wildly positive mom Linda (voiced by Maya Rudolph), her quirky little brother Aaron (voiced by Mike Rianda), and the family’s delightfully chubby pug Monchi for the ultimate family road trip. But, things start to change as the family is now confronted with the ugly reality of excessive gadget and screen use. Suddenly, the Mitchells’ plans are interrupted by a tech uprising: all around the world, the electronic devices people love – from phones, to appliances, to an innovative new line of personal robots – decide it’s time to take over. Albeit a blessing, there’s always danger to too much dependence on and use of technology, artificial intelligence, and robots.

But, what could possibly go wrong? This film is as real as it can get, as Sony Animation isn’t shying away from exposing the possible evils of too much technology. Instead of enjoying some good old family time, everyone seems to be on their mobile phones ALL. THE. TIME. All the horrors of living in a world with too much connectivity are shown, with robots taking over the world.

With the help of two friendly malfunctioning robots, the Mitchells will have to get past their problems and work together to save each other and the world!

When you walk out of the movie house, you’re surely going to thank the directors for coming up with this film. Finally, after all your efforts to try and educate your kids on proper gadget use, here is a fun film that can easily do the job on your behalf. It will open your kids’ eyes to the reality of the dangers of tech obsession.

The plot is striking for children, as the whole family takes on the challenge of saving the world. Far behind this, too, is a deep message that seeks to correct people’s misuse of and over-reliance on technology.

Directed by: Mike Rianda

Co-directed by: Jeff Rowe

Cast: Abbi Jacobson, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph, Mike Rianda, Eric Andre, Olivia Colman

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….