In the first trailer for Sony Pictures Animation’s “Connected,” Danny McBride plays a dopey, suburban dad who feels he’s drifting away from his family because of how much time they spend on their cellphones and devices. But that’s before an army of robots accidentally turn evil and threaten the planet.
“Connected” is produced by Phil Lord and Chris Miller alongside Kurt Albrecht, the team behind Sony’s “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.” But this is a different kind of superhero story, as they at one point have to perform the herculean task of actually putting down their phones and making eye contact.
“You know, this is our last night together. How about we make 10 seconds of family eye contact? Starting — put your phone down — now,” McBride’s character says as his family strains bug eyes at him. “No, you’re allowed to blink, it’s just eye contact.”
“Connected” starts as the daughter of the Mitchell family is heading out to college, but after getting into a fight at the dinner table that ends up smashing her computer, the father decides to cancel her plane ticket and drive her across the country to school instead. As they go on the road, a new tech company launches a high-tech batch of helper robots with the promise that they will never turn evil — and then they of course turn evil.
In addition to McBride, the voice cast includes Abbi Jacobson, Maya Rudolph, Mike Rianda, Eric Andre and Olivia Colman. Rianda is also directing with co-director Jeff Rowe based on a screenplay the two wrote together.
“Connected” opens in theaters on Sept. 18, 2020. Watch the first trailer for the film above.
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