In the age of streaming, dedicated “special features” are hard to find. Sometimes you have to wait rare home outing, sometimes they’re made online only, sometimes what would be a bonus documentary just falls on the appropriate streamer. But apparently, to change that, all it takes is a desire to push your product during the height of awards season.
That’s what Netflix does…rather deserved, we would say-for The Mitchells vs. the Machineswho not only got that rare home release last month, but also made up an important part of the streamer‘s For Your Consideration push. To promote both the home release and the animated film’s award chances, Netflix did things like let Katie Mitchell host mock Q&A on Twitter and post the film school movie recommendations from Hopeful, and even released the script for the movie. But now all alonewards site, Netflix has released a complete digital edition of Abrams Books’ The art of the Mitchells against the machines.
First published last year, Ramin Zahed’s behind-the-scenes guide to the making of Mike Rianda’s animated adventure/roboapocalypse/family film is filled with glorious art from the film’s conception, spanning the character designs, main sets, and even the production and approach of the art team on “Katie-Vision,” 2D/3D technology Mitchell used to highlight Katie’s unique visual perspective on the world around her and her potential film projects. Along with tons of interviews from the team behind the film, the book’s digital release means that now everything the wonderful art it contains is also available online for free for the first time. Who knows what kind of impact it will have on The Mitchells vs. the Machinethis season, but we’re not going to say no to public access behind the scenes of one of the best animated films of recent years.
You can read the full Mitchells against the machines art book here.
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