Anyone who watches the animated hit The Mitchells vs. The Machines knows how creative the characters are on screen — and how creative the minds are who brought the story to life. The Mitchells, after all, need to continuously solve dreaded obstacles that come with landing in the middle of a robot apocalypse. And lead character Katie Mitchell generates her brightest creative sparks when she’s directing her unique short films, the ones that have helped her get into her dream film school in California. Any time that creatives in the animation field get to tell a story about equally creative characters, magic tends to happen. And it was storyboard artist Caitlin Vanarsdale who proved invaluable to the process of creating the hilarious short films, Dog Cop, based on Katie Mitchell’s own family pup.
Ahead of The Mitchells vs. The Machines arriving on digital, Blu-ray and DVD on December 14, director Mike Rianda opened up about the amount of contributions he got from his own creative team in putting this movie together. And while you can tell that The Mitchells has a distinct voice shaped by Rianda, there’s simply far too much detail bursting out of every scene to boil down to the work of one man. When it came to the Dog Cop short that is part of the new The Mitchells vs. The Machines home video release, Rianda credited several talents, and singled out Vanarsdale specifically, telling CinemaBlend:
Most of us can relate to the trepidation that comes with going away to college, seeking independence but also being a little hesitant about leaving one’s family behind. A lot of Katie’s excitement, but also her anxiety, shines through in her short films, including this hilarious trailer for Dog Cop 7, which you can only see on the Blu-ray or DVD for The Mitchells vs. The Machines. Oh, but also, here:
Don’t be surprised to hear this movie’s name called out when the Academy nominates the top animated films from 2021. In the meantime, if you haven’t yet seen it, it will be ready for you to own beginning on December 14.