disrupt’s review published on Letterboxd:
obnoxious. repetitive and outdated humor. 1 star for wonderful animation, but the facial expressions were cringey and misplaced. easily predictable “quirky girl”. she even has POSTERS and INTERESTS and makes glitter amvs of her “funny” walleyed dog. so incredibly different and unique! clearly focused toward a “meme generation”, pandering to so called individualists who can see themselves in her. my apologies, but everyone is ‘quirky’, not just you for having impractical and artsy passions. the robots were an even worse stockpile of millennial humor and repeated quips about the dog looking like a pig. only nearly interesting character was the son. mother was a flat cutout there to mellow the projected “sensitive unsupportive bad guy” dad archetype. fleshing a character out does not include a 10 minute montage of sad childhood videos and the man crying. understand where the story was going initially, but it essentially became a grab at “technology bad”, exaggerating reliance on the internet in young cultures. every evil robot including their leader phone were obnoxious projections of someone’s hatred toward new technology. reliance is bad, i agree, but why not rely on the fruits of your own labor? each piece of technology is created by man, not a hovering force in the sky allowing us to be ‘lazy’. imagine 1600’s philosophers skepticising about letters or typewriters being too ‘advanced’ for their culture. it constantly wavers between a “deep message” about the being a DIFFERENT family from all the ‘cardboard cut out’ families around them, and the message of tech reliance. these do not mesh well, and could have been easily developed in seperate films, but seeing the results, it’s clear somebody just wanted to draw robots. i understand how people could like it, but it simply didn’t strike a chord with me. painful to get through.