It’s hard to choose a favorite thing about the immensely enjoyable animated movie “The Mitchells vs. The Machines,” but (since this is Moviepaws), we’re going to have to go with MONCHI, the awkward but extremely lovable pug.
Along with his highly imperfect humans, The Mitchells, he helps save the world from a robot uprising. We won’t spoil just how Monchi comes to the rescue, but here’s what you need to know about this pup.
- He’s cross-eyed.
- He can’t catch anything.
- He stars in aspiring animator Katie Mitchell (Abbi Jacobson)’s series of short films as “Dog Cop.”
- He snores just as loudly as Katie’s dad Rick (voiced by Danny McBride) does.
- Early on when things look their grimmest, Rick says — trying to be realistic, as usual — “At some point, we’re going to have to eat the dog,” and the entire family pelts him with dinosaur toys. So, no, this is not the kind of movie where anyone eats a dog!
- Monchi is based on writer/director Mike Rianda’s sister’s pug, Monchichi, who, according to Netflix, was also “very excitable, wall-eyed, and had a hard time catching things.”
7. All Monchi’s noises — snorting, snoring, licking — are thanks to Instagram star Doug the Pug (@itsdougthepug). “We really wanted actual pug sounds, so we got our favorite celebri-dog,” Rianda told People magazine.
8. He’s not the only dog in the movie! There’s also the neighbor’s impossibly fit pooch. And a dog who the movie’s tech genius has taught to talk thanks to an uncomfortable-looking helmet.
9 Just like the real Doug, Monchi gets to wear a tuxedo. And a little top hat!
10. Doug is very excited about his movie debut.
11. And, despite facing down an army of robots, nothing bad happens to Monchi in this movie.
“The Mitchells vs. The Machines” is now streaming on Netflix.