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The Animatrix (2003)

PG-13  |   |  Animation, Action, Adventure  |  3 June 2003 (USA)
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The Animatrix is a collection of several animated short films, detailing the backstory of the "Matrix" universe, and the original war between man and machines which led to the creation of the Matrix.


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Credited cast:
Akio Ôtsuka ...
Thadeus (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jue (segment "Final Flight of the Osiris") / Manabu (segment "Beyond") (voice)
Cis (segment "Program") / Yoko (segment "Beyond") (voice)
Clarence (voice) (as T.C. Carson)
Alexa (segment "Matriculated") (voice)
Rox (segment "Matriculated") (voice)
01 Versatran Spokesman (segment "The Second Renaissance, Part II") (voice)
William R. Dean ...
Teacher (segment "Kid's Story") (voice)
Crew Man (segment "Final Flight of the Osiris") / Kaiser (segment "Program") (voice)
Tom (segment "World Record") (voice)
Townsperson (segment "Beyond") / Sandro (segment "Matriculated") (voice)
Julia Fletcher ...
The Instructor (segments "The Second Renaissance, Parts I&II") / Narrator (segment "World Record") / Townsperson (segment "Beyond") (voice)


Anthology of nine short anime (Japanese animation) films tied in to the 1999 blockbuster "The Matrix" and its sequels. "Final Flight of the Osiris": The crew of the hovercraft Osiris attempt to warn their city of an imminent attack. "The Second Renaissance, Parts 1 & 2": The story behind the war between man and the machines, how mankind scorched the sky, and the creation of the Matrix. "Kid's Story": A teenager is contacted by Neo, and manages to escape the Matrix. "Program": Two warriors battle in a samurai training simulation when one decides to betray his crewmates and re-enter the Matrix. "World Record": A champion sprinter manages to break free of the Matrix by sheer physical effort during a record attempt. "Beyond": A young girl searching for her cat discovers a haunted house caused by a glitch in the system. "A Detective Story": Private investigator Ash tracks a hacker named Trinity through the looking glass. "Matriculated": A group of humans capture a machine scout and insert ... Written by Alexander Lum

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There is a reference to the Visual Effects Supervisor for the Matrix films, John Gaeta, during "The Second Renaissance Part II." As the human army gathers in the trenches, preparing for Operation Dark Storm, a male voice on the P.A. system announces, "Lt. Gaeta, please report to the Ops Center. Lt. Gaeta to Ops Center." See more »


When Washington D.C. is shown the first time in "the second renaissance", you see that directly behind the capitol, there are enormous skyscrapers, but the second time they show the capitol (in the riot scene), you can see the sky behind it. See more »


[after removing a bug from Ash's eye]
Ash: What just happened?
Trinity: Mr. Ash, dream of having an eye exam lately?
[quick flashback to dream]
Ash: Yeah, how'd you know?
[Trinity hands Ash the bug]
Trinity: You've just stepped to the edge of the looking glass.
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Written by Satoshi Tomiie
Performed by Satoshi Tomiie
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If you want to understand "The Matrix" you don't want to miss this
1 January 2009 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

Born from the directors(Larry and Andy Wachowski)of "The Matrix" ,this 9 part great animated movie tell's the story of what happened whit mankind before the time that "The Matrix" takes place.

Here are the titles of the nine part of The Animatrix: 1.Final Flight of the Osiris 2.Kid's Story 3.The Second Renaissance Part I 4.The Second Renaissance Part II 5.Beyond 6.A Detective Story 7.Program 8.World Record 9.Matriculated

In the first part of The Animatrix "Final Flight of the Osiris" we find out that the Osiris is the ship who informs Zion that the machines are digging direct to it.

If you don't watch the "Kid's story" you will not be able to understand what does the kid is talking about to Neo in "The Matrix Reloaded"

But the most important parts of The Animatrix are the The Second Renaissance Part's in which is told the story between man and machine.

The movie is the necessary introduction of "The Matrix", don't miss it

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