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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Program (2003)
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A young girl and a group of children discover that an abandoned house contains a wondrous nature to it.

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World Record (2003)
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An athlete, Dan, breaks out of the matrix through a feat of strength and gets a brief glimse of the real world outside his existance.

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Matriculated (2003)
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Using the Matrix, a resistance group attempts to recruit a sentinel to their cause.

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Akio Ôtsuka ...
Thadeus (voice)
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Jue (segment "Final Flight of the Osiris") / Manabu (segment "Beyond") (voice)
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Cis (segment "Program") / Yoko (segment "Beyond") (voice)
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Clarence (voice) (as T.C. Carson)
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Alexa (segment "Matriculated") (voice)
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Rox (segment "Matriculated") (voice)
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01 Versatran Spokesman (segment "The Second Renaissance, Part II") (voice)
William R. Dean ...
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Teacher (segment "Kid's Story") (voice)
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Crew Man (segment "Final Flight of the Osiris") / Kaiser (segment "Program") (voice)
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Tom (segment "World Record") (voice)
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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)
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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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At the end of Kid's Story, Kid's grave reads: "Michael Karl Popper, Beloved Son, Rest in Peace". (Karl Popper is a famous 20th Century philosopher) See more »

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The word "scanning" is misspelled as "scaning" on a monitor. See more »

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Teacher: This is not real, and the real world lies somewhere else.
Man: A typical mental delusion, we get unbalanced kids like that all the time.
Teacher: Reality can be a pretty scary thing for some people. This world must have been a cold and alienating place for a boy like that.
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CONGA FURY
Written by Mabi Thobejane and Ben Watkins
Performed by Juno Reactor
Courtesy of Waxtrax!Records / TVT Records
(segment "Final Flight of the Osiris")
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Superior to "Reloaded"
31 May 2003 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

After loving the original "Matrix" film and hating the recent "Reloaded," my enthusiasm for "Animatrix" was somewhere between curiosity and contempt. "Reloaded" was so slow and empty I hesitated to explore the "Matrix" concept any further as a possible waste of time. Well, the good news is that "Animatrix," while far from perfect, is much more interesting than "Reloaded" as it explores the original concept rather than try to act as a sequel.

"The Animatrix" is a collection of animated short stories, each one independent of the others. Each tale has its own interesting twist and can be enjoyed in any order (except for the two-part episode, obviously). The stories are based on the original "Matrix" film so if you haven't seen the sequel(s), don't worry. The segments are (in no particular order):

"Final Flight of the Osiris" This is a CGI animated story that is a prelude to the story of "Reloaded." While I'm not a big fan of 3D computer animation, it was actually quite good and I think it should have been filmed and included in "Reloaded." It would have made a much more exciting introduction.

"Program" This was a very brief but an exciting battle between two humans in the Matrix. As they fight they argue over the merits of the fight against the Machines. The ending is a bit of a cop-out but the story is still cool.

"The Second Renaissance" This is a two-part story that explains the war between Man and the Machines. Morpheus gives a brief overview of this story in the original "Matrix" film but "Renaissance" actually details why the war began. This was my favorite part of the "Animatrix," although its armageddon-like tale is a little depressing. It also features GRAPHIC VIOLENCE which will shock most viewers, so be prepared. Still, it is a fascinating explanation.

"World Record" This was a fun idea but artistically I was unimpressed. The characters' features and motions were so wildly exaggerated that it feels ridiculous. Could have been better.

"Kid's Story" This is another story which sets up an element of "Reloaded." It is brief and fun to watch, but not much goes on here.

"Detective Story" I would have enjoyed this piece a lot more if it hadn't been so rushed. The story is interesting but it begins and ends so quickly it's actually not that good. A shame.

"Beyond" This was a cool idea and I enjoyed it. It didn't have much to say but as a short film it was good.

"Matriculation" This is probably the weakest segment as it serves up mostly eye candy and little content. There is an interesting concept behind the action but most of the time you're just staring at wild colors and patterns.

While inconsistent I enjoyed "The Animatrix" and I recommend it. I would have liked to see "The Second Renaissance" and "Detective Story" expanded into feature length films (or at least hour-long OVAs).


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