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The Animatrix (2003)

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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:
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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)
Jack Fletcher ...
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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Free your mind.


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WILHELM SCREAM: in the episode, "Matriculated". It happens when the Sentinels attack the humans in the lab near the end. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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Neo: They know you know, get out, get out now!
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References Alice in Wonderland (1951) See more »

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MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE
Written by Johann Bley, Mabi Thobejane and Ben Watkins
Performed by Juno Reactor
Courtesy of Melt 2000/Sound Reproductions Ltd., Jersey, C.I., G.B.
(segment "Kid's Story")
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Animatrix or Matrixime
10 June 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Being a long time viewer of Anime and Anime Collecting, I found myself very intruigued by the notion of an "all Matrix inspired animation project", and having seen many anime anthologies (Robot Carnival, Neo Tokyo, etc.), I knew it was a sketchy territory to say the least. Most anthologies are hit and miss but this one for me was mostly a hit. Gladly, I was not dissapointed at all. All the stories became not just history to the Matrix world but poignant, frightening, disturbing and scintillating drama that takes the blasted landscape of the machine run Earth into a landscape of incalculable possiblities. The idea of the Matrix having its stylistic touches taken from anime makes this disc an even more appropriate and evolutionary step. Bravo to all who got this project together, because expanding the scope and vison of your work to honor its concepts was pure genious. Lucas could learn a thing by this.


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