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Lilly Wachowski (written by) &
Lana Wachowski (written by)
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A tour is taken into the Zion archives, where the history of the real world and the rise of the machines is shown to viewers. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Isshin Chiba ... (voice)
Katsumi Chô ... (voice)

Dane A. Davis ... 01 Versatran Spokesman (voice: English version) (as Dane Davis)

Debi Derryberry ... Kid (voice: English version)
Daisuke Egawa ... (voice)
Julia Fletcher ... The Instructor (voice: English version)
Katsuhiro Harasawa ... (voice)
Takako Honda ... (voice)
Hajime Iijima ... (voice)
Tetsu Inada ... (voice)
Nobuyuki Kobushi ... (voice)
Akiko Koike ... (voice)
Yutaka Nakano ... (voice)
Mizuki Saito ... (voice)
Jirô Saitô ... (voice)

Dwight Schultz ... (voice: English version)
Tarusuke Shingaki ... (voice)
Yuu Sugimoto ... (voice)
Satoshi Taki ... (voice)

Jill Talley ... Mother (voice: English version)

James Arnold Taylor ... (voice: English version)
Jin Yamanoi ... (voice)

Directed by
Mahiro Maeda 
Writing credits
Lilly Wachowski (written by) (as Andy Wachowski) &
Lana Wachowski (written by) (as Larry Wachowski)

Produced by
Eiko Tanaka .... animation producer
Original Music by
Don Davis 
Casting by
Jack Fletcher 
Production Design by
Hideki Futamura 
Art Direction by
Atsushi Morikawa 
Sound Department
Michael Edward Johnson .... supervising sound editor
Visual Effects by
Akiko Saito .... CG director
Animation Department
Hideki Futamura .... animation director
Hideki Futamura .... character designer
Takeshi Honda .... key animator
Mutsuko Kajigaya .... inbetween animation supervisor
Keiko Kakuta .... inbetween animator
Kazuya Kimura .... inbetween animator
Mahiro Maeda .... animation director
Mahiro Maeda .... character designer
Mahiro Maeda .... mechanical designer
Hideki Sekiguchi .... inbetween animator
Masayuki Shibuya .... inbetween animator
Yutaka Sumi .... inbetween animator
Yûko Takahashi .... inbetween animator
Akie Tsutsumi .... inbetween animator
Keiko Watanabe .... inbetween animator
Other crew
Jack Fletcher .... voice director
Yoshikazu Miyao .... additional mechanical designer
Range Murata .... additional mechanical designer (as Renji Murata)
Yoshiko Okura .... translator

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"The Animatrix: The Second Renaissance Part 1" - USA (series title)
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9 min

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1 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Ridiculous Attempt @ Back Story, 7 June 2003
Author: (mel_farr) from peter's room again

If this is all the Watchowski's have to offer in terms of a back story to the Matrix, than I really have to question the claims of all of the fans who believe that the movies are intended to register on a deeper level. The second renaissance, while visually stunning & beautiful is, story-wise cliched & ludicrous. How many times have we heard the story of humans relying too much on technology, humans all-too eager to make war, humans basically destroying themselves? There is nothing new here. And I have another question. Considering the plot of the second renaissance, doesn't that make the machines the good guys?! The machines are oppressed for generations by their cruel human overmasters. They fight back, win their freedom and seek to establish a peaceful harmonious coexistence with the humans, who reject them in favor of all-out war, which the cleverer machines naturally win. If this is the back-story, then we shouldn't be rooting for Neo, we should be rooting for the machines! The humans were cruel and oppressive, while the machines were courageous and attepted to be compassionate. Since I do not believe that the Watchowski's intend for us to favor the machines over the humans, I have to believe that the Second Renaissance was simply a misguided attempt @ creating a back-story.

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