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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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Agent / Ash (voice)
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Yoko's cat Yuki hasn't shown up for diner and this really concerns her as the cat never misses a meal. She starts looking, asking neighbors if they have seen the animal. Then, one boy mentions seeing Yuki around the 'Haunted House', further up in the city. It's a favorite playground of the boy's group of friends. Yoko soon finds out this isn't an ordinary place. Objects are disappearing, feathers turns into birds and gravity seems to be absent. But Yoko soon finds out the existence of the place is also known by a group of rather reckless people. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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HANDS AROUND MY THROAT
Written by Nicola Kuperus, Adam Lee Miller, Tim Holmes (as Timothy David Holmes), Richard Fearless (as Richard Maguire), Dan Bitney,
Ken Brown, John Herndon, Douglas McCombs and John McEntire
Performed by Death In Vegas
Courtesy of Concrete/BMG UK & Ireland Ltd.
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Awesome little fantasy, based on such a simple idea
13 July 2003 | by See all my reviews

This short is in many ways the opposite of "World Record". Where that film is based on an clever concept and idea, and totally wasted its potential, "Beyond" is based on a simple concept, and takes it, well, beyond what I expected (pardon the pun). World Record uses cold and surreal animation to tell a fairly real story. Beyond uses warm and traditional animation to tell a somewhat surreal and bizarre story.

In short, it is a work of contradictions. The story - and there isn't all that much of it, to be honest - is about a group of kids who find a haunted house (a glitch in the matrix) and accept it as perfectly natural part of their world, they enjoy the enchanted surroundings with the childhood innocence that they still possess.

I can only recommend this short movie - after "Kid's Story" it is perhaps the best of the Animatrix quickies. Fun, and enchanting.


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