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The Animatrix (2003)

Unrated | | Animation, Action, Adventure | Video 3 June 2003
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A collection of nine short films featuring stories related to The Matrix (1999).

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Lilly Wachowski (screenplay "The Matrix") (as The Wachowski Brothers), Lana Wachowski (screenplay "The Matrix") (as The Wachowski Brothers) | 6 more credits »
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Kevin Michael Richardson ... Thadeus (segment "Final Flight of the Osiris") / Cop (segment "Kid's Story") / Agent #2 (segment "World Record") (voice)
Pamela Adlon ... Jue (segment "Final Flight of the Osiris") / Manabu (segment "Beyond") (voice)
John DiMaggio ... Crew Man (segment "Final Flight of the Osiris") / Kaiser (segment "Program") (voice)
Tom Kenny ... Operator (segment "Final Flight of the Osiris") (voice)
Rick Gomez ... Pilot (segment "Final Flight of the Osiris") (voice)
Tara Strong ... Crew Woman (segment "Final Flight of the Osiris") / Nurse (segment "World Record") / Misha (segment "Beyond") (voice)
Bette Ford ... Old Woman (segment "Final Flight of the Osiris") (voice)
Julia Fletcher Julia Fletcher ... The Instructor (segments "The Second Renaissance, Parts I&II") / Narrator (segment "World Record") / Townsperson (segment "Beyond") (voice)
Dane A. Davis ... 01 Versatran Spokesman (segment "The Second Renaissance, Part II") (voice) (as Dane Davis)
Debi Derryberry ... Kid (segment "The Second Renaissance, Part II") (voice)
Jill Talley ... Mother (segments "The Second Renaissance, Parts I&II") / Townsperson (segment "Beyond") (voice)
Dwight Schultz ... Townspeople / Policeman / Exterminators (segment "Beyond") / Nonaka (segment "Matriculated") (segments "The Second Renaissance, Part I & II") (voice)
James Arnold Taylor ... Ash (segment "A Detective Story") / Raul (segment "Matriculated") / Miscellaneous Voices (segments "The Second Renaissance, Parts I&II" - "Kid's Story") (voice)
Clayton Watson ... Michael Karl 'The Kid' Popper (segment "Kid's Story") (voice)
Keanu Reeves ... Neo (segment "Kid's Story") (voice)
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From the creators of The Matrix and blockbuster producer Joel Silver (Lethal Weapon series) comes this ground-breaking feature-length collection of nine original short films. Inspired by the visionary action and innovative storytelling of the Matrix trilogy, The Animatrix melds state-of-the-art CG animation and Japanese Anime in feature-quality shorts by seven world-renowned directors. Delve deep into the heart of The Matrix through visually stunning and emotionally resonant stories that reveal new details, including the war between humans and machines which led to the creation of the Matrix. Featuring the voices of Keanu Reeves (The Devil's Advocate, Speed) and Carrie-Anne Moss (Chocolat, Memento). Winner of the 2003 Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Animation Home Entertainment Production.

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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

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

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Duo: It's only a matter of time before Zion is wiped out.
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Featured in Inside 'The Animatrix' (2003) See more »

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BLIND TIGER
Written by Layo Paskin and Matthew Benjamin
Performed by Layo & Bushwacka!
Courtesy of XL Recordings, Ltd.
(segment "A Detective Story")
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Definitely a must-see...
28 March 2006 | by jluis1984See all my reviews

The Wachowski brothers managed to create an inspiring new sci-fi universe when they released their now-classic "The Matrix" in 1999. The premise of a virtual world where the mind "lives" proved to be limitless with the release of this collection of 8 animated shorts; each one of them exploring the Wachowski's "Matrix" universe in very different and interesting ways. With superb animation by veterans of different styles of animation, some of "The Animatrix" shorts at times feel even better than the Matrix series themselves.

Andy Jones, one of the minds behind "Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within", starts with "The Final Flight of the Osiris", a movie done completely with computer generated graphics that shows a race against time in order to warn the citizens of the rebel city of Zion that the machines found them and are going to destroy them. The beautiful and fluid animation is very good, but overall the story doesn't live up to the expectations. It is a cold start, but very good after all.

Veteran animator Mahiro Maeda continues with a 2 part story called "Second Renaissance", a story detailing the events that lead to the creation of the Matrix which easily ranks among the best shorts of the compilation. Its fabulous animation done in anime style is visually beautiful and in a short time it tells a powerful story with a great message. True masterpiece.

Shinichirô Watanabe, director of the acclaimed "Cowboy Bebop" directs two segments, "Kid's Story" and "a Detective Story". The first one is a bit uneven, with good animation but a weak story. No wonder why it is the shortest of all as it has no place for development. On the other hand, "A Detective Story" is a brilliant segment very reminiscent of Watanabe's own "Cowboy Bebop". Mixing perfectly film noir with the Matrix universe, this superb anime is definitely a must-see.

Another big name of anime, Yoshiaki Kawajiri, directs "Program", dealing with the doubts of those who have been awakened of the Matrix. With a beautiful setting in Medieval Japan, Kawajiri manage to show true emotions through the vivid visuals. I feel this short is a bit underrated and that it is more than what it seems.

The lead animator of the world famous "Ninja Scroll" (1993), Takeshi Koike, directs "World Record"; an interesting tale of a man who manage to awake by his own means, while trying to break the 100m dash time world record. While the story is top notch, the stylish design for the characters at times looks a bit too over-the-top, however, it still is one of the best shorts of "The Animatrix".

Koji Morimoto directs one of the most most imaginative shorts in the collection: "Beyond". A tale about a place where "The Matrix" has had a processing error, turning it into a "haunted house" where some kids go to test reality and go literally beyond imagination. This short truly shows what anime really is about, with an enormous display of creativity, not only in the visuals, but also in the writing.

Finally, "Æon Flux"'s creator Peter Chung delivers the grim "Matriculated". A tale about a group of humans who try to "humanize" the machines. Despite it's dark tone, this is probably the most optimistic short, and the most humane. The animation feels like another chapter of Chung's famous miniseries, so fans of his work will be pleased.

"The Animatrix" is definitely a must-see for any fan of sci-fi, as in the tradition of "Heavy Metal", it explores different aspects of science fiction, going even beyond what "The Matrix" movies have done. 8/10


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