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The Animatrix (2003)

Unrated | | Animation, Action, Adventure | Video 3 June 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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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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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3 June 2003 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The Final Flight of the Osiris was originally shown as a standalone piece in the theatrical release of the Matrix Reloaded preceding the main film. This helped provide background information as to how the humans first found out about the machine threat to Zion. 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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The Instructor: The prolonged barrage engulfed Zero-One in the glow of a thousand suns. But unlike their former masters with their delicate flesh, the machines had little to fear of the bombs' radiation and heat. Thus did Zero-One's troops advance outwards in every direction. And one after another, mankind surrendered its territories. So the leaders of men conceived of their most desperate strategy yet. A final solution: the destruction of the sky.
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References The Matrix (1999) See more »

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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.
(segment "Beyond")
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Animatrix or Matrixime
10 June 2003 | by HyperPupSee 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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