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The Animatrix 1 Season

Season 1
3.9 out of 5 stars (352) IMDb 7.4/10

THE ANIMATRIX takes fans far beyond the boundaries of the movie screen and deeper into the vast, mind-bending realm of The Matrix in nine visually stunning stories that introduce new characters and scenarios and that further the mythology of the film trilogy, amplifying the cinematic experience.

Starring:
Clayton Watson, Akio Ôtsuka

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1. The Second Renaissance Part I

This episode serves as a prequel to The Matrix and details the Genesis of the Matrix: the last cities of mankind, the war with the machines, and humanity's ultimate downfall.

CC TV-NR January 2, 2003 11 minutes

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2. The Second Renaissance Part II

This episode offers more details regarding the Genesis of the Matrix: the last cities of mankind, the war with the machines, and humanity's ultimate downfall. Also includes an epic guided tour of the Zion archives and the history of the Matrix.

CC TV-NR January 2, 2003 11 minutes

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3. Kid's Story

Sitting in his high school classroom, The Kid gets a personalized invitation from Neo to escape the Matrix. But finding the exit proves more difficult than the teen ever imagined.

TV-NR January 1, 2003 11 minutes

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4. Program

In the simulated world of a Samurai training program, Cis, a soldier of Zion, must choose between love and his comrades of the real world.

CC TV-NR January 1, 2003 9 minutes

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5. World Record

Through an incredible combination of will power and physical strength, Dan, a world-record-holding sprinter, breaks out of the Matrix and gets an all-too-brief glimpse of the real world beyond.

TV-NR January 1, 2003 10 minutes

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6. Beyond

In a quiet town where all is not as it seems, Yoko finds a bug in the system: an abandoned manor in which anything seems possible. But exterminators arrive to "de-bug" the system.

TV-NR January 1, 2003 14 minutes

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7. Detective Story

Hard-boiled private investigator Ash tracks cyber-criminal Trinity through the looking glass.

CC TV-NR January 1, 2003 11 minutes

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8. Matriculated

A small group of rebels has captured a sentient robot and proceeds to program it to act as an ally for their cause. They succeed too well in teaching the robot to prefer their "human Matrix" to machine reality. And the robot's appetite for the "human Matrix" may exceed the humans' ability to supply it.

CC TV-NR January 1, 2003 18 minutes

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9. Final Flight of the Osiris

The crew of the Osiris must relay a vital message to the rebel city of Zion. The sentinels are on their way... Prelude to The Matrix Reloaded.

CC TV-NR January 2, 2003 11 minutes

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It can be argued that this collection of 9 animated shorts based on the world of The Matrix was as anticipated as Reloaded. I, for one, was incredibly intrigued just by the concept. I asked myself "could any movie actually pull this off?" The Animatrix answers my question. The world that The Wachowski Brothers have created truly is the Star Wars of this generation. It is a cutural phenomena, and the quality of the 9 shorts that comprise The Animatrix show the impact of The Matrix. Here's a review of each short:
1) Final Flight Of the Osiris-This is the only short film to be done in 3-D. It was done, in fact, by the team behind the 3-D movie Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within. It looks great and incredibly realistic. The story directly relates to the events in Reloaded. A great way to kick off this collection because it is the most familiar in style and feel.
2 & 3) The Second Renaissance-This two-parter tells the story of how man and machine came to fight against each other. Probably my favorite of all the shorts story-wise, because it gave me chills and also made me think way too much about the possibilities it presents. Be warned, this is probably the most violent of all the short films here.
4) Kid's Story-Another story that directly relates to something alluded to in Reloaded. Remember the annoying kid Neo encountered in Zion who always followed him everywhere? This is your chance to see what that was really about.
5) Program-This short deals with the training process people who have been freed must go through. It has absoutely breathtaking animation, and is the most "anime" of the 9.
6) World Record-This story shows the possibilities of being "plugged-in.
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Okay, so this is a nice addition to the Matrix canon, and does give us a lot of back story to the events that happen in the live action films.
The stories are mostly entertaining, though a couple are as gruesome and troubling as possible. If you are not the kind of person that enjoys bodies being mutilated and people being killed cruelly by robots, this might not be for you. Also, if you don't like the Matrix films, this is not for you. In fact, why are you even reading this?
The animation is great, the sound is excellent, and overall the dvd is worthwhile. If you enjoy really wild animation and special effects, you will certainly like this.
HOWEVER - just because this is animated does NOT mean that this is child appropriate. It is not. It is completely inappropriate (IMO) for children under the age of 12. It is very violent and contains images that are FAR too incomprehensible for young children, not to mention R rated language. Fine for adults and teenagers old enough to know the difference between reality and movies, simply not appropriate for children.
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FINAL FLIGHT OF THE OSIRIS
This computer generated prequel to the Matrix Reloaded, produced entirely in CGI, is the most technically advanced piece in this collection. There are moments when I forgot that I was watching virtual actors. The passion between the two main characters is intense, in a way that I thought computer images would never be able to imitate. An excellent short (not my favorite) but because of its intimate ties to the Matrix Reloaded, both in terms of story and style, seems out of place. It would have served better as the beginning of the second film.
THE SECOND RENAISSANCE PARTS I & II
Simply put, these pieces are the most powerful and provocative in the entire collection, filled with graphic and horrifying images. In a fascinating look at the prehistory of the Matrix films, humanity, not the machines, are the guilty party, enslaving an entire race of sentient life with no mercy. (As Gods, humans created machines in their image, so the slavers become the enslaved.) These shorts actually change the meaning of the overall film- very powerful.
KID'S STORY
A somewhat ho-hum story with some nice visuals and a cool ending that helps flesh out a small part of the second movie (don't want to give any spoilers) this segment is kind of pedestrian otherwise, with the skateboard tricks seeming to be the type of thing that would be cool in a 1980's comedy flick.
PROGRAM
Some interesting visuals help spice up a rather bland storyline in this short. Seems to be a remake of the fight seens between Morpheus and Neo in the first film. The story brings up the difficulty in accepting the bleak reality instead of the less bleak dreamworld, but never goes anywhere with the question.
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I've seen a good chunk of this on the web and other places, and all I can say is WOW.
What is the Animatrix? In a nutshell, it is a collection of short Matrix stories that are animated. And the cool thing about it is that they're all mostly animated in different ways. (A few are done in anime, another in full CG, some just plain old animation, and others a mix of 2 or a mix of three of the above.)
The DVD will have nine (9) episodes to watch. Here's a quick overview of the ones I know a lot about and/or have seen:
1) THE SECOND RENNAISANCE, PARTS 1 and 2: This is a 2-parter that fills is all of the backstory that happened before the first Matrix film. It chronciles how the machines were made, how they took control, the war between the humans and the machines, and the creation of the Matrix. (Made in plain animation)
2) PROGRAM: Most of this one is fashioned and made like an Akira Kurosawa film. It's basically a duel between two samuari-like warriors in a matrix program where the setting is ancient Japan. (Made in anime)
3) WORLD RECORD: This one is basically about an extremely fast runner that can "run out of the Matrix and in to the real world" just because of pure strength/speed.
4) DETECTIVE STORY: This story, animated in black and white, fills in the critical backstory of the Trinity character from the movies. Includes voice acting by actress Carrie-Anne Moss.
5) FINAL FLIGHT OF THE OSIRIS: Basically, this is a 9-minute completely CG animated story that serves as a prequel to "The Matrix Reloaded" and "Enter the Matrix (GAME)." It begins as a blindfold sword duel and then escalates in to a ship chase with sentinels. This one has great action and great plotting, as well as convincing animation (Think "Final Fantasy," except 10 times more realistic.
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