The Animatrix

The Animatrix is an anime movie in the The Matrix Franchise
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The Animatrix is a collection of 9 animated short films set in the fictional universe of The Matrix Franchise.

The Animatrix is a collection of 9 animated short films (each directed by a well reknown anime director - thus each having its own distinct style) set in the fictional universe of The Matrix Franchise. Each short in the DVD isn't necessarily related to any other one, but each draws from the Matrix universe in different ways.

This DVD was released in 2003 to well received critical response, but slightly panned as a commercial success.

The first short film in The Animatrix is a story about a teenage girl, Yoko, trying to track down her lost kitten Yuki. While asking around her neighborhood, she meets some boys who tell her that her cat is over at a "haunted house" close by and invites her to come see it.

Once at the old broken house, Yoko and the boys stumble upon a number of 'anomalies' in The Matrix. They can defy gravity; rain falls from a sunny sky; shadows do not align with objects casting them; etc.

Short clips show that Agents in the Matrix are aware of the glitch (the "haunted house") and are seen arriving via truck to "fix" the glitch. They arrive at the building as a team of exterminators and after throwing the children out of the building, they patch the glitch.

The next day, when the children, led by Yoko go back to the house, they find it has been repaved over as a parking lot.

A Detective Story

Directed by Shinichiro Watanabe, this short film follows the story arc of detective Ash on what he calls, "A case to end all cases". Ash is on a mission to try to track down Trinity.

Characters & Voice Actors

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Yoko ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Hedy Burress ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Trinity ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Hiromi Tsuru ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Ash ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Masane Tsukayama ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Neo ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Keanu Reeves ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Rikiya Koyama ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Thadeus ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Kevin Michael Richardson ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Jue ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Atsuko Yuya ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Pamela Adlon ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Alexa ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Takako Honda ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Agent Smith ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Houchu Ohtsuka ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
The Instructor ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Rica Fukami ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Julia Fletcher ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Cis ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Hedy Burress ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Kaho Kouda ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Duo ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Toshiyuki Morikawa ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Phil Lamarr ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)

Credits

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Ushio Tazawa Key Animator segment "beyond"
Mahiro Maeda Director Directed the short film, Second Renaissance and Second Renaissance 2.
Yoshiaki Kawajiri Director Directed the short film, Program.
Shinichiro Watanabe Director Directed the short film, A Detective Story and Kid's Story.
Koji Morimoto Director Directed the short film, Beyond.
Peter Chung Director Directed the short film, Matriculated
Takeshi Koike Mech Designer An animator employed at Madhouse Studio.
Juno Reactor Music Provided their song "Conga Fury" in the "Final Flight of the Osiris" segment.
Yutaka Minowa Animation Director Program

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Name: The Animatrix
Release Date: July 8, 2003
Name: アニマトリックス
Romaji: animatorikkusu
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Rating: R
Runtime: 90 (mins)
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