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The Animatrix Tony 
Posted by: Tony at 9:29 PM EST on 3/7/2003
File Under: Movies & TV -> Anime

The Animatrix

I won't bore you with how I said The Matrix is nothing but American anime ever since I saw its commercials. That would be boring. I'm simply going to laugh at everyone who disagreed with me. The Wachowski brothers have finally jumped into producing anime, which does not prove my claims, but does reinforce them. Where else would they get such "revolutionary" ideas for a movie? American cartoons? American movies? Hahahahah. Yeah, right. And American companies are who I buy good quality cars from, too. Hahahahaha.

Anyway, a series of anime shorts related to The Matrix will be released this year, collectively titled "The Animatrix." Each episode is somewhere around ten minutes long and gives a unique viewpoint to The Matrix. Essentially, the Animatrix will attempt to flesh out the universe of The Matrix and its history (and future, maybe) in greater detail. The Animatrix will be released through a few different media. If you are watching the movie Dreamcatcher (in theatres Friday, March 21,) you will get to see Final Flight of the Osiris.

If you have access to the internet (something a rich person like me doubts you can afford,) then you can currently watch Second Renaissance Part 1 and Program. Detective Story will be viewable online in April and The Second Renaissance Part 2 in May. In June, you will be able to purchase a DVD with all the episodes.

I am impressed with both episodes that I have seen. Surprisingly, they feel just like any other anime because strange and unconventional stories are common in that genre of film. A warning: The Second Renaissance Part 1 shows strong brutality. The goal (as I see it) of this episode was to get the viewer to hate the humans and see the side of the machines. Program has well-executed Ninja Scroll-ish action. Not surprising considering its director. Both episodes have great content in terms of what you see and hear and what you actually piece together. What you piece together is a lot more than what you see and hear.

The Animatrix Episodes:

Title -- Director (stuff Director has worked on)

Final Flight of the Osiris -- Square USA (Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within)
Second Renaissance Part 1 -- Mahiro Maeda (Blue Submarine No. 6)
Second Renaissance Part 2 -- Mahiro Maeda
Kid's Story --Shinichiro Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop)
Program -- Yoshiaki Kawajiri (Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust, X, Ninja Scroll)
World Record -- Takeshi Koike (Ninja Scroll, Party 7)
Beyond -- Koji Morimoto (Franken's Wheel, Akira)
Detective Story -- Shinichiro Watanabe
Matriculated -- Peter Chung (Aeon Flux, Reign: The Conquerer)

As a sidething, I now point out a well-written document thing related to content of motion pictures, books, and comics written by Peter Chung titled The State of Visual Narrative In Film And Comics. In this document thing, Chung explains the problems he sees in these media. If you are interested in writing, drawing, or directing stories and stuff, give it a read.
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