The Animatrix
2003
Straight from the creators of the groundbreaking Matrix trilogy, this collection of short animated films from the world's leading anime directors fuses computer graphics and Japanese anime to provide the background of the Matrix universe and the conflict between man and machines. The shorts include Final Flight of the Osiris, The Second Renaissance, Kid's Story, Program, World Record, Beyond, A Detective Story and Matriculated.

Scott Hardie: “It was ok.”

This is one of those ideas that looks good on paper. Andy & Larry Wachowski enlisted some premier talent to direct these short films, and the animation is often very impressive. They wrote the screenplays to tie into the feature films in small ways, and those inside references are fun to catch. But does this project really amount to anything? For all the work that was put into it, even Matrix fans are likely to see it once and forget about it. The best film is 'Kid's Story,' about an instantly sympathetic teen. The worst is the insipid 'Matriculated.'

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