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Animatrix, The

Entry updated 7 December 2016. Tagged: Film.

Cycle of nine short Anime films (2003) by a variety of hands and studios under the Warner Brothers/Village Roadshow production umbrella, expanding the world of The Matrix (1999) as a novel experiment in Shared-World cinema. Two films, Kid and Final Flight of the Osiris, serve as direct prequels to The Matrix Reloaded (2003), and were released theatrically as supporting features to other Warner Brothers films; the full cycle was released on DVD to synchronize with the film sequel's release. The films, all interesting and some very strong indeed, vary widely in style, subject, degree of connection to the Matrix spinal narrative, and authorial control by the Wachowski siblings themselves; they are probably the most rewarding elements of the ambitious but largely disappointing sequel rollout. [NL]


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