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further down the rabbit hole

My coolest find of the week:

An unprecedented fusion of CG-animation and Japanese anime, The Animatrix is a collection of nine original short films conceived by the Wachowski Brothers, the creators of The Matrix trilogy. Inspired by the visionary action and innovative storytelling that power the trilogy, this spectacularly visual short film series delves deeper into the mind-bending world of The Matrix and the characters who inhabit it. Created in the anime style pioneered by Japanese animation artists and helmed by world-renowned anime directors, The Animatrix also features the voices of actors Keanu Reeves (Neo) and Carrie-Anne Moss (Trinity) in two of the shorts.

The Animatrix features short films directed by some of the world's premiere anime filmmakers, including:

Yoshiaki Kawajiri (writer/director of the anime classics Ninja Scroll and Vampire Hunter D)
Shinchiro Watanabe (writer/director of the anime feature Cowboy Bebop)
Koji Morimoto (animation supervisor of the seminal anime film Akira)
Mahiro Maeda (director of the sci-fi anime series Blue Submarine No. 6)
Takeshi Koike (lead animator on several of director Yoshiaki Kawajiri's films, including Wicked City)
Peter Chung (creator and director of the popular MTV series Aeon Flux)
Andy Jones (animation director for the stunning CG film Final Fantasy: The Spirits Withi

I watched the first episode several times. Fascinating story, great animation. I can't wait for the whole thing to be released.

Watch it and learn more about The Animatrix here.

Comments

I think you did a double post here?

Ain't it grand?

I downloaded the first short a few days ago, and have watched it several times. Also made a Video CD of it, because it seemed like a good candidate. (The dive into Zion's computer doesn't hold up. Gets all stuttery.)

I am REALLY looking forward to this, and also to Reloaded and Revolutions.

jes, jes. v.g. stuff. the wachowski brothers are incredible and this new collab is ...[insert adjective]

Yeah, I remember hearing about this when I visited the 'Matrix' website about a year back to read the featured Neil Gaiman story, and there was a feature on the 'Matrix Revisited' DVD.

I always liked this site, 'cause it provided a forum for other artists to riff on a universal theme, mostly with pretty good results.

I'm sure my bandwidth won't be able to cope with the animatrix series, but it's worth a try. Don't say I didn't mention it when I'm staring at the smouldering remains of my disintegrated laptop...

I've been looking forward to this DVD for a while. But I must say I dind't care for the episode they just released. I thought it was too cliched and 2 dimensional. It seemed like the kind of man vs. machine story someone would of wrote back in the 70's. The animation was real pretty, but Blade Runner it aint.