The matrix redux: Japanese anime inspired the 1999 blockbuster, "The Matrix." Now, a series of animated films will complete the story of the first film and provide a link to its forthcoming sequel.IT'S NO SECRET THAT Andy and Larry Wachowski, the creators of the blockbuster movie "The Matrix," starring Keanu Reeves, are Japanese anime fans. So it should come as no surprise that "Matrix Reloaded," the much awaited sequel to the movie, will be released following the launch of an anime-version--appropriately called "The Animatrix"--that taps into some of Japan's leading anime talents.
What's unique about this marketing scheme is that "The Animatrix" tells the story that exists between "The Matrix" and the upcoming sequel. There are supposed to be clues hidden within "The Animatrix" that help viewers understand what the world according to "The Matrix" is all about. Or, in the words of the PR people pumping the media for some extra buzz before Keanu returns to the screen, you have to see "The Animatrix" in order to get the series of "The Matrix." Sound confusing? There's more.
"The Animatrix" is actually a compilation of nine short films, all written and directed by different animators: five from Japan and one each from the US and South Korea. The Wachowski brothers Laurence "Larry" Wachowski (born June 21, 1965) and Andrew "Andy" Wachowski (born December 29, 1967), collectively known as The Wachowski Brothers, are American motion picture writers, producers, and directors, most famous for creating The Matrix series. were responsible for keeping "The Matrix" theme consistent throughout. And Keanu Reeves and Carrie Ann Moss, the two main actors starring in the movie, actually did the voiceovers in a couple of the episodes.
However, the individual animators are said to have had creative freedom in producing their works. As a result, each episode has a different look on screen.
One of the names in the credits is that of veteran Japanese animator Yoshiaki Kawajiri Yoshiaki Kawajiri (川尻 善昭 Kawajiri Yoshiaki , who wrote and directed an episode called "Program."
He shares credits with Takeshi Koike on another episode, "World Record." Andy Jones Andrew Jones or Andy Jones may refer to:
Final Fantasy ( " and his rule as animation supervisor for the Hollywood blockbuster "Titanic" directed the "Final Flight of the Osiris" episode, which was written by the Wachowski brothers. And Seoul-based Korean animator, Peter Chung Peter Kunshik Chung (born April 19, 1961 in Seoul, South Korea, as 정근식 (Cheong Geun-Sik)) is a Korean American animator. He is best known as the creator and director of Æon Flux , whose credits include "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," "Rugrats" and commercials for Nike Air, Diet Pepsi Diet Pepsi is a low-calorie carbonated cola, introduced in 1964 as a variant of Pepsi-Cola with no sugar. Its current formula in the United States contains only the artificial sweetener aspartame, but the current Canadian formulation contains both aspartame (124mg/355ml) and and AT&T, wrote and directed the segment entitled, "Matriculated."
Warner Pictures will not disclose details regarding the terms of contracts signed between the animators and the creators of the "Matrix" series.
"The Animatrix" will be released May 24 for a limited time only at the Roppongi Hills Roppongi Hills (六本木ヒルズ Roppongi Hiruzu theater, officially opened on April 25. Warner Home Videos Warner Home Video is the home video unit of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, a division of Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. It was founded in 1978 as WCI Home Video (for Warner Communications, Inc.). It was re-named Warner Home Video in 1980. will release it on DVD DVD: see digital versatile disc.
in full digital video disc or digital versatile disc
Type of optical disc. The DVD represents the second generation of compact-disc (CD) technology. June 3. The DVD will run a full 90 minutes, and will feature 81 minutes of extra footage at a retail price of [yen] 2,980. It is slated for release prior to the worldwide opening of "The Matrix: Reloaded" in theaters on June 7.
Meanwhile, the final movie to conclude the "Matrix" trilogy--called "The Matrix: Revolutions"--is hitting screens wordlwide on November 22, 2003. And one of the nine episodes of "The Animatrix" is supposed to help viewers understand the concluding story--or not.
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