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The Animatrix

The Animatrix, released in June 2003, is a series of 9 animated short films set in the world of The Matrix. Bringing together some of the most influential talent of the anime world, the creators of The Matrix Trilogy collaborated on each selection to varying degrees. Four of the stories were written by the Wachowski Brothers, with the other five written by the directors themselves.

Four of the films were released completely free-of-charge on the Internet in the months leading up to the release of The Matrix Reloaded. They remain freely available, and you can still download them. A fifth film (Final Flight of the Osiris, informally deemed 'The Matrix 1.5') was shown theatrically with Dreamcatcher to allow viewers to learn the setup for Reloaded before the release of that film.

All 9 animes are available on a single DVD or video, and each film adds depth to the Matrix Trilogy, from backstory on characters and events from the movies, to introducing new characters from the sequels. We strongly suggest you buy or rent the Animatrix before reading any further. Spoilers abound in the following sections.

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Did You Know?

The MetaCorTechs capture scene from 'The Matrix' was another example of Keanu Reeve's dedication: He insisted on being out on the ledge, 34 stories up to film the scene himself. On the other hand, the window washers that you see a little earlier in the sequence are stuntmen, not actors.
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