The Animatrix by The Macaque

Genre: Action/Drama
Format: 9 OVA
Allegiance: Warner Bros.
Director: Morimoto Koji, Watanabe Shinichiro, Peter Chung, Kawajiri Yoshiaki, Maeda Mahiro, Andy Jones, Koike Takeshi
Vintage: 2003
Intelligence Agency Report by: Munky
A collection of nine short films, each with their own story line, writer, director, and animation style. From CG to black and white, this anime offers plenty of fluctuations to suit your animation desires. The shorts are: “The Final Flight of the Osiris,” “The Second Renaissance: Parts 1 and 2,” “Program,” “Detective Story,” “Kid’s Story,” “Beyond,” “Matriculated,” and “World Record”.

Field Agent Report by: The Macaque 
Overall 4.25
(not an average)
For me, this series of short anime segments, represents capitalism at its worst. The OVA was done purely out of the simple reason to gain attention for the last two episodes of The Matrix trilogy. It is the only apparent conlusion that can be drawn, since the 9 OVA’s do not add to The Matrix story in any form or way, but only hand out new suggestions to what might actually happen in case The Matrix did exist.When I saw The Animatrix for the first time, I tried to guess which director had done what. Pointless. Utterly pointless, as it never meant anything. For all I know (and care), the segments could have been directed by Parker and Stone, and still have more relevant content than these commercials. You heard it, commercials. The only “relevant” thing missing from The Animatrix was hidden ads, also known as product placement. Where were all the Nokia images from the movies? Well, you wouldn’t expect a commercial to further include ads on products, would you?The more I try to figure out why anyone went to such great lengths to create an ad for a movie-trilogy, the further away I stray from the core of the issue. In the end it’s not about getting more viewers to the see the actual movies. It’s all about creating a cool image for the product. So apparently it’s hip to dig anime nowadays. Be it this or that, the final verdict stays the same. All of the nine short movies are too short for giving anything more than a feel for various styles of animation, which is exactly what the producers of the movie-thrilogy wanted. Besides, who said a commercial has to have a story? The sole purpose of an commercial is to create a positive feel about the respective product.

I doubt more people went to see the final parts ofThe Matrix, after catching The Animatrix. All of the parts were straight out of the rectum if you ask me, since none of them contained anything more than a simple suggestion to a storyline. A “what if The Matrix existed?” type of question, which was then answered with a small demonstartion of animation skills. The end result is probably one of the most expensive ad campaigns in the history of cinema.