Directed by: Peter Chung, Andy Jones, Yoshiaki Kawajiri, Tekeshi Koike, Mahiro Maeda, Jouki Morimoto, Shinichirô Watanabe
Voice credits: Clayton Watson, Hedy Burress, Terrence T.C. Carson, Mindy Clarke, Olivia d'Abo, Diane A. Davis, John DeMita, Julia DeMita, Debi Derryberry, John Di Maggio, Alex Fernández, Jack Fletcher, Bette Ford, Rick Gomez, Tom Kenny, Phil LaMarr, Tress MacNeille, Matt McKenzie, Carrie-Anne Moss, Keanu Reeves, Kevin Michael Richardson, Rodney Saulsberry, Dwight Schultz, Pamela Segall, Allison Smith, Kath Soucie Tara Strong Jill Talley, James Arnold Taylro, John Wesley, Victor Williams
Synopsis: Nine animated shorts giving the history of the Matrix as well as parallel plots.
The animation styles ranged from classic to CGI to anime, and remarkably the one I liked best was anime ("Beyond"). There was some history to the Matrix ("The Second Renaissance") written by the Wachowskis and liberally borrowed from Asimov, there was some material connecting The Matrix to The Matrix Reloaded ("Kid's Story" and "Final Flight of the Osiris"), and some material that stands well on its own ("Detective Story").
Overall, I'd say it is dark, somewhat depressing, terrifically well put together, and an outlet for some creative fanfic. Not to mention another Matrix marketing tool and cash grab. But worth the rental for Matrix fans!Added 19 July 2003 at 6:48 PM
Some stories were better than others but all of the animation was good. It's worth watching.