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Mediocre Anime Tricks

Tonight, we watched The Animatrix. It looked like an entertaining package, with 4 of the 9 shorts written by the Wachowski brothers, 5 of them animated by Studio 4 Degrees Celcius and other bits by Shnichiro Watanabe (of Cowboy Bebop and Excel Saga).

It turned out to be mildly sucky. The first piece, The Final Flight of the Osiris was animated well by Square, but it had some overly long and dark action sequences. A lot of money was spent on stuff I couldn’t see. What’s the point in that?

The Studio 4 Degrees Celcius stuff looked fantastic, but apart from A Detective Story, were a little bland in story. The two parter, The Second Renaissance, was particularly pretty and particularly boring.

The final piece, Matriculated, was extremely bad and caused much laughing. It was like we were supposed to have dropped acid during an earlier bit and now it was kicking in. It was The Matrix as a Hookah pipe. It was utter crap (except for the cute LemurBot).

It is no secret that I consider The Matrix Reloaded to be a mediocre film. And now, as we see all the work the Wachowskis did on the video game Enter the Matrix and these animated shorts, I can start to see the big picture. They spent so much time making sure these outside bits fit into the story that they let the main feature suffer. So they have built their marketing machine and it has taken over. And you think they would have seen that coming!

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