The Animatrix

  • Review Date: August 16, 2005
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Science Fiction
  • Release Year: 2003
  • Running Time: 89 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Fans will enjoy it. Others might be bored.
  • Review Date: August 16, 2005
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Science Fiction
  • Release Year: 2003
  • Running Time: 89 minutes





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Action movie courage and heroics, yet by aggressive means.


Matrix-style violence and warfare.


Nudity of lifelike animated people.

Not applicable

If you count the Matrix franchise.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Like the film, the main character is forced to choose a red or blue pill, however, not for recreational purposes.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that although these short films are animated, they're rather violent. In some cases, the violence is no different than that in a video game, but in others the graphic nature of the violence rivals live-action movies. Heads are crushed, a person is torn limb-from-limb, a teenager jumps to his death from a roof, and many characters, men and machine alike, die. Strong bonds of love and loyalty between men and women and friends are also touched upon, but the action often intervenes. A realistic, 3-D animated woman wears a thong bikini, but sexual content is minimal and at most, suggestive.

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Kids say

What's the story?

Based on the popular sci-fi thriller The Matrix, THE ANIMATRIX is a collection of nine short animated films. "The Second Renaissance" is a history lesson told in anime. The short develops an inspired and complex back-story, including the how's and why's of the war between humans and machines, as well as the genesis of the Matrix itself. It makes for a cyberpunk mini-epic that helps The Matrix transcend blockbuster fad status. The other seven shorts revolve around the world of the Matrix in a similar manner. One of the better films is "Kid's Story" -- from the creator of the hit anime Cowboy Bebop -- which re-tells the opening of the first movie through the eyes of an alienated adolescent.

Is it any good?


Some tasty bait for fans of The Matrix, this collection broadens the movie trilogy's world, but not as much as they could. In fact, only two of the entries really flesh out the overall story. The other seven-ninths are like chum -- albeit, quality chum. For fans, the two-part "The Second Renaissance" might be the main draw. The other seven shorts also taste great, they're definitely less filling.

The Animatrix should be a veritable feast that extends the story's universe, as should the video games. But after "The Second Renaissance" closes, more or less it devolves into a series of entertaining yet disposable ten-minute morsels. Like the end of Matrix: Revolutions, one can't help feeling there could be something more to it.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the impact of technology on our lives, or how it has affected our relations with one another. Another topic could be the commercialism of franchises like The Matrix or Star Wars.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:January 1, 2003
DVD release date:June 3, 2003
Cast:Akio Otsuka, Carrie-Anne Moss, Keanu Reeves
Directors:Andy James, Peter Chung
Studio:Warner Home Video
Genre:Science Fiction
Run time:89 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Kid, 11 years old December 29, 2009

not appropiate for kids

There are several war scenes very gory and most of the time humans are shown getting run through by hooks.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Teen, 15 years old Written byevolinag August 26, 2011

Animated episode-movie set in the "Matrix"-universe. Some episodes are good, others are bad. Teens and up.

You need to know that "The Animatrix" is an animé/animated episode movie set in the "Matrix"-universe. Unfortunately, not all of them are good. The movie has its violent moments, such as a head being crushed in strong detail (blood and brain matter), but most of the time the violence is not strong. Teens will be able to handle it, for it is animated. Suitable for viewers 12 and up. Though each episode was animated very well, only episodes 2 and 3 were worth watching and they were terrific. The other episodes are so-so.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Teen, 17 years old Written byCloudIsC00L723 August 13, 2014

An ambitious collection of animated shorts based off the Matrix.

Film-by-film ratings: Final Flight of the Osiris (3.5 out of 5): Not much happens. But the CGI animation looks great and the ending is important to the story of the first Matrix movie. The Second Renaissance Parts I & II (3.5 out of 5): A detailed prequel backstory to the trilogy but with a convoluted animation style and no need to be split into two parts. Kid's Story (4 out of 5): A fascinating mini-story involving a seemingly ordinary teen's escape out of the Matrix. I wanted to see more of this character and the art style was really cool. But, a short film is a short film after all. Program (2 out of 5): A stylishly animated filler. Probably the weakest in this collection. World Record (3 out of 5): Another filler, but with even wilder art and a more interesting story. Beyond (4 out of 5): A short that definitely needs it's own standalone film. Colorful, dazzling animation, an interesting main character, and a simple but fun story involving Japanese teens, a "haunted" house, and a glitch in the Matrix. Easily my favorite film in the bunch. A Detective Story (3.5 out of 5): A stylish, moody noir mystery and the only short featuring one of the main characters of the trilogy. The ending doesn't make much sense but it's worth a look. Matriculated (3.5 out of 5): A trippy, bizarrely animated story of a group of humans who try to train and befriend a machine. Not sure if I'd put this at the end of this collection, but it's worth a look. As far as iffy content goes, The Second Renaissance is the most violent film of the bunch and features some nonsexual and not particularly detailed nudity. Kid's Story involves a teen suicide, but nothing more than the actual fall is shown. In Final Flight of the Osiris, a man and a woman have a blind-folded sword fight, which tears their clothes until they're wearing skimpy underwear. This is partially played for laughs. There's also one barely audible use of "f--k" in a panic situation.
What other families should know
Too much violence


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