- Film 1: The Matrix

- The Animatrix:
.. - The Second Renaissance
.. - Kid's Story
.. - Program
.. - World Record
.. - Beyond
.. - A Detective Story
.. - Matriculated
.. - Final Flight of the Osiris /
.........Enter the Matrix

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- Film 3: The Matrix Revolutions

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The Animatrix: World Record

Region 1
10-disc box set
for North America
Region 2
10-disc box set
for the U.K.
(The Animatrix, segment 6)
  • written by Yoshiaki Kawajiri
  • directed by Takeshi Koike
  • produced by Larry and Andy Wachowski, Michael Arias,
    Eiko Tanaka, Hiroaki Takeuchi
  • music by Don Davis
  • 9 min. action plus 8 min. credits
Story: Star athlete Dan pushes himself to win a sprinting race and set a new world record.... but the intensity of his efforts are causing him to begin to wake up to the reality of the Matrix, which brings unforeseen complications....

In-Depth Analysis Review

by Martin Izsak

WARNING: This review contains "SPOILERS", and is intended for those who have already seen the story.

This is the point at which some real originality began to show in the story content for the Animatrix, and I began to get exited about it.

"World Record" neatly builds upon the concepts presented in the first film, while stretching their applicability with a few interesting "what if" questions, and this story explores the possibilities fairly successfully.

Our athletic main character, Dan, is also fleshed out fairly well for such a short film, and has the advantage of having his main goals aligned with archetypal struggles and good, proactive principles, making it really easy for the audience to get on side with him, invest in him emotionally, and celebrate his triumphs. All good.

This film also has a unique "athletic" exaggeration in the style of its characters, which works for the new ones. It seems a bit out of place on the agents, making them look a bit too different and unrecognizable from the films, but this doesn't detract too much as you can quickly figure out who they are and what they are about.

It is also fascinating to see another example of the agents taking over people in the story.... although nitpickers may well wonder why they didn't just directly take over Dan, considering that he was still plugged in at the time. There may be good reasons for that, but we don't get them in the film itself.

One almost wants this short story to continue, but it leaves off in an enigmatic and powerful place, and remains kind of cool in its open-endedness.

At any rate, this is the first truly enjoyable Animatrix segment, and thankfully, it is not the last....

Read the In-depth Analysis Review for the next story: "The Animatrix: Beyond"

This story is available on DVD and Blu-ray as the sixth segment of "The Animatrix" in The Ultimate Matrix Collection.
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The Ultimate Matrix Collection 10-disc set
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Bilingual Set

DVD Extras for "World Record" include:

  • Japanese audio commentary by director Takeshi Koike and producer Hiroaki Takeuchi, with English subtitle translation.
  • making-of featurette (7 min.) adding producer Michael Arias, writer Yoshiaki Kawajiri, sound designer Dane Davis, and composer Don Davis.
  • short text biographies of the directors & producers of "The Animatrix".

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