Animatrix Short Takes Flight in Theaters

Fans eagerly awaiting the May 15 bow of The Matrix: Reloaded can get their fix of the world created by brothers Larry and Andy Wachowski when Final Flight of the Osiris opens for Warner Bros.’ Dreamcatcher in theaters today.

Flight, one of nine animated shorts that make up the forthcoming DVD release titled The Animatrix, will run prior to screenings of the Stephen King chiller Dreamcatcher in theaters across the U.S. Warner Bros. is following in the footsteps of Sony Pictures when it released the CG short The ChubbChubbs in conjunction with Men In Black II last summer.

The Animatrix was produced and largely written by the Wachowski brothers, who employed some of the biggest names in anime to direct and animated the series of shorts based on the feature film franchise. Flight is the only entry that uses 3D computer animation. Director Andy Jones and his team at Square created nearly photoreal human characters much like those in their 2001 big-screen CG feature, Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within.

In Final Flight of the Osiris, the crew of the hovercraft Osiris must evade an armada of mechanized sentinels to get a message back to Zion, an outpost for human rebels at war with the machines that created the Matrix.