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The Matrix In 60 Seconds Knows And Walks The Path Of Humor

The Wachowskis’ Jupiter Ascending remains semi-permanently on the horizon as it deals with funding and all the technical wizardry that usually comes with their epic-in-scope films. And with Cloud Atlas not yet on DVD or Blu-ray, we’re left with only things we’ve seen before in the same formats.

Oh wait, except there’s a minute-long version of The Matrix from Russian animation studio 1A4Studio, as told using characters only slightly more complicated than stick figures, in settings just detailed enough so you know what part of the movie you’re in. All things told, it’s more enjoyable than anything involving the “reality” in either of the Matrix sequels. And I don’t think I’m straying very far outside the lines of our reality by saying an androgynous, mostly featureless Neo is easily as convincing as Keanu Reeves. Watch the hectic madness below and remember, “There is no spoooooon!”

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The Matrix’s Wachowskis Sued For Alleged Copyright Infringement

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The first time I watched The Matrix, I was really blown away by how many ideas the Wachowskis threw into the slick martial arts extravaganza. Conversely, I was astounded by how many of those ideas foundered once the sequels came into play. Still, though, pretty cool fight scenes.

Clearly someone who has never farted and passed it off as someone else’s, Hawaii’s Thomas Althouse is representing himself in a lawsuit against Lana and Andy Wachowski, as well as producer Joel Silver and Warner Bros., suing them all for copyright infringement to the tune of $300 million, claiming they stole ideas from a script he’d written. Althouse submitted his Writers Guild-registered screenplay, The Immortals, to Warner Bros. in 1993 , a year prior to the Wachowskis’ arrival at the WB with original scripts for Bound and The Matrix.

To be clear, Althouse is saying that The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions are the real culprits, and not just for wasting viewers’ time. He says the sequels stole his ideas concerning the “neck enhancers” that characters use to slip in and out of the virtual world, as well as claiming that Neo bears a striking resemblance to his Immortals character Jim.

The two questions that spring to mind are, “Who would take responsibility for those overblown money-chasers?” and “Why now?” Well, it turns out Althouse only recently realized he’d been ripped off when he first watched the two Matrix sequels in 2010. Maybe there’s some hope for this guy after all.

(Lawsuits of this kind are pretty common in Hollywood. James Cameron has been sued multiple times in recent years by people claiming he ripped off their ideas for Avatar.)

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Hanna-Barbera Meets Sci-Fi

Hey, Boo Boo. How’s about a pic-a-nic basket full of red pills and blue pills? Or how about another story where artists more talented than I am artistically blend sci-fi characters with other famous characters? I think it’s about that time.

Alabama artist Michael Penick took the lovably rendered look of the Hanna-Barbera cartoons from the 1960s and transposed that style onto characters from both Star Wars and The Matrix. The project was done for the art website Planet-Pulp, which sets a different theme each month for user submissions. Penick says the character models from The Flintstones and The Jetsons were the most classic looks for him, and develop the best contrast between the real person and their cartoon counterpart.

First up, the simpler Matrix photo that, while a great drawing, does nothing for me besides provoke a desire to see a lot more of the film in this style. Also, it makes me think about Betty Rubble in Trinity’s leather suit, so maybe there’s more merit here than I’m giving it credit for.

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Artist Geof Darrow’s Concept Art Of The Matrix Is Haunting And Cold

In 1990, the Wachowskis caught a glimpse of a dystopian future in Frank Miller’s graphic novel, Hard Boiled. They were so impressed with artist Geof Darrow’s vision of a dark and gritty Los Angeles that they asked him to create the look and feel of the “real world” in their movie, The Matrix. Check out Darrow’s original artwork for the groundbreaking science fiction film below.

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The Matrix Added To The National Film Registry

Every year, the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress chooses 25 films that are “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant films.” These are American films that are considered revolutionary and important to filmmaking, American cinema, and American culture. This year, one of the 25 lucky films chosen for significant preservation is Andy & Lana Wachowski’s The Matrix.

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Physicist Testing To See If We Live In The Matrix

What is the Matrix? This was the famous question at the beginning of The Matrix Trilogy. Throughout its three films that question would get redefined again and again. How far off were the Wachowskis – in terms of the idea of existence is merely a computer program – when they made The Matrix in 1999? According to a University of Washington physicist, not very far off at all.

Physicist Martin Savage believes that The Matrix may be closer to scientific fact than fiction. Savage has theorized the existence of computer simulation so powerful and advanced that it is literally running a simulation of our Universe at this moment, just like in The Matrix Trilogy. Savage explains…

…if humans did develop enough time to perform numerical simulations of ourselves and we didn’t nuke ourselves before getting there then it’s more than likely we are a numerical simulation ourselves.

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