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Encyclopedia > World Record (The Animatrix)
Dan running on the track.
Dan running on the track.

World Record is an animated short film in The Animatrix series set in the fictional universe of The Matrix. The film is about an athlete who becomes aware that the Matrix exists during a competition. The film deliberately uses exaggerated perspective and distortion that would be difficult or impossible to achieve in live action. Unlike some of the other Animatrix shorts, it does not use any CGI. Image File history File linksMetadata Animatrixworldrecord. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Animatrixworldrecord. ... Short subject is an American film industry term that historically has referred to any film in the format of two reels, or approximately 20 minutes running time, or less. ... Animatrix The Animatrix is a major part of the Matrix series, a collection of nine animated short films set in that fictional universe. ... A fictional universe is a cohesive imaginary world that serves as the setting or backdrop for one or (more commonly) multiple works of fiction. ... The Matrix is a science-fiction/action film first released in the USA on March 31, 1999, written and directed by Larry and Andy Wachowski. ... A square in two-point perspective. ... The pseudopod in The Abyss marked CGIs acceptance in the visual effects industry. ...

The beginning of this short includes narration explaining details behind the discovery of the Matrix by "unplugged" humans (that is, those whom are still connected within the Matrix). Only exceptional humans tend to become aware of it; those who have "a rare degree of intuition, sensitivity, and a questioning nature," all qualities which are used to identify inconsistencies in the Matrix. However, this is not without exceptions, and "some attain this wisdom through wholly different means."


This movie is centered on a track runner, Dan, sprinting the 100 meter dash. As the race starts, flashbacks — flaws in the matrix — (which may not be programmed to accommodate humans traveling at such speeds under their own power) begin to appear. Dan is warned by his coach to cancel this race, but he wants to set a record no one will ever break in the future. His personal determination to make this goal an achievable one, mostly motivated by a revoked medal for a previous record, taken from him when he tested positive for drug use, in addition to claims that his record will never be broken — something he intends to prove wrong by breaking his own record of 8.99 seconds (current Real world record is 9.76). It should be noted that in one particular flashback with the Reporter, he compares qualifying to being "released from the world, and you feel totally free." Athletics, also known, especially in American English, as track and field or track and field athletics, is a collection of sport events, which can roughly be divided into running, throwing, and jumping. ... 100 m is the classic sprints race distance. ...


During the race, Dan speeds up; however his muscles become overloaded. He drops back and the agents realize that he is waking up. They try to catch him, but he speeds up and wins the race with a winning time of 8.72 seconds, at which point he collapses. Meanwhile, in the real world, Dan wakes up from the Matrix, but a machine shocks him and plugs him back in to the system. Days later, Dan is seen in a wheelchair in a coma-like state. Even though he is disabled in the Matrix, Dan gets up slowly muttering the word "free", at which point he stands and walks a few paces before falling. The meaning of this ending is deliberately left unresolved.

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Voice actors

Victor Williams is an American actor best known as Doug Heffernans (Kevin James) best friend Deacon Palmer on The King of Queens. ... Alex Fernandez (born 1969) is a baseball pitcher. ... Allison Smith (born December 9, 1969 in New York City), is an American actress best known for her work on television. ... Tara Strong Tara Strong (born Tara Lyn Charendoff February 12, 1973) is a Canadian voice actress. ... Matt McKenzie is an actor best known for his voicework in games and movies. ... Kevin Michael Richardson Kevin Michael Richardson (born October 25, 1964 in The Bronx, New York) is an American voice actor, one of the most prominent black voice actors in the field. ... Julia Fletcher, sometimes credited as Julia DeMita, is a voice actress whose throaty, articulate vocals have graced many popular animated works and video games. ...

Main production team

Takeshi Koike — Director
Andy Wachowski — Screenwriter
Larry Wachowski — Screenwriter
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The Matrix series
Films The Matrix  | The Matrix Reloaded  | The Matrix Revolutions
The Animatrix Final Flight of the Osiris | The Second Renaissance | Kid's Story | Program | World Record | Beyond | A Detective Story | Matriculated
Soundtracks The Matrix: Original Motion Picture Score | The Matrix: Music from the Motion Picture | The Matrix Reloaded: The Album
The Matrix Revolutions: Music From The Motion Picture | The Animatrix: The Album
Games Enter the Matrix | The Matrix Online | The Matrix: Path of Neo
Characters Neo | Trinity | Morpheus | Smith | Agents | Oracle | Architect | Minor characters | Programs and machines
Locations The Matrix | The City | Club Hel | Mobil Ave | Zero One (Machine City) | Zion | List of ships in the Matrix series
Cast and crew Wachowski brothers | Keanu Reeves | Laurence Fishburne | Carrie-Anne Moss | Hugo Weaving | Owen Paterson | John Gaeta | Geof Darrow | Steve Skroce
Other topics Matrix source code | The Matrix character names | The Matrix Revisited | The Ultimate Matrix Collection
Related topics Bullet time | Cyberpunk | Digitalism | Martial arts film | Messiahs in fiction | Virtual reality

 
 

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