Next Club Meeting: February 24, 2018, at the Wood Dale Public Library from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Animatrix Network is an anime & manga fan club located in the Southwest suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. We usually meet on the fourth Saturday of each month (except when holidays or conventions coincide). The meetings are free and open to the public. Join us for a day filled with anime.

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Character Posters for 'READY PLAYER ONE'

Ernest Cline and Spielberg's upcoming film "Ready Player One" recently released character posters and they are awesome. Each character has a different color, attitude, and bad ass version of their avatars from the Oasis. If you haven't read the book yet, be warned, these posters reveal spoilers.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Elon Musk is a fan of 'Heavy Metal' the Movie

On February 6th, 2018 SpaceX launched the first test flight of their new Falcon Heavy rocket. Rather than risk a multi-million dollar satellite for the test flight to Mars, SpaceX attached Tesla Roadster #4 to the capsule and launched it into Earth orbit before it leaves for the Sun so the craft can slingshot to Mars. SpaceX figures that unless something happens along the way, the Tesla Roadster will be parked just past Mars for the next billion years. The footage is from the on-board live camera feed. There are no video effects applied, the lens flare and whatnot are from the sensors. The music is Don Felder - Heavy Metal (Taking a Ride) from the movie Heavy Metal.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Next Club Meeting is February 24, 2018

 A N I M A T R I X   N E T W O R K
Greetings to the King!

Wood Dale Public Library
520 N. Wood Dale Road
Wood Dale, IL  60191
Main Meeting Room
Saturday, February 24, 2018
10:15 AM - 5:00 PM

Our next club meeting will be at the Wood Dale Public Library
Main Meeting Room (on your far right as you enter the front doors), 
from 10:15 AM to 5:00 PM 
(until the library closes).

There is public transportation available. 
A Metra train-stop is located within walking distance. 

Please note: If you are driving, please park your car 
on the south side of the building (not the front) in order to 
make room for other library patrons.
A Viewing Schedule will be posted soon.
Hope to see you all there!

(Click below for maps

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Fox And The Whale - Animated Short Film

Fox and The Whale
A curious fox goes in search of an elusive whale. A tale of longing and discovery. Fox And The Whale is an independently produced and self-financed Animated Short Film. The film was shortlisted for the 90th Oscars and is a nominee for the 2018 Canadian Screen Awards.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Batman finds himself in feudal Japan...

Prepare to witness the Dark Knight, alongside many of his most famed allies and infamous foes, in an eye-popping anime display you've never seen before when Warner Bros. Japan, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment present Batman Ninja. The all-new, feature-length animated film arrives on Digital starting April 24, 2018, and Blu-ray™ Steelbook, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD on May 8, 2018. 

Batman Ninja takes a journey across the ages as Gorilla Grodd's time displacement machine transports many of Batman's worst enemies to feudal Japan - along with the Dark Knight and a few of his allies. The villains take over the forms of the feudal lords that rule the divided land, with the Joker taking the lead among the warring factions. As his traditional high-tech weaponry is exhausted almost immediately, Batman must rely on his intellect and his allies - including Catwoman and the extended Bat-family - to restore order to the land, and return to present-day Gotham City. 

The visually stunning Batman Ninja is the creative result of a trio of anime's finest filmmakers: director Jumpei Mizusaki (Opening animation of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure), writer Kazuki Nakashima (Gurren Lagann), and character designer Takashi Okazaki (Afro Samurai) produced the original movie with Warner Bros. Japan. The script was then reinterpreted and rewritten for English-language distribution by award-winning screenwriters Leo Chu and Eric Garcia (Supah Ninjas, Afro Samurai). Benjamin Melniker and Michael Uslan are Executive Producers. 

Roger Craig Smith (Batman: Arkham Origins) and Tony Hale (Veep, Arrested Development) lead an impressive cast as the voices of Batman and the Joker, respectively. Grey Griffin (Scooby-Doo franchise) and Tara Strong (Batman: The Killing Joke) supply the voices of the antagonist & protagonist's closest allies - Catwoman and Harley Quinn, respectively - while Fred Tatasciore (Family Guy) provides the gruff-yet-sophisticated tones of Gorilla Grodd, a villain who must team with Batman to achieve his own personal agenda. Other voice actors include Bat-family members Yuri Lowenthal (Ben 10: Omniverse) as Robin, Adam Croasdell (Reign) as Nightwing and Alfred, and Will Friedle (Boy Meets World) as Red Robin, and the Rogue's gallery also features Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants) as Penguin and Eric Bauza (The Adventures of Puss in Boots) as Two-Face. Doing double duty is Tatasciore as Deathstroke, Strong as Poison Ivy, and Friedle as Red Hood.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Now that's Incredible, too!

I N C R E D I B L E S   2
In “Incredibles 2,” Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) is called on to lead a campaign to bring Supers back, while Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson) navigates the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life at home with Violet (voice of Sarah Vowell), Dash (voice of Huck Milner) and baby Jack-Jack—whose superpowers are about to be discovered. Their mission is derailed, however, when a new villain emerges with a brilliant and dangerous plot that threatens everything. But the Parrs don’t shy away from a challenge, especially with Frozone (voice of Samuel L. Jackson) by their side. That’s what makes this family so Incredible.
Disney/Pixar’s Incredibles 2 opens in theatres June 15!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

This Mission, if you choose to accept it...

The best intentions often come back to haunt you. MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - FALLOUT finds Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his IMF team (Alec Baldwin, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames) along with some familiar allies (Rebecca Ferguson, Michelle Monaghan) in a race against time after a mission gone wrong. Henry Cavill, Angela Bassett, and Vanessa Kirby also join the dynamic cast with filmmaker Christopher McQuarrie returning to the helm.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Dragons: Race to the Edge - Season 6 Trailer

Dragons: Race to the Edge
Valuable lessons are learned among the dragon riders all while they work together to finally unearth the true leader of the Dragon Flyers, discover an unlikely ally, and struggle to fight when the fate of all dragon-kind is put at risk. Hiccup, Toothless, and the rest of the riders embark on the most daring journey yet in an all new season of Dragons: Race to the Edge comes Netflix February 16!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Avengers: Infinity War Super Bowl Trailer

AVENGERS: Infinity War
Four years after the events of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the Avengers have been torn apart following the events of Captain America: Civil War. When Thanos arrives on Earth to collect the Infinity Stones for a gauntlet that will allow him to bend reality to his will, the Avengers must join forces with the Guardians of the Galaxy to stop him before his onslaught of destruction puts an end to the universe.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Trailer for 'The Breadwinner'

Based on Deborah Ellis' 2000 middle-grade novel, THE BREADWINNER follows curious, storytelling 11-year-old Parvana (voiced by Saara Chaudry), who helps her father, an amputee former teacher, peddle goods in a market in Kabul, Afghanistan. Taliban soldiers and followers harass him and eventually imprison him for being "an enemy of Islam." Without a father to care for them, the family -- which includes Parvana; her older sister, Soraya; their baby brother; and their mother -- is left without any means to make money or even purchase goods in the market. So Parvana decides to cut her hair and disguise herself as a boy in order to leave the house, provide for her family, and attempt to find and speak to her father in prison. Much to her surprise, Parvana discovers that a former classmate, Shauzia (Soma Chhaya), is also pretending to be a boy to make a living. Can the two girls successfully avoid Taliban attention?

This gorgeously animated but unflinching tale of a young girl's courage under Taliban rule is a poignant, important reminder about the violence that girls and women face in extreme patriarchies. The story of a girl disguising herself as a boy is a familiar one, but The Breadwinner puts a unique spin on it, because Parvana doesn't do it to fight, like in Mulan, or to learn, as in Yentl, but simply to survive. Not only are all mothers and daughters supposed to stay at home unless they're accompanied by husbands or fathers, but even men are restricted in their abilities and schooling (many can't even read). What's extraordinary about Parvana is that she's brave, yes, but she's also committed to carrying on her mother and father's love of ancient Afghani folktales and legends. This leads to a stylized story-within-a-story that Parvana tells her brother about a boy named Sulayman who saves his village from the evil elephant king, despite being young and naive.
The fable, which has a different look than the rest of the film's animation, mirrors Parvana's own role in rescuing her family from certain doom. Her perseverance under unthinkably tense conditions is remarkable; it's an inspiration for her melancholy mother and sheltered older sister. The movie's subject matter might be too intense and the violence too realistic for very young viewers, but tweens and young teens aware of, say, Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai's story, should find it fascinating and educational. Like Irish animation studio Cartoon Saloon's previous big films (The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea), The Breadwinner blends folklore with realism and ultimately shows how children are far braver than some might think.

Now in Theaters. Buy Tickets to The Breadwinner here!

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Super Bowl Trailer

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
It’s been four years since theme park and luxury resort Jurassic World was destroyed by dinosaurs out of containment. Isla Nublar now sits abandoned by humans while the surviving dinosaurs fend for themselves in the jungles. When the island’s dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event. Owen is driven to find Blue, his lead raptor who’s still missing in the wild, and Claire has grown a respect for these creatures she now makes her mission. Arriving on the unstable island as lava begins raining down, their expedition uncovers a conspiracy that could return our entire planet to a perilous order not seen since prehistoric times. With all of the wonder, adventure and thrills synonymous with one of the most popular and successful series in cinema history, this all-new motion-picture event sees the return of favorite characters and dinosaurs—along with new breeds more awe-inspiring and terrifying than ever before. Welcome to Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Stars Pratt and Howard return alongside executive producers Steven Spielberg and Colin Trevorrow for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. They are joined by co-stars James Cromwell, Ted Levine, Justice Smith, Geraldine Chaplin, Daniella Pineda, Toby Jones, Rafe Spall and Isabella Sermon, while BD Wong and Jeff Goldblum reprise their roles. Directed by J.A. Bayona (The Impossible), the epic action-adventure is written by Jurassic World’s director, Trevorrow, and its co-writer, Derek Connolly. Producers Frank Marshall and Pat Crowley once again partner with Spielberg and Trevorrow in leading the filmmakers for this stunning installment. BelĂ©n Atienza joins the team as a producer.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

They're making a Kim Possible Live-Action Movie!

Who do you think should play Kim Possible?
Madelaine Petsch might be Possible
[Source: TeenVogue] Earlier this week, the Disney Channel announced it was making a Kim Possible live-action movie — and that it had begun the casting process. "Call me, beep me, if you want a #KimPossible DCOM! Casting has just begun for live-action Kim Possible @DisneyChannelOriginalMovie. Who would you love to see play Kim?" a caption on the network's Instagram page read.
This question immediately led people to begin speculating over who could play the movie's protagonist. The initial suggestions included The Mummy's Sofia Boutella and Game of Thrones' Sophie Turner. But BuzzFeed also spotted another suggestion being thrown around on Twitter: Riverdale's Madelaine Petsch.

People have actually been calling for a Kim Possible played by Madelaine since before the movie was even announced. "Concept: a live-action Kim Possible with @madelainepetsch and @YaraShahidi as Kim and Monique," Self social media editor Taylyn Washington-Harmon wrote on February 2 in an extremely prescient tweet. Some fans are going as far as to beg Madelaine to play Kim Possible. As for the role of Ron Stoppable? Twitter is nominating none other than Spider-Man Tom Holland to play the sidekick for once.