Next Club Meeting: November 18, 2017, at the Wood Dale Public Library from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 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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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Bow Wow! Finally! Stop-motion Dags!

I S L E   of   D O G S
ISLE OF DOGS tells the story of ATARI KOBAYASHI, 12-year-old ward to corrupt Mayor Kobayashi. When, by Executive Decree, all the canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast garbage-dump called Trash Island, Atari sets off alone in a miniature Junior-Turbo Prop and flies across the river in search of his bodyguard-dog, Spots. There, with the assistance of a pack of newly-found mongrel friends, he begins an epic journey that will decide the fate and future of the entire Prefecture.

Monday, September 25, 2017

A Zombie Christmas Musical Miracle

Anna and the Apocalypse
[Source: Syfy] The first teaser trailer for the upcoming zombie Christmas musical Anna and the Apocalypse has shambled its merry way online — and if you’re a fan of Shaun of the Dead and musicals, this one’s for you.
Directed by John McPhail (who also helmed the award-winning comedy movie Where Do We Go From Here?), Anna and the Apocalypse is in competition at this week’s Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, where it will have its world premiere. The movie stars Ella Hunt (Our Robot Overlords) as the titular heroine, Mark Benton (The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus) as her dad, Tony, and Game of Thrones alum Paul Kaye as the movie's wicked big bad Savage. Rounding out the cast are newcomers Malcolm Cumming, Sarah Swire, Christopher Leveaux, Ben Wiggins and Marli Siu.

Based on the 2010 BAFTA-winning short Zombie Musical directed by the late Ryan McHenry (McHenry shares a writing credit with Alan McDonald) — which you can also watch below — Anna and the Apocalypse follows a group of high school friends as they try to stay alive (all the while fighting, dancing and singing) during a zombie apocalypse (at Christmas, no less) while an undead horde is in pursuit.

While making their way to the only safe place they know: their high-school, they soon discover that being a teenager is as difficult as surviving the end of the world… and it looks like the perfect movie with which to spread some good old fashioned holiday cheer to all genre fans out there.

[Below] The short film that started it all. This film got us a feature film deal with Black Camel Pictures (OUTPOST franchise, SUNSHINE ON LEITH), and won us a BAFTA. It's three years since we filmed it and we've moved on a lot as film makers, but with the feature in very late development we can finally show this to the world!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

CGI Animation of Love and War

The Song of The Rain
This is the first animation short film of Hezmon Animation Studio. The film is based on true story which happened in China 80 years ago. We made this film in honor of the people who contributed their efforts to the fight in WW2. Thanks for watching.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

First Tomb Raider trailer starring Alicia Vikander

T O M B   R A I D E R
The fate of humanity rests in her hands. Alicia Vikander is Lara Croft. 

Lara Croft, the fiercely independent daughter of a missing adventurer, must push herself beyond her limits when she finds herself on the island where her father disappeared. From Warner Bros. Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, Tomb Raider is the story that will set a young and resolute Lara Croft on a path toward becoming a global hero. 

The film stars Oscar winner Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina, The Danish Girl) in the lead role, under the direction of Roar Uthaug (The Wave), with Oscar-winner Graham King (The Departed) producing under his GK Films banner. The film¹s production begins on the heels of the 20th anniversary of the wildly popular videogame franchise from Square Enix, Crystal Dynamics and Eidos Montreal. Tomb Raider also stars Dominic West (Money Monster, 300), Walton Goggins (The Hateful Eight, Django Unchained) and Daniel Wu (AMC¹s Into the Badlands).

Friday, September 22, 2017

World Destroyer - A 2D Animated Feature Film

W O R L D   D E S T R O Y E R
World Destroyer is a 2D animated film made by Nominous Animation. Through funds raised on Indiegogo we hope to finish the rest of the film.

World Destroyer is a tale of two siblings living in the aftermath of their parents’ separation. Enrique is shy and passive, but can be pushed out of his comfort zone by his eclectic and rebellious sister Nadine.

The kids are introduced to a half-formed planet named Nor when a mysterious rabbit-like creature pays them a visit. Following not too far behind is Prince Exoxeneph of Nor, leader of a race of humans called the Ipheris. It seems the Ipheris have known about Earth’s existence long beforehand and are already preparing for its conquest. 

Our movie will be entirely funded by backers, fans, and grants. How much of the film that gets completed is contingent on the amount of funds raised. We are asking for $300,000 USD so that we can work on the film full-time and hire help for animation production, the heaviest and most labor-intensive part of the movie.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Anime Viewng Schedule for September 23, 2017

A N I M A T R I X   N E T W O R K
Saturday, September 23, 2017
Wood Dale Public Library
"The last days of Summer are fleeing by us!" 
Main Meeting Room, 10:15 am to 5:00 pm

10:15 - 11:05    Gamers! 5-6
11:05 - 11:55    Re:Zero - Starting Life in Another World 24-25 (End)
11:55 - 12:45    Knight's and Magic 3-4
12:45 - 1:35      Princess Principal 5-6
1:35 - 2:15        Club Meeting / Announcements
2:15 - 2:40        Little Witch Academia (2017 TV series) ep 12
2:40 - 4:40        Sword Art Online the Movie: Ordinal Scale

All anime presented are fan-subtitled unless otherwise noted.
Start watching the exciting anime series: Made in Abyss and Princess Principal!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Last Trailer for Jackie Chan's THE FOREIGNER

- T H E   F O R E I G N E R -
THE FOREIGNER, starring Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan, is a timely action thriller from the director of “Casino Royale.” The film tells the story of humble London businessman Quan (Chan), whose long-buried past erupts in a revenge-fueled vendetta when the only person left for him to love -- his teenage daughter -- is taken from him in a senseless act of politically-motivated terrorism. In his relentless search for the identity of the terrorists, Quan is forced into a cat- and-mouse conflict with a British government official (Brosnan), whose own past may hold clues to the identities of the elusive killers. In Theaters October 13, 2017

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Next Club Meeting is September 23, 2017

 A N I M A T R I X   N E T W O R K
It's been a while! Stop by for a little anime refresher
just to get back into the game!

Wood Dale Public Library
520 N. Wood Dale Road
Wood Dale, IL  60191
Main Meeting Room
Saturday, September 23, 2017
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

Monday, September 18, 2017

New Gaming Terror Arrives in October

[Source: Syfy] The Evil Within 2 is poised to become one of the most frightening video game offerings this Halloween season, filled with mutated monsters, crawling creatures, and decaying undead.
Bethesda Softworks' scream-inducing sequel to Shinji Mikami's (Resident Evil) 2014 survival horror game, The Evil Within, is stuffed to the exploding eyeballs with logic-defying carnage and senseless slaughter of the tentacular type.

Here's the official synopsis:
As Sebastian Castellanos, you will face unimaginable terrors as you fight to find your daughter within the nightmare of STEM and get her out safely before the entire system crumbles around you. On top of the hideous creatures that roam the streets, you’ll also have to contend with the likes of Stefano and Theodore – twisted individuals who have made their horrific homes inside of STEM and are warping the weakened world to suit their wills. Should the world be completely destroyed, there won’t be any escape for Sebastian or Lily.

Open the door into the mouth of madness in the latest gameplay trailer below and let us know if you'll be brave when The Evil Within 2 arrives on October 13 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

First look at David Harbour as HELLBOY

Here's our first look at Stranger Things' David Harbour under the red makeup for Neil Marshall's reboot of HELLBOY.

Friday, September 15, 2017

New Trailer for Disney•Pixar's Coco

On Course to CursedCoco
When aspiring musician Miguel (voice of Anthony Gonzalez) ends up in the Land of the Dead in Disney•Pixar’s “Coco,” his family takes him to the Department of Family Reunions where a busy clerk (voice of Gabriel Iglesias) informs him that he’s cursed. To return to the Land of the Living, Miguel will need a magical marigold petal and the blessing of a family member—but, according to the clerk, the family member can include any condition she likes—even forbidding music forever.

Directed by Lee Unkrich, co-directed by Adrian Molina and produced by Darla K. Anderson, Disney•Pixar’s “Coco” opens in U.S. theaters on November 22, 2017.