Next Club Meeting: May 25, 2019, 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.

This site provides news, reviews, commentaries, and previews of the world of anime and everything it inspires, such as live-action films, comics, music, art, and other weird things to enjoy and contemplate.

Sunday, May 26, 2019

What RUINED Hanna-Barbera?

Hanna-Barbera is a company that ruled televised animation for decades. There was a time when they controlled over 80% of the market but then it came crashing down. How did this happen? How did this studio fall so far from grace?

Saturday, May 25, 2019

The Phantom Menace 20 years later

On May 19th, The Phantom Menace turned 20 years old. Star Wars fans have had mix feelings for this film since its release in 1999. This documentary covers the film's journey in the Star Wars fandom over the past 20 years. How do fans look at The Phantom Menace 20 years later?

Friday, May 24, 2019

New Dark Crystal Series Coming to Netflix

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance
 Get an all new look at The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance a brand new prequel series coming exclusively to Netflix. Three new gelfing characters discover the horrifying secret behind the Skeksis’ power and set out on an epic journey to ignite the fires of rebellion and save their world. The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. It is a prequel to the 1982 Jim Henson film The Dark Crystal. There will be ten episodes and the series will explore the world of Thra created for the original movie. Age of Resistance will be available on Netflix on August 30, 2019.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Behind the Scenes of Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker

[Source: Vanity Fair] Here's behind-the-scenes look at STAR WARS: The Rise of Skywalker. Annie Leibovitz photographs the places and faces behind the film for Vanity Fair magazine.

Meet the Characters and Go on Set 

Members of the crew shade and shine Daniels, the only cast member to appear in all nine of the Skywalker films, while BB-8 looks on.

 J.J. Abrams, alongside Stunt Coordinator Eunice Huthart, directs the Knights of Ren; elite fearsome enforcers of Kylo Ren’s dark will.

Vanity Fair reveals Keri Russell as the masked scoundrel Zorri Bliss, seen in the Thieves’ Quarter of the snow-dusted world Kijimi.

First Order leaders General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson) and Allegiant General Pryde (Richard E. Grant) on the bridge of Kylo Ren’s destroyer.

Joonas Suotamo (Chewbacca), Ridley, Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), and John Boyega (Finn) await the call to action for a chase scene.

Camera operator Colin Anderson readies a take for a chase sequence spotlighting the heroics of Chewbacca, BB-8, and Rey.

In a historic reunion, Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Williams) retakes the helm of the Millennium Falcon, joined by Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), Chewbacca, D-O, and BB-8. “He’s a survivor,” Williams says of Lando.

Finn and new ally Jannah (Naomi Ackie), atop hardy orbaks, lead the charge against the mechanized forces of the First Order. “It’s extremely surreal to be in it,” says Ackie, “and see how it works from the inside.”

Camera operator Colin Anderson readies a take.

 Jordanian locals play the Aki-Aki, natives of the planet Pasaana.

Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and Rey battle it out with lightsabers in a stormy confrontation. Their Force-connection—what Driver calls their “maybe-bond”—will turn out to run even deeper than previously revealed.

Director and co-writer J. J. Abrams and crew weather the Jordanian sun to capture the action on planet Pasaana.

Composer John Williams conducting the Star Wars score, drawing on themes and motifs he has woven across four decades. “I didn’t think there would ever be a second film,” he says.

Mark Hamill, as Luke, with R2-D2. Speculation is rampant about who will “rise” as the Skywalker of the movie’s title—and how that choice will reflect the way the world has changed since Star Wars debuted in 1977.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Anime Viewing Schedule for May 25, 2019

A N I M A T R I X   N E T W O R K
Saturday, May 25, 2019
Wood Dale Public Library
The Game of Thrones is finally over...

Main Meeting Room, 10:15 am to 5:00 pm
10:15 - 11:05   Karakuri Circus 13-14
11:05 - 11:55   Golden Kamuy 5-6
11:55 - 12:45   Demon Slayer 3-4
12:45 - 1:25     Club Meeting / Announcements
1:25 - 1:50       Dororo 5
1:50 - 2:40       The Rising of the Shield Hero 3-4
2:40 - 4:45       The Wandering Earth (Movie)

All anime presented are fan-subtitled unless otherwise noted.
Don't miss the exciting anime series: Dororo and Golden Kamuy

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

"BATMAN: HUSH" Trailer is Here

A mysterious villain puppeteering Gotham’s most dangerous forces leads the Dark Knight into uncharted waters in "Batman: Hush," the next entry in the popular series of DC Universe Movies. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC, the feature-length animated film arrives from Warner Bros.  An adaptation of the seminal DC classic tale, Batman: Hush centers on a shadowy new villain known only as Hush, who uses Gotham’s Rogues Gallery to destroy Batman’s crime-fighting career, as well as Bruce Wayne’s personal life – which has already been complicated by a relationship with Selina Kyle, aka Catwoman.
"BATMAN: HUSH" will be available on Digital starting July 20, 2019, and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, and Blu-ray Combo Pack on August 13, 2019.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Next Club Meeting is May 25, 2019

 A N I M A T R I X   N E T W O R K
"Game of Thrones comes to a shocking end."

Wood Dale Public Library
520 N. Wood Dale Road
Wood Dale, IL  60191
Main Meeting Room
Saturday, May 25, 2019
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

Saturday, May 18, 2019

The LEGO Story

The LEGO Story
As the LEGO Group celebrates nearly 100 years, we take a look back at its history with this short animated film.

Friday, May 17, 2019


This is not an official licensed product. This independent non-profit short film is entirely self-funded and was made in Brazil as a tribute to the great artist Hayao Miyazaki, who has always been an inspiration to me. We are not a large company. Rather, we are a group of friends who have been working on this project for almost four years, fueled only by our love of the art. We are proud to finally release our first teaser trailer. We will release the film online free of charge, as our only aim is to pay homage to Mr. Miyazaki and the entire wonderful team at Studio Ghibli. Our dream is to donate all of our costumes and props (such as the glider, gun, etc) to the Ghibli Museum (in Tokyo, Japan), as a token of appreciation and also as a testament to the great influence Miyazaki has on Brazilian fans and artists who share his passion for fantastical story-telling. WOULD YOU LIKE TO HELP US COMPLETE OUR FILM? We are still in post-production and in search of partners to help push us over the finish line. If you are interested in participating, please contact me directly. My social networks are below.


Thursday, May 16, 2019

Look, I found a Giant Robot!

The Mighty Grand Piton
The Mighty Grand Piton is a short film about a young British girl, Connie, who travels to the Caribbean Island of Saint Lucia for her school holidays with her family. There, she accidentally awakens a giant robot buried under the Twin Piton mountains on the south of the Island. This robot seems compelled to protect Saint Lucia but his origins are mysterious. No one knows where he came from or how long he’s been there. During the many years he’s lain dormant, The Mighty Grand Piton, became nothing more than the stuff of legend.


Wednesday, May 15, 2019

ASSIMILATE - Official Trailer

Three friends making a web series about their town discover that their neighbors are being killed and replaced by creatures who are perfect copies of their victims.