Next Club Meeting: February 22, 2020, at the Fountaindale Public Library in Bolingbrook from 11:00 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, February 16, 2020

How to Draw like Kim Jung Gi

How to Draw like Kim Jung Gi
"In my last interview with Kim Jung Gi, I tried to figure out who he is, and why he’s so good. In this episode, I’m going to dive deeper. I’m going to analyze his methods, his techniques, and his process… I’m going to figure out HOW he draws. If you’re interested in drawing like Kim Jung Gi, this interview is for you."
- Proko

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Next Club Meeting is February 22, 2020

 A N I M A T R I X   N E T W O R K
Jump for joy! The next meeting is fast approaching!
M O N T H L Y   M E E T I N G

Fountaindale Public Library
300 W. Briarcliff Road
Bolingbrook, IL  60440
Board Room (2nd Floor)
Saturday, February 22, 2020
11:15 AM - 5:00 PM

Our next club meeting will be at the Fountaindale Public Library
Board Room (Second Floor), 
from 11:15 AM to 5:00 PM.

A Viewing Schedule will be posted soon.
Hope to see you all there!

(Click below for maps)

Friday, February 14, 2020

"From Russia with love…"

The new trailer for Season 4 of Netflix's hit show 'Stranger Things' answers the question: Is Hopper dead or alive?
"From Russia with love…"

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Horror Short Film "La Noria"

La Noria
“La Noria” by Carlos Baena From seasoned animator Carlos Baena (ILM, Pixar) and a crowd-sourced community of over 100 people, "La Noria" tells the tale of a grieving young boy who one day encounters dark creatures that turn his life upside down.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

The Heretic: a sci-fi short film, made with Unity

- T H E   H E R E T I C -
The Heretic is a short film created by Unity’s Demo Team. The film uses every aspect of Unity’s High Definition Rendering Pipeline, features advanced effects created with the VFX Graph, and showcases Demo Team's first realistic digital human.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Royal Madness - Animation Short Film

R O Y A L   M A D N E S S
A long time ago, a mighty king, while protecting his kingdom, hunted all the monsters down and eliminated them. Nowadays, with no monsters left, he lost his purpose of living and falls into depression. The princess, trying to get her father back to his former state, sets up a fanatical plan...

Monday, February 10, 2020

Congratulations to the Academy Award Winners!

The Academy Award for 
Best Animated Feature Film
Goes to...
Toy Story 4

 Best Animated Short Film  
Goes to...
Hair Love

        Sunday, February 9, 2020

        Remembering the Classic Film 'Little Nemo'

        Adventures in Slumberland
        Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland (released in Japan as simply Nemo (ニモ, Nimo) and credited in some territories as Little Nemo) is a 1989 Japanese-American animated musical adventure fantasy film directed by Masami Hata and William Hurtz. Based on the comic strip Little Nemo in Slumberland by Winsor McCay, the film went through a lengthy development process with a number of screenwriters. Ultimately, the screenplay was credited to Chris Columbus and Richard Outten; the storyline and art style differed from the original version. The original soundtrack was penned by the Academy Award-winning Sherman Brothers. The film features the English dub voices of Gabriel Damon, Mickey Rooney, René Auberjonois, Danny Mann, and Bernard Erhard. 
        The movie was infamous for being in development hell with many people; some worked at Disney and others who worked on Star Wars, some of the people who worked on Looney Tunes, as well as some people who would later found Studio Ghibli, figures such as George Lucas, Chuck Jones, Ray Bradbury, Isao Takahata, Brad Bird, Jerry Rees, Chris Columbus, Ken Anderson, Frank Thomas, Oliver Johnston, Paul Julian, the Sherman Brothers (Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman), Hayao Miyazaki (who was working at TMS at the time), and Gary Kurtz being involved with the movie before all dropping out. 

        The film was first released in Japan on July 15, 1989, and in the United States on August 21, 1992, by the Hemdale Film Corporation. It received mixed to positive reviews from publications including the Washington Post, Variety, the New York Post, the Boston Globe, and The New York Times, earned $11.4 million on a $35 million budget and was a box office bomb, but sold well on home video and has since developed a cult following. 
        The Plot
        The film opens with the young boy Nemo experiencing a nightmare in which he is pursued by a locomotive. Upon awakening the next day, he goes with his pet flying squirrel, Icarus to see a parade welcoming a traveling circus. However, Nemo is unable to see the circus because his parents are too busy to take him. Later that night, Nemo imitates sleepwalking in a failed attempt to sneak some pie, going against a promise he had earlier made to his mother. Upon falling asleep that night, Nemo is approached by figures from the parade. The circus organist introduces himself as Professor Genius and claims that they had been sent on a mission by King Morpheus, the king of a realm named Slumberland. The mission involves Nemo becoming the playmate of the princess, Camille. Although Nemo initially has reservations about interacting with royalty of the opposite gender, he and Icarus decide to set off to fulfill his mission after being persuaded with a gift box of cookies from the princess.
        Nemo is taken to Slumberland in a dirigible which he is allowed to drive, causing some chaos and is introduced to King Morpheus, who doubles as the circus ringmaster on Earth. Morpheus reveals that he summoned Nemo to become his heir to the throne. Morpheus gives Nemo a golden key that opens every door in the kingdom and warns him of a door with a dragon insignia that must never be opened. Nemo is introduced to Princess Camille and the pair and Icarus roam the entirety of Slumberland together. Afterward, Nemo is whisked away by Genius to prince lessons. Later, he meets the mischievous clown, Flip, who angers a group of cops and forces him and Nemo to hide out in a cave. There, Nemo discovers the door that Morpheus warned him not to open. Flip tempts Nemo into unlocking the door, which unleashes the dreaded Nightmare King. Nemo rushes back to Morpheus' castle in time for his coronation ceremony, where Nemo is handed the royal scepter, the only thing capable of defeating the Nightmare King should he ever return to Slumberland. In the middle of a dance session between Morpheus and Genius, the Nightmare King reaches the castle and steals Morpheus away. As the partygoers search for a scapegoat, Flip and Nemo reveal each other responsible for the Nightmare King's escape, since Morpheus gave Nemo the key and it was Flip's idea to open the door.
        Nemo then awakens in his home, which floods with seawater and ejects him and Icarus into the ocean. Genius reunites with them and tells Nemo not to blame himself and that Flip is to blame for all that has happened; Nemo refutes this, citing that he's the one who made and then broke his promise to Morpheus to never open the door and resolves to find and rescue the king. When the three return to Slumberland and narrowly prevent Flip's banishment into outer space, Nemo forces Flip to reveal that he has a map to Nightmare Land, where Morpheus is currently being held. Nemo, Icarus, Camille, Flip, and Genius set off in a tugboat in search of Morpheus. They are soon sucked into a whirlpool and find themselves in the monster-infested Nightmare Land. The five come across a group of shapeshifting goblins called Boomps who wish to aid in the quest to rescue Morpheus.
        The Nightmare King sends a flock of fearsome and gigantic goblin bats to seize the rescue party. Nemo attempts to use the scepter, but is unable to remember the full incantation and awakens in his bed along with Icarus just after watching Flip, Genius, and Camille be captured by the Nightmare King's forces. The Boomps appear in Nemo's room and reunite with a lost member of theirs, who gives Nemo a letter from Morpheus containing the scepter's incantation to defeat the Nightmare King. The group returns to Nightmare Land by flying on Nemo's bed through a dimensional portal in the sky and soon reach and infiltrate Nightmare Castle. However, they are subsequently trapped in the castle, where the Nightmare King demands possession of the scepter and threatens Flip, Genius, Camille, and Morpheus, who are all in suspended animated states, with harm if Nemo doesn't comply. After a fierce battle, Nemo uses the scepter to finally defeat and destroy the Nightmare King and purify his kingdom, though due to Nemo's young age, the use of the scepter's full power inadvertently kills him as well. As everyone awakens in the aftermath and discovers Nemo's lifeless body, they begin to mourn for Slumberland's fallen prince. Morpheus, however, uses the scepter to restore Nemo to life. Nemo apologizes for breaking his promise, opening the door, and causing everything to begin with. Morpheus forgives him, citing that his courage and strong will have allowed him to make up for his mistake, and become a true prince.
        As Slumberland celebrates the fall of the Nightmare Kingdom, Camille escorts Nemo and Icarus home on the dirigible. The two then share a kiss, after which Nemo awakens in his room, where he apologizes to his mother for breaking his promise and trying to take the pie. Nemo's parents also agree to take Nemo to the circus. Nemo stares out the window with Icarus as he reflects on his adventure. 

        Saturday, February 8, 2020

        Watch Cyberpunk ‘Sherwood’ Free on YouTube

        S H E R W O O D
        Ireland’s Giant Animation at the Fore of 
        YouTube Originals Free Relaunch
        [Source: Animation Magazine] An animated series produced by Irish studio Giant Animation will be spearheading YouTube’s changing approach to its YouTube Originals content when it is made available for free to all viewers this February.
        Sherwood is a 10-episode animated series inspired by the legend of Robin Hood and set in a dystopian future where Earth has been destroyed by climate change and is ruled by the evil sheriff of Sherwood. In this modern retelling, Robin is a 14-year-old girl who uses technology and code to hack and do battle with the sheriff.
        “A key focus of the show is trying to inspire young women and girls to be more interested in technology and to know that they can have an impact on the future of technology. We were very pleased to partner with YouTube to produce Sherwood, which is their first original animated series,” said Alex Sherwood, Creative Director & Co-Founder, Giant Animation.

        “The response to Sherwood has been truly outstanding and we are thrilled that it already has over 20 million views. We are also delighted that it will be going free to all viewers in February so even more people will get a chance to watch it. More than 120 people worked on Sherwood at our Dublin office and it has a world-class cast, including The Witcher’s Anya Calotra.”
        Sherwood was the first animated series commissioned for the YouTube Premium service, and other series include Cobra Kai, Impulse and Step Up: High Water. The first episode of Sherwood has over 20 million views.
        YouTube is now changing its approach to its Premium service and is making all of its YouTube Originals series free to all viewers globally. This is a significant change from its plans to charge a monthly fee for access to the original content and could prove to be a major headache for Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Disney. In September 2019, YouTube also announced a major $100 million investment in original children’s content.
        Sherwood was co-produced by Baby Octopus in New York and Toybox in Auckland, New Zealand. In the last 15 years, the number of animation studios in Ireland has risen from six to over 30. An estimated 1,500 people work in the sector, which generates around €200 million for the Irish economy annually.

        Learn more about Giant Animation at

        Friday, February 7, 2020

        Star Wars: Underworld - CANCELED

        What Could Have Been...
        Released test footage from 2010 of the canceled Star Wars TV show "Underworld," which was to take place in the lower levels of Coruscant. The series was set after the events of Order 66. The video game "1313" was to be a tie-in of this series. Due to the immense cost of shooting the series, as well as the selling of Lucasfilm to Disney, "Underworld" was delayed and eventually canceled. This footage was produced by Stargate Studios (whose VFX resume includes Doctor Who, The Walking Dead, The Orville) in partnership with Lucasfilm. The VFX technology displayed in the making-of portion is Stargate Studios' impressive real-time rendering Virtual Backlot Live technology.

        Thursday, February 6, 2020

        Dragon Quest: Your Story - Official Movie Trailer

        Dragon Quest arrives on the big screen this year in Dragon Quest Your Story.
        Click on Closed Captions to view the subtitles. 

        Wednesday, February 5, 2020

        The Dam Keeper (2014)

        The Dam Keeper, a short film by feature animation artists Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi tells the tale of a young pig encumbered with an important job, and the meeting of a new classmate who changes everything.
        The short blends traditional hand-drawn animation with lush brushstrokes to bring Kondo and Tsutsumi's celebrated painting style to life like never before. Danish actor Lars Mikkelsen (Forbrydelsen, Sherlock) narrates the film.