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The Matrix is one of the most famous movie series of all time. And now that it is getting a fourth part, many new fans want to jump on the series. They want to see what the fuss is all about. But the real problem arrives when it comes to the different short stories that the studio produced over the years to fill the gaps between the years. The Animatrix consists of 9 short animated movies released to fill the gaps between the live-action movies.

There is nothing wrong with only watching mainstream movies. It is just that if you will watch Animatrix you will get more context and will enjoy the Matrix series more. And that is exactly why we are here for. To improve your experience of watching a series.

Matrix Series In Order Of Release Date

The Matrix (March 31, 1999)

The Matrix Reloaded (May 15, 2003)

The Animatrix (June 3, 2003)

The Matrix Revolutions (November 5, 2003)

The Matrix Series In Chronological Order Of Events

Animatrix: The Second Renaissance, Part I and II

Start with this one as it will tell you the origin story of the computer matrix. It will completely bridge the gap in history between the present and the story’s setting.

The Animatrix: A Detective Story

It follows the story of Detective Ash who is on a pursuit within the Matrix only. He is following the famous hacker Trinity only who has joined forces with Morpheus. This story will take place sometime after the creation of the Matrix. And is a really good watch with noir and anime effects.

The Animatrix

The Matrix

Now, start the main movie and you will have a lot more context to anything that is happening. You will also have a little more context surrounding the importance of The One, as well as the why and the what behind the Matrix itself.

The Animatrix: The Kid’s Story

This movie shows Neo’s influence in his new role. The story will focus on a young man who gets out of The Matrix only on willpower. His story takes place within the six-month gap of time between the events of The Matrix and The Matrix Reloaded.

The Animatrix: Final Flight of the Osiris

This story will give you an idea of some of the activities of the ships in the human resistance, and what Zion’s fleet is up to. Without this, some of the conversations in Reloaded require the audience to guess and use conjecture while they listen, which is a lot to ask of people who are only casually invested.

The Matrix Reloaded and Revolutions

They go back to back because the “To be continued” at the end of Reloaded effectively makes them a single film in two parts. The events of these movies occur six months after the first Matrix. It will feature the ultimate sacrifice of Neo to make peace with the machines.

The Matrix

The Animatrix: Beyond

This happens sometime after the end of the trilogy. It depicts life inside The Matrix for those still plugged in. Beyond follows Yoko who discovers a “haunted house”. It is filled with anomalies that previous film installments have described as “glitches in the Matrix.” It is a pretty nice and dark movie and you will enjoy it.

The Animatrix: World Record

This movie is really similar to ‘The Kid’s Story’. it shows some of the oppression of the Matrix, establishes some of the rules of the world and remains a little further removed from the main story of Neo. The timing of this movie is really unspecified in Matrix Cannon. You can watch it before the First Matrix as well. But it makes more sense here.

How Should You Watch It?

So, this is how you should watch The Matrix chronologically. Now you have all the information needed to watch the series with more context. It will increase your enjoyment of the series. So, go and watch it now.

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