Most of the other episodes are directed by acclaimed Asian filmmakers and animators, including Koji Morimoto, Peter Chung and Yoshiaki Kawajiri. Very little of the film ties into the main storyline of The Matrix, but as a detour, it fleshes out the universe some more while showing off a variety of different and interesting visual styles and pursuing different tones. The Animatrix also shares background details about the war between humans and machines, how it came about (hint: humans are kind of assholes), and how the Matrix was created.
There stories are all short, the longest probably no more than 15 minutes and most under 10. For the most part, they set up an idea or a scenario and wrap it up in a handful of scenes before moving on to the next segment. There's action, apocalyptic science fiction, cyber eroticism, mystery, teen angst, heartbreak, and even some youthful whimsy and imagination. Most tales fall into of two categories: rebels from Zion clashing with the Machines or people inside the Matrix, unaware of its true nature, discovering reality is not all that it seems.