Mortal Kombat: The Journey Begins is an animated film that was released by Threshold Entertainment in 1995 as an unofficial prequel to the feature film that debuted in the same year, and featured not only traditional 2D cell animation, but also motion capture and CGI to tell the origins behind several of the major characters. It was released straight to home video with a running time of fifty-four minutes.
In addition, it was never released on DVD, but is included on the Mortal Kombat Blu Ray.
The film featured Liu Kang, Johnny Cage, and Sonya Blade - also the three main characters in the film - traveling on a mysterious boat to battle in the Mortal Kombat tournament. On the way, they meet Raiden who provides them with some hints about how to survive the tournament and defeat Shang Tsung and his army of minions. Upon arriving at the island where the battle takes place, Raiden retells the origins of Shang Tsung, Goro, the Great Kung Lao, Scorpion and the Elder Sub-Zero in between fight scenes.