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9 (2009)

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  • Genre: Animation | Action | Adventure | Fantasy | Mystery | Sci-Fi | Thriller
  • Release Date: 9 September 2009 (USA)
  • Runtime: 79 min
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  • IMDb page: 9 (2009)
  • Rate: 7.0/10 total 51,691 votes 
  • Genre: Animation | Action | Adventure | Fantasy | Mystery | Sci-Fi | Thriller
  • Release Date: 9 September 2009 (USA)
  • Runtime: 79 min
  • Filming Location: Attitude Studios, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
  • Budget: $33,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $31,743,332(USA)(29 November 2009)
  • Director: Shane Acker
  • Stars: Elijah Wood, Jennifer Connelly and Crispin Glover
  • Original Music By: Deborah Lurie   
  • Soundtrack: Somewhere Over the Rainbow
  • Sound Mix: DTS | Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Machine | Rag Doll | Beast | Coward | Key

Writing Credits By:

  • Pamela Pettler (screenplay)
  • Shane Acker (story)

Known Trivia

  • The fourth theatrically released computer-animated film to receive a PG-13 rating, following Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, Kaena: The Prophecy and Beowulf.
  • The design of 3 and 4 is based on a pair of garden gloves – the thumb can be seen in the back, and the wrist is gathered at the top.
  • The second animated film released by Focus Features, after Coraline.
  • The script, some drawings, character design and a copy of the short film was given to Jennifer Connelly when she was offered her part.
  • In select US and Canadian theaters, the film could be watched on D-BOX motion simulator seats.
  • 1 tells 9 that he led the others to their current hideout, which he refers to as “sanctuary”. The building happens to be the Notre Dame church, famously referred to as “sanctuary” in “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”.
  • The clock on the Notre Dame Church is coincidentally stuck on the time 9:09.
  • The Chancellor mentioned by the scientist and showed in the old archive footage appears to be a reference to Adolf Hitler, the fascist dictator of Germany from 1933 through 1945. Hitler held the title of Chancellor of Germany, until he gave himself to the new title of F├╝hrer. When standing in the car in what appears to be a parade, The Chancellor lifts his hand in a motion similar to that of The Hitler/Nazi Salute. The flags and banners shown on the wall when The Chancellor announces the creation of The Machine are similar to the Swastika Flag of the Nazi Party. Finally, when the Chancellor takes The Machine away from The Scientist, the soldiers who take The Scientist away resemble SS Officers (Hitler’s Secret Police Force) in uniform and actions.
  • Shane Acker’s feature directorial debut.
  • Shane Acker first made 9 as a ten minute short film while he was still at UCLA. It was nominated for Best Animated Short at the Oscars, and although it didn’t win, Acker was offered the chance to expand it into a feature film. It follows the same basic plot, but more characters have been added, they have the ability to talk now, and the reason for the world’s destruction is explained in more detail.

Goofs: Continuity: When 5's map blows away, it gets caught on a piece of wood, but then blows away further when 5 and 9 approach it. However, when 5 and 9 are in the cave, 7 knows that they are in there because she sees the map caught on the piece of wood.

Plot: A rag doll that awakens in a post-apocalyptic future holds the key to humanity's salvation. Full summary »  »

Story: In a world destroyed in a war between man and machine, a hand-stitched doll with the number 9 written on its back comes to life. The world he has awakened in is frightening, but he quickly learns that he is not alone and that there are others like him, also with a single digit written on their back. The first one he encounters is 2 who tells him something of what happened to the world. 2 is also thrilled with the disk 9 is carrying, one with three unique symbols on the front. 9 soon learns that the disk and some of the other dolls who are prepared to die for the good of humankind may be the last hope for man's salvation.Written by garykmcd  

Synopsis

Synopsis: The movie starts off with The Scientist (Alan Oppenheimer) making a sapient ragdoll, on whose back he writes "9". Outside, the world is pretty much destroyed. A while later, when all is silent, 9 comes to life. Looking around, he sees the place "The First Room" is a mess. He opens a window and sees the entire city in ruins. He tries to say something, but nothing happens. He can’t talk.

He walks with little trepidation through the desolate deserted city. He comes upon a car on the road. He looks inside and sees a mother and her child inside dead. Recoiling from the sight he hears a sound and sees a slowly-approaching light.

Hiding behind some ruins he picks up a metal bar and waits. As the light comes closer he swings the bar towards it and connects. When he looks at what he hit he sees a creature very similar to himself only slightly aged and differently crafted. He also has a small candle fitted to his headgear and wears a magnifying glass in front of his eyes.

The other creature "2" (Martin Landau) sees him and gasps. 9 starts to run but 2 calls out, "Wait! I’m a friend." 9 stops and goes to help 2 up. 2 gives 9 an appraising look and approves of 9’s detail and design. When he sees that 9 can’t talk he tells him to follow him. They go over to a discarded doll on the road where 2 proceeds to look inside it. 9 in the meantime picks up a bullet and plays around with it unaware of what it is. 2 finds the doll’s voice box and stops 9 from causing any damage with the bullet. He tells him that some things are better left alone. Then he inserts the voice box into 9’s chest cavity through the zipper. After some adjustment 9 speaks (Elijah Wood) and says "Friend."

2 notices something inside 9 and pulls it out. It’s a small hemispherical device called "The Talisman" which has three shapes on it. 9 says to himself "he’s always drawing this" (we find out later who "he" is). 9 asks if they’re alone. However a loud sound answers that question. 2 becomes afraid and instructs 9 to hide inside a broken can nearby. Standing outside armed with a spear, 2 waits tensely for the "beast" to attack. He’s attacked and the "Beast" sees "The Talisman" and takes it. Then it notices 9 inside the can and tries to attack him. With its claws inches from 9’s face 2 distracts it. It swallows 2. When it looks inside the can again it sees it’s empty. It leaves. 9 emerges from a different hiding place. His left arm is ripped a bit. He faints. His unconscious form is noticed by a one-eyed ragdoll called "5".

When he awakens he sees 5 tending to him. His arm has been fixed. They’re indoors now and 5 (John C. Reilly) tells him that 2 is better at fixing them, unaware of 2’s fate. At that moment an elderly, domineering ragdoll called "1" (Christopher Plummer) enters angrily. He looks over 9 and yells at 5 for almost leading the beast to them. Another ragdoll, a huge one named "8" (John Tatasciore) comes in. He’s like 1’s henchman/bodyguard.

1 orders all to go to the upper level. They go up in a bucket. At the top level 9 sees they’re in a half-destroyed church of some sort. A fighter plane has crashed into a part of the church. 1 narrates the story as he knows it. When he awoke there was a war between man and machine. In a major battle, as the ragdolls ran for their lives, 5 lost his left eye and was saved by 2. The machines deployed poison gas bombs that pretty much killed all life on Earth. Only things left were the ragdolls and the beasts.

1 tells 9 of all the ragdolls that have been lost. 3.. 4.. 7.. and now 2. He orders 5 and 9 to go to the watchtower. In another room we see "6" (Crispin Glover) drawing the same shapes as on the Talisman (he’s the one 2 was referring to). On the watchtower, 5 and 9 look through a telescope. 9 sees a large factory in the distance with towers. He says that that’s where "the beast" took 2. 9 wants to go there to rescue 2 but 5 is reluctant. When 9 says that 2 would have tried to save him, 5 relents. 5 has a map which they can use to get there.

As they walk towards the place they find 2’s candle headlamp. 5 wonders why he was out there all alone. They look for a tunnel. Suddenly there’s a huge sandstorm that blows the map away. They can’t go back. When the sandstorm recedes they notice a huge footprint on the ground – "the beast’s". Needing light they take a small lightbulb from inside a wrecked car headlight. 9 fashions a small staff-torch with it. 5 says sadly that 2 was just as smart to think that up.

In the distance the shadow of a creature with a beak finds 5’s map.

5 and 9 reach the factory. It’s a dark and imposing industrial place. They turn off the light and go inside. They see a cage and see 2 inside it. At first 2 doesn’t respond but slowly awakens and is happy that they came for him. They hear sounds coming from nearby. 9 takes a look and sees "the beast" there trying to insert the Talisman into a socket. Suddenly it hears a sound and sees 9. It attacks them. Just then a beaked creature attacks "the beast" and beheads it. The creature removes its beaked headdress to reveal that it is a female ragdoll – "7" (Jennifer Connelly). 2 and 5 are ecstatic to see her as they thought she was dead. They introduce her to 9. In the midst of the happy reunion 9 picks up the Talisman and unwittingly inserts it into the socket. 2 sees that and runs to stop him but it’s too late. 2 pushes 9 out of the way as the factory comes alive. However a bright green light shoots out from the machine and strikes 2 in the eyes and mouth, and drains all his life force. The poor ragdoll hits the ground lifeless.

Now that the place is fully alive, 5.. 7.. and 9 don’t have time to mourn over 2. "The Machine" (a large sphere, with a bright red light in the middle – electrodes on its body – and long limbs) comes to life. The surviving ragdolls run but find themselves trapped at a chasm. 7 sees a lever switch overhead and uses 5’s grappling gun to shoot a hook around the switch. 7 and 9 grab 5 and swing towards a conveyor belt on the other side. However, their collective weight causes the switch to be thrown and the resultant jerk causes 7 to lose her grip and 5 and 9 fall onto a conveyor belt. 7 manages to grab a ledge and hang one-handed off it. The conveyor belt starts to move (due to the thrown switch) and 5 and 9 have to dodge many large metallic objects. They fall to the floor below. "The Machine" moves menacingly towards 7, sparking its electrodes. It gets distracted by 5 and 9’s staff-light and chases them instead. 5 and 9 hide for a few tense moments as "the machine" looks for them. 7 arrives and they run into a tunnel. "The Machine" is too large to chase them in the tunnel and they manage to escape.

Outside the factory, 5 is devastated about 2’s death while 7 is furious at 9. She knows where to find answers and tells them to follow her.

Meanwhile, "The Machine" uses the material around it to create a new monster.

5.. 7.. and 9 go to a destroyed library which has a large courtyard with statues on it. They look at old paintings and see books scattered all over the place. 7 calls out and small twin ragdolls show up ("3" & "4"). They’re mute but their eyes can project memories. They look over 9, analyzing him and taking rapid pictures with their eyes. 7 asks them for help saying that they awakened something terrible. 9 guiltily corrects her that HE was the one who awakened it. Using their eyes, the twins project a video on a book which tells about "The Machine". As it turns out "The Machine" was made by the very same Scientist who created them. He was under orders from the dictatorial Chancellor. It was called "The Brain". It has the ability to create its own machines. They used it in the war but soon it turned against Man and destroyed the world.

Eager to know more about "the talisman", 9 draws the three shapes. 5 says that 6 draws those very shapes. 9 says he wants to see 6 however 7 doesn’t want to return, for she doesn’t like 1 very much, and runs off.

5 and 9 return to the church to see 6, however 8 grabs them. 1 enters the room furious. He accuses them of dooming them all. 9 asks who sent 2 to scout outside and 1 answers it was him. 6 comes in and sees the shapes drawn by 9. He says that the shapes are the "Source". 9 wants to investigate further but 1 orders them locked up. 9 calls 1 a coward. 1 angrily says he’ll do what it takes to keep them safe.

Just then the church is attacked by the newly-created beast (looks like a pterodactyl with the wings and long beak). They flee for their lives as the place starts to catch fire from the beast’s attack. They wind up on the wing of the crashed plane. Just as they’re cornered, 7 enters and tries to attack the beast from behind, but the beast turns and swats her away. She tries again and this time it shoots a cabled harpoon into her leg. It starts to reel her in but 9 grabs her and stabs her spear into the wing, arresting their movement. 8 cuts the taut cable which causes it to swing away and wrap around a blade of the wing’s propeller. Due to the tussle on the wing, it starts to slowly slide downwards. 8 grabs a groove in the wing. 7 holds on to the embedded spear while 9 holds on to the harpoon in her leg. 1 loses his balance and his staff. 9 grabs the staff and holds it out for 1 to hold on to. 5 and 6 land in the propeller mechanism. They turn on the propeller. The spinning propeller starts to pull the beast towards it, but with a burst of strength and speed, it jumps and lands inches away from 1 and grabs his cape with its beak. 9 yells out for 1 to let go of his cape. Reluctantly 1 releases the cape causing the beast to snap back into the spinning propeller and it gets torn apart.

However the ragdolls are now homeless thanks to the fire. 1 watches sadly as their sanctuary burns down. They go to the library where 3 and 4 live.

A drone takes the destroyed beast back to "The Brain". It becomes angry and looks at 2’s body and seems to get an idea.

At the library, 8 is appointed as the lookout. It’s quiet outside so he uses this opportunity to use a magnet on his head to get some sort of a high.

While 3.. 4.. 6.. and 9 go over the drawings, 1 becomes upset about what he terms "dark science". 9 accuses him of sending 2 out to scout purposely to kill him off. 1 says indignantly that 2 was sacrificed as he was old and weak. Furious, 7 jumps on him with a knife at his throat. 9 talks her down and she walks off angry. 1 leaves as well. 9 wants to go to scientist’s place to get answers (the First Room).

Outside, 8 hears some sounds and looks around. He walks tensely through the courtyard. Suddenly he sees 2 and 2 rises up in the air with his eyes flashing like a strobe light and 8 becomes hypnotized.

In a different room 1 walks in a huff. He hears a sound and becomes scared. His fear increases tenfold when he sees 2 eerily floating towards him. Just like 8, he too gets hypnotized by 2’s flashing strobe eyes. Attached to 2 is a snakelike beast. The beast’s "head" opens up, and reveals a one-eyed skull. It has a snakelike fabric-covered body and jointed legs with sharp objects on them. It picks up 1 and starts to tie him up with thread. 8 has already been stuffed inside the "Snake". As the snake starts to reel in the unconscious 1, 5 and 9 run to his resue. The Snake sees them and uses 2 again (attached to it’s tail like a rattle snake) and uses his flashing eyes on them. While 9 averts his eyes, 5 gets hypnotized and becomes rooted to the spot. Just then, 7’s spear hits 2 and embeds him in a wall nearby stopping the hypnotic flashing. 7 runs towards 2’s body dodging the Snake’s attacks. Retrieving her spear she cuts the Snake’s tail off freeing 2’s body. The Snake grabs her and is about to kill her when 5 snaps out of his trance and shoots the Snake in its good eye. The Snake starts to slither away with 7 and 8. 7 screams out to 9 who runs after it but the Snake gets away with the two ragdolls.

1 has been rescued. 9 tells 1 that the Snake has 7 and 8. 9 demands that they go save them but 1 refuses. 9 persuades him. They give 2 a fitting funeral by putting him on a raft with a coin on his eyes and let him float freely into the sewer.

They set off to the factory. Taking the staff-light, 9 goes inside alone. He tells 5 that if he doesn’t return, 5 is to destroy the factory. 5 tells the others to look for a drum of fuel.

Inside the factory, 9 sees the snake hand 8 over to "the brain". 8’s life force is drained by "the brain" which gets more powerful. The snake then starts to hand over 7. 9 ties a thread around a bolt and throws the bolt onto a ledge behind a pair of moving cogs. He then distracts the Snake. Putting 7 back inside of itself it chases after 9. Through it’s one broken eye, it sees what it takes to be a ragdoll. It grabs it and starts tying it up. Actually, it’s a piece of ragdoll fabric wrapped around the staff-light which 9 holds while in hiding. The snake suddenly turns on the lightbulb and recoils. 9 bursts out of hiding and starts to run with a knife in his mouth. The snake sees 9 and gives chase. The dummy ragdoll is connected to the cabled bolt. As the snake slithers after 9 it pulls the cable which gets caught in between the cogs. The cogs start pulling the cable which yanks the snake backwards towards the cogs. After turning around, 9 races after the snake. As the snake gets pulled upwards, 9 runs up its fabric body and plunges his knife into its body and slides down, ripping open its body. 7 falls free into 9’s arms below. The snake’s head gets crushed in between the cogs.

Outside, the ragdolls prepare to push a barrel inside the tunnel. 1 is all for getting it done immediately, but 5 wants to wait for 7 and 9. They are noticed by a recon drone. Using 5’s grappling gun, they rope it and start to pull it towards them.

Inside, 7 and 9 are seen by "the brain", which sends mechanical spiders after them. 7 and 9 sprint into the tunnel and yell for the ragdolls outside to send in the barrel. 1 and 5 push the barrel after lighting the fuse into the tunnel. They’ve also connected the thread that’s tied around the drone to the barrel. As the barrel (and drone) roll down the tunnel, 7 and 9 dodge it. The barrel knocks back all the spiders and falls inside the factory where "the brain" can only watch helplessly as it explodes. The factory erupts in flames as the ragdolls escape.

The ecstatic ragdolls start to celebrate. 3 and 4 put on a record player. 1 feels a bit downcast. As 5 chases a runaway LP record he notices, to his horror, that "the brain" is still alive. It chases him up the hill. 9 tries to run to his rescue but 1 restrains him. "The brain" grabs 5 and drains his life force, regaining its strength.

The ragdolls run towards a rickety bridge, with "the brain" behind them. 6 notices that the dead ragdolls’ souls are trapped inside "the brain". While they run easily across the bridge, "the brain" is too heavy and the bridge gives way under it. As it tries to pull itself up, 6 tells them not to destroy it or else their friends will be trapped inside it forever. "The brain" falls, but grabs 6 on the way down. 6 yells for them to go to the "First Room" for "the source". The others watch helplessly as "the brain" drains him.

9 wants to go to the "First Room" to find out more on how to save the trapped souls. But the others want to destroy "the brain".

9 runs off to the "First Room" (where they were made) alone. There, he sees schematics for "the brain" and the ragdolls. He notices a holographic projector marked "9". He turns it on and a hologram of the Scientist comes on. The Scientist tells 9 about the Brain, which is actually made up of his intelligence. He then tells 9 that he and the rest of the rag dolls are pieces of his (the Scientist’s) soul/personalities and that each of the dolls represented different sides of the Scientist’s personality. He shows 9 the "Talisman" and a sequence in which to turn off the Brain. 9 was his last ragdoll before he died draining his soul into him.

9 runs over to the others who are busy hurling bombs at the rapidly advancing Brain. 9 tells them that the Scientist is the Source. However, 1 continues attacking the Brain. As the Brain approaches, they run. The Brain gets stuck in some barbed wire allowing the ragdolls to hide in a tunnel. 9 tells the others that they have to get the Talisman from the Brain. The Brain sets fire to the boxes of bullets in the tunnel causing a huge explosion. The ragdolls fall scattered around, bruised but alive. 1 however has lost a few fingers.

9 bravely goes to face the Brain. Just as the Brain is about to drain 9, 1 pushes him out of the way sacrificing himself and loses his life force. 9 grabs the Talisman off the Brain, hits the sequence, and aims the Talisman at the Brain. The Brain screams as the souls are transferred to the Talisman. Now soulless it explodes.

3.. 4.. and 7 find 9 slumped on the ground. He’s alive. 7 tells him "he did it", but he responds "not yet".

They light a fire and set 5 positions around it for their 5 fallen friends each with their respective numbers on them. 9 hits the sequence on the Talisman. One by one the souls are released glowing green. 8 is the first one out. He smiles at them. 6 comes out next and taking 8 by the hand, he leads him to his place. 2 and 5 come out together and 1 is the last out. He gives 9 a grateful nod and they all go to their respective positions. 5 lingers a bit and puts his hand on 9’s shoulder then turns and walks over to his respective "grave". Then they all evaporate to smoke and float up to the heavens finally free. The sky turns a bright green and starts to swirl, then it begins to rain. 3.. 4.. 7 and 9 are below looking up at the sky as rain drops down on then. 7 asks 9 what will happen now. 9 answers he’s not sure what happens next, but this world is theirs. It’s what they make of it.

The rain drops hit the "camera" and a closeup of the drops show green microorganisms thriving in the water indicating that life will once again flourish in the world….someday….

 

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Timur Bekmambetov known as producer
  • Tim Burton known as producer
  • Mary Clayton known as consulting producer
  • Dana Ginsburg known as producer
  • Jinko Gotoh known as co-producer
  • Jim Lemley known as producer
  • Marci Levine known as co-producer
  • Graham Moloy known as associate producer
  • David J. Steinberg known as head of studio: Starz Animation
  • Matthew Teevan known as animation production

FullCast & Crew:

  • Christopher Plummer known as 1 (voice)
  • Martin Landau known as 2 (voice)
  • John C. Reilly known as 5 (voice)
  • Crispin Glover known as 6 (voice)
  • Jennifer Connelly known as 7 (voice)
  • Fred Tatasciore known as 8 / Radio Announcer (voice)
  • Elijah Wood known as 9 (voice)
  • Alan Oppenheimer known as The Scientist (voice)
  • Tom Kane known as Dictator (voice)
  • Helen Wilson known as Newscaster (voice)

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Supporting Department

Art Department:
  • Tohru Patrick Awa known as concept designer
  • Callan Brunker known as storyboard artist
  • Kevin Chen known as concept artist
  • Nathan Chew known as storyboard artist
  • Jung-Soo Choi known as prop artist
  • David Chow known as 3D set designer
  • Aaron Clark known as storyboard artist
  • Aldina Dias known as property designer
  • Jun Falkenstein known as storyboard artist
  • Jim Feeley known as character ortho artist
  • Stephan Franck known as storyboard artist
  • Alex Hill known as storyboard artist (as Alex Hillkurtz)
  • George Hull known as visual development artist
  • Shih-Ting Hung known as production intern
  • Warren Leonhardt known as storyboard artist
  • Angelo Libutti known as storyboard artist
  • Pierre Lorenzi known as artist
  • Franck Louis-Marie known as 2-D set designer
  • Mark Nelson known as look development artist
  • Troy Quane known as storyboard artist
  • Stephen Schirle known as painter
  • Michael Verano known as art coordinator
  • Ricardo F. Delgado known as storyboard artist (uncredited)
  • Eric Hanson known as 3D set designer (uncredited)

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Company

Production Companies:

  • Focus Features (presents)
  • Relativity Media (in association with)
  • Arc Productions
  • Starz Animation
  • Tim Burton Productions

Other Companies:

  • Air Lyndhurst Studios  music recorded at (as Air Studios, London, England)
  • DeLuxe Toronto  digital intermediate
  • E1 Entertainment  soundtrack
  • EFilm  digital intermediate
  • Film Finances  completion guarantor
  • Intelligent Media  international monitoring agency
  • London Session Orchestra, The  orchestra (uncredited)
  • Metro Voices  choir
  • Oncore Productions  continuity script
  • Rice Gorton Pictures Ltd.  production accounting
  • Skywalker Sound  post-production sound services

Distributors:

  • A-Film Distribution (2009) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Distribution Company (2010) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • Focus Features (2009) (USA) (theatrical)
  • GAGA (2010) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • Hollywood Classic Entertainment (2009) (Czech Republic) (theatrical)
  • SND (2009) (France) (theatrical)
  • Sandrew Metronome Distribution Sverige AB (2009) (Sweden) (theatrical)
  • Shaw Organisation (2009) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Showtime (2009) (South Korea) (theatrical)
  • Zon Lusomundo Audiovisuais (2009) (Portugal) (theatrical)
  • A-Film Home Entertainment (2010) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • A-Film Home Entertainment (2010) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Madman Entertainment (2009) (Australia) (all media)
  • Odeon (2009) (Greece) (all media)
  • PVR Pictures (2010) (India) (all media)
  • Panasia Films (2010) (Hong Kong) (DVD)
  • PlayArte Filmes (2009) (Brazil) (all media)
  • Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (2010) (Germany) (DVD)
  • Universal Studios Home Entertainment (2009) (USA) (DVD)
  • Universal Studios Home Entertainment (2009) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)

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Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Starz Animation (animation produced at) (as Starz Animation, Toronto)

Visual Effects by:

  • Belma Abdicevic known as lead compositing artist
  • Belma Abdicevic known as lead lighting artist
  • Ran Avigad known as technical director
  • Imran Awan known as lead final layout artist
  • Jeff Bell known as visual effects supervisor: Starz Animation
  • Nadir Benhassaine known as assistant visual effects production manager: effects animation
  • Herve Bizira known as technical director
  • Dean Blaser known as effects animator
  • Dean Blaser known as visual effects artist
  • Mark Bodanis known as lighting technical director
  • Mark Bodanis known as technical supervisor
  • Kenneth Brain known as visual effects research and development
  • Yiqun Chen known as effects animator
  • Yiqun Chen known as visual effects
  • Brian Cooper known as additional lighting and compositing artist
  • Gregory Culp known as lead final layout artist
  • Robert Dale known as lighting and compositing artist
  • Luke De Souza known as lighting and compositing artist
  • James Deschenes known as lighting technical director
  • Paul Dobson known as lighting and compositing artist
  • Sean Eckols known as digital artist
  • Alexander Feigin known as effects animator
  • Alexander Feigin known as lead visual effects artist
  • Jos'h RL Fuller known as technical director: lighting and compositing
  • Simon Fung known as lead lighter & compositor
  • Heather Gagnier-Souliere known as surfacing lead (as Heather Gagnier)
  • Laurent Gapaillard known as digital artist
  • Thierry Grizard known as supervisor
  • Ali Hamdan known as lighting technical director: Attitude studio
  • Jennifer Hendrich known as rigger
  • Daniel Hornick known as surfacing
  • Inna Itkin known as lighter & compositor
  • Avi Katz known as shot prep and finaling supervisor
  • Alan Kennedy known as post production supervisor: Starz Animation
  • Min Young Kim known as effects animator
  • Tibor Kovacs known as additional lighting and compositing artist
  • Keren Kurtz known as lighting and compositing artist
  • Warren Lawtey known as effects supervisor
  • Kang Sub Lee known as lighting and compositing artist
  • So Hyeon Lee known as lighting and compositing artist (as So Hyeon 'Soh' Lee)
  • Joe Levac known as render wrangler
  • Jing Jing Liu known as lighting and compositing
  • Pierre Lorenzi known as digital artist
  • Zachary V. Lowe known as surfacing lead
  • Juliana Machado known as effects animator
  • Juliana Machado known as visual effects artist: Starz Animation
  • Norbert Maier known as digital artist
  • Benoit Maillochon known as digital artist
  • Hubert Maston known as CG supervisor
  • Hubert Maston known as generalist td
  • Jason McKenzie known as assistant visual effects production manager: lighting and compositing
  • Iain McLuckie known as rigging supervisor
  • Bahador Mehrpouya known as effects animator
  • Bahador Mehrpouya known as visual effects artist
  • Jamie Minett known as lighting and compositing artist
  • David Mitrovic known as lighting and compositing artist
  • Sean Montgomery known as lighting lead
  • Daniel A. Murray known as lighting technical director
  • Mark Neysmith known as modeling supervisor
  • Edwin Ng known as lead rigger
  • Markus Ng known as technical director
  • Ken Nielsen known as lighting lead
  • Patrick Pautler known as rigger
  • Zebulon Pike known as lighting and compositing artist
  • Christel Pougeoise known as character animator
  • Ryan Quaglia known as lighting and compositing artist
  • Jenny Riutta known as additional modeling
  • Ruben Salazar known as digital compositor
  • Ruben Salazar known as lighting artist
  • Gourdal Sebastien known as digital artist
  • Ralph Sevazlian known as effects animator
  • Laurent Solignac known as lighting and compositing artist
  • Marc Souliere known as modeler
  • Ian Spriggs known as modeler
  • Anja Stitic known as lead lighter & compositor
  • Paul Stodolny known as lighting lead
  • Marie-Eve Tetrault known as final layout artist
  • Ben Tillmann known as lighting and compositing artist
  • Anne Wagner-Lopez known as lead compositing artist
  • Anne Wagner-Lopez known as lead lighting artist
  • Kyung Hoon Woo known as lighting and compositing artist (as Kyung Hoon 'Ian' Woo)
  • Andrew Woodhouse known as lead matte painter
  • Dan Wrightsell known as effects animator
  • Neil Yamamoto known as visual effects technical director
  • Boogab Youn known as lighting and compositing artist
  • Eugene Yue known as senior surfacing artist
  • Bryan Luren known as lighting and compositing artist (uncredited)

Release Date:

  • France 19 August 2009
  • Canada 9 September 2009
  • Cyprus 9 September 2009
  • Czech Republic 9 September 2009
  • Estonia 9 September 2009
  • Greece 9 September 2009
  • Netherlands 9 September 2009
  • Russia 9 September 2009
  • Singapore 9 September 2009
  • South Korea 9 September 2009
  • USA 9 September 2009
  • Kazakhstan 10 September 2009
  • Ukraine 10 September 2009
  • Belgium 16 September 2009
  • Poland 18 September 2009
  • Finland 24 September 2009 (Helsinki International Film Festival)
  • Finland 25 September 2009
  • Brazil 9 October 2009
  • Iceland 16 October 2009
  • Mexico 23 October 2009
  • UK 28 October 2009
  • Ireland 30 October 2009
  • Malaysia 19 November 2009
  • Norway 23 November 2009 (Oslo International Film Festival)
  • Sweden 23 November 2009 (Stockholm International Film Festival)
  • Israel 26 November 2009
  • Hong Kong 3 December 2009
  • Sweden 4 December 2009
  • Australia 9 December 2009
  • Spain 1 January 2010
  • Panama 5 February 2010
  • Peru 18 February 2010
  • Germany 25 February 2010
  • Argentina 18 March 2010
  • Taiwan 19 March 2010
  • Turkey 16 April 2010
  • Hungary 22 April 2010
  • Portugal 6 May 2010
  • Japan 8 May 2010
  • Kuwait 10 June 2010

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for violence and scary images

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Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database


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10 Comments

  1. captelephant from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 7:12 am

    9 is better than average… but only barely.

    The movie is carried by a unique visual style and a great sense of"place." The sack-men (and woman) are refreshingly odd and fun towatch. The post-apocalyptic city is consistently beautiful anddangerous. Desolate without feeling dull.

    Unfortunately, the story and characters ARE dull. Not crushingly so…but enough to frustrate. Frequent, obvious plot holes and violations ofestablished world-rules pulled me out of the movie over and over again.Tired clichés abound. I wasn't able to shake the feeling that I'd seenand heard this all before.

    And that's a shame because there's a lot of potential here. If only thewriter had taken more chances. Why not challenge the audience and defyexpectations? Why make a movie that's too scary for kids but toosimplistic for adults? Who is expected to enjoy it?

    I would watch another Shane Acker movie if one is made (hopefully afterhe's picked a target audience). But 9 is not a classic.

    … that said, it's probably worth watching on the big screen just forthe sights and sounds.

  2. planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida
    30 Mar 2012, 7:12 am

    I was looking forward to seeing 9, as I had already seen the originalshort film (also called 9) and wanted to see what they could do byexpanding upon the story. Well, after seeing this full-length film, Ican certainly say I liked the computer generated animation….as forthe story, well, it left a bit to be desired. And the problem is that Ican't strongly recommend the film, but if you don't see it in thetheater, then you'll probably like the film less because the graphicsare THE film.

    The story is set in an alternate reality. While some of the featureslook very much like Earth, many of the details are different. There'sbeen a war raging and tanks are definitely of the WWI variety whileairplanes are of the WWII style–yet there are also very modernholograms as well. As for the leader, there is some similarity to afascist dictatorship, but this guy sure ain't Hitler, Mussolini orFranco. It's like Earth, but not our Earth. Oddly, while I could acceptthis, in this alternate reality there apparently IS a Judy Garland andthe song "Over the Rainbow"–an odd blending of the real and thefanciful.

    Most of the story, you have no idea what led to this ruined world thatis now devoid of all life–no animals, no people…not even bugs.Slowly, some of the details of this apocalypse come out…but never isthere ever a full explanation as to what happened and why–just adribbling of information here and there. What you positively know isthat instead of living beings, there are a group of very small andoddly designed burlap covered dolls–with very high tech eyes. Whythese dolls are there and their purpose is unknown to them, but someare just happy to hide and avoid the hellish mechanical creations thatinhabit the rubble as well.

    As for the burlap creatures, this is a shortcoming in the film. While 9is the "designated hero", he and the rest of them really don't have anypersonality and a few of them seem like story clichés (such as the"strong and plucky female"). So, when one dies you are left wonderingwhat made that one any different than the one that was killed momentsearlier or you are left feeling a caricature died–not somethingtangible. No real character development occurs nor are theirmotivations particularly clear throughout the film. Nor, for thatmatter, does the story answer many questions at all. So, provided thisdoesn't bother you and you don't mind a vague story with vaguecharacters, you'll enjoy the film very much–it certainly is a visualdelight. If you demand clarity, then I suggest you see another film.

  3. jawbreaker18 from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 7:12 am

    I come from the school of early Tim Burton, and Jim Henson- two of mycinema deities from my earliest memories- and this is the first time ina long time that anyone has managed to touch on that magic for me.

    I'll do my best to convey what a fantastic movie this is, withoutreally revealing too much of the plot- because I think that this movieis best experienced not really knowing anything. You come in the sameway the main character does- not knowing anything of this world.

    While sitting in the theater, I recalled memories of the intensity andheart of "my first movies" such as E.T., The Secret of Nymh, The DarkCrystal, and Edward Scissorhands- movies that touched upon somethingthat was at once so rooted in human emotion yet so fantastic andunimaginable. I can absolutely say that "9" is now considered one inthat catalog of visionary and hallowed movies.

    Guaranteed some will have a complaint with the length (a seeminglyshort 79 minutes considering the scale and impact of the story) but Ithink that a movie can be an epic without needing to be over 2 hourslong, or a HUGE amount of unnecessary back story and origins that'sonly purpose is to make the story SEEM grandiose. This movie is acomplete work of art- from the obviously eye-catching visual style andcomposition of what you see, down to the basic story and characterdevelopment that you feel. In 79 minutes this team managed to harnessmy imagination and senses without having to dumb-it-down for theaudience, or use any of the old gags that many bigger studios seem torely on to sell tickets (thankfully there are NO cheesy gross out jokesto appeal to a typical cable-fed attention span). Instead they took meto places that I had never thought of, but will never forget. My mostrespectful nod to everyone involved.

    Absolutely do not miss this one.

  4. SeanDTheFilmMaker from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 7:12 am

    Man I got to tell ya it is so nice to see something different that hasthe intensity of a mature movie yet lies within the realm of theanimated world. Every scene was beautifully done and you can literallyhang every frame up on a wall if you so choose to. The story was great,the suspense was amazing. Who ever complained about it not having astory, tell that to the crowd I saw jumping every so often from theintense confrontations. What I also liked about it was the hidden partsof the story. They give you enough information to enjoy the film butyet you can extract more of the back ground thought that went into whatwe saw in the completed film. For the first time ever I saw half of theaudience stay behind after the credits role to not just see who workedon the movie but to debate back and forth about what they thought ofit, what the characters represented, what happen in this or that scene,and of course the animation style and technique and how it moved them.Never seen anyone ever do that after watching a movie.

  5. sketchball90 from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 7:12 am

    I might have had my expectations too high when I walked into thetheater. I hadn't done any reading and was under the impression thatTim Burton had directed it. So when it became obvious 5 minutes intothe movie that once again I was going to be subjected to big budgetstylistic environments and effects sans any kind of real mentalengagement, I was pretty disappointed.

    There were so many problems with this movie I don't really know whereto begin without rambling. So instead I'll just say that the "good" isall about the visuals. The "bad" is all about my issues with plot andcharacter development, audience education, cheesy dialog andunambiguous morality in circumstances that should force compromise atevery turn. Being any more specific would result in a hideously longpost, so here are my top 3 gripes:

    – The story advances too quickly early on for the sake of setting upthe second half of the movie. It left me with an empty feeling akin tothrowing away dinner so you can have dessert.

    – At the core of our protagonists identities is the idea of amultifaceted human soul (i.e. aspects of our personalities captured indiscrete pieces of our immortal selves). Unfortunately, almost no timeis devoted to explaining or developing this concept. It's up to theviewer to decide if they care or not and why. Beyond the heavy handedsymbolism of the church Stitchpunks vs the university Stitchpunks,there isn't much of a reason you have to. The idea felt like aconvenient foil device instead of the meaningful linchpin it could havebeen.

    – The "successful" outcome of the movie is dependent on a wildly luckystring of events. There's no solid story here about bravery in the faceof adversity, intelligent heroes, clever plot twists, and a few narrowescapes. Instead you get a chain of formulaic action scenes in whichany of a few hundred close calls gone wrong prevents our happy ending.Give me an engaging story, not an account of winning the lottery 5times in a row. See Secret of Nimh for a reasonably good animated noircounterexample.

    Ultimately, I could probably sum up the mass of problems with "targetaudience confusion". On the surface, it seems aimed at a more matureset of folks (13 years +?) with its graphic wartime theme and trulycreepy villains. The development of everything else and the simplisticdialog feels targeted at a younger audience. It probably could haveworked well as either. Tone it down, keep it short and sweet for the 9year old set or lengthen it and spend more time on story, characters,etc for the older crowd. It fails in targeting both.

  6. Deathawk from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 7:12 am

    9 Opens in a very bleak setting, after a scientist tells us that "Theworld is ending, but life must continue" while working on some robotsmade out of sacks, the next scene shows said robot (christened #9 dueto said number stitched into his back) waking up in a discrepant barrenfuture. we as an audience aren't told how much time has passed betweenthese two scenes, only that something between them went horribly wrong.

    9 is an animated film by newcomer director by Shane Acker, but justbecause it's animated doesn't mean it's kid friendly. Please don't letyour kids see this, the tone set in the first two scenes pretty muchsets the stage for the entire movie: it's grim and full of death andapocalyptic imagery. Although the movie has no sex or blood in it, thisis most definitely animation strictly for grown ups.

    And what Animation it is, the movie quite honestly look like nothingyou've ever seen before, these days most CGI movies have a certain lookto them that gets quite redundant after awhile. 8 does not have this,you can see every notch in the sackboys and when they run around thewasteland, it looks absolutely fantastic.

    Now we get onto the story which is simultaneously one of 9's greatestand worst aspect. This movie is actually based on an 11 minute shortwhich mainly consisted of #9 being stalked by a gigantic cat-likerobot, here's the thing the 79 minute version is essentially the samething. The fight scenes come fast and furious however at the end ofeach one your left wondering what exactly happened. The pace of themovie is rather furious and it doesn't let up, the movie rarely let'syou catch your breath and figure out what happens. Neverless theatmosphere is great the main villain robot is fantastically horrifyingand things go boom real nicely.

    Eventually Acker get's down to an actual plot, and it's a good idea,but the resolution of everything is pretty poor and leaves the audiencewith a poor understanding of what takes place. This is a shame but it'sprobably better that audiences don't go in expecting a plot, just afantastic 79 minute fight between sack puppets and giant robot. It'sreally best to look at this as a 21st century answer to Duel, with whatlittle plot serving as a plus to the great atmospheric combat.

    I enjoyed 9 but I could totally understand someone not. I wouldn't besurprised if this film became a cult classic midnight movie in 20 yearstime. It just has this vibe, I saw this film in an almost empty theaterlate at night and it seemed like the perfect venue for the film. It's agood film and I'm glad I've had the experience of seeing it, but it'snot for everybody.

  7. MisterWhiplash from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 7:12 am

    Shane Acker has a good career ahead of him. At the least, one can onlyhope so. His talents expressed here, his first feature adapted from hisshort film of the same title, are immense and sharp and clear and darkand staggering and other words I didn't have time to look up for thisreview. He takes a scenario one could be familiar with- entitiesbattling robotic elements in a future or just another time period, adesolate wasteland, a possibility of hope on the horizon- but it'sinfused with the passion and archetypes of a fairy tale. And even withthis there's certain twists, or unexpected pleasures. You'll see a lotof critics talk about the lack of a full story, of the beauty of theanimation and look of the film outweighing any kind of story or clearlydefined characters. You can take that to heart before seeing the film,but a lot of them may have missed Acker's intention here.

    These are some archetypes on screen, sure. And one may have seen themin films made by the likes of Don Bluth with the Secret of NIMH or,dare I compare, Henson/Ozs' the Dark Crystal (here the latter's objectof purpose is reversed, sort of). But the characters in 9, the oneswith personalities, are not complete. The idea in the film is that allof the characters, all numbered from 1 to 9 and called as such, arelittle robotic creations given life by parts of the soul of a scientistwho gave himself up for his creations. Others he made, a 'machine' forit, was also imperfect – so much so that it turned against its creatorsand did what giant gorram robots do when created with human's owndefects. So the characters may appear to be things we very simplyidentify- hero guy, hero girl, slight comic-relief twins, and thegrumpy and ornery older one (#1)- and as it goes on the characterssimply are what they are… actually, 1 develops a little more, and ina subtle, captivating way.

    But if you're going to see an animated film this year for itsdistinctive style and design and (yes) cinematography and creations andcolors out of the netherworld of a glorious imagination – and it's notfrom John Lasseter's Disney or Pixar – it's 9. And damn the torpedoesis this movie beautifully wretched to look at! One can see why TimBurton and Wanted's Timur Bekmambetov latched on to Acker and helpedhim get the movie made as it is: it's a world like TerminatorSalvation, only if it had actual focus and a capacity to elicit aterror in its audience (young or old). The little robots themselves arecute in a rough way, and the robots – and specifically what they do toone of the critters when they capture one of them by sucking out theirsouls – move and react like inhuman things that do what they should andlook and feel like the world really has ended. You simply can't takeyour eyes off the movie, and it's animated with such an eye fororiginal detail.

    At the same time it doesn't aim directly at adults, albeit with a PG-13rating. I can imagine, or at least would hope to, that a child watchingthis and being bewildered and confused and mortified and entranced,just as I was watching NIMH or Crystal, and that's a good thing. PIXARhas its wonders, but to see this is to see the A-game upped anothernotch in the medium and its potential. There are times I didn't evenfeel like I was watching just animation. Other times, I was taken awaylike any good fantasy or fable: in the one little moment of respite,'Somewhere Over the Rainbow' plays on a record and there's peace…until it's broken. It's rare a filmmaker can conjure something likethat, but 9 has that in spades.

  8. anna_desu from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 7:12 am

    Much like Shane Acker's short (of the same name), this movie almostREQUIRES multiple viewings for the viewer to really soak everything in.

    The first time I watched the film, my initial criticisms were "That wastoo short" and "There wasn't not enough emphasis on characters/story".However, after watching the movie a second time, I realized that I hadmissed a TON of information on my first round. Upon asking otherfriends what they thought about the movie the second time around, Idiscovered that they felt the same way.

    The first time I watched the film, I felt like everything flew by. Itwas visual overload, and it just had bad pacing overall. However, on mysecond viewing of the movie, I noticed that things seemed to go bymuch, much slower. The pacing seemed better. I noticed character andplot subtleties that I simply did not catch the first time I watchedit. I connected more with the stitchpunks, and I understood the storybetter. The visuals weren't just "Ohhh, pretty!" anymore, they hadgreater symbolism, and depth.

    The movie is, indeed, about 20 minutes too short. Certain charactersneeded more screen time, and certain points in the plot needed moreemphasis. HOWEVER, I found that I enjoyed the movie drastically morewhen I saw it a second time. I plan on seeing it a third time laterthis week.

    This movie reveals new surprises every time you watch it. If you haveseen it once already, and didn't think it was that great, I stronglysuggest dropping the $8 and giving this movie a second chance. You maybe surprised how much your opinion changes.

  9. paulglen from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 7:12 am

    This movie feels like it starts in the middle. I don't instinctivelyidentify with robot rag dolls. So, for most of the movie I didn't caremuch about what happened to them because their plight, purpose, andorigin are not explained at all until the movie is almost over. At thatpoint, I felt like "Oh, okay, if they had explained that in the FIRST15 minutes of the movie, I might have cared what happens". But theydidn't explain it, and I didn't care what happened.

    I won't even go into the conclusion of the "story", except to say thatit makes no sense at all and is riddled with holes and ambiguity.

    Yes, the animation is very nice. Yes, there are some decent actionscenes. Those are the strongest points of the movie. But, honestly,beyond the unique look and style of the artwork, it's the same stuff,the same action, that you see in every other animated movie. Ho hum.

    Summary: nice animation, cliché action, underdeveloped plot, and verylittle story to pull the (over age 16) viewer in.

  10. EricShirey from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 7:12 am

    The first time I heard about 9 and found out that Tim Burton and TimurBekmambetov were co-producing it, I was absolutely on board to see it.Anything that the guy who directed such quirky masterpieces asBeetlejuice, Batman, Mars Attacks!, Ed Wood, and Sleepy Hollow gotbehind had to be worthy of my time. And then you add the genius ofRussian director Timur Bekmambetov to the mix and to me it was a nobrainer. I was going to see this movie. Burton AND the guy that hasbrought us such visually complex and action-packed fare as Wanted,Night Watch, and Day Watch supporting a movie? It had to be good.

    And it was. Director Shane Acker borrows maybe a little more than heshould have visually from other such apocalyptic films like Terminatorand even Wall-E, but it doesn't end up hurting the film by any means.The scenery and landscapes of the film are beautifully crafted and seteverything up for a certain feeling of loneliness and hopelessness.It's more graphic and suspenseful than any children's or youth featureyou would take your kids to, so definitely don't let the fact that thisis animated fool you. This is not for the little ones.

    The voice actors all put their best foot forward and deliver. You'vegot Elijah Wood as 9, once again convincingly leading a group ofsurvivors in what seems to be an unwinnable war against a much largerfoe than they could be expected to defeat. You've got ChristopherPlummer playing 1 as an interesting paranoid "keeper of the secrets"which reminded me of the Dr. Zaius character in the original Planet ofthe Apes films, if you've seen any of those. Legendary actor MartinLandau plays 2, who is a scientist and fixes 9. Then there's JenniferConnelly, who plays the strong-willed and rebellious 7 who has left thecore group of "stitchpunks" to get away from under all of 1's rules.Last but not least, you've got Crispin Glover playing the slightlyobsessed and seemingly crazy 6 who has been drawing strange symbolssince the big war between the humans and machines.

    The film had an interesting plot that got a bit more complex in theend. Part of the complexity had a spiritual vibe to it that I didn'tnecessarily care for. It just seemed almost out of place and like thedirector was stretching for something that would make the film more"sophisticated." I was not disappointed in the movie by any means. Itwas a visually striking piece of film. It was action-packed and funwithout dumbing down the story or sacrificing it. If you're intosci-fi, apocalyptic thrillers, and animation I would highly recommendthis.

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