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Genre: CG Animation
Starring: Elijah Wood, John C. Reilly, Jennifer Connelly, Martin Landau, Christopher Plummer, Crispin Glover
Director: Shane Acker
Rating: PG (Some Violence)
Year Made: 2009



- 9: The Long and Short Of It
- The Look of 9
- Acting Out
- 9: The Original Short (With Commentary by Shane Acker and Joe Ksander)
- Feature Commentary with Writer/Director Shane Acker, Animation Director Joe Ksander, Head Of Story Ryan O'Loughlin and Editor Nick Kenway
- Deleted Scenes


Languages: English
Subtitles: English/Chinese
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 1 hr 19 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Alliance Entertainment




From visionary filmmakers Tim Burton (The Nightmare Before Christmas) and Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) and Academy Award®-nominated director Shane Acker comes this visually stunning and original epic adventure. In the final days of humanity, a dedicated scientist gives the spark of life to nine of his creations. The world has turned into an unrecognizable landscape of machines and spare parts, but this group of nine finds that if they band together, their small community might just be able to change the course of history.


"9" is a strange movie, not to say it’s a bad one but it’s a movie that throws you right into it once the opening credits rolled and having a protagonist with an outlook of a strange-looking rag doll named '9' doesn’t help much either.

This CG animated feature is based on the Oscar nominated short from Shane Acker. The world that we known of has been destroyed by machines, there isn’t a single human in sight in this vast deserted land and it’s up to nine individual dolls peculiarly named '1', '2', '3' and so forth to pick up the broken pieces left by mankind and their maker, a brilliant scientist.

Perhaps it’s Acker’s intention to put the audience right in 9’s shoes. 9 (Elijah Wood) is a curious, innocent character waiting to explore this apocalyptic world. Like 9, we anticipate the things to come and dozen questions swirling around us for example, what actually caused the apocalypse? What is that machinery round object inside 9’s body? Who is that pessimistic leader called '1' (Christopher Plummer) and that brave warrior '7' (Jennifer Connelly)?

Some of the answers pathetically are left unanswered in this full-length also scribed by Acker. The screenplay by Pamela Pettler fails to expand much on the original short mostly with dialogue kept to the minimum. The only disappointment I can think of is “9” lacks a more powerful way of storytelling to engage the audience despite some lessons on the virtues and behavior of human beings. The handling of the so-called souls and talismans appear to be slightly heavy-handed especially towards the end.

However, "9" manages to charm and surprise its way through despite the above mentioned flaws. Depending on how you see it, on one hand, it’s more than just a CG movie and the other hand, a fascinating action piece that moves at a breakneck pace with amazingly detailed CG graphics. You don’t need to be a genius to know why Tim Burton took on a producer role. On first look, the various protagonists look so Burtonesqe that you can’t tell much difference comparing 9 with Burton’s other off-beat, creepy visual fests such as The Nightmare Before Christmas and Corpse Bride.

Though not particularly memorable, the voicework feature an impressive cast including Elijah Wood, Jennifer Connelly, John C. Reilly, Crispin Glover and veterans such as Christopher Plummer, Martin Landau.

Congrats to the man who spent at least four years of his time fine-tuning his rag dolls, Shane Acker indeed makes an extraordinary debut with "9". While he has sort of established himself as quite a remarkable visual craftsman, he just needs to focus harder on his storytelling next time.


9: The Long and Short Of It – Join Shane Acker as he elaborates on the journey of bringing his original short to the feature-length movie in this 16 minutes feature.

The Look of 9 – This 13 minutes segment delves into the stunning design work of 9.

Acting Out – The animation team behind 9 discusses about ‘acting out’ the various characters.

9: The Original Short (With Commentary by Shane Acker and Joe Ksander) – Take a look at the original short which won the hearts of producers Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov including optional commentary from the director and animation director.

Feature Commentary with Writer/Director Shane Acker, Animation Director Joe Ksander, Head Of Story Ryan O'Loughlin and Editor Nick Kenway – Listen to this track and you can realize how passionate Shane Acker and the rest of the guys are in the animation field and the overall production aspects of 9.

Deleted Scenes – Given the short running time, these 5 deleted scenes could have been included in the final version but here they are in their unpolished forms.


The picture graphics are marvelous and rich to look at despite the gritty post world-war II landscapes and constant dull shades in this DVD. The Dolby Digital 5.1 makes good use of the surround effects especially during the action sequences though the dialogues are slightly on the soft side.



Review by Linus Tee

Posted on 2 February 2010


. 9 (Movie Review)

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