If you haven’t seen or heard anything about the movie 9 yet, you are indeed in for a little treat. The movie is interestingly from Focus Features and is the newest computer animated film to come along and it really looks like it could be a pretty incredible animated adventure in a world dominated by Pixar.
9 is based on the short movie of the same name by Shane Acker (who returns to direct the feature as well) and is co-produced by super-duo Tim Burton (Corpse Bride) and Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) and it is written by Pamela Pettler (Corpse Bride, Monster House). It stars Elijah Wood, John C. Reilly, Jennifer Connelly, Martin Landau, Christopher Plummer, and Crispin Glover. The music will be done by none other than Danny Elfman and the movie will be fittingly released on 9-9-09. Be sure to visit the official 9 website here.
Here is the synopsis for the movie:
When 9 (The Lord of the Ring’s Elijah Wood) first comes to life, he finds himself in a post-apocalyptic world. All humans are gone, and it is only by chance that he discovers a small community of others like him taking refuge from fearsome machines that roam the earth intent on their extinction. Despite being the neophyte of the group, 9 convinces the others that hiding will do them no good. They must take the offensive if they are to survive, and they must discover why the machines want to destroy them in the first place. As they’ll soon come to learn, the very future of civilization may depend on them.
Continue reading to watch the short movie that started it all and the trailer for the feature!
First off is the 10 minute, 38 second short film that the feature is based on. I highly recommend watching this! It’s a very kick-ass short movie set in a twisted but insanely cool looking world. You can easily tell why they stuck with Shane Acker to direct the feature based on his own work — a talented man he is. The notable difference between this and the feature is that there’s no talking in the short, but it’s a little difficult to pull off a feature without any speaking. Wall-E did about as good as you can do using minimal speaking. Speaking in relation to Pixar, is it me or was there a little Luxo Jr. tip of the hat in there?