Cool CGI Film You Haven’t Heard Of: ’9′

Published 6 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:25 pm,

9 movie poster Cool CGI Film You Havent Heard Of: 9

Since there hasn’t been any coverage of the new Tim Burton produced animated film 9 here on Screen Rant thus far, I thought an update was in order.

The film will be directed not by Burton himself (who’s serving as producer, alongside Wanteddirector Timur Bekmambetov) but by Shane Acker, who directed the same-titled short film that this is based on. It will be written by Pamela Petter, who wrote Monster House and Tim Burton’s own Corpse Bride, and will be voiced by Elijah Wood, Christopher Plummer, Martin Landau, Jennifer Connelly, Crispin Glover and John C. Reilly.

Here’s the synopsis:

When 9 (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.

This seems to have a certain pessimistic vibe, similar to aspects of last year’s WALL-E. Not many animated films deal with “negative” or dark stories – it’s very rare to find one that isn’t all about bright colors and happy, fun elements (not that there’s anything wrong with that, mind you). Personally, I like seeing animated films go in this direction from time to time. The trailer for 9 (which you can check out below) demonstrates what I’m talking about:


It’s a solid trailer (although I’m not so sure about the peculiar use of the song “Welcome Home” by Coheed and Cambria) and I’m excited to see that again, this will be about something other than just “a happy story” that’s “kid friendly.” The stylized animation (emulating a sort of more advanced version of stop-motion, perhaps?) gives it an appealing look that I’ll look forward to sitting through for a couple of hours in the movie theater.

And having the name Tim Burton attached to it doesn’t exactly hurt either.

So what do you think? Does it look different enough to be worthwhile, or are you fed up with the plethora of animated movies that get released these days?

9 will be released on September 9, 2009.

Source: WorstPreviews

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  1. I like animated movies. Maybe sitting through video game cut-scenes for years makes me more open to them than most, but I think there’s a lot to be said for a film medium that has no limits other than budget and imagination. I’ll be going to see this. The association with Tim Burton will only help it, and it seems to have a bit of a Fallout vibe to it, which I like.

  2. Thoroughly impressed by what I have seen so far but I worry about a cool fuzzy attachment ala WALL*E if they aren’t careful of its ending. Reality is both bright and dark in its description of humanity’s (of course I know these aren’t humans here……maybe) quest for survival. I also see a predictive storyline which upsets me a bit and hope that its final print doesn’t relay that. I’m tired of predicting story lines while watching a movie. Originality is rare and would love to be surprised for a change.

    I hope Burton’s leadership is evident in this new outing and apocalyptic futures present a new twist in its finality.

  3. Kinda reminds me of the Fallout computer games… Looks awesome btw

  4. This movie looks great, epic and dark. I just really don’t want to see clueless parents taking their little kids to see it just because its animated.

  5. Yep, wanna see it!

    Tim Burton film without Johnny Depp? Who could’ve predicted?

    Looks like someone in Hollywood still might have a good idea or two left in their head.

    I bet this will become one of the more anticipated film of the year.

  6. If Tim Burton is involved, Count me in.

  7. I hadn’t heard anything about this film until just now and I have to admit, it looks freakin awesome! I’m in!

  8. We NEED more movies like this to make animated films more viable as a medium for adult entertainment (well animated adult entertainment that doesn’t involve monsters, tentacles, and things that would make my dog cover his eyes, and he see his own butt up close and personal on a regular basis….) Think of it like this. Instead of spending 90% of your budget on retaining high priced actors over the course of 3-4 films and having to deal with sets, make up, special effects, etc. you have much more epic tales animated in this manner. I’ve always been a fan of Burton for his push of this genre. Sooner or later studios will stop seeing animated films as kid stuff and I think you can already start to see that change.

  9. i think it looks amazing! ever since i got into Samurai Jack i think there is a lack of animation that kids and grownups can enjoy together besides comedies like shrek or pixar movies.

  10. I just recently saw the trailer for 9 on Apple’s website, and I loved it. I’m a big fan of the whole post-apocalyptic genre, and the fact that Tim Burton is attached to it can only mean good things. I also totally agree with what has been said above about the concept of more “adult” animated movies. I’ve seen some great animated short films that you probably wouldn’t want your kids to see. Hopefully this will bring the genre a little more light.

  11. I remember seeing the short version of this film, back in 2005.I even remmeber someone commenting on the director working with Tim burton. Geeez does it really take that long to make a film???

  12. this movie looks amazing! I saw the preview at KNOWING and now i cant stop watching it! the main this that caught my attention was TIM BURTON. he is soo incredible!! i cant wait.

  13. i like the music
    and the movie
    hope to see it on 9.9
    amazing work

  14. This movie is actually produced by tim, so no depp.
    But his next movie actually has depp.
    It’s ALICE IN WONDERLAND. Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee…. love everything about alice in wonderland, but not as crazy as the one Disney did, sick of disney.