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.