22 January 2010 | dfwforeignbuff
UInique and enjoyable sci fi animated but short on plot.
9 originally a short subject by Shane Acker, a student at UCLA, it was nominated for a 2006 Oscar. The film is clearly in the tradition of his mentor Tim Burton. What if Toy Story took place in a post-apocalyptic wasteland? And all the toys were designed by that bad neighbor kid? Plot: 9 is a little burlap doll with watch parts for innards. When 9 first comes to life, he finds himself in a post-apocalyptic world where all humans are gone, and it is only by chance that he discovers a small community of others like him taking refuge from scary machines that roam the earth intent on their extinction. Despite being the new one in 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. It is a good flick but the plot leave us with little real explanation of what is going on except the world has been destroyed and there is a bad guy (thing) and these little burlap doll things still around. The small community gets divided into factions over the war they are fighting. These survivors go on a journey to unlock the secret to their existence, while dodging and fighting the killing machines responsible for exterminating the planet and its life. The script is simple and predictable. The film has a unique visual style. For an animated feature places things appear very real. Dark plot. Really not for children. This is more of an adult Sci-fi animated film. Gives us a really creepy, menacing atmosphere. A short 79 minutes. Entertaining and worth seeing. This Sci-fi adventure is a treat for mature audience animation and science-fiction fans. The film is similar to Wall-E another sci fi tale of the animated machine in a destroyed world but 9 never achieves that films storytelling greatness. It is still an enjoyable film.