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9 [2009] (1 disc)

Director:Shane Acker
Writer:Pamela Pettler
Composer:Deborah Lurie
Length:79 minutes
(1 hour 19 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Sorting Category:SciFi
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IMDB Rating:7.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:57%
Amazon Rating:4.0/5 stars
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Synopsis: A rag doll that awakens in a post-apocalyptic future holds the key to humanity's salvation.

Reaction: A very atmospheric movie that reminds me of things like Myst and Riven. The story is okay, and the acting is fine, but the environment and the visuals are stunning.

Personal Rating: 6/10

Shane Acker => Director
Pamela Pettler => Writer
Deborah Lurie => Composer
Danny Elfman => Composer: Music Themes
Tim Burton => Producer
Alan Oppenheimer => Scientist (voice)
Christopher Plummer => #1 (voice)
Crispin Glover => #6 (voice)
Elijah Wood => #9 (voice)
Fred Tatasciore => Radio Announcer (voice) / #8
Helen Wilson => News Caster (voice)
Jennifer Connelly => #7 (voice)
John C. Reilly => #5 (voice)
Martin Landau => #2 (voice)
Tom Kane => Dictator (voice)

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • The first ten minutes have almost no dialogue -- much like the dialogue-free 11-minute short film that this movie is based upon, 9.
  • Shane Acker's feature directorial debut. He first made 9 (2009) as a ten minute short film while he was still at UCLA. It was nominated for Best Animated Short at the Oscars, and although it didn't win, Acker was offered the chance to expand it into a feature film. It follows the same basic plot, but more characters have been added, they have the ability to talk now, and the reason for the world's destruction is explained in more detail.
  • The design of 3 and 4 is based on a pair of garden gloves - the thumb can be seen in the back, and the wrist is gathered at the top.
  • The clock on the Notre Dame Church is coincidentally stuck on the time 9:09.
  • Alan Oppenheimer, plays the scientist responsible for the destruction of the world. So it seems fitting that he's the cousin of [?] J. Robert Oppenheimer, the "Father of the Atomic Bomb."
  • Elijah Wood was the production's first choice for the voice of 9.
  • 1 tells 9 that he led the others to their current hideout, which he refers to as "sanctuary". The building happens to be the Notre Dame church, famously referred to as "sanctuary" in "The Hunchback of Notre Dame".
  • During the making of [The Lord of the Rings] trilogy, Elijah Wood and his fellow Hobbit actors all got commemorative tattoos of the epic production. Ironically, Wood's is of the numeral 9.
  • Being a Tim Burton production, some of his trademarks have made it into the film. The themes of outsiders or the alienated triumphing over adversity. Some of his design schemes are present like stripes. The funeral scene looks very similar to the one in Burton's Batman Returns. And people who've worked with Burton helped make the film, like Martin Landau. The film was also co-composed by Burton's frequent composer Danny Elfman.
  • The script, some drawings, character design and a copy of the short film was given to Jennifer Connelly when she was offered her part.
  • A canny choice of the marketing department was to give the film a release date of September 9, 2009 (09/09/09).