9 is a feature length animated film written and directed by Shane Acker, which re-tells the age old story of good against evil. The film centres on a society of rag-dollesque’s people who live their lives in constant fear of an enemy intent on the destruction of the remains of civilisation.
When the main character 9 (voiced by Elijah Wood) first comes to life he finds himself in a post-apocalyptic world where others like him spend their days hiding in fear of a terrifying mechanical beast. 9 emerges as an unlikely leader who convinces his comrades that to survive they must take the offensive and fight.
Shane Acker has likened the rag-doll characters in his film to the Jawas from Star Wars, almost scavengers of the land that ‘ take things and sort of keep them inside themselves until there comes a moment which they need them or can use them’.
The storyline sees 9 and his friends using their collected and stored intellect to fight their dangerous enemy, using mind over muscle, the pen over the sword.
Acker has explained the philosophy behind the number naming of his main character: ‘ 9 was about as close as you can get to perfection. You know, let say perfection is 10. So I think that we can never achieve that perfection. We’re always flawed – every one of us. And I think 9 represents as close as you can ever possibly get to that perfection.’
9 was adapted from the Academy Award nominated short film by Shane Acker and has been produced by the visionary film makers Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov. Animation for the film initially began at Attitude Studio in Luxembourg, but was subsequently moved to Starz Animation in Canada. It is due for release release on 9 September 2009.
About Starz Animation:
Starz Animation Toronto, one of Canada largest 3D animation studios, specializes in high-end computer-animated motion pictures, DVD, TV series, commercials, shorts and visual effects. In 2007, the studio opened its expansive new state-of-the-art 45,000 square-foot facility in downtown Toronto, where more than 200 of the top artists, producers, technical directors, and programmers in contemporary animation work together to craft offerings like 9, the computer-animated Tim Burton film currently in production for Universal Focus Features.
Featuring the voices of:
John C. Reilly
Directed and Written by: Shane Acker
Produced by: Tim Burton & Timur Bekmambetov
Screen play by: Pamela Pettler
Animation: Starz Animation
Distributed by: Focus Features