With voices by Elijah Wood, Jennifer Connelly, Crispin Glover, Christopher Plummer, Martin Landau, John C. Riley
Written by Shane Acker & Pamela Pettler
Shane Acker's digitally animated debut feature is a dark futuristic Dystopia fairytale. The 9 in question is one of several burlap dolls created by a scientist in the wake of a war where advanced machines turn on mankind. These dolls have life breathed into them by the scientist, and the only survivors, holding the key to restoring things. But when the war beasts are resurrected, the dolls have to act fast to stop them - internal conflict adding more drama to the already seemingly impossible feat.
Very well made and imaginative, but too dark and more adult to sit alongside the likes of Disney animated movies (and all the better for it).
In the DVD extras you get an enlightening piece on the origin of this movie as a film school short, adding a lot of background to this fascinating production.
5 / B
5 - Blistering
4 - Hot
3 - Smolder
2 - Room Temperature
1 - Fizzled
0 - Extinguished