9 – by Shane Acker

I just finished watching 9 on dvd. The movie is directed by Shane Acker and produced by Tim Burton. 9 is an animated fantasy adventure set in a parallel, futuristic past. Humanity has been destroyed by the machines they built. Just before the apocalypse, a scientist animates 9 ‘sackboy’ styled puppets and gives them a mission to avenge humanity.

Despite their lack of facial features and simple design I was instantly concerned for 9s safety, which is a brilliant achievement for the animators. The film’s palette is dark and rusty but rich in textures and saturation. The plot works at multiple levels and kept my attention for its 76 minutes running time. This is a must watch for fantasy, sf and animation fans.

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