Forget John Connor — A Straw Man Is Our Only Hope Against The Machines

Here's another animated movie we're dying to see. Produced by Tim Burton and Timur "Wanted" Bekmambetov, 9 features straw men fighting mechanical monsters in a post-apocalyptic world. See the original short film, below.

9 apparently started life as an 11-minute short film by writer-director Shane Acker, and the whole thing is online:

Like March's Monsters Vs. Aliens, the full-length 9 features a really terrific voice cast: Elijah Wood, Christopher Plummer, Martin Landau, John C. Reilly, Jennifer Connelly and Crispin Glover.


And here's the official storyline:

When 9 (Elijah Wood) first comes to life, he finds himself in a post-apocalyptic world. All humans are gone, and it is only by chance that he discovers a small community of others like him taking refuge from fearsome machines that roam the earth intent on their extinction. Despite being the neophyte of 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.

I love the off-kilter look of the trailer, and the look of the legions of mechanical attackers. And the high-energy action sequences. It really does remind me of the best bits of Burton and Bekmambetov, a combination I could never have imagined before. [Teaser-Trailer]

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