819. 9 – Shane Acker

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SUMMARY: A rag doll fights a monster that has been stealing his people’s souls.

WHY IT’S HERE: Shane Acker’s ‘9’ is a sumptuous computer animated story of a rag doll in a post-apocalyptic world. Told without words, ‘9’ squeezes an action film’s worth of event into just 10 minutes, with stunning visuals and a plot that effortlessly draws you in. Tim Burton was so impressed by the film that he produced Acker’s 2009 full length feature version of ‘9’, which received mixed reviews. It’s elongated story and reliance on dialogue instead of action meant it could never top the source material, which cuts out all the flab and just presents us with a gripping mini-adventure. ‘9’ was nominated for an Oscar but sadly lost out to ‘The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation’.

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