Trailer for Shane Acker’s <em>9</em> Trailer for Shane Acker’s <em>9</em>
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Trailer for Shane Acker’s 9

  • Looks great!

  • Tommy Brierly

    Wow, a cgi trailer that wasn’t all about the cheap laughs. This looks very intriguing!

  • Victor

    I like how they hype up the movie by telling us that Timur what’s his name is producing it. Who is Timur? Ah yes! He is the director of “Wanted”. That’s funny. Trailer looks good, hopefully they do not throw it away by adding a musical number and witty sidekick. U.S. animation needs more of these around.

  • I wonder if this one can pull of the action drama angle for once. This is so bizarre to see after watching the short film at UCLA. Seems like this is a deeper more highly polished version of the original short. I definitely approve of the attempt and the direction it’s going. My only misgivings are the lines. Soooooo melodramatic.

    Oh well, this looks like something fairly different than we’ve seen in a long time and I’ll be in line when it comes out!

  • I’m ecstatic and speechless. The short film is one of my all-time favorites. I will, without a doubt, be seeing this when it comes out.

  • Hmm… like a darker Wall-E… restoring order in a post apocalyptic world. The visuals were great, story intriguing, hopefully they can pull it off.

  • It looks like a darker Wall-E. I agree with Tommy though, a CG film with no fart jokes is pretty interesting to me.

  • PCUnfunny

    “Wow, a cgi trailer that wasn’t all about the cheap laughs. This looks very intriguing !”

    I know. I really hope this a hit.

  • COOL! I’ve seen the short, I had no idea they developed it into a feature! From what I remember of the short, it was very impressive. I’ll be seeing this if it comes to town for sure!

  • Very few cliches. I am already intrigued. I can only hope that the movie lives up to expectations.

  • BringingSexyBack

    Awesome. Wow, I didn’t know Timur was involved w/this. Interesting. Timur and Burton are a potent combination. Go Acker!

  • Wow this looks cool! Definitely loved the short so I’m really looking forward to this.

  • Fred Cline

    Wow! I agree with those above. An absence of fart jokes and pop culture references is an exciting event. I hope this signals a shift in animation story paradigms.

  • Angry Anim

    The Animation Director for this is Joe Ksander, and he is an amazing talent. I knew him when he was fresh out of school and he was amazing then. And he’s also one of the most genuine and good-natured people you could over meet. I wish him all the success in the world– this looks fantastic!

  • Pedro Nakama

    Anybody know what company is animating this?

  • Woo hoo! Saw this today….looks awesome, and a very good use of Coheed & Cambria on the soundtrack there.

    Funny how in 2009 we get a film called 9 (released on the 9th month) and another film called $9.99.

  • Sam Filstrup

    Very cool I’m digging the character designs there almost somewhat similar to Little Big Planet on the PS3, not that it’s a problem. I can’t wait to see this if it does well maybe there will be room in animated films again then something more then cheap laughs and fart jokes.

  • S Grant

    Here it comes, a shift in the world’s axis.
    Thank you lord.

  • Riza Gilderstern

    It looks good I only wish that every character’s face didn’t look the same. That’s gonna make it really hard to follow. Otherwise it looks pretty fantastic.

  • I’ve been waiting for this!

    At last someone trying to inject some mystery and magic back into animation! First Wall-E and now this? I can only hope for good things.

  • Hameed Shaukat

    Wow! I can’t remember the last time I was so completely blown away by just the trailer for an animated film. Don’t get me wrong, plenty of animated films have blown me away, but not so much their trailers. To all the friends who have worked or are still working on this… well done! It looks different, engaging, and exciting… I can’t WAIT to see the finished film!!

  • Nic Kramer

    Wow. It looks Pixar and Disney is going to have some stiff compatition next year. Good luck, Burton!

  • I hope this movie turns out good. the world needs a break from the same looking movies disney/pixar/dreamworks put out.

  • Mel

    It’s like a version of “Wizards” for this era.

  • I’m very excited to see this happening – the trailer looks fantastic. HOWEVER, (and I hate to play the Scrooge in all this), but it looks like it’ll be a hard sell to the general public. I really really really hope it does well – here’s hoping it finds the audience for execs to take notice.

  • tom

    A month early for the “Molasses In January” award, but very intriguing nonetheless. I’ll be keeping an eye out for it, definitely.

  • Johnson

    This film was animated mostly by Starz Animation in Toronto, and some scenes shared by ReelFx. It’s the guys that brought you ‘Everyone’s Hero,’ but this looks much more promising. Congrats for trying something different, I look forward to this one.

  • PCUnfunny

    “but it looks like it’ll be a hard sell to the general public.”

    Yeah, all they want is annoying celeberity voice overs acting “wacky” or 90 minute student films.

  • Honest Abe

    ReelFX had nothing to do with this.

  • Animation has so many possibilities. I’m so glad there are those like Shane Acker who actually get to explore them.


  • looks amazing!
    previous comments sum up the visual accolades well so I’d like to address another point…the dialogue:)
    unfortunately, everything shown in the original short is painfully spelled out in this trailer.
    IMHO the magic of the original 9 was the lack of dialogue, the world was so refreshingly engaging, the editing so well done and the music so powerful I was engaged and entertained without any need for dialogue.
    now, can this carry a film for 90 min? I’d look to wall-E for that answer.

  • Original student film was amazing. I hope this turns out to be just as incredible. Should appeal to the Burton fanboys/fangirls, but I’m hoping that they find a way to market it so that it seems appealing to everyone!

  • another opinion

    “good use of coheed and cambria”

    I was hoping, they were going to stick with the Knife. But, it was still a good trailer.

  • Jayster

    Looks great, an awesome achievement in these times of animated movies.

  • Will From London

    I’m not that impressed, no where near close to Pixar’s quality of animation.

  • It looks great. I never saw the short, but now I’m starting to get interested in it.

  • Does anyone know where you can catch the shortfilm?
    I remember hearing that alot of the animation work for this feature was done at Ken Duncan’s studio.

  • C

    I heard that there were more than one studio worked on this film. One of them is Duncan Studio.

  • PCUnfunny

    “Should appeal to the Burton fanboys/fangirls”

    Actually I don’t see much of Burton’s style in this film.

  • Steve Gattuso

    I remember the short, so I am hopeful that the feature will be equally impressive.

  • To answer Pedro Nakama’s question :
    first the animation started at Attitude Studio in Luxembourg (I was part of the team there), but few months later, due to production problems, they moved all the production to Canada at Starz Animation. Duncan Studio was in charge of a part aswell.

  • Steve

    Interesting, but the music isn’t. Why the lame video-game sound effects?

  • Ken D

    …to clarify.
    After the project moved from Luxembourg…Shane, a story team, art director, anim supe, and editorial set up at our studio in Pasadena, while Starz created cg assets. After 6 months the gang moved up to Starz for production, and we continued to animate a few sequences here.

  • PJ


    Definitely looking forward to this.

  • Tootie

    Looks like a video game to me.

  • Stallan

    according to here , the movie will be rated PG-13 for ‘violence and language’.

    not many people are expecting a movie about rag dolls (or whatever 9 is) to be a Teens/Adults movie. makes it a little harder to market, but I could be wrong.

    what do you think?