Monday, February 2, 2009
I was cruising the web today when I came across a most intriguing trailer for a movie. Now, I'm usually a sucker for animated films that don't involve talking ponies or Randy Newman "music", but what caught my attention the most about this was the concept and art design of the film. The design definitely has a Tim Burton feel to it, so I was not surprised to see his name attached to it as a producer, but oddly enough not as director. Same thing for Timur Bekmambetov (douchebag...don't get me started). The directing credits are all going to Shane Acker. Apparently this is based on a short film by Acker, which after watching it on YouTube tells me the film is sticking very close to the source material. Even in the short film, the mute protagonists convey a wealth of emotion through their burlap sack faces and mechanical iris eyes. The film adaptation hosts a slew of big Hollywood talent attached to it. Elijah Wood will voice the titular character 9, with Fred Tatasciore (known primarily for his voice work in many Marvel Comics animation projects such as the Hulk Vs. films, and games such as Gears of War in which he voices Damon Baird), Jennifer Connelly, Crispin Glover, John C. Reilly, Martin Landau and Christopher Plummer round out the primary cast as 7,6,5,2 and 1 respectively.
According to the synopsis on IMDb:
"9 takes place in a world parallel to our own, in which the very legacy of humanity is threatened. A group of sapient rag dolls, living a post-apocalyptic existence find one of their own, 9 (Elijah Wood), who displays leadership qualities that may help them to survive."
Also, the music in the trailer is Coheed and Cambria's "Welcome Home", which in its self is enough to guarantee my ten bucks at the ticket booth.
So, to get your feet wet here is the original short film off of YouTube:
And here is the trailer for the feature length film set to open on September 9, 2009 (9-09-09...ooooooh)
Oh, what the hell, here's the video for Coheed and Cambria's "Welcome Home" 'cuz it fucking rawks!