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(I) (2009)


Animation began at the Attitude Studio in Luxembourg and then moved to Starz Animation in Toronto.
Shane Acker first made 9 (2009) as a ten minute short film while he was still at UCLA. It was nominated for Best Animated Short at the Oscars, and although it didn't win, Acker was offered the chance to expand it into a feature film. It follows the same basic plot, but more characters have been added, they have the ability to talk now, and the reason for the world's destruction is explained in more detail.
The clock on the Notre Dame Church is coincidentally stuck on the time 9:09.
Alan Oppenheimer, plays the scientist responsible for the destruction of the world. So it seems fitting that he's the cousin of J. Robert Oppenheimer, the "Father of the Atomic Bomb."
The design of 3 and 4 is based on a pair of garden gloves - the thumb can be seen in the back, and the wrist is gathered at the top.
The first ten minutes have almost no dialogue -- much like the dialogue-free 11-minute short film that this movie is based upon, 9 (2005).
Being a Tim Burton production, some of his trademarks have made it into the film. The themes of outsiders or the alienated triumphing over adversity. Some of his design schemes are present like stripes. The funeral scene looks very similar to the one in Burton's Batman Returns (1992). And people who've worked with Burton helped make the film, like Martin Landau. The film was also co-composed by Burton's frequent composer Danny Elfman.
A canny choice of the marketing department was to give the film a release date of September 9, 2009 (09/09/09).
The script, some drawings, character design and a copy of the short film was given to Jennifer Connelly when she was offered her part.
1 tells 9 that he led the others to their current hideout, which he refers to as "sanctuary". The building happens to be the Notre Dame church, famously referred to as "sanctuary" in "The Hunchback of Notre Dame".
Post-war Vienna was one of the inspirations for the look of the film.
The fourth theatrically released computer-animated film to receive a PG-13 rating, following Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001), Kaena: The Prophecy (2003) and Beowulf (2007).
The Chancellor mentioned by the scientist and showed in the old archive footage appears to be a reference to Adolf Hitler, the fascist dictator of Germany from 1933 through 1945. Hitler held the title of Chancellor of Germany, until he gave himself to the new title of Führer. When standing in the car in what appears to be a parade, The Chancellor lifts his hand in a motion similar to that of The Hitler/Nazi Salute. The flags and banners shown on the wall when The Chancellor announces the creation of The Machine are similar to the Swastika Flag of the Nazi Party. Finally, when the Chancellor takes The Machine away from The Scientist, the soldiers who take The Scientist away resemble SS Officers (Hitler's Secret Police Force) in uniform and actions.
During the making of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Elijah Wood and his fellow Hobbit actors all got commemorative tattoos of the epic production. Ironically, Wood's is of the numeral 9.
In select US and Canadian theaters, the film could be watched on D-BOX motion simulator seats.
The fifth slide in the film shown by the twins resembles the painting, "Panic In The Streets" from Jeff Wayne's 'War of the Worlds' album art.
Shane Acker's feature directorial debut.
Elijah Wood was the production's first choice for the voice of 9.
The second animated film released by Focus Features, after Coraline (2009).
One of the few family films to get a 12 certificate in the UK.

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