A rag doll that awakens in a postapocalyptic future holds the key to humanity's salvation.


Shane Acker


Pamela Pettler (screenplay by), Shane Acker (story by) | 1 more credit »
4,128 ( 427)
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Complete credited cast:
Christopher Plummer ... #1 (voice)
Martin Landau ... #2 (voice)
John C. Reilly ... #5 (voice)
Crispin Glover ... #6 (voice)
Jennifer Connelly ... #7 (voice)
Fred Tatasciore ... #8 / Radio Announcer (voice)
Elijah Wood ... #9 (voice)
Alan Oppenheimer ... Scientist (voice)
Tom Kane ... Dictator (voice)
Helen Wilson ... News Caster (voice)


In a world destroyed in a war between man and machine, a hand-stitched doll with the number 9 written on its back comes to life. The world he has awakened in is frightening, but he quickly learns that he is not alone and that there are others like him, also with a single digit written on their back. The first one he encounters is 2 who tells him something of what happened to the world. 2 is also thrilled with the disk 9 is carrying, one with three unique symbols on the front. 9 soon learns that the disk and some of the other dolls who are prepared to die for the good of humankind may be the last hope for man's salvation. Written by garykmcd

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


When our world ended their mission began. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence and scary images | See all certifications »

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In select US and Canadian theaters, the film could be watched on D-BOX motion simulator seats. See more »


Once 2 places the voice box into 9, the zipper remains open. However, in the next shot, 9's zipper is closed. The following shot has the zipper open again. 9 is later shown zipping his zipper closed. See more »


[first lines]
Scientist: We had such potential. Such promise. But we squandered our gifts, our intelligence. Our blind pursuit of technology only sped us quicker to our doom. Our world is ending. But life must go on.
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Dies Irae
Performed by Crispin Glover
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UInique and enjoyable sci fi animated but short on plot.
22 January 2010 | by dfwforeignbuffSee all my reviews

9 originally a short subject by Shane Acker, a student at UCLA, it was nominated for a 2006 Oscar. The film is clearly in the tradition of his mentor Tim Burton. What if Toy Story took place in a post-apocalyptic wasteland? And all the toys were designed by that bad neighbor kid? Plot: 9 is a little burlap doll with watch parts for innards. When 9 first comes to life, he finds himself in a post-apocalyptic world where all humans are gone, and it is only by chance that he discovers a small community of others like him taking refuge from scary machines that roam the earth intent on their extinction. Despite being the new one in 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. It is a good flick but the plot leave us with little real explanation of what is going on except the world has been destroyed and there is a bad guy (thing) and these little burlap doll things still around. The small community gets divided into factions over the war they are fighting. These survivors go on a journey to unlock the secret to their existence, while dodging and fighting the killing machines responsible for exterminating the planet and its life. The script is simple and predictable. The film has a unique visual style. For an animated feature places things appear very real. Dark plot. Really not for children. This is more of an adult Sci-fi animated film. Gives us a really creepy, menacing atmosphere. A short 79 minutes. Entertaining and worth seeing. This Sci-fi adventure is a treat for mature audience animation and science-fiction fans. The film is similar to Wall-E another sci fi tale of the animated machine in a destroyed world but 9 never achieves that films storytelling greatness. It is still an enjoyable film.

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Release Date:

9 September 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,740,446, 13 September 2009

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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