Don't the title of the list explain it well enough? This is a list of 200+ quality "short" films. Easy…
When our world ended their mission began.
When 9 first comes to life, he finds himself in a post-apocalyptic world. All humans are gone, and it is only by chance that he discovers a small community of others like him taking refuge from fearsome machines that roam the earth intent on their extinction. Despite being the neophyte of the group, 9 convinces the others that hiding will do them no good.
The reason why I love animated films is that they can transport you to any world imaginable and there is no limit to what can be brought to the screen. Many people I know underestimate animation as purely children's entertainment but when its done right it can be something truly special. Sadly however '9' isn't the revelation its promising opening and concept suggested it might have been.
The animation is simply superb and the backdrop of a desolate abandoned wasteland was for me instantly intriguing. I found the murky environment and overall bleak tone to be profoundly refreshing in the sea of sugar-coated animation films we are bombarded with. What let's this one down however is its meandering plot and…
The animation was incredible, I just didn't get into the story at all.
When watching films together, me and my girlfriend tend to swap between who chooses what film to watch and often this means when it is her turn to choose, I will end up watching films that I often wouldn't bother with. 9 is one of those films and to be honest, I'm pretty sure the only reason this was selected was because Elijah Wood voiced the titular rag-doll.
In regards to the film, it's animation is nice to look at but as a whole, the film lacks. It lacks in character, general excitement and is very generic despite having a nice little package of potential. The characters are all formulaic and very cliche whereas the plot has been done to…
A beautifully animated film with a wonderful atmosphere, let down by its formulaic script and characters.
A hand-sewn doll with 9 written on the back (voiced by Elijah Wood) wakes up in a world that has been destroyed in a war between man and machine. However, he quickly comes to find out that he is not alone when he is met by another doll, 2 (voiced by Martin Landau). 2 also notices that 9 is carrying a disk with strange symbols on it, and 9 soon learns that this disk, along with other dolls, may be the last hope for man's salvation in the war.
I really didn't mind this animated film. It has a dark and gloomy feel to it, which isn't surprising because it is co-produced by none other than Tim Burton. The…
At the film's onset we discover that a person/creature marked with the number 9 has awakened to discover that the world is in ruins. He begins to look around and finds that he is the last of his kind except for 8 others like himself. He also discovers that they are in a war against a machine known as the beast. When 2 is taken by the beast 9 sets out to rescue him with the help of 5, but what 9 does next will change all of their paths forever. This is definitely a must own for the entire family.
Wonderful, sad, and visually stunning.
Beautiful animation but no real story and not enough dialogue to keep my attention.
A beautifully animated story that falls just a bit short story wise. It's not often that I think a movie SHOULD have been longer but this one could have used an extra 15 minutes or so to flesh out the characters and make the first and second acts a bit meatier. Still, like I said, it's a nice looking movie with some true nightmare-inducing creature design and some pretty decent voice work, especially from Christopher Plummer & Crispin Glover.
Wasn't sure what this was, sounded good, so just had a little gander....
This visionary world was first created as a short subject by Shane Acker, a student at UCLA, and was nominated for a 2006 Oscar.
An apocalyptic battle that is visually more interesting than, but as relentless as, similar all-action-all-the-time movies. The dialog is mostly simplified Action Speak, with barked warnings and instructions and strategy debates of the most rudimentary kind. Since this movie is clearly targeted not at kiddies but at teens and up, is it now Hollywood theory that eloquence and intelligence are no longer useful in action dialogue?
One of the benefits of the pre-CGI era was that although action scenes might be manifestly artificial,…
Wow! What a fantastic original storyline.
Nice visuals, but also cliche and boring.
Like watching all the cut scenes from a computer game pasted together. Pretty to look at but not particularly involving.
Classic use of the "find a video of your mentor / father / creator to fill in the lot holes" cliché.
Also, the films ends with the lines:
"what do we do now?"
"Anything we want, this world is ours"
to which my only thought was
"big whoop, the world's a shit hole and you don't have and sex organs, or any way of reproducing so it's you, that chick and the annoying twins that don't talk. For eternity (or at least until your batteries run out, if you indeed do run on batteries, which come to think of it is a pretty huge plot hole the makers haven't bothered to sort out)"
I'll tell you what split me in two about this film.
The characters, the atmosphere, and the context are something I really liked. I expected a children's animated adventure with some little gothic elements, but it turned out to be this really dark post-apocalyptic serious-fest that seemed incredibly bleak and even after things get "resolved" I don't really believe the characters are any better off then than they were when the film began.
190/365 (365 films in 365 days)
I enjoyed the story, it was neat. I also liked the animation, the dark tone was a nice change from the usual brightness of animations.
- My Neighbor Totoro
- Grave of the Fireflies
- Final Cut - Ladies & Gentlemen
- For All Mankind
- Dead Man's Letters
- La Jetée
- The Sacrifice
- When the Wind Blows
I'm a sucker for films set after an apocalypse so I thought a list might be useful. It is by…
- Bottle Rocket
- Bottle Rocket
- Alive in Joburg
- District 9
A list of films that originally began life as a short film before being extended into a feature length production.…