Doesn'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 lets this one down however is its meandering plot and…
Beginning life as a short animated feature, so admired by Tim Burton that he offered to co-produce, with Timur Bekhambetov, a full length work, Shane Acker's 9 (not to be confused with Rob Marshall's musical number released the same year) is very much an example of how not everything that starts small should be rendered on a bigger canvas. It took him half a decade to create the original short, revolving around the eponymous 9, a humunculus-type doll imbued with part of a human soul in a post-apocalyptic world, and you can tell he put a great deal of time, effort and love into the full picture that desperately tries to convey how much heart it has behind the admittedly…
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…
The animation was incredible, I just didn't get into the story at all.
Truly gorgeous animation with some superb design work on all aspects of the world sadly let down by a linear story and some of the least interested sounding voice work I've seen in a while in an animated film.
No risks taken in what should have been a grim story.
Makes no sense.
PG-13? Hah, there's juvenile characters everywhere, and it makes ParaNorman look like it's clean!
Tim Burton's involved in this? Hah, if he made it, it'd be claymated, and he'd give it depth!
It's lazily put together, and everything is sloppy, though the visuals are decent and the voice acting is solid.
Give me WALL-E any day!
"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."
My thoughts exactly.
4/10 (waste of time)
Cute, but a bit cheesey. The voices weren't very convincing.
Film #1 of the 2015 Scavenger Hunt of the Dead Challenge!
Task #22: A movie featuring a monster.
Acker's take on a post-apocalyptic world is both unique and haunting. With enough mechanical monsters to render any child with nightmare fuel, the film does a masterful job of visually immersing the viewer into this landscape. It does sometimes lack the appropriate backstory and detail to fully make it an altering experience. The fluid animation and quality voice acting do leave a positive impression, although several plot holes and good old duex ex MACHINas (pun intended) are a drawback. Overall a sweet and enjoyable film, and good way to start the October "scary" movie binge.
Disclaimer: I am 19 years old and did cry at the concluding scene.
A rag doll that awakens in a post-apocalyptic future holds the key to humanity's salvation.
Wonderfully animated and with some likable characters, but the plot is not that inspired.
Teeny tiny mechanical cloth beings living in a post-apocalyptic earth try to survive and prevail against a giant energy draining machine in 9, a decent enough but never outstanding animated chase/survival animation film. The voice acting is good as is the pacing, and the visual look of the world and animation give it an intriguing feel. Unfortunately the story isn't explored or detailed enough for us to feel totally engaged. As it stands though, 9 is passably entertaining but could have been much more.
great style and a very good animated movie. not one i would show my little ones though, so it's not the typical animated film
It wasn't bad, per se, it just wasn't...great.
I may be in the minority here, but I really liked this movie. The story is a little underdeveloped and your typical post-apocalyptic fare, but I still found it enjoyable. Besides this, the movie shines. The animation and design of the world is awesome and makes 9 fun to watch. A respectable entry in what is probably the best year in animation to date.
too many 9's for my liking
Animation pretty, very steampunk. Storyline weak. Characters mostly uninteresting.
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A list of films that originally began life as a short film before being extended into a feature length production.…