September 9, 2009, - 3:14 pm

Midweek Box Office: Animated, Creepy “9”

By Debbie Schlussel

Because today is 09/09/09, the auspiciously named movie, “9” also debuts in theaters.


The animated movie isn’t for kids.  It’s creepy and scary.  But, despite its obvious anti-war and anti-technology message, I liked it anyway because of its high-quality animation, story, and charm.

It’s the story of “9”–a puppet like burlap figure that is half-robot/half-stuffed doll–so-named because it is the ninth and most advanced such model designed by a now-deceased scientist.  It’s the future and man has destroyed man, due to technology and war.  (Could have done without that Unabomber-esque message–that technology and machines were invented by a Hitler-like dictator) though I do think some technology is scary “Brave New World” stuff).  The only thing left are machines and some of the nine models of robot-like  dolls with human qualities.  While some of the models want to give up and die, “9” convinces them otherwise–that they must fight the machines to survive.

9 and the other characters are voiced by great actors like Christopher Plummer and Martin Landau and current actors like John C. Reilly.

Like I said, the animation is terrific, the movie is relatively short, and though it’s a very bleak movie, it’s entertaining and hopeful at the end.  Also a bonus is the acknowledgement at movie’s end of a higher spirit–i.e., G-d–beyond the robots and machines.

Yes, the post-futuristic, armageddon, war-is-bad movies are getting tiresome.  But this one was among the better ones.


Watch the trailer:

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Greetings and Salutations:

Today is 09 September 2009.

Do you know what that is?

It’s what an irate German says when he really doesn’t want something.

“Nein! Nein! Oh, Nein!”

Yuk! Yuk! Yuk!

I thunk that joke up all by myself!

Seriously though, today really is an eventful day, and we should be observing it and celebrating it as a national holiday.

On 09 September 1776, the Continental Congress officially changed the name of our country from “United Colonies” to the “United States”.

So, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, United States of America!!!

Thank you.

John Robert Mallernee
Official Bard of Clan Henderson
Armed Forces Retirement Home
Washington, D.C. 20011-8400

John Robert Mallernee on September 9, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    That Tim Burton is a weirdo.

    Rick on September 10, 2009 at 10:10 am

The movie also come out on the 10th anniversary of a videogame console that I’m sure no one here even knows about: The Sega Dreamcast.

Squirrel3D on September 9, 2009 at 9:56 pm

The Dreamcast was great! I still have fond memories of forklift racing at the docks. Too bad it was so easy to pirate games on it, or it might have been profitable for more companies to actually make games for it.

Libertarian Bulbasaur on September 11, 2009 at 10:48 pm

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