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02.12.2007
I donít know what the characters in animator Shane Ackerís surreal computer-generated feature 9 will ultimately sound like, but at least we know whoíll be making some of the noises -- Elijah Wood, Christopher Plummer, Martin Landau and John C. Reilly have reportedly agreed to throw their vocals for the burlap men and other denizens of Ackerís abstract world.

Tim Burton is producing 9 along with Russian import Timur Bekmambetov (NIGHT WATCH), and the filmís style is being made to resemble stop-motion animation. Which is an oddly circuitous way to get an old-fashioned appearance from a cutting-edge technology, but after dealing with actual stop-motion on three movies already, Burton probably doesn't want to deal with the excruciating process for a whileÖ

The story seems to involve magical miniature doll-men battling creepy mechanical monstersÖ but whatever it is, the freaky visuals are fantastic. Hey, Iím really just thrilled that itís not about more goddamn talking and dancing animals or vehicles. You can catch a glimpse of whatís ultimately in store over at Shane Ackerís site RIGHT HERE! Ginchy!
Extra Tidbit: Acker's early animation work includes a horrifying short titled "The Hangnail" (featured in Spike & Mike's Sick and Twisted Festival), and he more recently helped animate various creatures in LOTR: RETURN OF THE KING.
Source: film ick

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