Tim Burton on 9 – Fantasy Podcast Interview

David and the HOLY CRAP, WHAT THE HELL IS THAT?!: Little doll-person 9 (voiced by Elijah Wood) faces off against a mechanized foe.

David and the HOLY CRAP, WHAT THE HELL IS THAT?!: Little doll-person 9 (voiced by Elijah Wood) faces off against a mechanized foe.

So… more li’l doll people. Been a good year for that kinda thing — CORALINE, $9.99. And now there’s 9, in which a group of burlapy, goggle-eyed humanoids struggle for survival in a post-apocalyptic waste heap. Would it surprise you that Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov were co-producers on this project? Would it further surprise you that the CG animated film — directed by newcomer Shane Acker, based on his deservedly highly-praised short film (which we have embedded here) — has tons of grotty atmosphere and an overall dark attitude?

And monsters. Really weird, disturbing monsters (if the giant, soul-sucking spider robot doesn’t freak you out, the hypno-snake will). Which is a good thing, because the story itself isn’t really anything to speak of. Shame that a voice cast that includes Christopher Plummer, Jennifer Connelly, Elijah Wood, and Martin Landau doesn’t have better lines to deliver, but when you’ve got little burlap people defending themselves against a robot pterodactyl, snappy patter can sort of take a back seat.

Click on the player below to hear Tim Burton talk about the film.

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Dan Persons

DAN PERSONS is a New York-based writer who first got bit by the Cinefantastique bug when he encountered the 1979 double issue devoted to the sci-fi classic FORBIDDEN PLANET. He contributed for many years to the magazine, first as a correspondent, then as an editor.

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