i would like to start off by writing this review by saying that 9 is not your typical animated movie...
to sum this film up, it's almost like watching a video game in a sense that there are 4 villain characters or as there called in video games; 'bosses' - Boss one - Cat Beast, Boss Two - Winged Beast, Boss 3 - Snake / Seamstress Beast and Boss 4 being the utterly HUGE one that when you fight it, beat it, rejoice over the fact you've done it then only to find out you've ticked him off to the point he turns into a rage machine and well... you either beat the boss or it beats you...
now this isn't to say it's all action, there is some very good and unique character development.
the 'rag dolls' (as Shane Acker calls them) are the ones that make up the character of the scientist -the 9 of them as individuals have wonderful personalities of which make up and give an idea of what sort off character the scientist was...
BASICALLY to sum the story up The Scientist created the fabrication machine, of which basically became corrupt (due to its human superiors using it for war) and created other machines to attack humanity, with humanity being at the brink of extinction, the scientist created 9 rag dolls to basically continue life, in doing this he gave parts of his soul to each of the 9 rag dolls of which each one adopt part of his personality I.E rag doll '7' adopts the scientist will to fight.
The whole setting of the film is very eery and post-apocalyptic, however with a name like Tim Burton behind any movie it's clear it's not going to be the most colourful or cheery movie out there.
If your thinking of showing a kid this movie (despite it being a 12) i would recommend adult supervision - i feel that it's not a 'scary' film - however it does have the odd 'jump' / 'shock moment'
straight off the bat i absolutely adored '9'.
the animation if not quite pixar quality is still wonderful, its an easy going film; a film that i feel is very underrated and over looked.
NOW i have the DVD version of this and i recently got the Blu Ray Limited Edition HardBack Book copy and i have to say - picture was wonderful and crisp same with the sound!
The book has some gorgeous art work; if you love concept art book's - despite this ones size - i recommend it, presuming you enjoyed the film and willing to part with the cash!