I thought I’d share a few pages from a Focus Features promotional book for, 9, the major motion picture debut of director Shane Acker’s beautiful animation. Based on his Academy Award-nominated short film, this full length movie is co-produced by Tim Burton and stars Elijah Wood as the plucky little hero who is determined to bring back humanity to a world without humans. 9 arrives in the US, Sept 9 or 9-9-09.
First, here’s a nice Shane Acker quote:
“Steampunk” is a celebration of mechanisms and an idolization or faith in machines as a future, which emphasizes analog over digital. But in 9, since the world has fallen to pieces it’s become all analog. “Stitchpunk” — a term which I first heard coined from a fan of the short film — fittingly describes the 9 characters’ aesthetic, in what they physically are and in that they have been designed not as toys but to survive in a barren landscape.
And here is a sketch by Shane Acker accompanied by the storyboard art: