I watched 9 over the weekend and I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised.
Movies influenced by popular short films aren’t always able to convey the same ideas and hold the audience as rapt as the original. For instance, Star Wars was nowhere near as effective as its counterpart short, Hardware Wars. If you’ve never seen that parody, you’re missing out. And of course the Family Guy short versions of those films are more effective than the movies also.
Having said that, this steampunk version of Raggedy Ann is awesome.
There were storytelling glitches, to be sure. This is one of the problems with making films by the seat of one’s pants, in my opinion. Visually, it was stunning and the battle sequences were epic. Heroics, villainy, and a little magic tossed in with the technology. Blur the timeframe and you have a beautifully drawn and animated piece which sweeps the viewer into its world in a heartbeat.
9 was a great film for watching. If you love tight storylines though, you might have a few issues. A lot of questions remained unanswered. My wife, not being into cartoons like I am, asked them before I did, but when I thought about them I found some problems of my own. Nevertheless I recommend the film. It’s fun and gorgeous. What more can you ask in a date?