Inspired by the work of stop motion animation masters Jan Svankmeyer, The Brothers Quay and the Lauenstein Brothers, Shane Acker sought to immerse the audience in gritty textural world inhabited by creatures composed of fabric scraps and bits of broken machinery.The fantasy artwork of Zdzislaw Beksinski and photographs of European cities destroyed in World War II inspired the scenic design. The non-verbal narrative is loosely based on the old English Poem Beowulf, and relies heavily on pantomime, combined with strong composition and staging to tell the story. The characters and sets are mostly comprised of every-day objects.

Although CGI, the movie will have a stylized look resembling stop motion.
After witnessing the death of his mentor "5" by the hands of the malevolent construct, the rag doll "9" must confront his fears. Now "9" must destroy the creature and steal the talisman of trapped souls it carries as a trophy.
9 took Shane Acker over 4 years to make, but it really shines in the details. This short is textural, spiritual, and haunting, a real delight to watch.

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