‘9’ may set a new animation standard in film

The new film “9” is not your typical Hollywood animated production. It’s a dark, post-apocalyptic action adventure with no talking animals, and the closest thing there is to a comic-relief sidekick is a character who is missing an eye.

Despite that fact, and that it doesn’t come from the hit-making Pixar or DreamWorks animation factories, advance word on “9” is strong as Focus Features prepares to release it in theaters Wednesday (09/09/09, if you’re into numerology).

It does feature an all-star voice cast that includes Oscar winner Jennifer Connolly, Christopher Plummer and John C. Reilly. It does contain powerful, thought-provoking science fiction themes. But it’s the vivid, computer-generated imagery that has some suggesting the movie could mark a turning point for animated films

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