9 finds our hero, the title character, awakening in a post-apocalyptic wasteland with no idea of who he is or what to make of the world around him. 9, you see, is a living doll – but much more than that. His travels eventually lead him to others like him, the last vestiges of humanity as it turns out, hiding from the machines. From there, the story becomes a bit predictable but overall the film is very well done in the fashion of The Nightmare Before Christmas.
A bit dark and tense, perhaps, for little kids, my kids (12 and 10) loved it. My one knock on it is that it comes in a little short, yet the ending somehow felt rushed. The stage was set and they seemed to rush through a pretty ho-hum showdown to set up the tearful final scenes. A good movie for those ‘tween’ kids that are tired of the standard Disney fare and for those of us who are glad to move on past those films as well.