Where has Shane Acker been since his CG fantasy 9 hit theaters in 2009? Mostly, it seems that he’s been doing pre-vis work at the company Third Floor as he develops other projects. One of those projects is a post-WWIII apocalypse adventure called Deep, with Valve Software involved, and there’s a possible Thomas the Tank Engine movie, too. Now he’s got a new animated feature on his list.
The project is Beasts of Burden, based on the Dark Horse Comics series written by Evan Dorkin and drawn by Jill Thompson. This one has been in development for a couple years, and Darren Lemke (Turbo, Shrek Forever After) is scripting. Reel FX is producing the CG-animated film that features a team of dogs (and one cat) dealing with supernatural occurences in a small town. Read More »
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Shane Acker made his feature directorial debut in 2009 with 9, which was the culmination of years of work that began with the short film of the same title, released in 2005. The former WETA animator (he worked on The Return of the King) didn’t get the best reception with 9, but it certainly has fans, thanks in part to some excellent character designs.
Now he’s back with a very different sort of movie. We don’t have a title for the film yet, but it takes place in Sodor, which readers with young children will be able to identify as the home of Thomas the Tank Engine. Read More »
One of the /Film Twitter followers pointed out that 2009 will see the release of more than a couple movies with the number 9 in the title: Rob Marshall’s musical Nine, the Peter Jackson-produced sci-fi film District 9, the Australian stop-animated $9.99, a Melissa Joan Hart thriller Nine Dead, and Shane Acker’s 9.
G4′s Attack of the Show has premiered a new trailer for 9, a computer animated film produced by Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted, Nightwatch), directed by former WETA Digital artist Shane Acker, and featuring the music of Danny Elfman. Based on Acker’s Academy Award-nominated 2005 film festival short (watch it on YouTube), 9 is a post-apocalyptic nightmare in which all of humanity is threatened. Watch the new trailer after the jump.
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Shane Acker‘s short animation 9 was a wonderful little fable, a redemption fantasy that blended stitchpunk images with dream-like plotting and a subtle blend of melancholy and fear. I loved it from the second I saw it, and was as such very disappointed to see it lose the Oscar – even to John Canemaker and Peggy Stern’s superb Moon and Son.
That initial short is now being adapted into a full length feature, with Acker (the pin-up boy at the head of the post) still directing and Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov amongst the producers. The official trailer was released around Christmas time, but since then we’ve seen or heard little else. Now, though, MTV have eased my anxious fever a little and premiered a really very, very interesting, and ever so slightly slightly surprising, 2-minute, 6-second clip from the film. You can enjoy that below the break.
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9 is a computer animated film produced by Tim Burton (The Corpse Bride) and Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted, Nightwatch), directed by former WETA Digital artist Shane Acker, and featuring the music of Danny Elfman. Based on Acker’s Academy Award-nominated 2005 film festival short (watch it on YouTube), 9 is a post-apocalyptic nightmare in which all of humanity is threatened. The official plot synopsis follows:
“When 9 (Wood) first comes to life, he finds himself in a post-apocalyptic world. All humans are gone, and it is only by chance that he discovers a small community of others like him taking refuge from fearsome machines that roam the earth intent on their extinction. Despite being the neophyte of the group, 9 convinces the others that hiding will do them no good. They must take the offensive if they are to survive, and they must discover why the machines want to destroy them in the first place. As they’ll soon come to learn, the very future of civilization may depend on them.”
The group includes 1 (Christopher Plummer), a domineering war veteran; 2 (Martin Landau), an aged inventor; 5 (John C. Reilly), a stalwart mechanic; 6 (Crispin Glover), a visionary and artist; and 7 (Jennifer Connelly), a brave warrior. I like Acker’s unique art style which could be described as a darker/post apocalyptic version of what Tim Burton use to do, with a touch of LittleBigPlanet. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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Watch the trailer in High Definition on Apple. 9 hits theaters on 9.9.09.