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An action-packed adventure, director Shane Acker's animated fantasy epic 9 is the feature-length expansion of his Academy Award-nominated 2005 short film of the same name. The screenplay for the feature is by Pamela Pettler (Monster House); directors Tim Burton (Beetlejuice) and Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) are among the feature version's producers.

The time is the too-near future. Powered and enabled by the invention known as the Great Machine, the world's machines have turned on mankind and sparked social unrest, decimating the human population before being largely shut down.

But as our world fell to pieces, a mission began to salvage the legacy of civilization; a group of small creations was given the spark of life by a scientist in the final days of humanity, and they continue to exist post-apocalypse. Another of their own, #9 (voiced by Elijah Wood), emerges and displays leadership qualities that may help them survive and possibly even thrive. The conflicted but resilient tribe already includes #1 (Christopher Plummer), a domineering war veteran and the group's longtime leader; #2 (Martin Landau), a kindly but now-frail inventor; #3 and #4, scholarly twins who communicate nonverbally and mostly with each other; #5 (John C. Reilly), a stalwart and nurturing engineer; #6 (Crispin Glover), an erratic artist beset by visions; #7 (Jennifer Connelly), a brave and self-sufficient warrior; and #8 (Fred Tatasciore), the none-too-bright muscle and enforcer for #1.

With their group so few, these ''stitchpunk'' creations must summon individual strengths well beyond their own proportions in order to outwit and fight against still-functioning machines, one of which is a marauding mechanized beast. In the darkness just before the dawn, #9 rallies everyone of his number to band together.

While showcasing a stunning ''steampunk''-styled visual brilliance, 9 dynamically explores the will to live, the power of community, and how one soul can change the world.

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Voice Cast Details:

Elijah Wood as '9' - Elijah Wood joined Robin Williams and director George Miller to provide the voice of an animated penguin in the family-friendly film, ''Happy Feet.'' Elijah Wood has been starring in films since 1989 including ''The Ice Storm,'' ''Radio Flyer,'' and of course, the ''Lord of the Rings'' trilogy.

Jennifer Connelly as '7' - Jennifer Connelly starred in film A Beautiful Mind (2001), along with Russell Crowe. The film was a critical and commercial success and earned Connelly a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Connelly starred in two films in 2003: Hulk and House of Sand and Fog. She also played a journalist in Blood Diamond opposite Leonardo DiCaprio. She next appeared in Reservation Road with Joaquin Phoenix, which was given a limited release in the fall of 2007.In 2008; she was named the face of Balenciaga's ads, as well as the new face for Revlon cosmetics.

Christopher Plummer as '1'- Plummer is perhaps best known for the iconic role of Captain Georg von Trapp in The Sound of Music. He played Arthur Case in Spike Lee's 2006 film Inside Man and the philosopher Aristotle in Alexander, alongside Colin Farrell. In 2004, Plummer played John Adams Gates in National Treasure.

Martin Landau as '2' - In 2006, Landau made a guest appearance on the TV series Entourage, playing a washed-up, but determined and sympathetic, Hollywood producer attempting to relive his glory days. Landau received a 2007 Emmy nomination for his performance in this role.

John C Reilly as '5' - John's three movies were nominated for a total of 32 Oscars, including one for Best Supporting Actor for Reilly's performance as Renee Zellweger's trusting husband in Chicago. Ultimately, Gangs of New York won none, Chicago won six, and The Hours won one. Reilly lost to Chris Cooper for Adaptation. He provided the voice of himself in the The Simpsons episode ''Any Given Sundance''.

Crispin Glover as '6' - He received mainstream attention as the ''Creepy Thin Man'' in the Charlie's Angels films; the character had initially been cast as a speaking role, but Glover, not liking the lines as written, convinced the producers to eliminate the lines to create a darker image for the character. Glover starred in the 2007 film Beowulf as the monster Grendel, playing the part via performance capture technology.

9 is releasing on 9/09/09.

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