I’ve been sitting on the second trailer for 9 (not to be confused with Rob Marshall’s Nine) for a couple of days, mostly because I can’t seem to work up any enthusiasm for it. I know a lot of you sci-fi geeks are drooling all over your fannypacks. It does look cool, and I dig the idea of a post-apocalyptic animation movie. It’s also being produced by Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov, so there’s some talent involved.
My problem, unfortunately, is that as cool as 9 looks, I find the voice talent behind it distracting as hell. It’s difficult to get into a dark, doomsday animated film when you keep hearing the lovable voice of Elijah Wood, the goofy voice of John C. Reilly, and the toneless voice of Jennifer Connelly. The juxtaposition is too much — it takes me right out of it.
That said, it does look like a visually arresting film. Maybe I’ll just watch it on mute: