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9 (2009)

9 <span>(2009)</span> artwork

9 (2009)

Type Feature

Approx. Running minutes 77

Release dates 18/12/2009

BBFCInsight Contains moderate sustained threat

Genre(s) Science Fiction, Children, Animation

Director(s) Shane Acker

Cast includes Elijah Wood (voice), John C. Reilly (voice), Jennifer Connelly (voice), Crispin Glover (voice), Martin Landau (voice), Christopher Plummer (voice)

Cut All known versions of this work passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 28/10/2009

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

9 is an animation set in a post-apocalyptic world. The principal characters are a group of small, living dolls made from hessian sacking. They live in a devastated city and struggle to survive against a variety of mechanical monsters that are intent on destroying them. It was passed ‘12’ for moderate sustained threat.

The BBFC Guidelines at ‘PG’ state that frightening sequences should not be prolonged or intense, although fantasy settings may be a mitigating factor. 9 includes scary scenes and sustained moderate threat from the very outset, with little respite during the entire course of the film. The hessian dolls encounter, are chased by and fight a large mechanical dinosaur, a huge mechanical bird, a centipede-like monster with a tiny skull for a head and the ultimate monster - an enormous mechanical contraption with several tentacles and a large red eye. By the end of the work several of the dolls have been killed. The violence in the film is fantastical and, as the protagonists are respectively dolls and mechanical monsters, there is no blood or injury detail. However, although set in a fantasy world and involving non-human agents, the chase and fight scenes are sufficiently forceful and drawn out to be best placed at ‘12’, at which classification category moderate physical and psychological threat may be permitted.

From time to time some of the dolls carry improvised bladed weapons made from scissors or other bits of salvaged metal. Given the fantasy context of the work and the fact that the weapons are not particularly realistic these scenes would have been allowed at ‘PG’. The film includes no bad language.



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