shane-acker's-9

One of the biggest tells that The Academy doesn’t respect animation is that “Animation” is considered a genre unto itself.

Animation is so much broader than a single genre:

You’ve got Westerns

You’ve got Action/Horror

You’ve got Murder Mysteries (or whatever the heck this show was…don’t look into it if you’re faint of heart, believe me. There’s animal death.)

Then there’s your crime dramadies/buddy films

And a LOT of Social Commentary

There’s Zombie Movies

Super Hero flicks

And of course, there’sChicken Run

PLUS the post that inspired this, going over all the great genres JUST IN DISNEY FILMS

Conclusion: Animation is a different medium, not a genre.

9 Reasons Why I Love 9 (And Why You Should Watch It)

1) The design is beautiful

I  especially like the appearance of machines

seriously look at those things. 

2) Show don’t tell

This film has very little dialogue. Which  means most of the story is shown and not told. It also gives you more chance to appreciate the designs.

3) Characters

Despite being little dialogue (and two of the characters are mute/nonverbal) you really get to know the characters. Even the ones not on screen for long. 

4) Humble beginnings

This film started out as the directors solo college project. I’d say it’s come pretty far. 

5) Tim Burton

Tim Burton had a part in making this film. (This points a bit biased but I love his work)

6) Female Character(s)

There is only one “female” character but she is a bad ass

Also look

She isn’t sexualised

It could be argued the twins could be female (they don’t talk)

(Another argument you could make is they technically don’t have genders. Tbh either one works for me personally)

7) The lore. 

The lore of their world is very interesting. It isn’t all explained but what you’re shown is enough to hook you in

8) No romance

None whatsoever. Nope none at all. 

9) 6

6 my favourite character is (to me at least) clearly nd coded. he has odd behaviours (obsessively drawing the source) and limited speech. Yet for the most part he’s treated well by the others. 

Also look at their official poster

see what it says “Too Lead Us”

I don’t know if they were intentionally coded this way but that’s how they came across to me, and I’m very happy for it. 


This film came out in 2009 and deserves more atention

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I don’t normally post my fan-art here but I spent three days working on this damn thing and I like the outcome enough that I’m posting it. :|

Here is a link over to where I posted it on dA, just for the hell of it.

Description!

I get the impression that 6 stays in his corner, a lot. Sometimes, or rather, quite frequently, it can be very dark. He has one candle back there based on what I can see in screenshots, and candles only provide so much light, especially in the clock tower. I tried to capture that, and I also tried to capture the height of his space and the scale of the wall-drawings space. As well as a sort of dark, unsure atmosphere that seems to go hand-in-hand with 6. What is he looking at with such a nervous expression? You figure it out. c:

And here is the part where I ramble a bit about the background / composition.

If you look at 6’s wall of drawings there are quite a few different drawings of “the Source” in addition to the one that appears to be a diagram of the front of the talisman / the illustration from the alchemy book the twins found. It’s kinda fun trying to figure out what angles he was trying to pull off in some of them. And one or two of them even looked like the talisman in the act of extending those green energy-tendrils, interestingly. But that’s just my own interpretation.

That candle’s as good as it’s going to get. I don’t mind the flame as much - in fact I rather like how it came out - but the candle itself is skldfjslfjs. I am done fucking around with it.

In addition to being a sort of lighting challenge, I also tried a slightly different perspective than what I usually work with. Not sure if I managed to pull either of them off.

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9 (2009)

Early Concept Art

So yeah, I dunno if anyone else realized, but Shane Acker’s website recently updated with some high quality concept art for 9. Those of us in the fandom have seen a lot of these before, but not yet in this quality–and there are a few that might even be new to some people!

As a die-hard fan as well as an artist, I must say this makes me ecstatic. :’D