Tim Burton goes back to an idea from his early days as a filmmaker,
exploring the Frankenstein monster from the perspective of childhood. Young Victor, a more modern child, has the perfect pet that dies, so he
endeavors to bring him back to life with a little lightning and a lot of
love, but there are always consequences.
The title refers to the number scrawled on the back of a rag doll (voiced by Elijah Wood) who wakes up with no knowledge of the world. Wandering through a crumbling, corpse-strewn city, he soon spots a similar figure marked as 2 (Martin Landau) and learns that a dangerous mechanized predator stalks the streets. Because '9' is an animated feature, it’s inevitable that some potential viewers are going to assume it's kid-friendly, which it most decidedly is not. Grade: B.