The short was not what I expected at all. It really looks just like a teaser trailer for a film - even shorter than the actual trailer for the feature film itself which gives more information. As a short on its own, it seems disjointed, incomplete. That being said, I'm very surprised that it was nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Short Film in 2005. I guess they really just liked the style.
Here's the description of the short from the site:
A mechanical beast attacks two rag doll creatures as they scavenge the ruins of their world. After witnessing the death of his Mentor "5" by the hands of the malevolent construct, the rag doll "9" must confront the terror. Only through cunning and the use of his primitive technology can 9 hope to destroy the creature and steal the talisman of trapped souls it carries as a trophy.
But I do like the animation style from the trailer, which really grabbed my attention, and the little bit of plot given in the trailer sounds intriguing.
From Shane Acker's website, there's a link to the official site for the movie, which has the trailer running on the main page, but the site itself doesn't seem to have anything else on it at the moment.
Here's a link to another site with the trailer of the movie.
The film stars the voices of Elijah Wood, John C. Reilly, Jennifer Connelly, Crispin Glover, Martin Landau and Christopher Plummer. I'm a huge fan of Elijah, so I'm looking forward to hearing his voicework on this. The rest of the listed cast are definitely no slouches either. And Tim Burton is one of the producers of this film.
I absolutely *love* the music in the trailer, but I don't know if that's representative of what will be in the film. I sure hope so.
We won't be seeing the film on opening day as we already have plans for that day, but I expect we'll be seeing the film sometime within its first couple days of release.