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Credit: © 2008 Focus Features LLC.

OPENS: Wednesday 9/9

In this intense, animated apocalyptic adventure set in the near future, a doll called #9 (voice of Elijah Wood) fights for survival — alongside pals numbered 1 through 8 — against the machines that slayed humanity and dominate the globe. Too grim for children younger than 10, the sophisticated cartoon produced by Tim Burton (which also features the voice of Jennifer Connelly) may be slight on story, but the fluid animation is astonishing.