It is visually very beautiful, and has a very different look from many of the big houses' animation style. Fresh.
Its story is really unfortunate. Rather than a plot with holes, this is a series of holes suspended in very beautiful visuals. The visuals are so good that I have been trying to figure out how to use the material of the film and recut it with new dialogue to make sense. It is such a shame that so much very good work was wasted on a crappy script.
It probably didn't help that "District 9" and "Nine" came out the same year, but even without that confusion, it was destined for the remaindered bin.
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