Trivia / 9

Animated Film

  • All-Star Cast: Surprisingly, for such a low-budget film.
  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: 2 is widely associated with his famous catch phrase "This is smashing!" which was never put in the film, but on a couple of old trailers and an obscure B-roll.
  • BFG: The old artillery gun uses shells larger than the sackdolls themselves.
  • BFS: 8's got two; a carving knife and half of a pair of scissors (they're big to him).
  • Doing It for the Art: Just look at those visuals...
  • Fan Nickname:
    • "Mr. Fab," the Fabrication Machine. An alternate to this is "Fab Mac"
    • Petrie for the pterodactyl monster.
    • 1 is the Sack Pope. He is also known by Pope Doll and 1Pimp. Now there is this ridiciously addictive song for Pope Doll. Pope Dooooooolllllll! He enters the rooooooooooooom . . .
    • On certain DeviantArt communities, 5 is known as "Angst waffle".
      • He's also sometimes refered to as Pyro5 and "Gerbil Butt".
    • 9 is also commonly referred to as 9Noob. For obvious reasons...
  • Meaningful Release Date: The movie came out on September 9, 2009 (9/9/09).
  • Trope Namer
  • Viral Marketing: Little bit. One of the most interesting ones was a random online-clip that showed Elijah Wood getting his soul sucked out while in the theater.
    • The Facebook account "9 Scientist" (still up, surprisingly) is the Scientist's online diary. It tells readers of the man's struggles with creating the B.R.A.I.N device, and of his misgivings with the Chancellor. Not necessary to enjoy the movie, but it furthers your appreciation and understanding.
  • What Could Have Been: Looking at the deleted scenes, the key around 6's neck would have been more important to the plot, with 8 playing keep away with it, and the survivors using it at the end to open a box the scientist was holding. Inside is a mirror, and a note labelled "hope" as the survivors look at their reflections.

Musical and Live-Action Film

  • All-Star Cast: The movie stars Daniel Day-Lewis, Marion Cotillard, PenÚlope Cruz, Judi Dench, Nicole Kidman, Sophia Loren, Kate Hudson and... Stacy Ferguson of the Black Eyed Peas (aka Fergie). The first six are Oscar winners, the seventh a nominee. Didn't stop most critics from panning it, though the performances still got praised.
  • Awesome, Dear Boy: The reason Daniel Day Lewis took the role. He had been hoping to take a break after his previous film, and producers never believed he would accept it.
  • Dawson Casting: Subverted. Guido in the original show is angsting about turning forty. Daniel Day Lewis was fifty at the time, so they aged Guido up by ten years. It also adds another layer to his marriage to Luisa, given the fifteen year difference between Lewis and Marion Cotillard.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: Both Fergie and Penelope Cruz were required to gain seventeen pounds for the film.
  • Fake Nationality:
    • Sophia Loren is the only actual Italian in the film's cast. That being said, a few characters who were Italian in the stage version change nationalities to accommodate their actors. Carla becomes Spanish because of Penelope Cruz, Stephanie becomes American for Kate Hudson, and Lilli is English for Judi Dench (although her last name is La Fleur, indicating that she might be French). Luisa is said to have Italian ancestry but is meant to be French, like Marion Cotillard.
    • Claudia meanwhile has an ambiguously continental European accent and the last name Jenssen - implying she's either Danish, Norwegian or Swiss. Presumably this is because the fair skinned blonde Nicole Kidman would not be believably Italian to audiences.
  • Method Acting: Daniel Day Lewis learned Italian and frequently spoke it on set for the role. He also had his dressing room designed like a 1960s director's office.
  • The Other Marty: Javier Bardem was cast as Gudio in the film. But he dropped out due to exhaustion, and Daniel Day Lewis was cast instead.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The part of Claudia was offered to Catherine Zeta Jones. Not liking how small the role was, she asked for it to be expanded. When the director refused, Nicole Kidman was cast instead. Anne Hathaway auditioned too but was turned down for being too young.
    • Barbara Streisand was strongly considered for the part of Lilli. Ultimately it went to Dame Judi Dench.
    • Katie Holmes lobbied hard for the part of Luisa, which eventually went to Marion Cotillard.
    • Rob Marshall pushed for Marion Cotillard to get a Best Actress Oscar nomination rather than Supporting Actress, not wanting her to get in the way of Penelope Cruz. Cotillard didn't get any nominations, and Cruz was up for Best Supporting Actress.

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