YMMV / 9


  • Ugly Cute: While a lot of people find the stitchpunks adorable, some of their designs are a bit... unusual and creepy to some.

The short:

The movie:

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Is the Fabrication Machine a spiteful bastard of mad science intent on finishing what it started, or a lost child who desperately wants a soul of its own?
    • Word of God describes the Fabrication machine as an abused child who is given a lot of power.
    • Also the stitchpunks themselves, who may each represent specific aspects of the Scientist's soul/personality. This casts a much more interesting light on certain members of the cast.
  • Angst? What Angst?: 9 is a remarkably together guy considering that he single-handedly woke up the Big Bad and inadvertantly killed his very first friend
  • Animation Age Ghetto: Practically forced in against it's will: despite numerous trailers explicitly stating that this was NOT a children's film, plenty of parents brought small children to see it and were upset to discover that the darkly-colored, PG-13 - rated post-apocalyptic sci-fi film was not, in fact, for kids. Go figure.
  • Awesome Music: "Over the Rainbow", which the filmmakers admitted would be the song they'd want to survive the apocalypse.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: The magnet scene with 8.
  • Bowdlerise: Many fans have expressed... disappointment with the edited version aired on Syfy and USA. Apparent edits included removal of dialogue, removal of the light staff building scene, and removal of the factory chase scene.
  • Canon Fodder: By the truckload if you ask most fans.
  • Cargo Ship: There is someone out there who ships 1xHis Cape. Dead serious here. 8xHis Sword also exists. As does 8xHis Magnet.
    • Did you see the look on his face? 8xMagnet is canon.
  • Crack Pairing: Since it's got so few characters and everybody is a machine, anything and everything has been shipped together, mostly for laughs. Pairing male characters together is of course the most popular practice, and probably a given since the majority of fans are female. 6, being an Ensemble Darkhorse, is the one most subject to pairings, mostly with 5 or 9. See Ho Yay, Launcher of a Thousand Ships, Ship Tease and Slash Fic below.
  • Critical Dissonance: While the movie was well-liked by audiences and gained a large fan following, critic responses were more mixed, with many criticizing the movie's writing and short length.
  • Crowning Moment of Funny: 7's failed Big Damn Heroes moment against the Winged Beast.
    "Let me try that again."
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: 2 seems to be a living manifestation of this trope. And just try not to smile when 1's soul silently thanks 9. Oh, hell, just the entire scene when the fallen Stitchpunks' souls are freed.
    • There's also the deleted scene after the factory is destroyed where 1 makes amends with 9 and accepts him after admitting he's not as good of a leader he had made himself out to be. Immediately followed by a Crowning Moment of Funny when his crown falls off and reveals the silly little knot on his head, which both 9 and 1 laugh at.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Coheed and Cambria's "Welcome Home" is used in the trailer, and it is epic. The full song is just as epic as it seems in the trailer.
    • The song at the beginning of the trailer perfectly sets the desolate tone of the movie.
    • The actual soundtrack is pretty good too, especially "The Seamstress" and the end credits music, which isn't on the soundtrack for some reason.
  • Cult Classic: The actual movie did average/above average in box office and received mixed reviews. However, it's got a respectably-sized fanbase.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: 6 is the most popular character, despite only having four lines!
  • Evil is Cool: The Fabrication Machine. A brilliant, soulless machine working to destroy all life, unlike most rebellious robots, succeeded in exterminating humanity? Hell yes. Plus, it has a magnificent design.
  • Fandom Berserk Button: If you value your life, don't call this a Tim Burton movie in front of the fans. Tim Burton was only a producer, the director is actually Shane Acker.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: The Russian version. It's not 'all' bad and some people do like it, and it does have some changes to the plot that are an interesting idea (such as the characters being the souls of the scientist's friends and family instead of pieces of his own soul). However, it makes so many other changes to the movie that most who have had the chance to see it would rather they just forget it exists.
  • Ho Yay: It breathes this trope. Come on, only one character (7) is distinctly female, and two (3 and 4) might be interpreted either way. 5 and 6 especially seem to be a magnet for this.
  • It Was His Sled: Since promotional videos released before the film showed the Seamstress, with 2's body strung onto her tail, it's generally common and open knowledge that 2 dies. Especially since it happens very early in a relatively short movie.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Every character in fandom verse. Especially 5. And 7. But mostly 5.
  • Memetic Mutation:
  • Memetic Molester: 2, for some reason...
  • Narm Charm: The "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" sequence is really, really over the top. That doesn't stop the payoff from being terrifying.
  • Relationship Writing Fumble: It's amazing how many fans saw more chemistry between 9 and 5 than between 9 and 7. Then again, that's probably founded upon overthinking, and it was never canonically established that 9 and 7 had romantic feelings for each other in the first place. The implications were based on one or two shots of them holding hands. And since they're really just little dolls, it's perfectly likely that their relationship was platonic and childlike.
  • Ship Tease: 7 and 9, 5 and 9, 5 and 6, 5 and 2. Many more, if the fandom is anything to go by.
  • Slash Fic: And God knows there's a lot of it for a movie about sackdolls (sort of). 5/9, 5/2, 5/6, 6/8, 1/2...
  • Tear Jerker: The whole movie. Especially 2's funeral, what happens right before the end (sad) and the end (happy?).
    • 1's last words. He may have acted like a Jerk Ass for most of the history, but his declaration that "They left us with Nothing" really puts in scope that he's VERY bitter with being abandoned in a dead planet with machines hunting them down because of the Chancellor's greed. Try to imagine this: You're left with only a few others like yourself, after surviving a war caused by a single human's misdeeds, in a completely destroyed and dead planet with horrifying creatures that want to kill you for your souls, and you alone are left with the task of protecting them, while being the size of a toy. In a way, 1 is a Shell-Shocked Veteran who's been pushed way over the Cynical side of the scale.
    • The Bittersweet Ending.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: 3 and 4. Seriously. Try to figure out what gender they are without the Word of God, which says "open to interpretation".
    • The 9 art book, however, does state that 7 is the only female of the stitchpunks.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: A disturbing number of parents who brought small children along, despite the commercials clearly stating it was not a children's animated movie. Most were in tears by the middle of the film.
    • And it's rated PG-13. Though, the movie's genre is labeled as Kids & Family. Kind of surprising, considering the fact that a total of nine sentient beings (1, 2, 5, 6, 8, Mr. Fab, the Cat, the Winged, and the Seamstress) get brutally killed over the course of the movie.
      • There have been worst things in middle grade (ages 8-12) novels and films. This trope happens both because children weren't it's target audience, yet children can be pretty tough, and because of carelessness.
  • The Woobie: At times, 5 could really use a hug.
    • Every one of the dolls, really, given the losses and trauma they sustain throughout the movie.

The stage musical and its 2009 film adaptation

  • Award Snub: The studio tried to get a nomination for Marion Cotillard but it didn't happen, despite most critics praising her as the best part of the film, and her intense performance of "Take It All".
  • Best Known for the Fanservice: Penelope Cruz in lingerie on a swing, Kate Hudson dancing in a Stripperiffic costume, Fergie pouring sand all over herself and Marion Coutillard stripping off intensely. Partially justified since the main character is a bit of a lech.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Stephanie is one of the favourites in the movie adaptation. Her (movie only!) song "Cinema Italiano" is a huge Ear Worm, and Kate Hudson received lots of praise for it. The other popular movie character is Saraghina, thanks to Fergie's impressive performance.
  • Flat Character: Roger Ebert criticised all the characters in the film for being this. "But that's what they are, stars, because the movie doesn't make them characters".
  • Jerkass Woobie: Guido may be an idiotic Man Child who can't keep it in his pants. But it's hard not to feel a little sorry for him as his entire life crashes around him.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Some agree that Marion Coutillard is the best part of the film, citing that it's worth watching only for her powerful performance of "Take It All".
  • Love It or Hate It: The movie provokes this reaction. Some love the set design, the beautiful cinematography and great performances. But it has detractors for its chaotic story and poor pacing. Plenty viewers likely expected another Chicago and were annoyed at finding a more psychological story than Chicago's Troperiffic take on movie musicals.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Fergie as Saraghina for the extremely memorable "Be Italian" sequence.
  • She Really Can Act: A variation. Kate Hudson showed that she could really dance. Even the negative reviews expressed pleasant surprise.
  • So Okay, It's Average: General consensus is that the film is too clunky with its pacing but the performances salvage it somewhat.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: Fans of the stage musical weren't happy about a lot of the original score being cut for the film adaptation.
  • Tough Act to Follow: This was Rob Marshall's first musical following the hit that was Chicago. While the former got thirteen Oscar nominations and received raucous praise, Nine only got four nominations and mixed reviews.
  • Viewers Are Morons: A few critics missed the point of "Cinema Italiano" entirely - not realising the whole song is meant to be about how Stephanie focuses on the superficial things in Guido's films, as opposed to the deeper things.