[Welcome to the Sci-Fi Lunch Break, where every day we'll be supplying you with a cool bit of audio/visual goodness to break up the monotony of the work day. You bring the turkey on rye, we'll bring you something out of this world to watch while you eat it.]

Shane Acker's 9, set for release on 9/9/09 from Focus Features, is one of the most intriguing titles left on the summer plate. But as much as I am a fan of all the talent behind the voices (Elijah Wood, John C. Reily, Jennifer Connelly, Martin Landau) and the talent standing behind the talent behind the voices (Tim Burton, Timur Bekmambetov), and as much as I've been digging the trailers and loving the 'stitchpunk' art style, I was never hungering to see 9 as soon as humanly possible. Now I am. My need for a journey through a humanless future has turned borderline ravenous.

Sci-Fi Squad honcho Erik Davis passed along the 2005 short film that 9 was expanded from and it's the first piece of the puzzle I've found that really spotlights the vision Shane Acker has. The original 9 is a little over 10 minutes long and without a single line of dialog, but if the feature film version is half as engrossing as this is, we're all in for a real treat.

Watch it after the jump.
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