Tim Burton + 'WALL-E' ÷ Goggle-Eyed Knit Dolls = '9'

As creative partnerships go, the one teaming Tim Burton with Wanted director Timur Bekmambetov and a half-dozen or so animated post-apocalyptic rag dolls isn't one we had on our 2009 wish list.

But that's no reason not to be intrigued by the newly released teaser for 9, a feature-length expansion of Shane Acker's Oscar-nominated 2005 short that boasts both men as producers and Elijah Wood, Jennifer Connelly, John C. Reilly and Crispin Glover as the voices of dolls threatened by some toy-hungry winged evil. The spirit implied here is that of the unlikely wasteland savior immortalized in WALL-E, yet without the cooing and didacticism; instead, enjoy the elevator-rock soundtrack entitling the title character to a more bombastic self-discovery of the fledgling Burton/Bekmambetov ilk. Not bad, but we'll still take take Delgo any day.