Up 387 this week

The Iron Giant (1999)

PG  |   |  Animation, Action, Adventure  |  6 August 1999 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.0/10 from 118,750 users   Metascore: 85/100
Reviews: 504 user | 156 critic | 27 from Metacritic.com

A boy makes friend with a robot from outer space, but the army are not happy with a robot in the city.



(screenplay), (screen story), 1 more credit »
Watch Trailer
0Check in

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video


10 Best Action Heroes

We consulted IMDb's Highest-Rated Action-Family Films to came up with 10 scene-stealing action figures your kids can relate to, look up to, and be inspired by.

Visit our Family Entertainment Guide

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 40 titles
created 17 Mar 2012
a list of 47 titles
created 22 Dec 2013
a list of 46 titles
created 26 Feb 2014
a list of 44 titles
created 15 Jun 2014
a list of 35 titles
created 7 months ago

Related Items

Search for "The Iron Giant" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: The Iron Giant (1999)

The Iron Giant (1999) on IMDb 8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Iron Giant.

User Polls

20 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Emperor Kuzco is turned into a llama by his ex-administrator Yzma, and must now regain his throne with the help of Pacha, the gentle llama herder.

Director: Mark Dindal
Stars: David Spade, John Goodman, Eartha Kitt
Lilo & Stitch (2002)
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A Hawaiian girl adopts an unusual pet who is actually a notorious extra-terrestrial fugitive from the law.

Directors: Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders
Stars: Daveigh Chase, Chris Sanders, Tia Carrere
Animation | Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

An orphan with terrible aunts for guardians, befriends human like bugs who live inside a giant peach, who take the boy on a journey to New York City.

Director: Henry Selick
Stars: Paul Terry, Joanna Lumley, Pete Postlethwaite
Chicken Run (2000)
Animation | Family | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

When a bird "flies" into a chicken farm, the fellow chickens see him as an opportunity to escape their evil owners.

Directors: Peter Lord, Nick Park
Stars: Mel Gibson, Julia Sawalha, Phil Daniels
Animation | Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A Disney animated version of "Treasure Island". The only difference is that the film is set in outer space with alien worlds and other galactic wonders.

Directors: Ron Clements, John Musker
Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emma Thompson, Martin Short
Animation | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but doesn't quite understand the concept.

Director: Henry Selick
Stars: Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, Catherine O'Hara
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A family of undercover superheroes, while trying to live the quiet suburban life, are forced into action to save the world.

Director: Brad Bird
Stars: Craig T. Nelson, Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter
Ratatouille (2007)
Animation | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A rat who can cook makes an unusual alliance with a young kitchen worker at a famous restaurant.

Directors: Brad Bird, Jan Pinkava
Stars: Brad Garrett, Lou Romano, Patton Oswalt
Aladdin (1992)
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

When a street urchin vies for the love of a beautiful princess, he uses a genie's magic power to make himself off as a prince in order to marry her.

Directors: Ron Clements, John Musker
Stars: Scott Weinger, Robin Williams, Linda Larkin
Tarzan (1999)
Animation | Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A man raised by gorillas must decide where he really belongs when he discovers he is a human.

Directors: Chris Buck, Kevin Lima
Stars: Tony Goldwyn, Minnie Driver, Brian Blessed
Kung Fu Panda (2008)
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

In the Valley of Peace, Po the Panda finds himself chosen as the Dragon Warrior despite the fact that he is obese and a complete novice at martial arts.

Directors: Mark Osborne, John Stevenson
Stars: Jack Black, Ian McShane, Angelina Jolie
Animation | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Wallace and his loyal dog, Gromit, set out to discover the mystery behind the garden sabotage that plagues their village and threatens the annual giant vegetable growing contest.

Directors: Steve Box, Nick Park
Stars: Peter Sallis, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes


Cast overview, first billed only:
Annie Hughes (voice)
Dean McCoppin (voice)
The Iron Giant (voice)
Mrs. Tensedge (voice)
Kent Mansley (voice)
General Rogard (voice)
Hogarth Hughes (voice)
Earl Stutz (voice)
Jack Angel ...
Additional Voices (voice)
Additional Voices (as Robert Bergen)
Mary Kay Bergman ...
Additional Voices (voice)
Michael Bird ...
Additional Voices (voice)
Devon Cole Borisoff ...
Additional Voices (voice) (as Devon Borisoff)
Additional Voices (voice)


This is the story of a nine-year-old boy named Hogarth Hughes who makes friends with an innocent alien giant robot that came from outer space. Meanwhile, a paranoid U.S. Government agent named Kent Mansley arrives in town, determined to destroy the giant at all costs. It's up to Hogarth to protect him by keeping him at Dean McCoppin's place in the junkyard. Written by Anthony Pereyra <hypersonic91@yahoo.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


It came from outer space!

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for fantasy action violence, language, some thematic material and smoking | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:



Official Sites:



Release Date:

6 August 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El gigante de hierro  »

Box Office


$48,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,732,614 (USA) (6 August 1999)


£2,456,310 (UK) (4 February 2000)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

| |



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Executive-produced by Pete Townshend of The Who. Pete Townshend also produced a concept album based on the same book as the film. See more »


The story takes place in 1957, but in the junk yard scene where the giant is spinning Hogarth around through the air in a junk car, that car is a 1959 Caddilac. See more »


[as the Giant flies toward the missle]
Hogarth Hughes: [in the Giant's mind] You are who you choose to be.
The Iron Giant: Superman.
See more »

Crazy Credits

The Warner Brothers logo is done in 50's art deco, as the Sputnik signal is heard. See more »


References Aliens (1986) See more »


Written by Babs Gonzales
Performed by Babs Gonzales
Courtesy of Blue Note Records
A division of Capitol Records, Inc.
Under license from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

An Absolute Wonder Which Cherishes Its Influences - The Best Animated Feature Ever !
22 January 2000 | by (Philadelphia, PA) – See all my reviews

Animated movies have long been considered strictly for children. The old Disney classics that started it all are indeed aimed at kids, but are still very watchable, even for adults. With the advent of TOY STORY and its countless mimics, animated feature films have taken long strides to be considered worthy of serious attention. THE IRON GIANT is just such an animated piece. The 87 minute wonder is, to put it mildly, incredible. Everything about it is good. I've also never seen so many influences and references in an animated film before.

This is a movie with a heart the size of the title character. A gentle, gigantic robot is rocketed to earth and befriends a 10 year old boy. The kid has a single mother (voiced nicely by Jennifer Aniston) and he is just looking for a friend, whether it be a squirrel, or even a 50 foot tall machine. The familiar premise is obviously out of Spielberg's E.T. One scene even has the giant reaching out his finger to the boy in much the same way ET did to 10 year old Elliott when he departed this earth. E.T. was an out of this world fantasy that took place on this earth. Here, it is animated and almost just as effective.

IRON GIANT takes place during 1957 in a small town in Maine. The 1950's was a time when the American public was fearful of atomic bombs and the possibility of alien life off the earth. Live-action sci-fi films of the 1950's always depicted the arrival of "dangerous" alien life and our efforts to destroy it. THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL is an influence on this film for evident reasons. Ultimately, the characters in that classic learn from the extra-terrestrial being and realize the dangers of the A-Bomb. It is amazing to see an animated feature which can relay this same type of message some 50 years later.

A beautiful and touching ode to BAMBI is witnessed about halfway through. It also brings back some tearful moments from the key scene in that great, hand-drawn film. Here, we see both hand-drawn imagery coupled with a computer-generated "iron giant". The title character is actually a 3D composition done digitally, mixed with the 2D action surrounding him. There are some highly imaginative shots of the robot mixing in with the film's environment. At one point, he appears to be a lighthouse until the lights begin to blink. I guess robots must blink too.

Enough analysis. I loved this movie. It is ranked #81 on the top list by other user authors for a reason. Not only is it escapist, fantastic entertainment for kids, adults, and seniors alike, it is an animated picture like no other. It combines the joy of SNOW WHITE and PINOCCHIO, the commentary of 1950's science fiction, and the wizardry and laughter of TOY STORY and its sequel. Do not miss this enchanting flick.

RATING: ****

73 of 85 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
The score (music if you will) is just ok .... Sean_Pierce
This is one of my favorite films. A truly wonderful film. goodvibe61
The Iron Giant: Signature Edition - Theatrical Re-release Director's Cut shaneponeal
Why The Ending is Bad mgrad784
Watched this for the first time in over 10 years... bdem
Still Fabulous Film rocklyn80
Discuss The Iron Giant (1999) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: