MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Down 334 this week

The Iron Giant (1999)

7.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.9/10 from 100,988 users   Metascore: 85/100
Reviews: 482 user | 161 critic | 27 from Metacritic.com

A boy makes friends with an innocent alien giant robot that a paranoid government agent wants to destroy.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screen story), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 46 titles
created 11 Oct 2010
 
a list of 30 titles
created 25 Aug 2011
 
a list of 38 titles
created 02 Jan 2012
 
a list of 31 titles
created 10 Feb 2012
 
a list of 39 titles
created 05 Dec 2012
 

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 7.9/10

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 & 14 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Animation | Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 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 | Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A young adventurer named Milo Thatch joins an intrepid group of explorers to find the mysterious lost continent of Atlantis.

Directors: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise
Stars: Michael J. Fox, Jim Varney, Corey Burton
Titan A.E. (2000)
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A young man learns that he has to find a hidden Earth ship before an enemy alien species does in order to secure the survival of humanity.

Directors: Don Bluth, Gary Goldman, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Matt Damon, Drew Barrymore, Bill Pullman
Lilo & Stitch (2002)
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 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
WALL·E (2008)
Animation | Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

In the distant future, a small waste collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind.

Director: Andrew Stanton
Stars: Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight, Jeff Garlin
Balto (1995)
Animation | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

An outcast half-wolf risks his life to prevent a deadly epidemic from ravaging Nome, Alaska.

Director: Simon Wells
Stars: Kevin Bacon, Bob Hoskins, Bridget Fonda
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Lewis is a brilliant inventor who meets mysterious stranger named Wilbur Robinson, whisking Lewis away in a time machine and together they team up to track down Bowler Hat Guy in a showdown that ends with an unexpected twist of fate.

Director: Stephen J. Anderson
Stars: Daniel Hansen, Wesley Singerman, Angela Bassett
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

After ruining his reputation with the town, a courageous chicken must come to the rescue of his fellow citizens when aliens start an invasion.

Director: Mark Dindal
Stars: Zach Braff, Joan Cusack, Garry Marshall
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

An 8-year-old boy genius and his friends must rescue their parents after the adults are abducted by aliens.

Director: John A. Davis
Stars: Debi Derryberry, Rob Paulsen, Megan Cavanagh
Animation | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Two childhood friends find themselves forced to become enemies.

Directors: Ted Berman, Richard Rich, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Mickey Rooney, Kurt Russell, Pearl Bailey
Adventure | Family | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

In 1978, a boy is moved 8 years into the future and has an adventure with the alien ship that is responsible for that.

Director: Randal Kleiser
Stars: Joey Cramer, Paul Reubens, Veronica Cartwright
Frozen I (2013)
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Fearless optimist Anna teams up with Kristoff in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, and a hilarious snowman named Olaf in a race to find Anna's sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter.

Directors: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee
Stars: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff
Edit

Cast

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)
Edit

Storyline

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

Taglines:

It came from outer space!


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for fantasy action and mild language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

6 August 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El gigante de hierro  »

Box Office

Budget:

$48,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£196,079 (UK) (17 December 1999)

Gross:

£2,456,310 (UK) (4 February 2000)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

| |

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

When Hogarth first shows the Giant his Superman comics, the theme music from the Max Fleischer Superman (1941) cartoons of the 1940's is heard in the background. See more »

Goofs

In the scene while Hogarth is talking to the Giant in the clearing shortly after bumping into the branch, it shows the Giants head without the dent, shows Hogarth, then shows the Giants head again this time with the dent. See more »

Quotes

Hogarth Hughes: I know you feel bad about the deer, but it's not your fault. Things die. That's part of life. It's bad to kill, but it's not bad to die.
The Iron Giant: You die?
Hogarth Hughes: Well, yes, someday.
The Iron Giant: I die?
Hogarth Hughes: I don't know. You're made of metal, but you have feelings, and you think about things, and that means you have a soul. And souls don't die.
The Iron Giant: Soul?
Hogarth Hughes: Mom says it's something inside of all good things, and that it goes on forever and ever.
[Hogarth leaves. The Iron Giant lays back to look at the stars]
The Iron Giant: Souls don't die.
See more »

Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Spoofed in Duck Dodgers: Till Doom Do Us Part (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Honeycomb
Written by Bob Merrill
Performed by Jimmie Rodgers
Courtesy of Rhino Entertainment Company
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
What more animated movie should be: a thoughtful, funny, touching story.
11 December 2004 | by (Half Moon Bay, California) – See all my reviews

After seeing this movie, I was overcome by a strange feeling. I realized that I had found a treasure where I had least expected it. The Iron Giant is intelligent, funny, touching, and visually superb, and should show the world that an animated movie does not need to be A) computer-animated, or B) based on a fairy tale to be successful. One of the best American-made children's movies I have seen in a decade: 8.5/10.0

Now, I'm a 17-year-old who is slowly transitioning into the domain of movie buffdom, which basically means that I am watching a stream of movies based on recommendations from friends, critics, and the IMDb Top 250 list. I got this one almost by accident after the local rental place could not find the movie I was really after, choosing it basically on the knowledge that it was the previous project of Brad Bird, director of The Incredibles (a personal favorite). After watching it, I felt like calling up every mother I knew and telling her to have her children (and herself) watch this.

The Iron Giant revolves around an adventurous young boy in 1950s small-town America who discovers a gigantic robot out in the woods that has arrived on Earth from goodness-knows-where. He befriends the robot, while trying to keep him safe from a nosy government agent. The story seldom lags, with a series of comical adventures connected by the boy's growing relationship with his friend.

This movie is very appealing as entertainment. The voices are well-done, and the scenery is also terrific. Most importantly, though, is the animation, which is a bright spot from this time period. The characters are well-drawn, especially the Giant, who through terrific design, lifelike movements, and clever small touches (i.e., the eyes) seems both alien and human, imposing and childlike. Furthermore, the animation is comical. I don't know when I have ever seen slapstick or punchlines so well-complimented by the animation. The script, written by Bird and based off the book The Iron Man, is also very well done. Though the movie relies upon a few minor crutches common to children's movies, it is still very original and clever.

One thing that I must point out about this movie is its morals. Throughout the movie, the main moral of the story, about the Iron Giant learning and choosing to be good, is actually fairly adroitly handled. At no point when the subject comes up, including standard sentimental climax, does the idea seem contrived. Throughout the movie, evidence of Bird's influence by comic books is quite evident, and his ultimate message about heroes (variations of which will resurface in The Incredibles) is relevant and sincere. However, I do have to say that the secondary moral, about the evils of xenophobia and paranoia, both of which are embodied by the movie's antagonist, the government agent and the military, are very politically charged. While this may sound initially controversial and politically charged for a kids' movie (the second of which I do not deny), I noticed that it was in large part a thoughtful spoof of Cold War America, with jokes as well as valuable lessons about "duck and cover" and 1950s nuclear edginess that I found very clever.

On a final note, I do have to point out that this movie had me laughing hard, but more importantly, it brought me closer to tears than any animated movie I can remember (including Bambi), closer than I like to admit. I wish that I had discovered it sooner, and I hope that everyone gets the chance to experience it the way I did.


59 of 66 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Watched this for the first time in over 10 years... bdem
CG Remake? ghostofsteelydan
glowing green objects, mambo music... dijomaja-382-516639
Similar Films? invision
musical score dijomaja-382-516639
I LOVED this movie, but.... roonil_wazlib17
Discuss The Iron Giant (1999) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?