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The Iron Giant (1999)

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A young boy befriends a giant robot from outer space that a paranoid government agent wants to destroy.

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Cast

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Annie Hughes (voice)
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Dean McCoppin (voice)
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The Iron Giant (voice)
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Mrs. Tensedge (voice)
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Kent Mansley (voice)
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General Rogard (voice)
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Hogarth Hughes (voice)
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Earl Stutz (voice)
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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>

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It came from outer space!


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

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6 August 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El gigante de hierro  »

Box Office

Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$23,159,305 (USA) (19 November 1999)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

"Frank" and "Ollie," the two trainmen that Kent interviews after the derailment, are caricatures of Disney classic animators Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston. They also perform the voices for the characters. Animation writer Earl Kress has said that "Frank and Ollie are also life-long train enthusiasts and have extensive scale model railroads in their backyards like Walt Disney used to have." See more »

Goofs

Set in 1957, in one scene The Iron Giant is seen playing with a 1959 Cadillac. See more »

Quotes

Dean McCoppin: You came here just in time. This rich cat, some industrialist wanted him for the lobby of his company. Whipped out his checkbook right on the spot. I said, "You get him for the rest of your life, but, what, I have to give him up the minute I give birth? Give me time to cut the umbilical, man."
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series: Jagshamesh! (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Searchin'
Written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
Performed by The Coasters
Courtesy of Atco Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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A delightful surprise
11 August 1999 | by See all my reviews

"The Iron Giant" is the kind of animated film you wish there was more of. It respects the audience's intelligence, it has genuine emotion without resorting to schmaltz, and best of all it balances fantasy (well, science fiction) with believability. I think Warner Brothers animation has out-Disneyed Disney by adding thoughtful writing to clean, understated animation. What a concept!

The story is deceptively simple: Iron Giant falls from the sky at the dawn of the Space Race and befriends a young boy. But within that framework we get a double story, one for the grown ups and one for the kids, but the message is essentially the same one: paranoia and violence begets violence. I appreciate very much, as others who have commented, that no one burst into incongruous song and that there were no cutesy animal sidekicks. I should add that there were no clever yet implausible plot twists, nor were there any stock characters. The bad guy gets a little overheated, true, but he is never the embodiment of all things evil. The townspeople are your average small town Americans, not bumpkins. Mom is, well, mom-ish, caring but neither shrewish nor prone to whimpering outbursts. And our hero is plucky but not annoyingly precocious.

A BIG plus for this film is how well it weds the computer animation to the hand-drawn animation, a feat that the Big Mouse hasn't mastered yet. Even as recently as "Tarzan" it is glaringly apparent what parts are computer graphics and which aren't, and the contrast is very distracting. "The Iron Giant" makes a virtue of streamlined animation that draws your eye to the beauty of its color and motion.

It was a very VERY distinct and unusual pleasure to be treated to a film such as this. Give us more . . . please!


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