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The last name for Annie and Hogarth, Hughes, is an homage to Ted Hughes, author of the original children's book upon which the movie is based.
Excluding the yells and groans, The Iron Giant only said a total of 53 words.
On the scene where the Giant looks over the hill at Rockwell, there is a moving star near the moon on the right hand side. This is meant to be Sputnik.
"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."
Peter Cullen, Sean Connery, Frank Welker, and James Earl Jones were considered to voice the role of The Iron Giant, but it went over to Vin Diesel instead.
Hogarth's father was a fighter pilot. A photo of him is on his dresser, clearly visible during his standoff with Kent.
In order to better blend the computer-generated Giant into the traditionally animated film, technicians came up with a program that gave the Giant's lines a slight "wobble", in order to match the natural line imperfections found in hand-drawn animation.
The three tendrils emanating from the Iron Giant in battle form are inspired by The War of the Worlds (1953).
First traditionally-animated feature to have a major character - the title character - who is fully computer-generated.
The comic book Hogarth shows the Giant with Superman on the cover is Action Comics #188, released January 1954.
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.
Was originally meant to be a musical. Pete Townshend and Des McAnuff developed it as a stage musical, using songs from Pete Townshend's concept album "The Iron Man" (much like the stage version of The Who's Tommy (1975)). Des McAnuff decided it would work better as an animated feature and pitched it to Warner Bros.
Dean's newspaper in the diner scene had an ad for RINSO, THE GRANULATED SOAP clothing detergent which was a very accurate ad (and image) of the time, down to the silhouettes of "happy home-makers" on the box.
Executive-produced by Pete Townshend of The Who. Pete Townshend also produced a concept album based on the same book as the film.
When the Giant's hand is "watching" TV, the clip that was to be playing would have been the opening to Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (1954), but the filmmakers couldn't secure the rights, and substituted the Maypo commercial instead.
The newspaper headline that Dean McCoppin is reading ("Disaster Seen as Catastrophe Looms") is similar to the headline that Jim Dear is reading in Lady and the Tramp (1955) and that Jiminy Cricket is reading in Fun & Fancy Free (1947).
On the wall in Hogarth's bedroom is a poster for the film Forbidden Planet (1956).
Among the comics Hogarth shows the Giant is an issue of "The Spirit". Since the comic-book version ended in 1950 ("The Spirit" was a newspaper comic originally), it's unlikely that, in real life, Hogarth would have had any issues. But before Brad Bird made "Iron Giant", he tried (but failed) to get backing for a "Spirit" animated film.
Hogarth's mom drives a 1950 Chevrolet 3100 pickup.
A landing, seen in the first shot of the coast near Rockwell, is named "Bird Landing", a reference to director Brad Bird.
In the scene where Kent is using the Hughes' phone, the humorous oven mitt hanging on the wall beside him appears to be a stylized version of the "family dog" from Brad Bird's animated short of the same title which appeared on Amazing Stories (1985). (Season 2, Episode 16: Family Dog, 16 February 1987).
As Hogarth arms himself to find the "invaders from Mars," a Bugs Bunny figure can be seen inside his toy chest.
Kent drives a 1949 Chevy Fleetmaster, and the car that he borrows is a 1954 Oldsmobile 98.
Cloris Leachman's character Mrs. Tensedge originally appeared in another scene of the movie as well as more dialog according to a deleted pencil test scene. The scene ended up being removed from the story due to time restraint. In the film she only said 7 words.
"Floyd Turbeaux" is the name of the flannel-wearing rube played by 'Johnny Carson' to lampoon the National Rifle Association.
When Hogarth goes to check the antenna on the roof after the TV stops working, it has been bitten off. This is a deliberate reference to the "Metal-Munching Mice" in a Rocky and Bullwinkle story.
Dean's newspaper in the diner scene had an ad for BATTERY OPERATED MOON EXPLORER, which was a replica of the tin toy robots box front of the time. The same ad is mysteriously replaced by an ad for a lounge chair the next time the open newspaper page is shown.
Reference to 'The Who': The dartboard in Dean's home has the same colors and pattern as their 'target' logo.
The second film released in 1999 to involve Sputnik, after October Sky.
The freight train that runs into the giant is being pulled by an Alco 4-6-4 Streamlined Hudson passenger loco.

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