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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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Brad Bird

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Tim McCanlies (screenplay by), Brad Bird (screen story by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Aniston ... Annie Hughes (voice)
Harry Connick Jr. ... Dean McCoppin (voice)
Vin Diesel ... The Iron Giant (voice)
James Gammon ... Foreman Marv Loach / Floyd Turbeaux (voice)
Cloris Leachman ... Mrs. Tensedge (voice)
Christopher McDonald ... Kent Mansley (voice)
John Mahoney ... General Rogard (voice)
Eli Marienthal ... Hogarth Hughes (voice)
M. Emmet Walsh ... Earl Stutz (voice)
Jack Angel Jack Angel ... Additional Voices (voice)
Bob Bergen ... Additional Voices (as Robert Bergen)
Mary Kay Bergman ... Additional Voices (voice)
Michael Bird Michael Bird ... Additional Voices (voice)
Devon Cole Borisoff Devon Cole Borisoff ... Additional Voices (voice) (as Devon Borisoff)
Rodger Bumpass ... Additional Voices (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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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:

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 August 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El gigante de hierro See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,732,614, 8 August 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$23,159,305, 21 November 1999

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$80,000,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Signature Edition)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS (Digital DTS Sound)| SDDS | DTS | Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Its true the Americans were concerned about the Russians launching the Sputnik satellite into Earth orbit, mainly because they had beaten them into space, which fueled the Americans determination to beat the Russians to the Moon. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Hogarth Hughes: [to the Giant, in battle mode] It's bad to kill. Guns kill. And you don't have to be a gun. You are what you choose to be. You choose. Choose.
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Alternate Versions

In the original, Hogarth finds the Giant's hand watching the TV, showing an advertisement for Maypo Cereal. Director Brad Bird initially wanted an ad for the Disneyland attraction Tomorrowland. Disney would not not grant clearance to use Tomorrowland footage back 1999, when the film was originally shown. Years later for the Signature Edition, Disney allowed the Tomorrowland footage to be used. So in the Signature Edition, the TV shows an ad for Tomorrowland. Oddly enough Brad Bird directed the film version of for Disney, which was released the same year as the Signature Edition. See more »

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When You Wish Upon A Star
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An Absolute Wonder Which Cherishes Its Influences - The Best Animated Feature Ever !
22 January 2000 | by Don-102See 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: ****


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