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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.

Director:

Brad Bird

Writers:

Tim McCanlies (screenplay by), Brad Bird (screen story by) | 1 more credit »
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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>

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Some secrets are too huge to hide See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Warner Brothers originally wanted John Travolta to do the voice of Dean and have Arnold Schwarzenegger do the voice of Kent Mansley. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Kent Mansley: Hey there, scout! Kent Mansley, I work for the government.
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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 »

Alternate Versions

Two added scenes overseen by Brad Bird were animated for the theatrical release of The Iron Giant: Signature Edition. See more »

Connections

References Frankenstein (1931) See more »

Soundtracks

Little Bitty Pretty One
(Signature Edition)
Written by Bobby Day (as Robert Byrd)
Performed by Bobby Day
Courtesy of Lynn Adajian
By Arrangement with Ace Music Services LLC
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A delightful surprise
11 August 1999 | by Gouda-3See 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 August 1999 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,732,614, 8 August 1999

Gross USA:

$23,159,305

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$23,180,087
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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