The Iron Giant (Special Edition)
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A young boy rescues a huge robot which has rocketed to earth from space - and tries to protect the genial giant from a nosey government agent and the military. A captivating animated feature that's part metal, part magic and all heart.]]>
- All-new digital transfer
- Eight additional scenes including an alternate opening
- 13 branching featurettes on the making of the film
- Director Brad Bird and Creative Consultant Teddy Newton analyze two sequences
- "The Voice of the Giant"
- Still galleries
Top Customer Reviews
The Iron Giant is complex and sophisticated enough to be a live-action movie, indeed more complex and sophisticated than the movies that trounced it at the box office (I'm talking to you, Inspector Gadget). It is a remarkable achievement of all the elements of a movie working at their very best.
The visuals are astounding. The script is funny without resorting to cheap laughs. The characters are well-rounded. The voice talents are ideal, from the Giant's rumble to Hogarth's wide-eyed wonder (for a welcome change, a pre-adolescent boy does the voice instead of someone trying to sound like one).
Most interestingly, the movie makes such a dynamic, empathic character of the titular hunk of metal that we genuinely care about his fate. At the film's climactic scene, I was ashamed at the tears running down my face, until I saw that my three friends (all of us twenty-something, manly guys) were misty-eyed as well.
Anyone over the age of 8 will love this film. If you don't like animation, try this on for size. If you love all types of animation, see it NOW. Even though the film's marketing department apparently doesn't want you to see it, you'll be glad you did.
Thank God for film preservation in the form of DVD!
Like the book, the picture takes place in 1957, during the height of The Cold War. The Soviet Union's satellite, Sputnik, flies across American skies. Our country is filled with paranoia. What else may they have launched?
One stormy night off the coast of Maine, a huge object falls from the sky. A frightened sailor sees it and swears that it is a giant made of metal. The townsfolk chalk the tale off to the sailor's love of drink. A giant made of metal, indeed!
A night or so later, young Hogarth Hughes, whose Mom is working overtime at the local diner, gets mad when his TV starts acting up. He goes to the roof to check the antenna and finds it missing. He then notices huge footprints leading away from the house and into the woods. He grabs his deceased Dad's old army rifle and a flashlight and goes off in pursuit. He soon discovers that there is indeed a metal giant. In fact, he saves it when it bumps into some high voltage utility wires. The adventure has begun.
Rarely has a movie for children - or adults! - addressed the need to search for a peaceful solution to our problems as gently or as wisely as The Iron Giant. It never preaches and is always accessible. It does not address us from on high. It remains at our level. It also shows how clever we can be at overcoming the most unexpected obstacles. It reminds us that things alien to us are not always hostile to us. In fact, it is we who often initiate the hostilities.Read more ›
The horrible film "Quest for Camelot," was Warner's previous animated film, and it performed poorly at the box office. They decided to shut down their feature animation department after The Iron Giant. As such, none of the executives and "suits" at Warner concerned themselves with the Iron Giant. They let Brad Bird complete his vision without the typical interference of an animation studio production, but they also did not set up any real promotion for the film.
By the time Warner Brothers realized what a gem they had, it was too late to advertise it properly, and it failed at the box office.
This film is one of my top 3 films of all time, and not just animated films. It has emotion, heart, drama, tension and wonderful characters along with tremendous animation.
This is also one of the best examples of 3d computer animation being integrated with 2d cel animation. The main character -- the Giant -- is a 3d computer animated character as in PIXAR's films, but everything and everyone else in the film is a 2d drawing like Disney animation. The two styles are integrated seemlessly.
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My son's favorite movie since he was 2 & he's now 7 so I just had to buy it for him. He's already watched it twice! :)Published 3 days ago by Nanette Duckless
Nostalgic! One of the first few movies that I watched as a kid. Lots of memories !Published 6 days ago by edward trawick
I loved this movie when my older kids were small and somehow lost my VHS copy and having been waiting a long time to replace it for my younger kids to view. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Brenda Denman
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