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“Proving that robots can have hearts, The Iron Giant is my favorite animated film about robots.¬† It's a heartwarming story that, like all great children's films, tackles¬†serious
#2 of 10 from Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto! by
“I love The Iron Giant (1999) movie, and I just had to include this robot in my top ten. I think it's a wonderfully designed and realised character; equal parts intimidating and
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“Where Brad Bird, of "The Incredibles" fame, made his debut. And it's got a giant robot.”
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The Iron Giant
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This gentle reworking of Ted Hughes's 1968 novella was the unseen gem of 1999. Hogarth, a young boy who lives in the Maine woods during the cold war, befriends a giant robot. As with E.T., the iron giant is a misunderstood outsider who becomes a child's best friend, and Hogarth does his best to hide the massive figure from his mom (voiced by Jennifer Aniston) and the local scrap-yard beatnik (Harry Connick Jr.). Soon the suspicions of neighbors and a government agent (Christopher McDonald) spell trouble.

With no songs, no sidekicks, and no cheap ending, The Iron Giant is a refreshing change-- like an off-Broadway production compared to the glitz of Disney's annual animated extravaganzas. Director Brad Bird may have Family Dog and The Simpsons to his credit, but this film doesn't have that brand of scatological humor. As with the best family entertainments, there are gags that adults will howl at while the kids are watching something else (see Bird's interpretation of cold war propaganda). And the star is one cool piece of animated magic. Voiced by Vin Diesel (Saving Private Ryan's hulking Private Caparzo) and filled with more gadgets than a Swiss army knife, the giant is a grand thing to behold. And like another famous cinema tin man, our hero--and the movie--has heart. Superb entertainment for ages 5 and up. --Doug Thomas

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Director: Brad Bird
Genre: Animation, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
DVD Release Date: November 16, 2004
Runtime: 86 minutes
Studio: Warner Home Video
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