PG | | Animation, Action, Adventure
A young boy befriends a giant robot from outer space that a paranoid government agent wants to destroy.
Hogarth's father was a fighter pilot. A photo of him is on his dresser, clearly visible during his standoff with Kent.
Thanks for the scrap, Floyd. I'm sorry I can't pay you more, but it's got... it's got this large "bite" out of it.
Floyd Turbeaux: That's why I'm selling it. It's got a large bite out of it.
Dean McCoppin: Yeah, right. What could have done this?
Earl Stutz: I told you what.
Dean McCoppin: Oh, yeah. Strange...
When Hogarth leaves the house to encounter the giant for the first time, a crescent moon is shown touching the horizon. The TV station has not signed off, and the plot suggests it is a time when kids are in bed but adults are still up, so it has to be before midnight. However, the moon's crescent is to the left, which would indicate a waning moon rising in the east shortly before sunrise.
The Warner Brothers logo is done in 50's art deco, as the Sputnik signal is heard.
The Signature Edition adds two new scenes that were storyboarded for the original film, but were never fully animated. In the first, Dean and Annie have a conversation at the diner right before the farmer sells dean the tractor with the bite taken out of it. In the second, the Iron Giant has a dream in which armies of Giants take over and destroy a world.
$5,732,614 (USA) (8 August 1999)
$23,159,305 (USA) (21 November 1999)