PG | | Animation, Action, Adventure
A young boy befriends a giant robot from outer space that a paranoid government agent wants to destroy.
When Hogarth goes to check the antenna on the roof after the television stops working, it has been bitten off. This is a deliberate reference to the "Metal-Munching Mice" in a Rocky and Bullwinkle story.
It's the monster!
The nuclear-powered submarine USS Nautilus (SSN-571) is depicted as a fleet ballistic missile (FBM) submarine. However, the Nautilus was a torpedo-carrying attack submarine. Also, the Polaris FBM program was not operational until autumn 1960. Furthermore, the missile being fired is reminiscent of a UGM-73 Poseidon C3 missile, not fielded until 1972 on the Lafayette and James Madison-class SSBNs.
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 8 August 1999