The Iron Giant (1999)

PG   |    |  Animation, Action, Adventure

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A young boy befriends a giant robot from outer space that a paranoid government agent wants to destroy.




  • Vin Diesel and Eli Marienthal in The Iron Giant (1999)
  • Vin Diesel and Eli Marienthal in The Iron Giant (1999)
  • Vin Diesel and Eli Marienthal in The Iron Giant (1999)
  • Allison Abbate and Brad Bird in The Iron Giant (1999)
  • Vin Diesel and Eli Marienthal in The Iron Giant (1999)
  • Vin Diesel and Eli Marienthal in The Iron Giant (1999)

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Tim McCanlies (screenplay by), Brad Bird (screen story by), Ted Hughes (based on the book "The Iron Man" by)

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22 November 2000 | flickjunkie-3
The Iron Giant is a critically acclaimed piece of animated cinema. I wasn't expecting it to be that good, but The Iron Giant was an amazing movie, it is easily the most exquisite animated movie I have ever seen.

Hogarth Hughes (Eli Marenthal) is obsessed by the opportunites offered by science fiction, the possibility of an alien take-over or, at the very least, an attack from outer space. The original story, which the late Poet Laureate had set in England, saw the innocent Titan of the title emerge from the sea; here he is a visitor from another galaxy.

The Iron Giant is an amazing piece of animation, the voice-overs were done perfectly, the actors obviously enjoyed themselves, the animated art direction and cinematography was beautiful and the giant itself is just...breathtaking.

The Iron Giant is not just another silly little kiddies movie, it is perfection in filmmaking. Please, for the love of God, make your life better and see this brilliant film.

I rate The Iron Giant 10 out of 10.

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Did You Know?


Hogarth's father was a fighter pilot. A photo of him is on his dresser, clearly visible during his standoff with Kent.


Dean McCoppin: 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.

Crazy Credits

The Warner Brothers logo is done in 50's art deco, as the Sputnik signal is heard.

Alternate Versions

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.


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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Animation | Action | Adventure | Comedy | Drama | Family | Sci-Fi

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