The Iron Giant

The Iron Giant

Brad Bird (1999)

82min
U Certificate
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Our Score
It might not have the Disney stamp, but this wonderful Warner Bros version of Ted Hughes's The Iron Man is a first-class achievement in cartoon virtuosity that liberally borrows images from 1950s comic-book art and science-fiction movies to stunning effect. To a soundtrack of American Graffiti-style hits, this heavy metal ET tells the riveting tale of nine-year-old Hogarth, the giant alien robot he saves from electrical overload, and the fiercely protective relationship that develops between them. But the real thrills begin when a Communist-hating FBI agent arrives who is convinced that the walking Meccano set poses a Cold War threat. With political allegory and clever nostalgia for the adults, and dazzling visuals and excitement galore for the children, this poignant fairy tale is outstanding on every artistic level.

Summary

A huge robot falls from outer space and crash-lands in a small American town, terrifying the locals with its fearsome appearance. The kindly giant is befriended by a lonely youngster - but trouble looms on the horizon when a corrupt government agent sets his sights on destroying the visitor. Family animated adventure based on the children's story by poet Ted Hughes. With the voices of Vin Diesel, Eli Marienthal, Jennifer Aniston and Harry Connick Jr.

Cast & Crew

Annie Hughes Jennifer Aniston
Dean McCoppin Harry Connick Jr
The Iron Giant Vin Diesel
Marv Loach / Floyd Turbeaux James Gammon
Mrs Tensedge Cloris Leachman
Kent Mansley Christopher McDonald
General Rogard John Mahoney
Hogarth Hughes Eli Marienthal
Earl Stutz M Emmet Walsh
Director Brad Bird
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Warner Bros Available on: Available on video and DVD Released on: 12 Feb 2016

Childrens Drama

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