The Iron Giant

  • U
  • Brad Bird (1999)
  • US
  • 82 min
The Iron Giant
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Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

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.

Plot Summary

Animated sci-fi adventure featuring the voices of Jennifer Aniston, Harry Connick Jr and Vin Diesel. Nine-year-old Hogarth spends his days dreaming of alien invasions, so when a gigantic robot falls out of the sky near his home he is keen to befriend it. But a government agent feels less kindly towards the cosmic visitor.

Cast and 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


Brad Bird

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Warner Bros
Available on video and DVD
Released 12 Feb 2016
Certificate U