• The Iron Giant (1999)

The Iron Giant

Release Date: August 4th, 1999

DVD Release Date: November 23rd, 1999

PG |1 hr 26 min

Plot Summary

In this animated adaptation of Ted Hughes' Cold War fable, a giant alien robot (Vin Diesel) crash-lands near the small town of Rockwell, Maine, in 1957. Exploring the area, a local 9-year-old boy, Hogarth, discovers the robot, and soon forms an unlikely friendship with him. When a paranoid government agent, Kent Mansley, becomes determined to destroy the robot, Hogarth and beatnik Dean McCoppin (Harry Connick Jr.) must do what they can to save the misunderstood machine.

Cast: Jennifer Aniston, Eli Marienthal, Harry Connick Jr., Vin Diesel, Christopher McDonald, James Gammon, Cloris Leachman, John Mahoney

Director: Brad Bird

Genres: Fantasy , Children , Adventure , Animated

Production Co: Warner Brothers

Distributors: Warner Bros. Pictures

Keywords: Quest , Sacrifice , Heartwarming , Mother , Friendship , Tense , 1950s , Small town , Investigation ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 80
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Director Brad Bird (TV's King of the Hill, The Simpsons), adapting the original children's book by the late British poet laureate Ted Hughes, has created a wonderful character in the huge childlike visitor from space. show more

  • 100
    Peter StackSan Francisco Chronicle

    Heart and tenderness are rare in cartoon movies. But in an age of frenetic children's fare, the new animated adventure The Iron Giant dares to show a lot of both, and it comes up a winner. show more

  • 93
    Cody ClarkMr. Showbiz

    Bird's movie neither panders to children nor sneers at them, and it beautifully, lucidly captures the giddy adventurousness of childhood. show more

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