The Iron Giant

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Film Info
Part of the Series:Kids and Families Matinees
Release Year:1999
Production Country:USA
Original Langauge:English
Signature Edition Restoration
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Brad Bird


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 mechanical creature. After being turned into a concept album by musician Peter Townshened, The Iron Giant became the first feature of genius animator Brad Bird (Ratatouille, The Incredibles), who was captivated by the mythological qualities of the tale. In his words: “The Maine setting looks Norman Rockwell idyllic on the outside, but inside everything is just about to boil over; everyone was scared of the bomb, the Russians, Sputnik — even rock and roll. ... It was the perfect environment to drop a 50-foot-tall robot into.”