The Iron Giant

The Iron Giant

DVD - 2016
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Signature edition: MPAA rating: PG; for fantasy action violence, language, some thematic material and smoking ; Theatrical version: MPAA rating: PG; for fantasy action and mild language.
A giant robot from outer space lands on Earth and frightens a small town. The robot befriends a young boy and wins its humanity by saving the townspeople from their own fears and prejudices. Includes deleted scenes and commentary from director Brad Bird. Also includes theatrical version in addition to signature edition version.

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akirakato
Jul 10, 2019

Directed by Brad Bird in 1999 based on the 1968 novel "The Iron Man" by Ted Hughes, this American SF animation depicts the adventure of a young boy named Hogarth Hughes who discovers and befriends a gigantic metallic robot who fell from outer space during the Cold War in 1957.
Enchanting, gripping and fascinating so that you would forget from time to time that you watch moving drawings because the story and characters appear so compelling!

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Derringer
Jul 04, 2019

This is the sort of animated film that (thank goodness) doesn't undermine an adult's intelligence. Without resorting to schmaltz, it generates genuine emotion. And best of all it nicely balances Sci-Fi/Fantasy with believability.

I would actually go so far as to say that this picture had a heart about the size of its title character. I have rarely seen a kids' animated film pack such an emotional wallop as "The Iron Giant" did.

From my perspective, this film didn't appear to contain a single bum-note or wasted scene. It was funny. It was exhilarating. And its graphics, that blends hand-drawn, 2-D animation with CG imagery, were a sheer delight to the eyes.

It's interesting to note that this film was a literal box-office failure upon its initial release back in 1999. This was clearly the fault of Warner Bros. who simply didn't realize what a sparkling, little diamond that they held in their hand.

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ManMachine
Jun 29, 2019

Yeppers. I'd say it's actually kinda "iron"-ic (dig the pun?) that this simple cartoon has turned out to be one of the most enjoyably entertaining and overall satisfying SyFy films that I've seen in a mighty long, long time.

"The Iron Giant" (from 1999) is truly one of those rare animated films that's sophisticated enough to earn an adult's respect while at the same time maintaining a mythic and pure-hearted tone to its story that actually does reach out to the kid in everybody.

I found it very refreshing, indeed, how "non-Disney" "The Iron Giant" was in so many ways. There were no "song & dance" numbers. (Hooray!) And, most importantly of all, there were no annoying comic-relief animal sidekicks, either. (Yep. Thank goodness for that!)

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Soyghurt
Jan 31, 2019

This is a classic for good reason. Can't say enough about this sweet film.

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ElleaSwan
Jul 05, 2017

An oldie but a goodie. I watched this movie as a child and now my two older children 7 & 9 have watched it. They liked it a lot and it got them talking about robots and building their own and what makes a villain a villain. Brings back good childhood memories for me as well.

dguertin1963 Jun 02, 2017

This is such a fun loving movie, with good values and lessons! Every time I see it, I enjoy it even more! Back to the 50's when innocence was still something special and sweet, where you cared more than you knew you could, and people would look further than monsters. Enjoy it!

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humbleworm
Jun 01, 2017

A classic film with archetypal plot and theme. You will find echoes of this in E.T., Terminator 2, Chappie, the BFG, and many more. My favourite scene is the very end.

Definitely worth your time. It is not the greatest movie, but it is worth a watch. Note: there is nothing wrong with guns, just as long as you use for their purposes, normally protection and hunting.

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SandraLH
Sep 13, 2016

Well done animation and really sweet story.

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3reading4stem2011
Aug 16, 2016

A good movie that accurately portrays the national mindset about Aliens at a certain point of our nation's history. It shows how a child can teach us about violence and Aliens. I am glad that they made a DVD re- release of it.

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Sidewinder88 Nov 10, 2012

"There are 2 kinds of metal in this yard: scrap and art. If you have to eat one of them, eat the scrap. Because what you CURRENTLY HAVE IN YOUR MOUTH IS ART!"

Sidewinder88 Oct 14, 2012

"I go. You stay. No following."

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britprincess1
Jul 26, 2012

"Hey, where you going? Where you going, champ, chief, slugger? Where you going? Where you going?"

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britprincess1
Jul 26, 2012

"Mad Magazine - very funny. The Spirit - very cool. Boy's Life - eh. Oh, here. This is Superman. He's a lot like you. Crash-landed on Earth, didn't know what he was doing ... but he only uses his powers for good, never for evil. Remember that."

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britprincess1
Jul 26, 2012

"Coffee's fine. Yeah, I drink it. I'm hip."

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britprincess1
Jul 26, 2012

"If we don't stand up for the kooks, who will?"

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britprincess1
Jul 26, 2012

"You came here just in time. This rich cat, some industrialist wanted him for the lobby of his company. Whipped out his checkbook right on the spot. I said, 'You get him for the rest of your life, but, what, I have to give him up the minute I give birth? Give me time to cut the umbilical, man.'"

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britprincess1
Jul 26, 2012

"Souls don't die."

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britprincess1
Jul 26, 2012

"You have a problem with arts and crafts, little man?"

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britprincess1
Jul 26, 2012

"Bring some frankenbot with out-of-state plates over here and make me change my tune. I don't like that jazz."

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citicallyarranged
Mar 12, 2018

citicallyarranged thinks this title is suitable for 6 years and over

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humbleworm
Jun 01, 2017

humbleworm thinks this title is suitable for 6 years and over

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Eoin95
Oct 28, 2016

Eoin95 thinks this title is suitable for 4 years and over

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britprincess1
Jul 26, 2012

britprincess1 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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9LivesCat
Feb 10, 2012

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Mochigrl
Jan 23, 2010

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britprincess1
Jul 26, 2012

It's October 1957, at the height of the Cold War paranoia. A lonely boy named Hogarth is raised by his mother, a waitress widowed to an Air Force pilot. Left alone one evening, Hogarth discovers an iron giant who fell from space. With the help of a beatnik, they have to stop the U.S. military and a federal agent from finding and destroying the Giant.

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britprincess1
Jul 26, 2012

Violence: Unless your child is especially sensitive to the pew-pew variety of gunfire, then this film is totally acceptable for viewing purposes. In addition, the message against violence speaks volumes and overrides any actual violence depicted.

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