The Iron Giant
Something humongous is among us! A young boy rescues a huge robot which has rocketed to earth from space - and tries to protect the genial giant from a nosey government agent and the military.
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Touching robot-kid friendship tale with great messages.
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Fresh: Warner Bros.' outstanding The Iron Giant is a giant leap for the studio and robotkind!
- David Hunter, Hollywood Reporter, Saturday, January 1, 2000
Fresh: One of those rare films that will hold the attention of children in the 6 to 12 age range without insulting the intelligence of the adults who accompany them.
- Doug Saunders, Globe and Mail, Friday, March 22, 2002
"It came from outer space!" A boy makes friends with an innocent alien giant robot that a paranoid government agent wants to destroy. REVIEW Sometimes when watching an animated feature, I spend my time saying, "What great animation." When this happens, I wonder if I am doing what the producers wanted me to do. Like so many things, should I be so enamored with the technical part of the movie that I am distracted from the content. As I watched "The Iron Giant" I realized I had forgotten it was an animated feature. Don't get me wrong. I knew the enormous title character was animated, but the relationships among the characters and the intelligence of the script caused me to forget that these weren't actors. The movie is filled with tender moments, especially as they relate to our feelings of our own mortality. What I enjoyed is that the grownups aren't treated as garden variety bad guys. Even the military, which is nearly always portrayed as evil, finds itself in a contradictory position--having to go on faith. The animation is wonderful, but so are the "performances." No spoilers here, but I think the ending is a lovely tribute to the spirit of the life force in all of us--even those of us not made of metal. See this.
- mrpopcorn, Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Possibly the last great children's 2D animation made. This film is fantastic! It?s not weighed down with the usual clichs found in kids films, there's no unnecessary action scenes and even though its message is strong, it?s never preachy. The book by Ted Hughes is probably my favourite childhood read and although the film doesn't stick to the story, I feel they got enough right to make it a perfect adaptation. This is a very special film and one of my new favourites!
- SirPant, Friday, October 2, 2009