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The Iron Giant (1999)



Critic Consensus: The endearing Iron Giant tackles ambitious topics and complex human relationships with a steady hand and beautifully animated direction from Brad Bird.

Movie Info

"Iron Giant" is based upon the 1968 story,'Iron Man,' by the British poet laureate Ted Hughes. The film is about a giant metal machine that drops from the sky and frightens a small town in Maine in 1958, only to find a friend named, Hogarth, that ultimately finds its humanity and saving the towns people of their fears and prejudices.more
Rating: PG (for fantasy action and mild language)
Genre: Animation, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Tim McCanlies, Brad Bird
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 23, 1999
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


Eli Marienthal
as Hogarth Hughes
Vin Diesel
as The Iron Giant
Jennifer Aniston
as Annie Hughes
Harry Connick Jr.
as Dean McCoppin
Cloris Leachman
as Mrs. Lynley
James Gammon
as Foreman Marv Loach /...
John Mahoney
as General Rogard
M. Emmet Walsh
as Earl Stutz
Mary Kay Bergman
as Additional Voices (v...
Ollie Johnston
as Additional Voices (v...
Frank Thomas
as Train Engineer #2
Frank Thomas
as Train Engineer #2
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Critic Reviews for The Iron Giant

All Critics (132) | Top Critics (40)

While youngsters will enjoy the film on one level, it reaches out to adults on a completely different plane. They will see an allegory about power and politics and the danger of allowing either to run roughshod over humanity.

Full Review… | August 12, 2014
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

This is not exactly standard children's fare, but kids (and their parents) should be smitten by its wit and wisdom.

Full Review… | August 12, 2014
Top Critic

The Iron Giant's theme of fear of the unknown is craftily balanced against the power of innocent imagination.

Full Review… | August 12, 2014
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

The Iron Giant is not only the best animated feature to be released this summer, it's the single best film to hit our screens so far this year.

Full Review… | August 4, 2013
Top Critic

Brad Bird fills the CinemaScope screen with wit and beauty in this modern fairy tale.

Full Review… | August 4, 2013
New Yorker
Top Critic

It is in the best tradition of animation: an ideal tale for children that offers a lot to adults as well.

August 4, 2013
Associated Press
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Iron Giant

An alien from the skies befriends a young boy and their friendship is the center of this tale about loyalty and family in the face of serious opposition. Most everything here is done with a light touch allowing the audience, us, to come to our own conclusions with the exception of the bad guy, a government agent. Its a decent story decently told and worth looking for.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Brilliant animated feature, The Iron Giant is an entertaining ride from start to finish, and a real treat for the eyes. I thoroughly enjoyed the film, and it boasts some great animation, effective direction that keeps you entertained with its story, which is pretty simple, and in doing that, we have something quite charming, funny, entertaining and of course memorable. This is a fine piece of animation, a film that really is well done in the way they delivered its ideas, and it is an enthralling, wonderful movie that I recommend to any viewer that enjoys a solid animated feature. The Iron Giant boasts a great cast of varied voice talent, and they brilliantly bring these characters to life. The film isn't your typical animated features such as the computer animated ventures of Pixar, and this one venture more in the cartoon department, but it does it very well that it can appeal to any age group. The film is tailored to anyone that enjoys a fun, entertaining picture that is beautiful to look at and is engaging from start to finish. This is a great movie, one that should be enjoyed by anyone that loves a solid animated feature. The Iron Giant is terrific for what it does, and with its simple ideas, we have a film that accomplishes much more than what we would get than your usual film that overdoes everything in order to grab the viewer's attention. Sometimes all you need is a simple idea, great direction, a well crafted story to make a very good film, and with The Iron Giant, we have such a film.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

Beautifully animated, well-told, and--in typical Brad Bird fashion--mature, smartly written, and funny, The Iron Giant is an underrated animated masterpiece that appeals to both children and adults. Its freshness and charismatic characters foreshadow Bird's eventual direction of Pixar's The Incredibles, while its Cold War-era setting and engaging storyline make it a memorable and emotional cinematic experience that is, truthfully, a hundred times better than any animated film made in the last decade.

Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

Super Reviewer

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