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The Iron Giant [1999] (1 disc)

Director:Brad Bird
Writer:Tim McCanlies
Composer:Michael Kamen
Length:86 minutes
(1 hour 26 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG
Sorting Category:Family
Sorting Tub:Echo
IMDB Rating:7.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:74%
Amazon Rating:5.0/5 stars
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Synopsis: A boy makes friends with an innocent alien giant robot that a paranoid government agent wants to destroy.

Reaction: Very touching. The giant is very well developed.

Personal Rating: 8/10

Brad Bird => Director
Tim McCanlies => Writer
Michael Kamen => Composer
Ted Hughes => Book
Christopher McDonald => Kent Mansley (voice)
Cloris Leachman => Mrs. Tensedge (voice)
Eli Marienthal => Hogarth Hughes (voice)
Harry Connick Jr. => Dean McCoppin (voice)
James Gammon => Floyd Turbeaux (voice) / Foreman Marv Loach
Jennifer Aniston => Annie Hughes (voice)
John Mahoney => General Rogard (voice)
M. Emmet Walsh => Earl Stutz (voice)
Mark Hubley => Marky Maypo (archive sound) (uncredited)
Vin Diesel => The Iron Giant (voice)

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Excluding the yells and groans, The Iron Giant only said a total of 53 words.
  • In order to better blend the computer-generated Giant into the traditionally animated film, technicians came up with a program that gave the Giant's lines a slight "wobble", in order to match the natural line imperfections found in hand-drawn animation.
  • Was originally meant to be a musical. [?] Pete Townshend and [?] Des McAnuff developed it as a stage musical, using songs from [?] Pete Townshend's concept album The Iron Man (much like the stage version of [?] The Who's Tommy). [?] Des McAnuff decided it would work better as an animated feature and pitched it to Warner Bros.
  • First traditionally-animated feature to have a major character - the title character - who is fully computer-generated.
  • The three tendrils emanating from the Iron Giant in battle form are inspired by The War of the Worlds.
  • On the wall in Hogarth's bedroom is a poster for the film Forbidden Planet.
  • The last name for Annie and Hogarth, Hughes, is an homage to Ted Hughes, author of the original children's book upon which the movie is based.
  • Executive-produced by [?] Pete Townshend of The Who. [?] Pete Townshend also produced a concept album based on the same book as the film.
  • When Hogarth first shows the Giant his Superman comics, the theme music from the [?] Max Fleischer [Superman] cartoons of the 1940's is heard in the background.
  • Peter Cullen, Sean Connery, Frank Welker, and James Earl Jones were considered to voice the role of The Iron Giant, but it went over to Vin Diesel instead.