An enormous robot has come from deepest space, crash-landed on Earth, and followed eleven-year-old Hogarth Hughes home. Now, young Hogarth has one big friend and an even bigger problem: How do you keep a secret that 50 feet tall? Especially when a paranoid government agent is on the “alien invader’s” trail, bringing with him the full might of the U.S. military to destroy the giant. It all adds up to a rousing adventure that’s part metal, part magic… and all heart. –Warner Bros.
A filmmaker who possess the rare ability to truly instill his animated creations with lifelike sentiments, identifiable emotions, and most of all heart, director Brad Bird has found notable success in film with such efforts as The Iron Giant and The Incredibles. Rising through the ranks with an impressive resumé, which includes such popular animated efforts as television’s The Simpsons and the groundbreaking Amazing Stories episode “Family Dog,” it seemed only a matter of time before the gifted storyteller ventured into feature territory. By the time Bird stepped behind the camera for 1999’s endearing boy-meets-giant-robot fable The Iron Giant, it was obvious to all who saw the film what a unique talent the director really possessed. Began at age eleven and completed when the fledgling Bird was a tender fourteen, his first animated film eventually caught the attention of Walt Disney Studios — and it wasn’t long before the ambitious youngster was being mentored under the tutelage of… read more
i thought the cold-war era undertone was so clever. definitely emotive but w/o any moralizing or any cheap tears. when you react to the movie, it's from your soul and that's why it's hard to explain why it's not corny or a ripoff of every story of an unlikely hero. if you watch anything of brad bird's, you'll realize he has a very genuine approach to films and that he balances intelligent design with sensitivity.
The Iron Giant would have been a fine capstone to Brad Bird’s career as a writer and director of animated films. But, no. He was just getting started. Really, a great animated film equaled only by… read review