A box office disappointment on release for Warner that is now considered a classic of modern animation. Brad Bird's debut was an excellent telling of Ted Hughes classic story with a mix of classical and computer animation and a well cast group of voice actors.
A complete delight of a film. Adventurous, touching, and groundbreaking. Exemplifies how 2D animation is still a powerful medium when in the hands of a great filmmaker and storyteller. Vin Diesel's greatest performance.
Its nice to be reminded that there's animated movies out there that actually do take risks with the audience and tell compelling stories. Pixar, you're nice and can be extraordinary but for the most part, you make movies that favor the general audience the most out of modern movie studios. This movie on the other, strikes deeper.
A fine moral behind this charming piece, a pacifist proposition all children should be exposed to. It is the anti-bellicist message and the vindication of integrity and empathy towards others what make this film stand out, qualities that hopefully will get firmly entrenched in the imagination of children amid a culture that quite often just offers paradigms of the contrary.
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 reason I love animation. It's an impeccably paced film filled with frames which are each works of art. It also gets points for throwing some heavy philosophy on personal identity into a kids film. Beautiful.
While at first glance it may seem like "E.T. with a giant robot," it's a lot more than that. Great voice acting (Vin Diesel as the Iron Giant), beautiful score by Michael Kamen, and amazing animation by Warner Bros. Feature Animation, this is a great beginning to the career of Brad Bird which unfairly bombed at the box office. Check it out.
The Iron Giant is one of those movies that still makes me tear up even thinking about it. It's a touching movie about a boy and his unusual friendship with, you guessed it, an iron giant. Still, that description makes it sound corny, but it really does have a lot to offer, especially for animation fans. Brad Bird is at the top of his game with this one.