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  • U
  • Animation, Family
  • 1999
  • 86 mins

The Iron Giant

Film4 The Iron Giant


The first major feature from Brad Bird (The Incredibles) is a touching animated adaptation of Ted Hughes' novella 'The Iron Man'.


A wonderful animated film, based on poet Ted Hughes' book 'The Iron Man', that is as dramatically satisfying as it is graphically impressive. Set in a small American town in the 1950s, the film tells the story of a young boy who befriends a hulking robot from outer space, although the benign creature reveals hidden destructive capacities when threatened by military paranoia. Writer-director Brad Bird cut his teeth on 'The Simpsons' (and would go on to diret The Incredibles and Ratatouille), and his feature debut, which features the voices of Jennifer Aniston, Harry Connick Jr and Vin Diesel as the giant, is witty and endearing without being cute or condescending. The film has genuine atmosphere and texture. Gentle, poignant and affecting animation that succeeds through understatement and showcases some highly impressive visual sequences.

Cast & Connections

  • Actor: Cloris Leachman, Harry Connick Jr, Vin Diesel, Jennifer Aniston, Christoopher McDonald, James Gammon
  • Director: Brad Bird
  • Screen Writer: Tim McCanlies, Brad Bird
  • Writer (Book): Ted Hughes
  • Producer: Allison Abbate, des Mcanuff
  • Photographer: Steven Wilzabch
  • Composer: Michael Kamen

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