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  • U
  • Adventure, Animation
  • 1999
  • 86 mins [R][S]

The Iron Giant

Film4 The Iron Giant

Synopsis

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

About

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 Bird cut his teeth on 'The Simpsons', 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.

Cast & Connections

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

In a nutshell

Gentle, poignant and affecting animation that succeeds through understatement and showcases some highly impressive visual sequences.

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