The Iron Giant 1999

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In 1957, a gigantic iron man crash lands from outer space in Rockwell, Maine. After reassembling itself, the giant is discovered by nine-year-old Hogarth Hughes, who helps it to conceal itself while feeding on scrapyard cars. Hogarth is helped by beatnik Dean McCoppin (voiced by Harry Connick Jr), unaware that government agent Kent Mansley is already on the trail of what he regards as an 'alien...

Starring:
Jennifer Aniston, Eli Marienthal
Runtime:
1 hour 26 minutes

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The Iron Giant

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Children & Family, Animated
Director Brad Bird
Starring Jennifer Aniston, Eli Marienthal
Supporting actors Harry Connick Jr., Vin Diesel, Christopher McDonald
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Universal, suitable for all
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Mr L Scott on 3 April 2005
Format: DVD
There is no doubt in my mind that The Iron Giant is one of the most underated films ever made. It is such a shame that Warner Bros. did not have the confidence to invest more than they did (which was hardly anyhing!) in promoting this film. This is brought to light further in the special edition DVD version of the film, during the special features interviews, in which Brad Bird explains there were additional scenes he would liked to have included, but due to budget constraints could not.
It is such an unusual story, of a small boy and an enormous robot, that somehow highlight the feelings of friendship and loyalty in a fashion no other animated story has managed to do.
A real heartwarming tale with great heroes, a cunning villian, wonderful humour and plenty of action. Highly recommended viewing for both adults and children alike, making it a fantastic family film.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By R. Appleby on 30 Jan 2007
Format: DVD
This is a wonderful movie. It has a real meaty story that unwinds at a far gentler pace than many other animated movies but the overall result (especially after repeated viewings) is far more satisfying. If you love animation, don't miss this.
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful By D. W. Bissett on 20 Mar 2005
Format: DVD
Before he went to Pixar to do THE INCREDIBLES (2004), Brad Bird co-wrote and directed one of the best animated films of the 1990's - THE IRON GIANT (1999). But sadly, this wonderful film was a failure at the box-office. Why? Because Warner Bros. gave the film no marketing (no TV spots and very few ads in newspapers and magazines). But the film critics loved it and it has fared much better on VHS & DVD sales. And hopefully, thanks to the success of THE INCREDIBLES, more people will watch THE IRON GIANT.

This film is a big step from the 2-D animated Disney films of the late-1990's. There's no romantic sub-plots, no talking creatures voiced by a-list celebrities and best of all, no cring-worthy songs that tries to become an Oscar contender. THE IRON GIANT is a touching and heartwarming film about a lonely boy who befriends a giant iron robot from outer space.

If you've read this review, please buy THE IRON GIANT on DVD and watch it with all of your family. It's a modern classic.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By P. White on 11 Aug 2002
Format: DVD
I've just finished my first viewing of this DVD and I'm staggered. This is a brilliant piece of work that satisfies at many levels. It looks gorgeous; the animation quality is spot on and some of the lighting effects are eerily good. The humour running through the script and visuals is subtle and rarely (if ever) too in your face. The characterisation is marvellous too, especially the metal giant itself and the emotional engagement (even for a jaded 37 year old like myself) is ridiculously effective. If the final scenes don't make you feel better about life then you ain't got no soul brother!
This is up there with 'Toy Story' as the finest animated movie ever made and probably one of the finest movies of any kind. I will be spreading the word because this has been criminally under exposed. See it NOW!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Mark ANTROBUS on 25 Jun 2007
Format: DVD
I'd never heard of this film, but bought it from the sale as it had a few good reviews, and on Sunday morning I sat down with my two sons (5 and 2) to watch it for the first time, and hardly a word was spoken by any of us before the end, we were all spellbound.

This is somehow old fashioned in terms of the pace of the story and the style of animation, and bang up to date at the same time, meaning it really does appeal to all, and in my opinion there really are few kids films being made today that can match it.

My advice is buy it, you won't be disappointed - I think we'll all be watching it again next weekend.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mr. L. Evans on 1 April 2006
Format: DVD
In this age of hi-tech super CG wizardy, we run a high risk of missing the point of the whole project. The Iron Giant does not fall prey to this. Inspired by the Ted Hughes story (read to me when I was a child, and still prominent in my memory!), there are some major deviations(no dragon, instead symbolically represented by a Nuclear missile)...but this is an animation...not a book, and the fullness of the screenplay and character development justifies the changes made. This is a beautiful story, well directed, voice-cast and animated. It looks fantastic, maintaining the cell-painted 2d look with the 3d CG elements, and chooses to play to the story rather than 'sell out' to the cliche gags or special effects (DreamWorks, take note...although I do love your stuff too!!!!!).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By GT59 on 1 Feb 2009
Format: DVD
Seen this film a number of times with my daughters when they were young and have bought various copies for people including my 84 year old aunt ... this copy was for my 5 year old nephew ... great great film
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ChrisG on 12 Dec 2009
Format: DVD
This is a tremendous film. Almost unbelievable that it was made by a major Hollywood studio this film has an arthouse feel to it. Intelligent, beautiful animation, poignant and profound this film feels more like a French animated film, but it ain't. Wish Hollywood studios made more films like this rather than the garbage that is endlessly recycled....
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