I first encountered the 'Iron Man' by Ted Hughes, when I was a little boy, as it was read out on BBC Childrens TV on Jackanory, and was instantly spellbound. So awesome was the original idea by our Poet Lorriette, that Black Sabbath based a song on it. This American adaptation is both hilarious, and true to the essence of the story. The animation is 1st class, the casting for voices excellent and the script very entertaining. This movie version renamed 'The Iron Giant', adopts a 50's scenario, in the era of teh first russian satellite, sputnik and the spectre of communism and the cold war, and superbly fits the story around the red peril paranoia that prevailed in that time. The quality of this movie ranks up there with only the very best old disneys. The morale of the tale leaves a deep impression, both uplifting, and painful. You cry when the metal hero exhibits Christ-like qualities as he sacrifices His life to save teh village from nuclear enhialation, and the tender wonderinsg about life, death, souls and afterlife, never intrude too much yet linger there to be reflected upon if you wish. Regardless, the movie is thoroughly entertaining, enjoyable, and has entered the very small private collection of 'classics' I own. Buy it, enjoy it. My Daughter watched it twice back to back she loved it so much.