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The Iron Giant [VHS] [1999]

Eli Marienthal , Harry Connick Jr. , Brad Bird    Universal, suitable for all   VHS Tape
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Eli Marienthal, Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Aniston, Vin Diesel, James Gammon
  • Directors: Brad Bird
  • Writers: Brad Bird, Ted Hughes, Tim McCanlies
  • Producers: Allison Abbate, Des McAnuff, John Walker, Pete Townshend
  • Format: VHS
  • Language: English
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Warner
  • VHS Release Date: 17 April 2000
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004R84R
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,706 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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This gentle reworking of Ted Hughes's 1968 novella was the unseen gem of 1999. Hogarth, a young boy who lives in the Maine woods during the cold war, befriends a giant robot. As with ET, the iron giant is a misunderstood outsider who becomes a child's best friend and Hogarth does his best to hide the massive figure from his mom (voiced by Jennifer Aniston) and the local scrap-yard beatnik (Harry Connick Jr.). Soon the suspicions of neighbours and a government agent (Christopher McDonald) spell trouble.

With no songs, no sidekicks and no cheap ending, The Iron Giant is a refreshing change--like an off-Broadway production compared to the glitz of Disney's annual animated extravaganzas. Director Brad Bird may have Family Dog and The Simpsons to his credit but this film doesn't have that brand of scatological humour. As with the best family entertainment, there are gags that adults will howl at while the kids are watching something else (see Bird's interpretation of cold war propaganda). And the star is one cool piece of animated magic. Voiced by Vin Diesel (Saving Private Ryan's hulking Private Caparzo) and filled with more gadgets than a Swiss army knife, the giant is a grand thing to behold. And like another famous cinema tin man, our hero--and the movie--has heart. Superb entertainment for ages 5 and up. --Doug Thomas

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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 invader'.

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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Metal Masterpiece! 3 April 2005
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb. 30 Jan 2007
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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic! 11 Aug 2002
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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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
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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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real gem 25 Jun 2007
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Well done Brad Bird and Warner Bros 1 April 2006
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST MOVIE OF 1999 10 April 2000
By A Customer
This Film is a excellent. It has none of the cheesy songs or comedy sidekicks of a typical Disney offering. The Animation is stunning, the life of the charaters is stunning. Its a shame it did ont do well at the cinema, but then most Children are brain washed into Disney and Adults thought it was just a kids film. This film has something for all ages. I saw It twice at the Cinema and the DVD will rarely leave the machine.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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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.
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