The Iron Giant (1999)

by EHL Movie Reviews

Run Time: 1 hour 26 min
Release Date: December 17 1999
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure
Director: Brad Bird
Cast: Eli Marienthal, Vin Diesel, Jennifer Aniston

Plot Summary

A young boy befriends a giant robot from outer space that a paranoid government agent wants to destroy.

“The Iron Giant,” deemed a box office failure, with an estimated budget of 70 million dollars, this film only managed to make an estimated $80 million worldwide. Partially due to this being released on the same weekend as the successful “The Sixth Sense,” this could not be the only reason for its flop, there was something seriously wrong in the marketing of this film.

Using the right animation style to create the emotion within the characters is key, recently we see these CGI made films that suck all the life out of the characters, “The Iron Giant” is proof that creating this emotion is still paramount to a good animation film. Made in a time where we started to get the genius work from Pixar, this definitely is a film that should’ve stood with these films. You really capture the emotion these characters feel, you shouldn’t be able to connect so well with this giant robot, but everything about the animation style helps connect to this character.

This is a story of friendship, between the most unlikely pair, a partnership that shouldn’t happen but proving that you can find a connection with anyone. This is a journey of self-discovery, where this time, the child is the teacher. A film does not drag, and the message of the film is evident throughout, creating a simple storyline that adults and children can relate to.

“The Iron Giant” should be seen by all; this beautifully animated film speaks to everyone, filled with emotion and heart from beginning to end.