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5.0 out of 5 stars Destined to be a classic!!!!!
I have just loved The Iron Giant after seeing it in theatres 5 years ago. With it's heart, wit and engrossing story, it far surpasses anything to come out of Disney or Dreamworks. It truly is a pity that Warner Bros. did not promote it better than they did. A definite must for any DVD collection with tons of enjoyment for both the kids and the parents.
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When a young boy in 1950s America, with a penchant for befriending animals and other non-humans, discovers a mysterious giant robot literally in his backyard, he tries to keep its existence a secret for as long as he can -- from watching 1950s sci-fi films, he is aware that a suspicious Federal Government shoots first and then shoots again and, while reloading, may or...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Destined to be a classic!!!!!, Dec 19 2004
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abdur (Toronto, Ontario) - See all my reviews
I have just loved The Iron Giant after seeing it in theatres 5 years ago. With it's heart, wit and engrossing story, it far surpasses anything to come out of Disney or Dreamworks. It truly is a pity that Warner Bros. did not promote it better than they did. A definite must for any DVD collection with tons of enjoyment for both the kids and the parents.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Animated Films Ever, July 4 2004
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SRFireside "ZOOM!" (Houston, TX United States) - See all my reviews
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First off for those of you who complain about this movie being inapproprate for your 6 or 7 year old you need to read the MPAA ratings on these movies before you get it. This movie is rated PG, which almost always means it will be a bit more sophisticated content than good for the very young. That being said The Iron Giant is an incredibly well done film that transcends the standards we have seen for American made animated movies over the past 20 years (at least).
The plot premise itself seems simple enough with the whole "boy and his misunderstood friend" thing and you might even consider it done enough with movies like E.T., Old Yeller, and just about any other movie about a boy making friends with something else. Still this tired premise has been given a VERY fresh approach to it and that's the destinction. This movie has an excellent script, excellent animation, top notch voice acting, and an almost perfect mix of computer animation and traditional cell animation. A far departure from the substandard offerings Disney has made (aside from the Pixar productions).
To be fair Disney has always shot for the G rating and with that comes limitations. The Iron Giant shoots for a wider audience with a PG rating, which in my opinion makes the movie that much better. So yes there is a little bit of moderate bad language and even a death (no worse than Disney's Bambi). PG language and violence aside the content is well thought out and gives the adult viewer enough to enjoy while the kids still have a blast.
The Iron Giant is a killer animated movie that will thrill any science fiction fan and please just about anybody looking for a well executed and heart warming movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not your kid brother's animated movie..., May 19 2004
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Volpe "geezowhiz" (from your friendly neighborhood 500) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Iron Giant (DVD)
When most people think of animated movies they usually think one of two things---kiddy fodder or Disney. Rarely does an animated movie appeal to anything but children, and rarely does any other studio besides Disney put out anything worth viewing. Even Disney cannot seem to master their patented, one-dimensional creations any longer, leaving them nearly lifeless at the mercy of Pixar. So, who would have thought that a little movie titled "The Iron Giant" from Warner Bros. could trump them both? Beats the heck outta me...yet, somehow it makes sense.
The age of the old Disney "magic" seems to be almost completely dead---murdered by the increasing number of pop culture references, dirty jokes, and sarcastic comments that are becoming a staple, if not a MUST, for animated features today. And even though Pixar has mastered that aforementioned art so well that adults are often more attracted to their movies than children, there still is something missing. You can add all the humor and CGI effects in the world, but you can't fabricate heart.
"The Iron Giant" isn't what it appears to be. From a distance, it looks like your run-of-the-mill cartoon---boy finds giant, giant turns out to be good, giant is misunderstood by everyone but boy, problem resolved in climatic hero sequence, everyone lives happily ever after---little substance, right? Wrong. It's way more than a cutesy corn-fest; "The Iron Giant" actually delves right into some of the biggest problems of our society.
Set in the 1950's, after WWII, when the air reeked with cold war sentiments, "The Iron Giant" manages to deal with the preposterous goings-on of entire decades worth of history during the 87 minutes of this clever and engaging film. The whole story is centered upon the ignorant "shoot first, ask questions later" belief system that was unbelievably prevalent during the cold war. Not only that, but the movie pinpoints the mentality in which the use of guns is a panacea to "protect" human existence, when in all actuality, they only destroy it before it can even begin.
It is quite possible that kids might not read as much into this movie, though...unless they have an unprecedented knowledge of the time period or society, in general. That's why it is incredible. It satisfies all ages but in an intelligent, classy manner. Kids will view "The Iron Giant" and become completely transfixed by the giant iron dude on the screen, while adults can pick up on subtle humor and meaningful subtext as they too are enamored by the characters. Also, the adult characters act and speak (not limiting themselves to G-rated language) like real people...but don't expect the vulgar innuendos of some other "kid-friendly" blockbusters. The dialogue here is actually appropriate in context, so instead of just throwing in some cursing for "cool factor", this movie's realism is strengthened by it.
I have never seen a better acted (or scripted) animated movie. The boy, Hogarth Hughes, is instantly loveable for his wide-eyed enthusiasm, impish charm, and quick wit. Hogarth's mother (Jennifer Aniston) is an amazing addition to the movie because she offers a dose of reality that stereotypical cartoon moms do not have---a single mom trying to maintain her son and home by working a dead-end job at a diner. Then there's Dean (Harry Connick Jr.), the resident cool, free-thinking hipster, who befriends Hogarth and gives him and the giant a safe haven while becoming more and more of a father figure throughout the movie. And of course there's Giant, who is about as impossible to like as a super-sized puppy...well, except when he snaps...
Even the villain in this movie is likeable (because great villains should be). Kent Mansley (Christopher MacDonald), the intruding government agent, is so hilarious in an understated way in almost every scene; it's hard not to like him a little. Calling Hogarth everything from "Champ" to "Slugger" in attempt to him win over into confessing his knowledge of the giant, Kent Mansley is the epitome of a charming, yet calculating numbskull.
"The Iron Giant" may not side-splitting, it may not be a tried-and-true cartoon love story, and it may not be an extravagant tale of adventure and magic...but jokes grow old, sugar-coated love creates cavities, and long journeys are tiresome. What the "Giant" has is genuine, real, and is worth more than a thousand cookie-cutter laughs.
P.S. The army general, (John Mahoney), is a great supporting character. His interactions with Mansley are not to be overlooked---"Where's the giant, Mansley?!"
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the GREATEST animated movies ever!, Jan. 31 2004
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Vivian Hartley (Ca. United States) - See all my reviews
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This movie is a beautiful piece of art(something Harry Connick Jr.s character would love to hear). It's very very sad Warner Bros has been beaten by Disney, who are cheap and only do CGI movies now. I prefer to see hand-drawn work! The Iron Giant does have some CGI but you can't barely notice it and that's as far as I'll go with CGI animated movies. And Warner Bros has stuck to the old fashion never lets you down pencil and paper. And for this I love them entirely! This movie didn't make a lot of money or get a lot of hype because Disney and their cheap CGI movie Toy Story 2(which doesn't hold a flame to The Iron Giant). And speaking of Disney overshadowing the GREAT Warner Bros, they also did this when Warner Bros released in theatres "Cats Don't Dance"(Another AWESOME movie!)and Disney released the very stupid and all wrong Hercules!(Did they even read about Hercules!? It looks like they just read about 2 things on him and made up the rest of the story which by the way was really lame!) My whole family LOVES this movie. It does have some adult humor but not a lot nor do they take it too far that is no longer is appropriate for kids or the movie itself. This movie makes you cry(unless you have absolutley no feelings!), laugh, smile, and look in awe. This is a classic and always will be, something Finding Nemo, Bugs Life, and Toy Story will not be! It deserves more than 5 stars, it deserves a million!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Underappreciated Gem!!!, Jan. 6 2004
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D. Knouse (vancouver, washington United States) - See all my reviews
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When I saw the trailer for this film I immediately thought "Kid's Movie." While there is plenty here for them, there is also an abundance of witty dialogue and comic situations that adults should love as well. My one and only complaint comes from an early moment in the film when the Iron Giant gets tangled in a mess of electrical wires, the current still surging through them. Hogarth saves the robot, thus making a friend of him, by pulling down on a huge "on/off" switch at the town's power station. I could not imagine how many vandals and delinquents would love to see that kind of switch, with the words "on" and "off" clearly printed in large colored letters, in the middle of a heavily wooded area with maximum concealment. That plot discrepency laid aside, the rest of the film flows without flaw, and it pains me to point out the one and only part which just didn't make any sense. I do realize this is a story about a giant robot from outer space, so I will let it slide (note the 5-star-rating). The mixture of classic-style animation and computer animation melds surprisingly well, and is both inventive and extraordinary. I was reluctant to rent this movie when it hit the video store shelves but now I own it. This film is great for both kids and kids-at-heart. A great story with a marvelous ending.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a little known classic, Dec 5 2003
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I finally saw this on the cartoon network's annual Thanksgiving Iron Giant marathon. I'm sooo glad I did. I didn't know an animated movie could be this good and not have Disney written all over it! It was such a departure from the saccharine laden kiddie movies of late. A lonely boy with a working mom takes his camera out to the woods one evening and what does he see? A 60 story iron giant. Later, the two become inseparable. The movie is chock full of sight gags even an adult will find howlingly funny. Not only is the giant a huge swiss army knife, he can repair himself too. Listen for familiar voices. Harry Connick Jr. John Mahoney from Tv's Frasier as a gung ho general Patton wannabe, and Chris Macdonald as the annoying government agent who will stop short at nuclear war just to rid the world of the gentle iron giant. Also, listen for Vin Diesal as the voice of the giant...way before he became famous and too big for nothing but 20 million dollar paychecks! This movie touches on the lessons of friendship, sacrifice, and the unwavering faith of a child. The animation and effects are stunning and it was such a relief not to hear someone break out into song. A definate must have... I'm definately getting this on DVD!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A real treat for young and old alike, Sept. 6 2003
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Daniel Jolley "darkgenius" (Shelby, North Carolina USA) - See all my reviews
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1999's The Iron Giant is one of those truly outstanding films that never got the attention it deserved at the time of its theatrical release. While it may not have the glitzy look and feel of a Disney film, this Warner Brothers animated movie is of the highest caliber. The Iron Giant has a heart and a natural home-spun appeal that make it a great film for children as well as adults. Disney animated films always have a distinctly Disney aura to them, but The Iron Giant disavows artificiality to the extent that it almost seems too natural to be a movie. The animation is solid and impressive without any over-the-top or flashy sequences, the voice acting (featuring the voices of Jennifer Aniston, Harry Connick, Jr., Christopher McDonald, Eli Marienthal, and Vin Diesel) is quite good, and the story is both entertaining and heart-warming, imparting some important lessons about life without ever becoming the least bit preachy.
It is 1957, and the Soviets have just launched Sputnik, giving rise to a sense of concern to the American people and its government. Thus, when something foreign tears through the atmosphere and hits the water some few miles off the coast of Maine, the government wants to know what this mysterious object is. Before government agent Kent Mansley arrives to investigate, though, young Hogarth Hughes has made first contact with what turns out to be a huge metal robot. The giant is child-like in terms of adapting to life on earth and does not seem to remember where it originally came from, but the lad soon makes friends with him and teaches him many of the things a parent would teach his own child. The giant gets a poignant and sad bird's-eye view of death, reinforcing its seemingly innate hatred of guns, and has little trouble developing a moral philosophy of goodness, choosing to mimic Superman rather than the evil robot Atomo. As sometimes happens in this world, though, the giant's goodness is met with fright, paranoia, and panic on the part of society, and Hogarth is only able to hide his gigantic new friend from the world for so long. The initially somewhat goofy but ultimately detestable agent Mansley sees to it that the army does everything in its power to destroy the gentle giant. He fears the giant simply because it is alien and different, never making the first attempt to understand or communicate with it. As might be expected, the giant eventually has to prove himself in a way that will convince even those who fear him of his kind and generous soul. In essence, the giant becomes the most human character in the film.
I have to say that there are a couple of pretty sad scenes in the film, but the hard lessons of life are presented in such a way as to be more empowering than frightening to the most sensitive of viewers. By and large, the movie is humorous on a number of levels, exuding obvious appeal to young and old alike. To sum up, The Iron Giant is nothing less than superb family entertainment in the widest sense of the term.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This Is What Children's Entertainment Should Be, Aug. 3 2003
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R. M. Fisher "Ravenya" (New Zealand = Middle Earth!) - See all my reviews
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Despite glowing praise from the critics and enthusiastic responses from audiences, "The Iron Giant" crept in and out of theatres with barely a whisper. And what a terrible shame it was. It seems to me that so often the very best of children's programming (other movies that come to mind are "The Secret Garden", "A Little Princess" and "Fairytale: A True Story") that can be just as easily enjoyed by their parents are unfairly shadowed by the empty and junky movies put in the spotlight by huge advertising and wide range of merchandising.
It is the Cold War, and young Hogarth living in the Maine woods is, like everyone else, on edge about what other countries are getting up to behind America's back. Of course, as a kid, such worries are easily prepared for with sauce-pan helmets and plastic guns. When the antennae from his roof is mysterious torn off, young Hogarth comes to the obvious conclusion ("Invaders from Mars!") and makes his way into the woods to find the culprit. Which is, believe it or not, a huge iron robot that has no idea how it got there.
Delighted at his find, Hogarth instantly adopts him, and coaxes him homeward to hide in the barn, away from the eyes (and inevitable screams) of his single mother Annie, and introducing him to the concept of good and evil, souls, death, fear of the unknown and Superman. But other forces are on the move - the paranoid governent is on the lookout for any odd disturbances which could mean spying foreign countries, and one agent in particular is determined to track down the Giant.
Helped by his beatnik friend Dean who creates art at the local junkyard, Hogarth pits his skills against this agent, who wonderfully captures every shade of prejudice humankind can show - from subterfuge to threats to madness. Everyone loves watching "helpless" kids being pitted up against "older, wiser" adults, and in this case the conflict doesn't disappoint - I defy anyone not to burst out laughing at the results of a certain powder Hogarth pours into the agent's milkshake.
The final message "You are what you choose to be" is beautifully worked up to when the Giant realises that he reacts defensively to any attack upon him, and when the military is called in, he is devastated at the thought of being merely a gun. The climax is something I can't give away, but it is a beautiful ending to a powerful story.
Animation is not in any way stylised or overly cartoonish, and the humans look, move and sound like natural humans. Voice acting is good on all fronts, from the adequate Jennifer Aniston and Harry Connick Jr as Annie and Dean, to the then-unknown Vin Diesiel as the Giant, before his fame took hold after "Pitch Black" and "The Fast and the Furious". But special mention must be made of Christopher McDonald as the high-strung agent, and the voice actor (sorry, I don't know exactly who it is) of Hogarth, who brings his character to life with all its energy, egoism, sincerity and innocence that all ten year old boys have - look out especially for the scene in which he drinks a little too much coffee! With no broadway-style musical numbers or corny endings, "The Iron Giant" is serious, poignant and sweet, without being too sentimental.
In the course of this movie young Hogarth tells the Iron Giant: "You think about important things. And you care about things. That must mean you have a soul." The same thing could be said of this movie, and indeed compared with some of the other rubbish that is catapulted rapidly into children's minds these days, the rare movie/book that touches on such real issues as "The Iron Giant" does *do* seem to have souls.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vin Diesel is 'The Iron Giant', July 15 2003
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This story explores the fear we have of the unknown. Set in the 50's, a brave, young boy, Hogarth, saves the life of and befriends an injured giant robot. He enlists the help of a beatnik artist to hide and feed the giant. The Giant's childlike demeanor enables him to communicate with the boy. He learns about humans and their ways from him. Because the Giant is damaged, it doesn't realize that it is a war machine. Its defensive reflexes are triggered when confronted with aggression. Hogarth narrowly escapes death when he points a toy gun at it.
A federal agent was sent to investigate strange occurrences of major damage to the power station, farms, buildings, etc. He discovers that the Giant was the perpetrator of the damage and that Hogarth knew where he was. The agent uses underhanded means to extract information from Hogarth to locate the Giant. Military troops are brought in to destroy the Giant as Hogarth and the beatnik try to persuade the general that the robot's destructiveness was in self defense. Fueled by fear, the agent grabs the communication device from the general and gives the order for a nuclear bomb to be fired at the Giant. Unfortunately, the bomb was aimed at the location of the town. There was no escape. As the townspeople wait to die, the Giant flies off to destroy the bomb. He succeeds but is blown to pieces when he stops the bomb.
I love this story. It is funny, serious and adventurous. I can relate to how the artist felt when his ´¿art´¿ was being eaten by the Giant. (I am an artist and if that robot destroyed my work, it would be a heap of metal in that junkyard). It is unfortunate how people react to the fear of the unknown. Sometimes it is hard to determine the correct course of action when faced with such a destructive force triggered by an ´¿innocent´¿ defense mechanism.
The actors did a great job of bringing these characters to life. I love the music and how the film was animated. When I first saw this movie, I had no idea that Vin Diesel was the Iron Giant. His presentation for the WB TV show is ´¿cute.´¿ Although I have seen this movie 100 times, Vin Diesel is the reason I bought this DVD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars American animation at it's finest, April 26 2003
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This is an amazing film. One of the best animated films ever. Disney wishes it had stories like this to work with. Fortunately there will be more from Brad Bird and Pixar in the near future. The story is about self-determination and the will to take the power of anger and see through it to the consequences of acting out of anger, before these decisions are made. The characters stay true to their personalities. Good and bad is not as obvious as it seems even in the most selfish cast members. The cast is great. Jennifer Aniston puts in a great performance as does Harry Conick Jr. The entire cast was fantastic. Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston make a cameo appearance as train conductors as well. The animation itself shows us the possibilites of seamless 2D/3D animation as well. You never see the giant as out of place or visually jarring. His place is firmly seeded in the environment that we see him in. If animation has a hope it is in stories like these. Get this movie. You will love this story.
Minor technical issues with this dvd have to do with the compression, which can be seen in some of the larger expanses of color in this film.
Most of the reviews that are 3 stars or less have to do with the fact that people don't like the swearing or the perceived anti-gun message of this movie. I take issue with both of these counts because they are story appropriate. Cursing happens under extreme duress of the characters who (in character) swear in their exasperation. The title character is a weapon from another planet. He is a gun. He chooses (get that ?!?) not to act violently. This person chooses not to kill. That is the whole premise of the story. These were concerns with Warner Brothers and it caused the botching of this amazing movie because of thier concern that people like this would not be happy. What a sad state to be in. Held in check by the lowest common cultureal denominator. Now if you are someone who is concerned with this, I'd suggest watching other great animated stories that you can see daily on TV like The Simpsons.
Having said this, if you do find yourself in need of a story that touches the mind and the heart. If you can see the morals, the true value(s) of this film will give you something enjoy and share with your loved ones.
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