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The Iron Giant
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on May 14, 2000
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 may not ask questions.
Take a good dose of Frankenstein, stir in an even larger dose of E. T., and sell the idea to Walt Disney and you end up with the best animated film in years where Warner Brothers tops Disney at its own game! The animation is fluidly gorgeous, the story totally engrossing and (as a bonus) it's completely bereft of the often-insipid songs that either make or break Disney animated films.
It's also one of the feel-good movies of the year, in a year that is proving once again that great films can be made with ratings of PG (this film) and even G (as evidenced previously by Toy Story 2 and The Straight Story) which means it's highly recommended for the entire family.
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on January 3, 2000
Iron Giant suffers somewhat from pacing (muvh as 'The Matrix' does), but this is really one of the only minor flaws in the movie (besides some of the boy's lines which I found a bit irritating, as if someone from Fox animation decided to script a scene for him).
Anyways, I won't be long with this review, I don't want to repeat what's already been said.
I will mention that 'Iron Giant' sets up the mood as well as any of WB's other better works (I'm pointing at 'Batman' right now). The first scene where the boy meets the robot is undeniably electrifying (no pun intended to those who've seen the movie). Again, it's not as good as I had hoped it would be but it deserves a place along other great animated works, like 'Jungle Book' or that other movie.
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on November 27, 1999
Our family and visiting children (5 in total) watched this movie. It was rather entertaining and had one of the viewers asking the question what is the morale of the movie? The destruction of the giant robot in the end robbed the children of the hope that is usually surplanted in other more popular animation movies. One viewer thought that it was noble for the robot to seek to give his "life" for the sake of a community. Nevertheless, the artwork could be better based on the newer styles in vogue today. A good entertaining movie, that every family should add to the classical collection.
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on December 17, 1999
As far as animated films go, it doesn't get much better than this. The Iron Giant ranks right up there with some of the best Disney films. The kids will love it! It's fun, exciting and carries a significant anti-war message which I think it is important to instill in our children.
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on October 5, 2001
As an anime fan, I found this movie mildly entertaining but the kids love it.
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