Iron Giant (Ws)

Voices of Christopher McDonald, Cloris Leachman, Eli Marienthal…
Directed by Brad Bird

Warner Home Video | September 27, 2005 | DVD

Iron Giant (Ws) is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 2.
DVD Features: Region 1 Snap Case Anamorphic Widescreen - 2.35 Single Side - Dual Layer Audio: Dolby Surround 5.1 - English Dolby Surround 5.1 - French

Video Release: September 27, 2005

Theatrical Release: 1999

Runtime: 86

Rating: PG (MPAA)

Studio: Warner Home Video

UPC: 085391831822

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from An absolutely first rate animated film It is a shame that Warner Brothers chose to give an uninspired prerelease publicity campaign to the gentle, joyous and original animated movie, The Iron Giant. Precious few saw it in theaters. Thank God for film preservation in the form of DVD! Like the book, the picture takes place in 1957, during the height of The Cold War. The Soviet Union's satellite, Sputnik, flies across American skies. Our country is filled with paranoia. What else may they have launched? One stormy night off the coast of Maine, a huge object falls from the sky. A frightened sailor sees it and swears that it is a giant made of metal. The townsfolk chalk the tale off to the sailor's love of drink. A giant made of metal, indeed! A night or so later, young Hogarth Hughes, whose Mom is working overtime at the local diner, gets mad when his TV starts acting up. He goes to the roof to check the antenna and finds it missing. He then notices huge footprints leading away from the house and into the woods. He grabs his deceased Dad's old army rifle and a flashlight and goes off in pursuit. He soon discovers that there is indeed a metal giant. In fact, he saves it when it bumps into some high voltage utility wires. The adventure has begun. Rarely has a movie for children - or adults! - addressed the need to search for a peaceful solution to our problems as gently or as wisely as The Iron Giant. It never preaches and is always accessible. It does not address us from on high. It remains at our level. It also shows how clever we can be at overcoming the most unexpected obstacles. It reminds us that things alien to us are not always hostile to us. In fact, it is we who often initiate the hostilities. Perhaps best of all, The Iron Giant examines these and other issues in the guise of a wonderful story that should hold almost anyone's attention. The animation is first-rate. Most of the voices are good, especially Harry Connick, Jr.'s as Dean Cooper, a hip young artist. As Hogath's voice, Eli Marienthal speaks like a real boy, not a cartoon boy. Speaking for Hogarth's mother, Annie, Jennifer Anniston gives her a loving quality. Vin Diesel does well with the most difficult voice, that of The Iron Giant. Rated PG for a couple of spooky scenes and a few mild profanities. Recommended without reservation for children seven and up
Date published: 2009-07-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A gem that was overlooked I picked this up dirt cheap for something to watch over the holidays. It's lovely; a gentle, sweet story about friendship and loyalty, mistrust and ultimate heroism. Great voice cast and was directed by Brad Bird, who gave us The Incredibles (which is one of my favourite animated films) and Ratatouille. Funny, charming, bittersweet and ultimately uplifting. Highly recommended
Date published: 2007-12-28

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Iron Giant (Ws)

Voices of Christopher McDonald, Cloris Leachman, Eli Marienthal, Harry Connick, Jennifer Aniston, John Mahoney, M. Emmet Walsh, Vin Diesel
Directed by Brad Bird

Video Release: September 27, 2005

Theatrical Release: 1999

Runtime: 86

Rating: PG (MPAA)

Studio: Warner Home Video

UPC: 085391831822


Edition Description
  • Closed Captioned
  • Color
  • Runtime: 86 minutes
  • NTSC (Canada and USA)
  • Originally in English
  • Released in English

Description

Based on poet Ted Hughes' 1968 children's book, (former SIMPSONS producer) Bird's adaptation proves to be a work of art the family can enjoy together- simple and visually captivating enough for kids and sharp and touching enough for adults. Hogarth is a young boy in 1950s Maine. When he finds a kind and very large robot (of unknown origin), a strong bond of friendship is formed between the two. It isn't long, however, until a government agent is on their trail, wanting to destory the robot. A beautifully rendered fable.

Notes

DVD Features: Region 1 Snap Case Anamorphic Widescreen - 2.35 Single Side - Dual Layer Audio: Dolby Surround 5.1 - English Dolby Surround 5.1 - French