A Boy and his Giant

The Iron Giant is definitely a movie that deserved more attention when it first came out. I would even go so far as to call it the best non-Disney traditionally animated movie I’ve ever seen. For those who don’t know, The Iron Giant is the story of a boy named Hogarth from the 50’s who finds a mysterious giant robot in the woods. The titular Iron Giant is about 50 ft tall, eats metal, and can repair itself. Hogarth teaches the enormous metal man about heroes, how to talk, and about guns. One of the strongest themes in The Iron Giant is its anti-war message. Making it all the more complex to learn that the Giant himself was built to be a weapon of mass destruction. I guarantee the ending is enough to make you cry (“Superman”). Of course a movie with material this heavy, needs moments of levity. Like when Hogarth tries to conceal the Giant. Or with characters like the beatnik artist Dean or the hilarious villainous government agent Kent Mansley. Funny thing about The Iron Giant is that it didn’t really have to be animated. I think the main reason it was, is because it would have been too difficult to pull off in live-action. Then again director Brad Bird did get his start in animation. Although I was alive in 1999, I can’t recall whether or not I saw it in the theater. Regardless, it’s another one of my most sought after childhood movies. Plus I bet you didn’t know Vin Diesel was the voice of the giant. Thankfully The Iron Giant has received a surge of renewed popularity, and it’s very deserving of that.


The Iron Giant protects Hogarth

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