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The Iron Giant
The Iron Giant
is a 1999 American animated science fiction film using both traditional animation and computer animation, produced by Warner Bros. Feature Animation
Animation
and directed by Brad Bird
Brad Bird
in his directorial debut. It is based on the 1968 novel The Iron Man by Ted Hughes
Ted Hughes
(which was published in the United States as The Iron Giant) and was scripted by Tim McCanlies from a story treatment by Bird. The film stars the voices of Eli Marienthal, Christopher McDonald, Jennifer Aniston, Harry Connick, Jr., John Mahoney, and Vin Diesel. Set during the Cold War in 1957, the film is about a young boy named Hogarth Hughes, who discovers a giant metallic robot who fell from space. With the help of beatnik artist Dean McCoppin, they attempt to prevent the U.S. military and Kent Mansley, a paranoid federal agent, from finding and destroying the Giant. The film's development phase began in 1994 as a musical with the involvement of The Who's Pete Townshend, though the project took root once Bird signed on as director and hired McCanlies to write the screenplay in 1996. The film was created traditionally, with computer-generated imagery used to animate the title character and other effects. The understaffed crew of the film completed it with half of the time and budget of other animated features. Michael Kamen produced the film's score, recorded with the Czech Philharmonic. The Iron Giant
The Iron Giant
premiered at Mann's Chinese Theater in Los Angeles on July 31, 1999, and was released worldwide on August 6. Upon its release, the film significantly under-performed at the box office, making $31.3 million worldwide against a budget of $70–80 million, which was blamed on an unusually poor marketing campaign. However, the film received widespread critical acclaim with praise directed at the story, animation, characters, the portrayal of the title character, and the voice performances of Aniston, Connick, Jr., Diesel, McDonald, Mahoney, and Marienthal. The film was nominated for several awards, winning nine Annie Awards out of 15 nominations. Through home video releases and television syndication, the film gathered a cult following and is now widely regarded as a modern animated classic.[6][7][8] In 2015, an extended, remastered version of the film was re-released theatrically, which saw a home video release the following year.

Contents

1 Plot 2 Cast 3 Production

3.1 Development 3.2 Writing 3.3 Animation 3.4 Music 3.5 Post-production

4 Themes 5 Release

5.1 Marketing 5.2 Box office 5.3 Home media and television syndication

6 Reception

6.1 Critical response 6.2 Accolades

7 Legacy

7.1 Signature Edition

8 References 9 Further reading 10 External links

Plot[edit] Shortly after the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
launches Sputnik
Sputnik
in October 1957, an object from space crashes in a forest near Rockwell, Maine. Nine-year-old Hogarth Hughes goes to investigate and finds a giant robot being electrocuted as it tries to eat the transmission lines of an electrical substation. Hogarth turns off the station, and the Giant runs off. Hogarth tracks down and befriends the Giant, finding it docile and curious. When it eats the railroad tracks in the path of an oncoming train, Hogarth tries to have the robot repair the damage, but the train collides with its head and derails. Hogarth helps usher the Giant away from the scene, discovering that his damaged parts are drawn to the Giant and can undergo self-repair. Hogarth hides him in his family's barn. After dinner with his widowed mother, Annie, Hogarth reads comics to the Giant. He is impressed with the adventures of Superman, but is agitated by how the villainous "Atomo the Metal Menace" is depicted. Hogarth calms him by telling him "you are who you choose to be". The recent incidents lead U.S. government agent Kent Mansley to town. He discovers evidence of Hogarth's involvement and rents a room in their house to stay close to the boy. Hogarth ditches Kent long enough to move the Giant to a junkyard owned by beatnik artist Dean McCoppin, where they are able to pretend the Giant is one of Dean's scrap metal sculptures. Nevertheless, the easily spooked Kent issues orders for the military, led by General Shannon Rogard, to move into town. Hogarth enjoys his time with the Giant but is forced to explain the nature of death when they witness hunters kill a deer. One day, Hogarth is playing with the Giant using a toy gun, which unintentionally activates The Giant's weapons system, and Dean rescues Hogarth before one strikes him. The Giant reverts to its docile form and Dean orders him away for Hogarth's safety, but Hogarth gives chase. Dean realizes the Giant was acting in self-defense and quickly catches up to Hogarth as they follow the Giant into town. The Giant saves two boys falling from a roof when he arrives, impressing the townspeople. Kent convinces Rogard to start an attack against the robot. The Giant exposes his weapons again, and readily overpowers the military. Dean and Hogarth arrive and calm the Giant, but the military continues to fight him. Hogarth is knocked unconscious, and the Giant, believing Hogarth to be dead, becomes enraged and reengages his attacks. Kent convinces Rogard to prepare to launch a nuclear missile from the USS Nautilus offshore if they cannot stop it. Dean and Annie revive Hogarth, and he helps return the Giant to his docile state, while Dean explains the situation to the military. Rogard is ready to stand down when Kent panics and orders the missile launch. Rogard furiously reminds Kent that the missile is locked onto the Giant's current position and they will all be killed in the blast radius. Kent tries to escape but the Giant stops him, and Rogard's men hold him at gun point. Hogarth explains to the Giant what will happen when the missile strikes. The Giant says farewell to Hogarth and flies off to intercept the missile, remembering Hogarth's words about being who one chooses to be, and the Giant says, "Superman" just before collision. The missile explodes harmlessly in the atmosphere. As the townspeople and military are relieved to be alive, Hogarth is saddened by the robot's apparent destruction. Some months later, the town has constructed a statue of the Giant in its memory, and Dean and Annie are starting a relationship. Hogarth receives a package from Rogard, a bolt from the Giant being the only remnant they could find. That night, Hogarth sees the bolt trying to move on its own, and he opens the window, letting the bolt roll free. The bolt joins many other parts as they converge on the Giant's head on the Langjökull
Langjökull
glacier in Iceland. The Giant's head activates, and he smiles as he begins putting itself back together. Cast[edit]

Christopher McDonald, Brad Bird
Brad Bird
and Eli Marienthal
Eli Marienthal
in March 2012 at the Iron Giant screening at the LA Animation
Animation
Festival

Eli Marienthal
Eli Marienthal
as Hogarth Hughes, an intelligent, energetic and curious 9-year-old boy with an active imagination. Marienthal's performances were videotaped and given to animators to work with, which helped develop expressions and acting for the character.[9] Vin Diesel
Vin Diesel
as the Iron Giant, a fifty-foot, metal-eating robot.[10] Created for an unknown purpose, the Giant involuntarily reacts defensively if he recognizes anything as a weapon, immediately attempting to destroy it. The Giant's voice was originally to be electronically modulated but the filmmakers decided they "needed a deep, resonant and expressive voice to start with," so they hired Vin Diesel.[11] Christopher McDonald
Christopher McDonald
as Kent Mansley, a government agent sent to investigate sightings of the Iron Giant. The logo on his official government car says he is from the "Bureau of Unexplained Phenomena". Harry Connick, Jr.
Harry Connick, Jr.
as Dean McCoppin, a beatnik artist and junkyard owner. Bird felt it appropriate to make the character a member of the beat generation, as they were viewed as mildly threatening to small-town values during that time. An outsider himself, he is among the first to recognize the Giant as no threat.[12] Jennifer Aniston
Jennifer Aniston
as Annie Hughes, the widow of a military pilot and Hogarth's mother. John Mahoney
John Mahoney
as General Shannon Rogard,[10] the military leader in Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C.
who strongly dislikes Mansley. M. Emmet Walsh
M. Emmet Walsh
as Earl Stutz, a sailor and the first man to see the robot. James Gammon as Marv Loach, a foreman who follows the robot's trail after it destroys the power station.

James Gammon also voices Floyd Toubeaux

Cloris Leachman
Cloris Leachman
as Mrs. Lynley Tensedge, Hogarth's schoolteacher Ollie Johnston
Ollie Johnston
and Frank Thomas as the train engineers. Johnston and Thomas were animators and members of Disney's Nine Old Men. Bird cited them as inspirations for his career and incorporated their voices and likenesses into the film.[12]

Production[edit] Development[edit] The origins of the film lie in the book The Iron Man (1968), by poet Ted Hughes, who wrote the novel for his children. In the 1980s, rock musician Pete Townshend
Pete Townshend
chose to adapt the book for a concept album; it was released as The Iron Man: A Musical in 1989.[11] In 1991, Richard Bazley, who later became the film's lead animator, pitched a version of The Iron Man to Don Bluth while working at his studio in Ireland. He created a story outline and character designs but Bluth passed on the project.[9] After a stage musical was mounted in London, Des McAnuff, who had adapted Tommy with Townshend for the stage, believed that The Iron Man could translate to the screen, and the project was ultimately acquired by Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
Entertainment.[11] In late 1996, while developing the project on its way through, the studio saw the film as a perfect vehicle for Brad Bird, who at the time was working for Turner Feature Animation
Animation
developing Ray Gunn.[11] Turner Entertainment
Turner Entertainment
had recently merged with Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
parent company Time Warner, and Bird was allowed to transfer to the Warner Bros. Animation
Animation
studio to direct The Iron Giant.[11] After reading the original Iron Man book by Hughes, Bird was impressed with the mythology of the story and in addition, was given an unusual amount of creative control by Warner Bros.[11] This creative control involved introducing two new characters not present in the original book, Dean and Kent, setting the film in America, and discarding Townshend's musical ambitions (who did not care either way, reportedly remarking, "Well, whatever, I got paid").[13][14] Bird's pitch to Warner Bros. was based around the idea "What if a gun had a soul?"[15] He expanded upon his desire to set the film in America in the 1950s in a later interview:

The Maine
Maine
setting looks Norman Rockwell
Norman Rockwell
idyllic on the outside, but inside everything is just about to boil over; everyone was scared of the bomb, the Russians, Sputnik
Sputnik
—even rock and roll. This clenched Ward Cleaver
Ward Cleaver
smile masking fear (which is really what the Kent character was all about). It was the perfect environment to drop a 50-foot-tall robot into.[14]

Bird's sister, Susan, was shot and killed by her estranged husband before the film's story was completed. This motivated Bird to emphasize the anti-gun message of the film and the moralistic quote by Dean: "You are who you choose to be."[citation needed] The film was dedicated to Susan's memory. Ted Hughes, the original story's author, died before the film's release. His daughter, Frieda Hughes, did see the finished film on his behalf and loved it. Pete Townshend, who this project originally started with, enjoyed the final film as well.[16] Writing[edit] Tim McCanlies was hired to write the script, though Bird was somewhat displeased with having another writer on board, as he wanted to write the screenplay himself.[13] He later changed his mind after reading McCanlies' then-unproduced screenplay for Secondhand Lions.[11] In Bird's original story treatment, America and the USSR
USSR
were at war at the end, with the Giant dying. McCanlies decided to have a brief scene displaying his survival, stating, "You can't kill E.T.
E.T.
and then not bring him back." McCanlies finished the script within two months. McCanlies was given a three-month schedule to complete a script, and it was by way of the film's tight schedule that Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
"didn't have time to mess with us" as McCanlies said.[17] The question of the Giant's backstory was purposefully ignored as to keep the story focused on his relationship with Hogarth.[18] Bird considered the story difficult to develop due to its combination of unusual elements, such as "paranoid fifties sci-fi movies with the innocence of something like The Yearling."[14] Hughes himself was sent a copy of McCanlies' script and sent a letter back, saying how pleased he was with the version. In the letter, Hughes stated, "I want to tell you how much I like what Brad Bird
Brad Bird
has done. He’s made something all of a piece, with terrific sinister gathering momentum and the ending came to me as a glorious piece of amazement. He’s made a terrific dramatic situation out of the way he’s developed The Iron Giant. I can’t stop thinking about it."[11] Bird combined his knowledge from his years in television to direct his first feature. He credited his time working on Family Dog as essential to team-building, and his tenure on The Simpsons
The Simpsons
as an example of working under strict deadlines.[14] He was open to others on his staff to help develop the film; he would often ask crew members their opinions on scenes and change things accordingly.[19] One of his priorities was to emphasize softer, character-based moments, as opposed to more frenetic scenes—something Bird thought was a problem with modern filmmaking. "There has to be activity or sound effects or cuts or music blaring. It's almost as if the audience has the remote and they're going to change channels," he commented at the time.[18] Storyboard artist Teddy Newton played an important role in shaping the film's story. Newton's first assignment on staff involved being asked by Bird to create a film within a film to reflect the "hygiene-type movies that everyone saw when the bomb scare was happening." Newton came to the conclusion that a musical number would be the catchiest alternative, and the " Duck and Cover
Duck and Cover
sequence" came to become one of the crew members' favorites of the film.[20] Nicknamed "The X-Factor" by story department head Jeffery Lynch, the producers gave him artistic freedom on various pieces of the film's script.[21] Animation[edit] The financial failure of Warner's previous animated effort, Quest for Camelot, which made the studio reconsider animated films, helped shape The Iron Giant's production considerably. "Three-quarters" of the animation team on that team helped craft The Iron Giant.[18] By the time it entered production, Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
informed the staff that there would be a smaller budget as well as time-frame to get the film completed. Although the production was watched closely, Bird commented "They did leave us alone if we kept it in control and showed them we were producing the film responsibly and getting it done on time and doing stuff that was good." Bird regarded the trade-off as having "one-third of the money of a Disney
Disney
or DreamWorks
DreamWorks
film, and half of the production schedule," but the payoff as having more creative freedom, describing the film as "fully-made by the animation team; I don't think any other studio can say that to the level that we can."[18] A small part of the team took a weeklong research trip to Maine, where they photographed and videotaped five small cities. They hoped to accurately reflect its culture down to the minutiae; "we shot store fronts, barns, forests, homes, home interiors, diners, every detail we could, including the bark on trees," said production designer Mark Whiting.[22] Bird stuck to elaborate scene planning, such as detailed animatics, to make sure there were no budgetary concerns.[18] The team initially worked with Macromedia's Director software, before switching to Adobe After Effects full-time. Bird was eager to use the then-nascent software, as it allowed for storyboard to contain indications of camera moves. The software became essential to that team—dubbed "Macro" early on—to help the studio grasp story reels for the film. These also allowed Bird to better understand what the film required from an editing perspective. In the end, he was proud of the way the film was developed, noting that "We could imagine the pace and the unfolding of our film accurately with a relatively small expenditure of resources."[23] The group would gather in a screening room to view completed sequences, with Bird offering suggestions by drawing onto the screen with a marker. Lead animator Bazley suggested this led to a sense of camaraderie among the crew, who were unified in their mission to create a good film.[9] Bird cited his favorite moment of the film's production as occurring in the editing room, when the crew gathered to test a sequence in which the Giant learns what a soul is. "People in the room were spontaneously crying. It was pivotal; there was an undeniable feeling that we were really tapping into something," he recalled.[14] He opted to give the film's animators portions to animate entirely, rather than the standard process of animating one character, in a throwback to the way Disney's first features were created.[19][24] The exception were those responsible for creating the Giant himself, who was created using computer-generated imagery due to the difficulty of creating a metal object "in a fluid-like manner."[11] They had additional trouble with using the computer model to express emotion.[19] The Giant was designed by filmmaker Joe Johnston
Joe Johnston
(best known for designing the Star Wars trilogy), which was refined by production designer Mark Whiting and Steve Markowski, head animator for the Giant.[18] Using software, the team would animate the Giant "on twos" (every other frame, or twelve frames per second) when interacting with other characters, to make it less obvious it was a computer model.[18] Bird brought in students from CalArts
CalArts
to assist in minor animation work due to the film's busy schedule. He made sure to spread out the work on scenes between experienced and younger animators, noting, "You overburden your strongest people and underburden the others [if you let your top talent monopolize the best assignments]."[19] Hiroki Itokazu designed all of the film's CGI props and vehicles, which were created in a variety of software, including Alias Systems Corporation's Maya, Alias' PowerAnimator, a modified version of Pixar's RenderMan, Cambridge Animation's Animo (now part of Toon Boom Animation), Avid Elastic Reality, and Adobe Photoshop.[25] The art of Norman Rockwell, Edward Hopper
Edward Hopper
and N.C. Wyeth
N.C. Wyeth
inspired the design. Whiting strove for colors both evocative of the time period in which the film is set and also representative of its emotional tone; for example, Hogarth's room is designed to reflect his "youth and sense of wonder."[22] That was blended with a style reminiscent of 1950s illustration. Animators studied Chuck Jones, Hank Ketcham, Al Hirschfeld and Disney
Disney
films from that era, such as 101 Dalmatians, for inspiration in the film's animation.[24] Music[edit] The score for the film was composed and conducted by Michael Kamen. Bird's original temp score, "a collection of Bernard Herrmann
Bernard Herrmann
cues from '50s and '60s sci-fi films," initially scared Kamen.[26] Believing the sound of the orchestra is important to the feeling of the film, Kamen "decided to comb eastern Europe for an "old-fashioned" sounding orchestra and went to Prague
Prague
to hear Vladimir Ashkenazy conduct the Czech Philharmonic
Czech Philharmonic
in Strauss's An Alpine Symphony." Eventually, the Czech Philharmonic
Czech Philharmonic
was the orchestra used for the film's score, with Bird describing the symphony orchestra as "an amazing collection of musicians."[27] The score for The Iron Giant
The Iron Giant
was recorded in a rather unconventional manner, compared to most films: recorded over one week at the Rudolfinum
Rudolfinum
in Prague, the music was recorded without conventional uses of syncing the music, in a method Kamen described in a 1999 interview as "[being able to] play the music as if it were a piece of classical repertoire."[26] Kamen's score for The Iron Giant
The Iron Giant
won the Annie Award for Music in an Animated Feature Production on November 6, 1999.[28] Post-production[edit] Bird opted to produce The Iron Giant
The Iron Giant
in widescreen—specifically the wide 2.39:1 CinemaScope
CinemaScope
aspect ratio—but was warned against doing so by his advisers. He felt it was appropriate to use the format, as many films from the late 1950s were produced in such widescreen formats.[29] He hoped to include the CinemaScope
CinemaScope
logo on a poster, partially as a joke, but 20th Century Fox, owner of the trademark, refused.[30] Bird later recalled that he clashed with executives who wished to add characters, such as a sidekick dog, set the film in the present day, and include a soundtrack of hip hop.[31] This was due to concerns that the film was not merchandisable, to which Bird responded, "If they were interested in telling the story, they should let it be what it wants to be."[18] The film was also initially going to released under the Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
Family Entertainment banner, the logo for which featured mascot Bugs Bunny
Bugs Bunny
in a tuxedo. Bird was against this for a multitude of reasons, and eventually got confirmation that executives Bob Daley and Terry Semel
Terry Semel
agreed. Instead, Bird and his team developed another version of the logo to resemble the classic studio logo in a circle, famously employed in Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes
shorts.[31] He credited executives Lorenzo di Bonaventura
Lorenzo di Bonaventura
and Courtney Vallenti with helping him achieve his vision, noting that they were open to his opinion.[18] According to a report from the time of its release, The Iron Giant cost $50 million to produce with an additional $30 million going towards marketing,[4] though Box Office Mojo
Box Office Mojo
later calculated its budget as $70 million.[3] It was regarded as a lower-budget film, in comparison to the films distributed by Walt Disney
Disney
Pictures.[32] Themes[edit] The Iron Giant
The Iron Giant
primarily deals with the concept of existentialism, as well as the nature of humanity. This is exemplified when Hogarth says to the Giant "You are who you choose to be". McCanlies commented that "At a certain point, there are deciding moments when we pick who we want to be. And that plays out for the rest of your life." McCanlies added that films can provide viewers with a sense of right and wrong, and expressed a wish that The Iron Giant
The Iron Giant
would "make us feel like we're all part of humanity [which] is something we need to feel."[17] When some critics compared the film to E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982), Bird responded by saying " E.T.
E.T.
doesn't go kicking ass. He doesn't make the Army pay. Certainly you risk having your hip credentials taken away if you want to evoke anything sad or genuinely heartfelt."[29] Release[edit] Marketing[edit]

"We had toy people and all of that kind of material ready to go, but all of that takes a year! Burger King
Burger King
and the like wanted to be involved. In April we showed them the movie, and we were on time. They said, "You'll never be ready on time." No, we were ready on time. We showed it to them in April and they said, "We'll put it out in a couple of months." That's a major studio, they have 30 movies a year, and they just throw them off the dock and see if they either sink or swim, because they've got the next one in right behind it. After they saw the reviews they [Warner Bros.] were a little shamefaced."

— Writer Tim McCanlies on Warner Bros.' marketing approach[13]

The Iron Giant
The Iron Giant
was a commercial failure during its theatrical release, resulting from poor promotion from Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
This was largely attributable to the reception of Quest for Camelot; after its release, Warner would not give Bird and his team a release date for their film until April 1999.[33] After wildly successful test screenings, the studio was shocked by the response: the test scores were their highest for a film in 15 years, according to Bird.[14] They had neglected to prepare a successful marketing strategy for the film—such as cereal and fast food tie-ins—with little time left before its scheduled release. Bird remembered that the studio produced only one teaser poster for the film, which became its eventual poster.[31] Brad Ball, who had been assigned the role of marketing the film, was candid after its release, noting that the studio did not commit to a planned Burger King toy plan.[34] In an interview with IGN, Bird stated that it was "a mis-marketing campaign of epic proportions at the hands of Warner Bros., they simply didn't realize what they had on their hands."[35] The studio needed an $8 million opening to ensure success, but they were unable to properly promote it preceding the release. They nearly delayed the film by several months to better prepare. "They said, 'we should delay it and properly lead up to its release,' and I said 'you guys have had two and a half years to get ready for this,'" recalled Bird.[31] Press outlets took note of its absence of marketing,[36] with some reporting that the studio had spent more money on marketing for the intended summer blockbuster Wild Wild West
Wild Wild West
instead.[19][33] Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
scheduled Sunday sneak preview screenings for the film prior to its release,[37] as well as a preview of the film on the online platform Webcastsneak.[38] Box office[edit] The Iron Giant
The Iron Giant
premiered at Mann's Chinese Theater in Los Angeles on July 31, 1999, with a special ceremony preceding the screening in which a concrete slab bearing the title character's footprint was commemorated.[39] The film opened in Los Angeles and New York on August 4, 1999,[38] with a wider national release occurring on August 6 in the United States. It opened in 2,179 theaters in the U.S., ranking at number nine at the box office accumulating $5,732,614 over its opening weekend.[40] It was quick to drop out of the top ten; by its fourth week, it had accumulated only $18.9 million—far under its reported $70 million budget.[3][40] According to Dave McNary of the Los Angeles Daily News, "Its weekend per-theater average was only $2,631, an average of $145 or perhaps 30 tickets per showing"—leading theater owners to quickly discard the film.[37] At the time, Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
was shaken by the resignations of executives Bob Daly and Terry Semel, making the failure much worse.[37] T.L. Stanley of Brandweek cited it as an example of how media tie-ins were now essential to guaranteeing a film's success.[4] The film went on to gross $23,159,305 domestically and $8,174,612 internationally for a total of $31,333,917 worldwide.[3][5] Analysts deemed it a victim of poor timing and "a severe miscalculation of how to attract an audience."[37] Lorenzo di Bonaventura, president of Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
at the time, explained, "People always say to me, 'Why don't you make smarter family movies?' The lesson is, Every time you do, you get slaughtered."[41] Home media and television syndication[edit] Stung by criticism that it mounted an ineffective marketing campaign for its theatrical release, Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
revamped its advertising strategy for the video release of the film, including tie-ins with Honey Nut Cheerios, AOL
AOL
and General Motors[42] and secured the backing of three U.S. congressmen (Ed Markey, Mark Foley
Mark Foley
and Howard Berman).[43] Awareness of the film was increased by its February 2000 release as a pay-per-view title, which also increased traffic to the film's web site.[44] The Iron Giant
The Iron Giant
was released on VHS and DVD
DVD
on November 23, 1999,[30] with a laserdisc release following on December 6. The VHS edition came in three versions—pan and scan, pan and scan with an affixed Giant toy to the clamshell case, and a widescreen version. All of the initial widescreen home video releases were in 1.85:1, the incorrect aspect ratio for the film.[30] In 2000, television rights to the film were sold to Cartoon Network
Cartoon Network
and TNT for three million dollars. Cartoon Network
Cartoon Network
showed the film continuously for 24 consecutive hours in the early 2000s for such holidays as the Fourth of July
Fourth of July
and Thanksgiving.[45][46] The Special
Special
Edition DVD
DVD
was released on November 16, 2004.[47] In 2014, Bird entered discussions with Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
regarding the possibility of releasing The Iron Giant
The Iron Giant
on Blu-ray. On April 23, he wrote on Twitter
Twitter
that "WB & I have been talking. But they want a bare-bones disc. I want better," and encouraged fans to send tweets to Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
Home Entertainment in favor of a Special
Special
Edition Blu-ray of the film.[48] On September 6, 2016, the film was released on Blu-ray
Blu-ray
for the first time, titled the Signature Edition. Reception[edit] Critical response[edit] The Iron Giant
The Iron Giant
received widespread critical acclaim.[49] Based on 135 reviews collected by the review aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes, The Iron Giant received an overall 96% approval rating; the average score is 8.2/10. The consensus reads: "The endearing Iron Giant tackles ambitious topics and complex human relationships with a steady hand and beautifully animated direction from Brad Bird."[50] On Metacritic, the film achieved an average score of 85 out of 100 based on 27 reviews, signifying "universal acclaim".[51] In addition to its response from film critics, CinemaScore
CinemaScore
reported that audiences gave the film an "A" grade.[52] The Reel Source forecasting service calculated that "96–97%" of audiences that attended recommended the film.[37] As of 2015, Rotten Tomatoes
Rotten Tomatoes
ranks it the third most positively reviewed animated film made in the 1990s.[53] Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
called it "straight-arrow and subversive, [and] made with simplicity as well as sophistication," writing, "it feels like a classic even though it's just out of the box."[54] Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
of the Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
compared it, both in story and animation, to the works of Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki, summarizing the film as "not just a cute romp but an involving story that has something to say."[55] The New Yorker
The New Yorker
reviewer Michael Sragow dubbed it a "modern fairy tale," writing, "The movie provides a master class in the use of scale and perspective—and in its power to open up a viewer’s heart and mind."[56] Time's Richard Schickel deemed it "a smart live-and-let-live parable, full of glancing, acute observations on all kinds of big subjects—life, death, the military-industrial complex."[57] Lawrence Van Gelder, writing for The New York Times, deemed it a "smooth, skilled example of animated filmmaking."[58] Joe Morgenstern
Joe Morgenstern
of The Wall Street Journal
The Wall Street Journal
felt it "beautiful, oh so beautiful, as a work of coherent art," noting, "be assured that the film is, before anything else, deliciously funny and deeply affecting."[59] Both Hollywood trade publications were positive: David Hunter of The Hollywood Reporter predicted it to be a sleeper hit and called it "outstanding,"[60] while Lael Loewenstein of Variety called it "a visually appealing, well-crafted film [...] an unalloyed success."[61] Bruce Fretts of Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
commented, "I have long thought that I was born without the gene that would allow me to be emotionally drawn in by drawings. That is, until I saw The Iron Giant."[52] Peter Stack of the San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
agreed that the storytelling was far superior to other animated films, and cited the characters as plausible and noted the richness of moral themes.[62] Jeff Millar of the Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
agreed with the basic techniques as well, and concluded the voice cast excelled with a great script by Tim McCanlies.[63] Amid the positive reviews, a mildly negative review came from The Washington Post's Stephen Hunter, who opined, "The movie — as beautifully drawn, as sleek and engaging as it is — has the annoyance of incredible smugness."[64] WatchMojo.com ranked The Iron Giant
The Iron Giant
number 6 on its Top 10 Animated Movies of the 1990s.[65] Accolades[edit] The Hugo Awards
Hugo Awards
nominated The Iron Giant
The Iron Giant
for Best Dramatic Presentation,[66] while the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America honored Brad Bird
Brad Bird
and Tim McCanlies with the Nebula Award nomination.[67] The British Academy of Film and Television Arts
British Academy of Film and Television Arts
gave the film a Children's Award as Best Feature Film.[68] In addition The Iron Giant won nine Annie Awards and was nominated for another six categories,[69] with another nomination for Best Home Video Release at The Saturn Awards.[70] IGN
IGN
ranked The Iron Giant
The Iron Giant
as the fifth favorite animated film of all time in a list published in 2010.[71] In 2008, the American Film Institute
American Film Institute
nominated The Iron Giant
The Iron Giant
for its Top 10 Animated Films list.[72]

Awards

Award Date of ceremony Category Recipients and nominees Result

Annie Awards November 6, 1999 Best Animated Feature Film Allison Abbate, Des McAnuff, and John Walker Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
Pictures; Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
Feature Animation Won

Outstanding Individual Achievement in Effects Animation Allen Foster

Michel Gagné Nominated

Outstanding Individual Achievement in Character Animation Jim Van der Keyl

Steve Markowski Won

Dean Wellins Nominated

Outstanding Individual Achievement for Directing in an Animated Feature Production Brad Bird Won

Outstanding Individual Achievement for Music in an Animated Feature Production Michael Kamen

Outstanding Individual Achievement for Production Design in an Animated Feature Production Alan Bodner

Mark Whiting Nominated

Outstanding Individual Achievement in Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production Mark Andrews Won

Kevin O'Brien Nominated

Dean Wellins

Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production Eli Marienthal For playing "Hogarth Hughes". Won

Outstanding Individual Achievement for Writing in an Animated Feature Production Tim McCanlies (screenplay) and Brad Bird
Brad Bird
(story)

BAFTA Children's Award April 9, 2000 Best Feature Film Brad Bird, Allison Abbate, Des McAnuff, and Tim McCanlies

Florida Film Critics Circle January 9, 2000 Best Animated Film Brad Bird Won

Genesis Awards March 18, 2000 Best Feature Film - Animated

Hugo Award September 2, 2000 Best Dramatic Presentation Brad Bird
Brad Bird
(screen story and directed by), Tim McCanlies (screenplay by), and Ted Hughes
Ted Hughes
(based on the book The Iron Man by) Nominated

Las Vegas Film Critics Society January 18, 2000 Best Animated Film

Won

Los Angeles Film Critics Association January 20, 2000 Best Animated Film Brad Bird

Motion Picture Sound Editors Awards March 25, 2000 Best Sound Editing - Animated Feature

Best Sound Editing - Music - Animation

Nominated

New York Film Critics Circle January 10, 2000 Best Animated Film

2nd place

Santa Fe Film Critics Circle Awards January 9, 2000 Best Animated Film

Won

Saturn Awards June 6, 2000 Best Home Video Release

Nominated

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America May 20, 2000 Best Script Brad Bird
Brad Bird
and Tim McCanlies

Young Artist Awards March 19, 2000 Best Family Feature Film - Animated

Best Performance in a Voice-Over (TV or Feature Film) - Young Actor Eli Marienthal Won

Legacy[edit] The film has gathered a cult following since its original release.[35] The Iron Giant
The Iron Giant
appeared in Steven Spielberg's 2018 film Ready Player One.[73] Signature Edition[edit] A remastered and extended cut of the film, named the Signature Edition, was shown in one-off screenings across the United States and Canada on September 30, 2015, and October 4, 2015.[74] The edition is approximately two minutes longer than the original cut, and features a brief scene with Annie and Dean and the sequence of the Giant's dream.[75] Both scenes were storyboarded by Bird during the production on the original film but never finished due to time and budget constraints. Before they were fully completed for this new version, they were available as deleted storyboards on the 2004 DVD
DVD
bonus features.[74] They were animated in 2015 by Duncan Studio, which employed several animators that worked on the original film.[74] The film's Signature Edition was released on DVD
DVD
and for digital download on February 16, 2016.[76] An official Blu-ray
Blu-ray
release was available on September 6, 2016.[77] Along with the additional scene, it also showcases abandoned ideas that were not initially used due to copyright reasons, specifically a nod to Disney
Disney
via a Tomorrowland commercial, which was also a reference to his then-recently released film of the same name, and a joke regarding the film being shot with CinemaScope
CinemaScope
cameras.[78] References[edit]

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Further reading[edit]

Hughes, Ted (March 3, 2005). The Iron Man (Paperback). Reprinting of novel on which this film is based. Faber Children's Books. ISBN 0571226124.  Hughes, Ted; Moser, Barry (August 31, 1995). The Iron Woman (Hardcover). Sequel to The Iron Man. Amazon Remainders Account. ISBN 0803717962.  James Preller The Iron Giant: A Novelization. Scholastic Paperbacks (August 1999). ISBN 0439086345.

External links[edit]

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Brad Bird
Brad Bird
filmography

Directed

The Iron Giant
The Iron Giant
(1999) The Incredibles
The Incredibles
(2004) Ratatouille (2007) Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011) Tomorrowland
Tomorrowland
(2015) Incredibles 2
Incredibles 2
(2018)

Short films

Jack-Jack Attack
Jack-Jack Attack
(2005)

Music videos

"Do the Bartman" (1991)

TV series created

Family Dog (1993)

v t e

Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
Animation

Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes
and Merrie Melodies

Shorts

characters

The Bugs Bunny
Bugs Bunny
Show The Looney Looney Looney Bugs Bunny
Bugs Bunny
Movie (1981) Bugs Bunny's 3rd Movie: 1001 Rabbit Tales (1982) Daffy Duck's Fantastic Island
Daffy Duck's Fantastic Island
(1983) Daffy Duck's Quackbusters
Daffy Duck's Quackbusters
(1988) Tiny Toon Adventures

characters

Taz-Mania The Plucky Duck Show The Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries Space Jam
Space Jam
(1996) Baby Looney Tunes Duck Dodgers

characters

Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003) Loonatics Unleashed

characters

The Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes
Show

episodes

New Looney Tunes

DC Comics

Batman: The Animated Series Superman: The Animated Series The New Batman
Batman
Adventures Batman
Batman
Beyond Static Shock The Zeta Project Justice League Teen Titans Justice League
Justice League
Unlimited The Batman Krypto the Superdog Legion of Super Heroes Batman: The Brave and the Bold Young Justice Green Lantern: The Animated Series DC Nation Shorts Teen Titans
Teen Titans
Go! Beware the Batman Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles Vixen Justice League
Justice League
Action Freedom Fighters: The Ray Constantine: City of Demons DC Super Hero Girls

TV series

Scooby-Doo

What's New, Scooby-Doo? Shaggy & Scooby-Doo
Scooby-Doo
Get a Clue! Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! Scoobynatural

Animaniacs

Animaniacs

characters

Pinky and the Brain Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain Animaniacs
Animaniacs
(reboot; 2020)

Tom and Jerry

Tom and Jerry
Tom and Jerry
Tales The Tom and Jerry
Tom and Jerry
Show

The Lego Movie

The Lego Movie
The Lego Movie
(2014) The Lego Batman
Batman
Movie (2017) The Lego Ninjago Movie (2017) Unikitty! The Lego Movie
The Lego Movie
Sequel (2019)

Theatrical feature-length films

The Looney Looney Looney Bugs Bunny
Bugs Bunny
Movie (1981) Bugs Bunny's 3rd Movie: 1001 Rabbit Tales (1982) Daffy Duck's Fantastic Island
Daffy Duck's Fantastic Island
(1983) Daffy Duck's Quackbusters
Daffy Duck's Quackbusters
(1988) Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993) Space Jam
Space Jam
(1996) Quest for Camelot
Quest for Camelot
(1998) The Iron Giant
The Iron Giant
(1999) Osmosis Jones
Osmosis Jones
(2001) Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003) The Lego Movie
The Lego Movie
(2014) Storks (2016) The Lego Batman
Batman
Movie (2017) The Lego Ninjago Movie (2017) Teen Titans Go! To the Movies
Teen Titans Go! To the Movies
(2018) Smallfoot (2018) The Lego Movie
The Lego Movie
Sequel (2019)

Other TV series

Freakazoid! Histeria! Coconut Fred's Fruit Salad Island Detention Baby Blues Ozzy & Drix ¡Mucha Lucha!
¡Mucha Lucha!
(characters) 3 South Xiaolin Showdown Firehouse Tales Johnny Test

characters

Road Rovers Mad ThunderCats Waynehead Mike Tyson Mysteries Bunnicula Right Now Kapow Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz Wacky Races Green Eggs and Ham

Television specials

A Miser Brothers' Christmas (2008) Scooby-Doo! Spooky Games (2012) Robot Chicken DC Comics
DC Comics
Special
Special
(2012 Scooby-Doo! Haunted Holidays (2012) Scooby-Doo! and the Spooky Scarecrow
Scooby-Doo! and the Spooky Scarecrow
(2013) Scooby-Doo! Mecha Mutt Menace (2013) Robot Chicken DC Comics
DC Comics
Special
Special
2: Villains in Paradise (2014) Scooby-Doo! Ghastly Goals (2014) Tom and Jerry: Santa's Little Helpers (2014) Lego DC Comics: Batman
Batman
Be-Leaguered (2014) Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas (2014) Scooby-Doo! and the Beach Beastie (2015) Robot Chicken DC Comics
DC Comics
Special
Special
III: Magical Friendship (2015) Lego Scooby-Doo! Knight Time Terror (2015) DC Super Hero Girls: Super Hero High (2016)

Direct-to-video films

Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation (1992) Batman
Batman
& Mr. Freeze: SubZero (1998) Scooby-Doo
Scooby-Doo
on Zombie Island (1998) Scooby-Doo! and the Witch's Ghost
Scooby-Doo! and the Witch's Ghost
(1999) Wakko's Wish
Wakko's Wish
(1999) Tweety's High-Flying Adventure (2000) Scooby-Doo
Scooby-Doo
and the Alien Invaders (2000) Batman
Batman
Beyond: Return of the Joker (2000) Scooby-Doo
Scooby-Doo
and the Cyber Chase (2001) Tom and Jerry: The Magic Ring (2002) Baby Looney Tunes' Eggs-traordinary Adventure
Baby Looney Tunes' Eggs-traordinary Adventure
(2003) Scooby-Doo! and the Legend of the Vampire
Scooby-Doo! and the Legend of the Vampire
(2003) Scooby-Doo! and the Monster of Mexico
Scooby-Doo! and the Monster of Mexico
(2003) Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman (2003) Scooby-Doo! and the Loch Ness Monster
Scooby-Doo! and the Loch Ness Monster
(2004) Kangaroo Jack: G'Day U.S.A.! (2004) ¡Mucha Lucha!: The Return of El Maléfico (2005) Tom and Jerry: Blast Off to Mars (2005) Aloha, Scooby-Doo!
Aloha, Scooby-Doo!
(2005) Tom and Jerry: The Fast and the Furry (2005) The Batman
Batman
vs. Dracula (2005) Scooby-Doo! in Where's My Mummy?
Scooby-Doo! in Where's My Mummy?
(2005) Scooby-Doo! Pirates Ahoy!
Scooby-Doo! Pirates Ahoy!
(2005) Superman: Brainiac Attacks (2006) Tom and Jerry: Shiver Me Whiskers (2006) Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo (2006) Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes
Christmas (2006) Chill Out, Scooby-Doo!
Chill Out, Scooby-Doo!
(2007) Superman: Doomsday (2007) Tom and Jerry: A Nutcracker Tale (2007) Justice League: The New Frontier (2008) Batman: Gotham Knight (2008) Scooby-Doo! and the Goblin King
Scooby-Doo! and the Goblin King
(2008) Wonder Woman (2009) Scooby-Doo! and the Samurai Sword
Scooby-Doo! and the Samurai Sword
(2009) Green Lantern: First Flight (2009) Superman/Batman: Public Enemies (2009) Scooby-Doo! Abracadabra-Doo
Scooby-Doo! Abracadabra-Doo
(2010) Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths (2010) Batman: Under the Red Hood (2010) Tom and Jerry
Tom and Jerry
Meet Sherlock Holmes (2010) Scooby-Doo! Camp Scare (2010) Superman/Batman: Apocalypse (2010) All-Star Superman
Superman
(2011) Green Lantern: Emerald Knights (2011) Tom and Jerry
Tom and Jerry
and the Wizard of Oz (2011) Scooby-Doo! Legend of the Phantosaur
Scooby-Doo! Legend of the Phantosaur
(2011) Batman: Year One (2011) Justice League: Doom (2012) Scooby-Doo! Music of the Vampire
Scooby-Doo! Music of the Vampire
(2012) Superman
Superman
vs. The Elite (2012) Batman: The Dark Knight Returns (2012/2013) Tom and Jerry: Robin Hood and His Merry Mouse (2012) Big Top Scooby-Doo!
Big Top Scooby-Doo!
(2012) Scooby-Doo! Mask of the Blue Falcon
Scooby-Doo! Mask of the Blue Falcon
(2013) Superman: Unbound (2013) Scooby-Doo! Adventures: The Mystery Map (2013) Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox (2013) Tom and Jerry's Giant Adventure
Tom and Jerry's Giant Adventure
(2013) Scooby-Doo! Stage Fright
Scooby-Doo! Stage Fright
(2013) JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time (2014) Justice League: War (2014) Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery
Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery
(2014) Son of Batman
Batman
(2014) Batman: Assault on Arkham (2014) Scooby-Doo! Frankencreepy
Scooby-Doo! Frankencreepy
(2014) Tom and Jerry: The Lost Dragon (2014) Justice League: Throne of Atlantis (2015) Lego DC Comics
DC Comics
Super Heroes: Justice League
Justice League
vs. Bizarro League (2015) Scooby-Doo! Moon Monster Madness
Scooby-Doo! Moon Monster Madness
(2015) The Flintstones & WWE: Stone Age SmackDown! (2015) Batman
Batman
vs. Robin (2015) Batman
Batman
Unlimited: Animal Instincts (2015) Tom and Jerry: Spy Quest (2015) Scooby-Doo! and Kiss: Rock and Roll Mystery (2015) Justice League: Gods and Monsters (2015) Looney Tunes: Rabbits Run (2015) Batman
Batman
Unlimited: Monster Mayhem (2015) Lego DC Comics
DC Comics
Super Heroes: Justice League
Justice League
– Attack of the Legion of Doom (2015) Batman: Bad Blood (2016) Lego DC Comics
DC Comics
Super Heroes: Justice League
Justice League
– Cosmic Clash (2016) Justice League
Justice League
vs. Teen Titans
Teen Titans
(2016) Lego Scooby-Doo! Haunted Hollywood
Lego Scooby-Doo! Haunted Hollywood
(2016) Tom and Jerry: Back to Oz (2016) Lego DC Comics
DC Comics
Super Heroes: Justice League
Justice League
– Gotham City Breakout (2016) Batman: The Killing Joke (2016) Scooby-Doo! and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon (2016) DC Super Hero Girls: Hero of the Year (2016) Batman
Batman
Unlimited: Mechs vs. Mutants (2016) Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders (2016) Justice League
Justice League
Dark (2017) Scooby-Doo! Shaggy's Showdown
Scooby-Doo! Shaggy's Showdown
(2017) The Jetsons & WWE: Robo-WrestleMania! (2017) Teen Titans: The Judas Contract (2017) DC Super Hero Girls: Intergalactic Games (2017) Tom and Jerry: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (2017) Lego Scooby-Doo! Blowout Beach Bash
Lego Scooby-Doo! Blowout Beach Bash
(2017) Lego DC Super Hero Girls: Brain Drain (2017) Batman
Batman
and Harley Quinn (2017) Batman
Batman
vs. Two-Face (2017) Scooby-Doo! & Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2018) Batman: Gotham by Gaslight (2018) Lego DC Comics
DC Comics
Super Heroes: The Flash (2018) Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay (2018) Batman
Batman
Ninja (2018) Lego DC Super Hero Girls: Super-Villain High (2018)

Short films

The Duxorcist (1987) The Night of the Living Duck (1988) Box-Office Bunny
Box-Office Bunny
(1990) I'm Mad (1994) Chariots of Fur (1994) Carrotblanca (1995) Another Froggy Evening (1995) Superior Duck (1996) Pullet Surprise (1997) Marvin the Martian in the Third Dimension
Marvin the Martian in the Third Dimension
(1997) From Hare to Eternity
From Hare to Eternity
(1997) Father of the Bird (1997) Little Go Beep (2000) Chase Me
Chase Me
(2003) The Karate Guard
The Karate Guard
(2005) DC Showcase: The Spectre (2010) DC Showcase: Jonah Hex (2010) Coyote Falls
Coyote Falls
(2010) Fur of Flying
Fur of Flying
(2010) DC Showcase: Green Arrow (2010) Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam (2010) Rabid Rider
Rabid Rider
(2010) DC Showcase: Catwoman (2011) I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat
I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat
(2011) Daffy's Rhapsody
Daffy's Rhapsody
(2012) The Master (2016)

See also

Warner Animation
Animation
Group Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
Cartoons Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
Family Entertainment Hanna-Barbera Cartoon Network
Cartoon Network
Productions

Cartoon Network
Cartoon Network
Studios Williams Street Cartoon Network
Cartoon Network
Studios Europe

Category

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Annie Award for Best Animated Feature

1990s

Beauty and the Beast (1992) Aladdin (1993) The Lion King
The Lion King
(1994) Pocahontas (1995) Toy Story
Toy Story
(1996) Cats Don't Dance
Cats Don't Dance
(1997) Mulan (1998) The Iron Giant
The Iron Giant
(1999)

2000s

Toy Story
Toy Story
2 (2000) Shrek
Shrek
(2001) Spirited Away
Spirited Away
(2002) Finding Nemo
Finding Nemo
(2003) The Incredibles
The Incredibles
(2004) Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005) Cars (2006) Ratatouille (2007) Kung Fu Panda
Kung Fu Panda
(2008) Up (2009)

2010s

How to Train Your Dragon (2010) Rango (2011) Wreck-It Ralph
Wreck-It Ralph
(2012) Frozen (2013) How to Train Your Dragon 2
How to Train Your Dragon 2
(2014) Inside Out (2015) Zootopia
Zootopia
(2016) Coco (2017)

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