The Iron Giant is a 1999 American animated science fiction comedy-drama film using both traditional animation and computer animation, produced by Warner Bros. Animation, and based on the 1968 novel The Iron Man by Ted Hughes. The film was directed by Brad Bird, scripted by Tim McCanlies, and stars Jennifer Aniston, Harry Connick, Jr., Vin Diesel, Eli Marienthal, Christopher McDonald, and John Mahoney.
The film is about a lonely boy named Hogarth Hughes raised by his mother (the widow of an Air Force pilot), who discovers an iron giant who fell from space. With the help of a beatnik artist named Dean McCoppin, they have to stop the U.S. military and a federal agent named Kent Mansley from finding and destroying the Giant. The Iron Giant takes place in October 1957 in the American state of Maine during the height of the Cold War. The film's development phase began in 1994, though the project took root once Brad Bird signed on as director, and his hiring of Tim McCanlies to write the screenplay in 1996. The script was given approval by Ted Hughes, author of the original novel, and production struggled through difficulties (Bird even enlisted the aid of a group of students from CalArts). The Iron Giant was released by Warner Bros. in the summer of 1999 and received high critical praise. It was nominated for several awards that most notably included the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation and the Nebula Award from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. The film made $31.3 million worldwide against a budget of between $50 million and $70 million.
Appearances in EDP projects Edit
- AniMat's Top 10 Favorite Disney Animated Films
- AniMat's Classic Reviews - The Iron Giant He reviews the film and gives it a perfect 10/10 and awards it the AniMat's Seal of Approval for its high quality of writing and innovative animation that's extremely clever, heartwarming and action packed.
- Animation Lookback: Pixar Animation Studios In part 3, when he talks about the production of The Incredibles, he says that some of Brad's inspiration for the Pixar film came from his life during the 90's while making The Iron Giant at Warner Bros. Animation. In addition to that, the flying scene from the film is played with the original sounds replaced with AniMat's narration. Afterwards, he mentions how The Iron Giant bombed at the box-office as a result of "crappy marketing".
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