The Iron Giant (1999)

Hogarth (left) and the giant robot (right) from Warner Brothers "The Iron Giant" 1999

When I started to write the review for this movie I thought ‘I can’t believe I let this one slip by for so long’ (but then I say that about most of the posts). Warner Brothers 1999 classic The Iron Giant is based off the novel by Ted Hughes and tells the story of a boy named Hogarth (voice of Eli Marienthal) who discovers a giant robot from outer space. Hogarth, along with a beatnik friend named Dean (voice of Harry Connick Jr.) help keep the robot away from the U.S. military, who want to destroy the alien. Since it is a Warner Brothers production (actually Pete Townshend of the rock group The Who is listed as one of the producers as well) and if you are familiar with their style of work you should have a good  idea what caliber artwork went into this film. Excellent backgrounds but not quite the same anticipation and stretch movements one is accustomed to from WB characters like Bugs Bunny or Daffy Duck. Their use of computer generated animation is well handled and plays seamless with the entire production. The set designs really give one the feel of the 1950’s era. The story itself really holds no surprises, boy meets robot, trouble confronts them, all ends well, but it is a fun watch for fans of all ages. Noted voices include Vin Diesel (with the help of some nice electronic distortion) as the robot,  Jennifer Aniston, Harry Connick Jr and John Mahoney (most known in the U.S. as portraying Frasier’s father on the tv series, Frasier).

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