The Iron Giant

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Overview

A wonderful animated fable for the whole family to enjoy, Director Brad Bird's The Iron Giant receives a belated but welcome special-edition release from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. It may have been a long time coming, but this feature-packed disc undoubtedly deserves a place on the shelf of any fan. The feature is presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen, and it looks better than ever -- sporting a remarkably clean transfer with bold, vivid colors that seem to leap from the screen. English Dolby Digital ...
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Overview

A wonderful animated fable for the whole family to enjoy, Director Brad Bird's The Iron Giant receives a belated but welcome special-edition release from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. It may have been a long time coming, but this feature-packed disc undoubtedly deserves a place on the shelf of any fan. The feature is presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen, and it looks better than ever -- sporting a remarkably clean transfer with bold, vivid colors that seem to leap from the screen. English Dolby Digital 5.1 audio offers a clean mix of music and dialogue with the occasional, effective directional effect, with an alternate French Dolby Digital 5.1 also included. A commentary track with director Brad Bird, story-department heads Jeffrey Lynch and Steven Markowski, and head of animation Tony Fucile provides the filmmakers a chance to discuss their motivations with the film, and the track is alternately entertaining and informative. Journey further into the world of the Iron Giant with eight additional scenes, which even half-finished offer a tantalizing look at what the filmmakers could have accomplished given a little more time and a bigger budget. There's some truly inventive stuff here, and a dream sequence with the giant proves especially intriguing in its potential. It's too bad many of these scenes didn't make it into the film because as opposed to most deleted scenes, one really feels like these moments would have added great character depth while also entertaining the viewer. No less than 13 branching featurettes offer viewers the opportunity to interact with the feature by selecting a nuts and bolts icon that appears on the screen from time to time, and unpredictable storyboard-department animator Teddy Newton delves into the creative process in a pair of insightful featurettes. Fellow animators will no doubt relish the opportunity to take a peek at the actual animation process in additional featurettes, and viewers can join Vin Diesel behind the microphone as he and director Bird discuss the creative process. A trailer lovingly cut by director Bird himself gives greater emotional impact than the also included theatrical trailer, and DVD-ROM features will have viewers exploring and enjoying this wonderful release for many hours after they have taken in the main attraction.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; All-new digital transfer; Feature-length commentary by director Brad Bird, head of animation Tony Fucile, story-department head Jeff Lynch and Steven Markowski: animation supervisor for the Giant; Eight amazing additional scenes including an alternate opening and a giant's dream sequence; 13 branching mini-documentary segments highlighting key sequences from the viewpoint of score, character design, storyboards, and animation; Bird and creative consultant Teddy Newton analyze the movie's Annie Meets Kent and Duck and Cover sequences; "The Voice of the Giant" featuring Brad Bird and Vin Diesel; Stills gallery and more surprises; Filmographies; Theatrical trailers; Languages: English and Français; Subtitles: English, Français, and Español; Enhanced features for your DVD-ROM PC: Original theatrical website and links, web events and chat room access
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Editorial Reviews

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The Iron Giant is a wondrous animated fairy tale of post-Sputnik paranoia and the related fears of "otherness" that carries with it warm messages about friendship and non-violence. What should have been an unqualified hit, however, managed a scant $23 million at the box office due to an infamously indifferent advertising campaign by Warner Bros., which demonstrated that its animation competitors (Disney and Dreamworks) are far more comfortable with this end of the business. After all, the materials are all first-rate, from the incredibly cool-looking gentle giant, to the enthusiastic vocal talent, to the tight adaptation of Ted Hughes' book by directors Brad Bird and Tim McCanlies. What might seem on the surface like a simple "boy and his robot" tale is secretly a wicked parody of the 1950s, targeting not only hair-trigger government agents, but also pulp monster movies and laid-back beatniks. What provides the spine-tingling emotional core is the tender characterization of the childlike giant, whose swirling circular eyes and gravelly voice (thank you, Vin Diesel) convey heart-breaking empathy. Watching him innocently chomp junked cars and farm equipment is also oodles of fun. The struggle between this benevolent soul and his battle droid pre-programming, which appears in a flashy display of inventive artillery near the end, also sends a crystalline message to children that guns are bad -- an idea rarely communicated to them in so entertaining a fashion. It's a real shame that Hughes died during production, meaning he never got to see this glorious realization of his work.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/16/2004
  • UPC: 085391831822
  • Original Release: 1999
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Special Edition Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: English, Français
  • Time: 1:26:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 624

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Eli Marienthal Voice Only
Vin Diesel Voice Only
Jennifer Aniston Voice Only
Harry Connick Jr. Voice Only
Christopher McDonald Voice Only
James Gammon Voice Only
Cloris Leachman Voice Only
John Mahoney Voice Only
M. Emmet Walsh Voice Only
Mary Kay Bergman Voice Only
Ollie Johnston Voice Only
Frank Thomas Voice Only
Technical Credits
Brad Bird Director, Screenwriter
Allison Abbate Producer
Alan Bodner Art Director
Mark Dinicola Cinematographer
Darren Holmes Editor
Michael Kamen Score Composer
Marci Liroff Casting
Des McAnuff Producer
Tim McCanlies Screenwriter
Randy Thom Sound/Sound Designer
Pete Townshend Executive Producer
John Walker Associate Producer
Mark Whiting Production Designer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Eye(s) of the Storm [:04]
2. Rocket in Pocket [:04]
3. Home Alone [:01]
4. Into the Woods [:01]
5. Power Lunch [:07]
6. You Won't Believe This [:04]
7. Educational Film [:49]
8. Enter Kent [:04]
9. Something Big [:01]
10. The Luckiest Kid [:01]
11. Train Coming [:07]
12. Mr. Fixit [:02]
13. Hand Underfoot [:02]
14. National Insecurity [:57]
15. Hand Underfoot 2 [3:44]
16. Bedtime Stories [:29]
17. All U Can Eat [:04]
18. We Like Dean [:01]
19. Fast Friends [:01]
20. Satellites and Sundaes [:07]
21. Fun & Games [:04]
22. Banzai! [1:59]
23. Innocent Creatures [1:33]
24. Souls Don't Die [2:16]
25. Bad Dream [1:57]
26. Artful Disguise [:04]
27. Weapons to Bear [:01]
28. Not a Gun [:01]
29. Like Superman [:02]
30. Arsenals Unleashed [:04]
31. The Bomb [:04]
32. No Following [1:21]
33. See You Later [1:53]
34. End Credits [2:19]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Cast & Crew
         Cast
            Jennifer Aniston - Annie Hughes
            Harry Connick Jr. - Dean McCoppin
            Vin Diesel - The Iron Giant
            James Gammon - Marve Loach/Floyd Tubeaux
            Cloris Leachman - Mrs. Tensedge
            Christopher McDonald - Kent Mansley
            John Mahoney - General Shannon Rogard
            Eli Marienthal - Hogarth Hughes
            M. Emmet Walsh - Earl Stutz
         Crew
            Directed By Brad Bird
            Screen Story By Brad Bird
            Produced By Allison Abbate and Des McAnuff
            Executive Producer - Pete Townshend
            Based on the Book The Iron Man By Ted Hughes
            Screenplay By Tim McCanlies
            Production Designer - Mark Whiting
            Art Director - Alan Bodner
            Head of Animation - Tony Fucile
            Music Composed and Conducted By Michael Kamen
            Associate Producer - John Walker
      Commentary
      Additional Scenes
         Play All
         Original Opening Sequences
         Campfire
         The Drag Race
         Tired at Breakfast
         Original Introduction of Hogarth and Annie
         Classroom
         Annie and Dean in Diner
         The Giant's Dream
      Teddy Newton "The X-Factor"
      Duck and Cover Sequence
      The Voice of The Giant
      Additional Special Features
         Behind the Armor
            Play
         Motion Gallery
         Theatrical Trailer
         "Brad Bird" Trailer
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English
      Spoken Languages: Français
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Off
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Iron Giant DVD

    Very entertaining for small ones and for parents. My 2 year old daughter has probably watched it 30 times. Even for the smaller children the visual images will keep there attention. Even at age 2 my daughter did takeaway that we can 'choose who we want to be' and that 'guns are dangerous'. We also bought a copy for my 8 year old nephew who also loves the movie. Parents can enjoy it as well!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Love this Movie!

    Movie is great for whole family, all my kids love it! (ages 1-15 yrs)

    my daugther asked for this for her birthday...searched high and low...shoulda just checked Barnes&Noble...they had it! My daughter was thrilled.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Parable like Non-Other

    This movie goes beyond discussing good and bad, weapons or no-weapons. It strikes at the very heart human nature: are we as a race/species able to control our feelings and opinions just long enough to look at the larger picture to understand what is really important? YES that is a very heavy question found in a children's movie! But the movie is well worth it - regardless if you watch it for entertainment or a discussion of ethics. Side Commentary: Get a group of adults together and watch this along with the movie Ice Age (yes, another children's movie). I think I can promise a discussion like you have never heard before will emerge from the group.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An Amazing American Classic

    I'm not big on cartoons anymore, since i have reached my later teenage years. This movie is still a favorite of mine however, and i really look forward to purchasing the DVD. Any child with a sense of humor and imagination will love this movie until they become older and pass it on to their children. It's a timeless classic that hasn't yet been known to the world as one. I really hope everyone takes the chance to get this great DVD about an alien giant who no longer remembers where he is from, and has befriended a young boy who shows him the ropes of the Earth in the late 1950's.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Every Kid Should Own The Iron Giant

    It's June 2003 and The Iron Giant is an incredible movie. It teaches so many things like love, emotion, kindness, friendships, etc. Mostly, I love that it teaches guns are not safe. I have 4 yrs boy/girl twins and it's hard in todays world to find a movie that teaches violence is not good. They both loved the movie so much! Please share this heartfelt movie with your child. It's a must see with your family!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It's Time for the return of the IRON GIANT

    They Better make a sequel, That's all i got to say about that !

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The best animated film of the last decade.

    One of the most heartwarming, hilarious, and fun animated movies made in years, this movie was the victim of one of Warner Bros. worst marketing blunders ever. Most people were barely aware of it but those of us that saw it came out of the theatre either speechless or jabbering like excited 10 year olds. This story about a boy and a giant robot that doesn't remember what he's supposed to be, is the perfect example of what an animated film should be like. A wonderful adventure, crazy antics, and a story of true friendship. Fun for the whole family!

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