Iron Giant
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  • Iron Giant

Iron Giant

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Director: Brad Bird

Cast: Brad Bird, Eli Marienthal, Vin Diesel, Jennifer Aniston


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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 widescreenSee more details below


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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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
Directed by Brad Bird (of "The Simpsons") and based on a storybook by British poet laureate Ted Hughes, The Iron Giant was among 1999's very best family films despite its inexplicably swift departure from theaters. Set in 1957 against a backdrop of cold war paranoia engendered by Russia's Sputnik launch, this is a deeply satisfying and lushly animated parable of friendship and trust. In the woods near his bucolic Maine hometown, imaginative nine-year-old Hogarth (voiced by Eli Marienthal) rescues and befriends a titanic mechanical man that has fallen from the sky. Hogarth must keep the iron man hidden from his mother (Jennifer Aniston) and a snooping government agent (Christopher McDonald) determined to find the metal man and destroy it. The expert cast of voices also includes Harry Connick Jr. as Dean, a beatnik and aspiring artist whose junkyard provides sanctuary and sustenance for the robot. Programmed with the potential to be either a ferocious weapon of a 50-foot toy, the giant has a few things to iron out, and Hogarth there to help him. A towering filmmaking achievement, The Iron Giant is finally finding the audience it so richly deserves.
All Movie Guide
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:
Original Release:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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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

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Eli Marienthal Hogarth Hughes
Vin Diesel The Iron Giant
Jennifer Aniston Annie Hughes
Harry Connick Dean McCoppen
Christopher McDonald Kent Mansley
James Gammon Marve Loach
Cloris Leachman Mrs. Tensedge
John Mahoney Shannon Rogard
M. Emmet Walsh Earl Stutz
Mary Kay Bergman Voice Only
Frank Thomas Train Engineer #2
Ollie Johnston Train Engineer #1

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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