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The Iron Giant (1999)
« on: April 16, 2013, 06:27:44 pm »

Just like The Prince of Egypt, it was high time that I busted out The Iron Giant, which by the way is my all-time favorite "Traditional" 2-D Animated film (with some computer enhancements). And just like Egypt, this is one that I haven't watched in the same amount of time as well. Shame on me!! It's crazy how some of my favorite films can get lost in the shuffle over the years. Even though I've thought about the movie on a semi regular basis since last watching it, I just never found time to revisit this exceptional movie. If you are a fan of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, then you absolutely will love The Iron Giant. It's basically the same plot, only instead of a cute alien creature, we are dealing with a 100 foot tall Robot from outer space.

What's not to love about this one? The story, as familiar as it may be, is just fricken' awesome. I love the art direction the team went with when deciding what look the film should be in. The retro look really adds to the charm of the film. The audio is phenomenal. If you've never watched this film on a proper home theater system, you are doing yourself a HUGE disservice. One of the best sounding DVD's I've ever owned in my life is The Iron Giant. But as great as this looks and sounds, it's the voice acting that takes this to a whole other level. The movie succeeds in large part by the talent that they assembled to bring life to the characters. Eli Marienthal as Hogarth Hughes OWNS this movie. Love the kids voice and his acting here. But the thing that makes this such a beautiful story is the Giant's design to go along with Vin Diesel's voice acting, giving us a very sympathetic character that we are pulling for. That's a hard thing to accomplish in an animated film let alone a live action film. Jennifer Aniston, Harry Connick, Jr., Christopher McDonald, John Mahoney and Cloris Leachman all did fantastic work in their respective roles.

The writing and the story is just a wonderful, ecaspist film that takes you to another place and you just get sucked into it and don't want to leave....ever. There are a lot of funny sight gags and jokes that still make me smile and laugh, no matter how many times I have seen this movie. And it also has one of the greatest and most heroic scenes ever seen in any movie, which takes place at the end when they have Giant save Hogarth and the town by sacrificing himself. How f*cking awesome is it when Giant says "Superman", closes his eyes and goes out like a champ? It STILL gives me chills. But the best part about the movie is the very end. For fear that you cats haven't seen the movie, I will not say anymore. But lets just say that when you see the ending, it will leave you with a smile on your face and most likely saying "F*ck Yeah!"

Brad Bird for the win in getting his vision of the story up on the Big Screen and having the foresight to get Michael Kamen to do the amazing score. I highly recommend this as a Buy. Don't Rent it, just buy the movie right now. It's a movie you will keep with you till the day you die. I'm pretty sure that I will find time to watch this one again sometime later this week. It always leaves me feeling good about things.
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Re: The Iron Giant (1999)
« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2013, 06:28:24 pm »
The Iron Giant DVD Screencaps

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Re: The Iron Giant (1999)
« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2013, 09:47:13 am »
Gaaaaawd, I haven't watched this in too long. I love this flick.

Highly recommend. It will definitely appeal to young and old alike and that is an extremely hard balance to maintain.
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Re: The Iron Giant (1999)
« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2013, 07:31:10 pm »
Still cry at the end.  One tear.  Just enough.  Gotta love a movie that does that to you every time.

I can't believe how old this movie is.  Or how long it's been since I've seen it, or that NO one else in my family saw it, we're an animation family, we like our cartoons but everyone else gave this one a pass.  I remember seeing this in the movie theater even, watching the VHS, I remember the articles in Starlog (oh god, remember Starlog?) and even a line of Zits comics where Jeremy and Hector get Iron Giant tickets as subterfuge to get into an R-rated flick instead, one that really screws with their minds.

So yeah, I feel a connection to this movie.

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« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2013, 08:01:22 pm »
It's a day later and The Iron Giant is STILL on my mind. That's how much this movie kicks ass. It stays with you long after the last scene plays out. Oh, and I still have a bunch of back issues of Starlog that I refuse to get rid of.
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« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2013, 08:13:53 pm »
I lost so many comics and magazines in the move in the 90s.  Miss Starlog for sure, that was the only way I can remember getting the inside track on movies and seeing publicity and behind the scenes photos of movies, presented big and, relatively, clear.  Though nothing compared to the print quality of Total Film or Empire (which don't scratch the same itch, but I still like), those were a nice way for me to explore my love of movies at a time where all else you could do was buy the VHS or a couple low-res JPGs off the Compuserve whatever.  To know the inside track (well, enough of the "inside track" they were willing to tell you) about how they made the flick and the neat little tricks they used.  It would still be a few years before I got my first DVD player (with my first laptop, when I left for college) and could see the special features, when they were deemed worth making and including... oh, I'm nostalgia tripping and I'm not even talking about the movie.

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Re: The Iron Giant (1999)
« Reply #6 on: August 28, 2015, 06:44:14 pm »
The Iron Giant Official Re-Release Trailer - Signature Edition (2015)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=doSJxiYp9yo

Looks like The Iron Giant is getting a theatrical re-release, and rightly so. I wonder what the eventual Signature Edition DVD release will have included.
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Re: The Iron Giant (1999)
« Reply #7 on: August 28, 2015, 07:14:21 pm »
I teared up a little watching this trailer.  Not as much as I did for the Winnie The Pooh trailer (that d8mn song), but that got me too. 

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« Reply #8 on: August 29, 2015, 04:29:11 am »
I'm reading there will be included two extra scenes, not seen before. That doesn't really add interest to me, because regardless, I'll be picking the BR up. Fantastic film.
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Re: The Iron Giant (1999)
« Reply #9 on: April 18, 2016, 06:55:08 pm »
The library snapped this up and jumped right on it. Timeless classic. It looks and sounds fantastic. What an amazing flick.

I just noticed one little trivia bit. There's a scene where Robots dismembered hand is making its way through Hogarth's house. At one point the hand is watching TV where they are are promoting Tomorrowland. Brad Birds latest live action flick

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Re: The Iron Giant (1999)
« Reply #10 on: April 18, 2016, 08:55:32 pm »
I never caught that. Great eye.
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