The Iron Giant from 1999 is an animated sci-fi drama film that used both traditional animation and computer animation, produced by Warner Bros. Animation, and based on the 1968 novel ‘The Iron Man’ by Ted Hughes.
It is arguably one of the most classic and beloved animated feature films of all time. The story of Hogarth and his giant robot friend is exciting, entertaining, encouraging, and appealing to children and adults. And on a deeper level, the movie sparks several conversations regarding gun control, war, and fatherhood.
The Iron Giant was Brad Bird’s very first time directing a movie – animated or otherwise. He has since worked for Pixar on The Incredibles 1 and 2 (2004, 2018), Ratatouille (2006), branched out to live-action territory on Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011) and Tomorrowland (2015).
Upon its release, the film saw wide critical acclaim from critics and audiences. It was nominated for several awards, winning nine Annie Awards. Although failed to succeed at the box office probably due to bad timing and marketing miscalculations.
One of the most memorable scenes is when the mysterious space robot unexpected and climactic transformation into an awesome war machine. When Hogarth is knocked unconscious, the Giant, thinking Hogarth is dead, transforms into a war machine, in grief, and in retaliation, it is forcing its way through the military trying to stop it.