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The Iron Giant | DVD | (17/04/2000)
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This gentle reworking of Ted Hughes's 1968 novella was the unseen gem of 1999. Hogarth, a young boy who lives in the Maine woods during the cold war, befriends a giant robot. As with ET, the iron giant is a misunderstood outsider who becomes a child's best friend and Hogarth does his best to hide the massive figure from his mom (voiced by Jennifer Aniston) and the local scrap-yard beatnik (Harry Connick Jr.). Soon the suspicions of neighbours and a government agent (Christopher McDonald) spell trouble. With no songs, no sidekicks and no cheap ending, The Iron Giant is a refreshing change--like an off-Broadway production compared to the glitz of Disney's annual animated extravaganzas. Director Brad Bird may have Family Dog and The Simpsons to his credit but this film doesn't have that brand of scatological humour. As with the best family entertainment, there are gags that adults will howl at while the kids are watching something else (see Bird's interpretation of cold war propaganda). And the star is one cool piece of animated magic. Voiced by Vin Diesel (Saving Private Ryan's hulking Private Caparzo) and filled with more gadgets than a Swiss army knife, the giant is a grand thing to behold. And like another famous cinema tin man, our hero--and the movie--has heart. Superb entertainment for ages 5 and up. --Doug Thomas
Cats And Dogs / Scooby Doo / Iron Giant | DVD | (08/09/2003)
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Cats & DogsThey're cunning. They're stealthy. They're waging a top-secret ultra-high-tech struggle for global domination right under our noses. they're .... Cats & Dogs! Witness this epic 'tail' of what happens when an eccentric professor (Jeff Goldblum) makes a discovery that could tip the age-old balance of pet power. Now an inexperienced young beagle pup named Lou is about to begin the ultimate mission im-paws-ible: to save humanity from a total cat-tastrophe!The Iron GiantSomething huge is on the horizon. Hogarth Hughes just rescued an enormous robot that fell from the stars to Earth. Now young Hogarth has one very big friend and an even bigger problem: How do you keep a 50 -foot-tall steel -eating (junkyard cars are especially tasty) giant a secret? It's even harder when a nosy government agent arrives in town to hunt down the alien invader and the combined land sea and air might of the U.S military is sent to demolish the giant. The result: an incredible adventure that's part metal part magic all heart.Scooby DooZoinks! Two years after a clash of egos forced Mystery Inc. to close its doors Scooby Doo and his clever crime solving cohorts Fred Daphne Shaggy and Velma are individually summoned to Spooky island to investigate a series of paranormal incidents at the ultra-hip Spring Break hot spot. Concerned that his way cool theme park might truly be haunted Spooky Island owner Emile Mondavarious tries to reunite these notorious meddling detectives to solve the mystery before his supernatural secret scares away the college crowds. Scooby and the gang will have to overcome their personal differences and forget everything they think they know about fake ghouls and phoney creatures to crack the case save themselves and possibly ... the world. Ruh-Roh!