The Iron Giant DVD|
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 Thomasfrom£5.99 | RRP:
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 or region free DVD player in order to play "The Iron Giant" tells the story of young Hogarth who becomes the luckiest kid in the world after discovering an Iron Giant in his Maine backyard Hogarth becomes the best friend and unlikely guardian to the 50-foot metal-eating Giant as the military closes in to hunt down the "alien" invader Through their experiences Hogarth teaches the Giant what it means to be a hero and together they discover the true meaning of friendship Theatrical Trailer The Making Of The Iron Giant (22 min Documentary) Music Video Cha Hua Hua Interactive Menu Scene Access Director Brad Bird Certificate Universal Suitable for All Year 1999 Screen Widescreen 2351 Languages English - Dolby Digital (51) Subtitles English ; Arabic ; Romanian ; Bulgarian ; English for the hearing impaired Closed Captions Yes Duration 1 hour and 23 minutes (approx)
Brad Bird makes his directorial debut with this animated sci-fi adventure. In 1957, a gigantic iron man crash lands from outer space in Rockwell, Maine. After reassembling itself, the giant is discovered by nine-year-old Hogarth Hughes (voice of Eli Marienthal), who helps it to conceal itself while feeding on scrapyard cars. Hogarth is assisted by beatnik Dean McCoppin (Harry Connick Jr), unaware that government agent Kent Mansley (Christopher McDonald) is already on the trail of what he regards as an 'alien invader'.
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Though it's true to say that Disney, Pixar and other computer-animated studios now dominate the battle for the eager eyes and minds of children at the cinema, few of their offerings present as rich and as heart-warming a story as Warner's The Iron Giant.
Based loosely on a work from Ted Hughes of poet laureate fame, the tale is set during the early days of the Cold War. A mixture of excitement and paranoia, heightened by the first soviet forays into space with Sputnik, are kept in perfect balance by the innocent discovery of a crash-landed-giant-robot by Hogarth, a young boy.
As the boy indulges in his fantasies of playing space-cadet with the ultimate playfriend, the giant receieves an education in black and white, literally through the eyes of a child - and there is something to be said for that.
There are many light hearted moments. From the introduction of the robot to the comic-character of Superman- an alien visitor fighting for good on Earth, to attempts to hide the giant from the investigations of a trigger-happy government agent. Indeed, as the awesome capabilities of the giant become apparent, this "shoot first and ask questions later" mentality provides the vehicle for the message central to the story's heart wrenching finale, extolling the virtues of self-determination, of choice, and of free will. It will give children and adults alike a taste of the bitterness of loss, and the sweetness of hope.
We are left knowing that it is not what we are born or in the case of the giant, what we are created - but our choices that define us. In the words of the boy, Hogarth, "You are who you choose to be...".
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