Friday Flicks: The Iron Giant


This week’s movie has probably been seen by more people than last week’s incredible film “Warrior,” but I about many kids have seen it.

Folks my age and a bit younger have arguably seen this amazing animated classic. Now it’s time to show it to the next generation.

That’s exactly what I did a couple weeks ago. My 9-year-old daughter and I are trying to watch more movies together this year as one of my New Year’s Resolutions.

The first one we watched was “The Iron Giant.” It came out in 1999 and features a handful of familiar voices, including one who has made a living off sounding tough with his deep voice, and it works so well for the Iron Giant character.

The story pretty basic, a typical “boy and his dog” type story. A 9-year-old boy befriends a giant alien robot while wandering out into the forest at night during the 1950s. But, of course, because of the time and the robot being an alien with unknown powers, a government agent is trying to track down the robot.

It becomes a battle to keep the robot hidden as the U.S. agent begins to figure out what’s actually happening in this small town.

In the end, it’s a beautiful story of a boy and his best friend. Let’s just say, my daughter was crying at the end. She’d never seen it, and she wasn’t just tearing up, It was full on water works.

I even still tear up at the end. It’s hard not to. If you haven’t seen it, you’ll understand, and if you have seen it, you definitely understand.

One word: “Superman.”

I believe the movie is on Amazon. I own the DVD of it, so I can’t confirm that at this moment.

Also, the director Brad Bird also directed both “Incredibles”, “Ratatouille” and “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.” But “The Iron Giant” was his first movie, and boy did he crush it.