The Iron Giant

dir. Brad Bird

Series - Retrospective

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Acclaimed Pixar director Brad Bird (Ratatouille, The Incredibles) made his feature directorial debut with this gorgeously animated adventure about a boy in '50s small-town America who befriends an enormous, metal-eating alien robot.
The first feature from Brad Bird, director of The Incredibles and Ratatouille, The Iron Giant is a stunningly gorgeous animated adventure set in small-town, Cold War-era America. While the rest of the country looks into the sky to catch a glimpse of the Russian satellite Sputnik, a gigantic robot (voiced by Vin Diesel) with an appetite for cars, railroad tracks and TV antennas crash-lands near the home of nine-year-old Hogarth. Befriending the enormous visitor, Hogarth desperately tries to keep his new pal's existence a secret from both his mother (Jennifer Aniston) and a paranoid government agent. Based on the children's novel The Iron Man by British Poet Laureate Ted Hughes and a song cycle derived from the novel by The Who's Pete Townshend, The Iron Giant was a box-office failure on its initial release, but it has since acquired a cult following and been recognized as one of the best animated features of the last two decades.