02 March 2006

Disappearing Ink #2 - The Iron Giant

Before The Incredibles, there was The Iron Giant. Directed by Brad Bird, this film presents the story of a young boy in cold war Maine who befriends an alien robot who just happens to be the ultimate weapon of destruction. I may never again praise Vin Diesel for anything, but he nails the voice of the giant. Jennifer Aniston and Harry Connick Jr. also contribute great performances to this much underrated and underviewed film.

The handful of people that have seen this movie have nothing but praise for it as shown by its amazing 97% freshness rating on Rotten Tomatoes. So why did this movie bomb when it came out in 1999? Probably because there weren't enough singing animals in the cast. But despite my fondness for vocally inclined creatures, this movie is probably better without them. I give it an A-.


The Iron Giant (Special Edition)






The Incredibles (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)

6 comments:

Bunny Dee said...

I really don't get why this wasn't more box-office-successful either... Oh well, I loved it ;)

Chip Chief said...

Did you hear the news that Brad Bird is going to direct Pixar's next movie Ratatouille? Suddenly, I am excited. Bring on the rat!

mykgerard said...

from reading various websites I think that WB kinda didn't want it to get huge so they promoted it as little as possible.

possible reasons:

it has a strong anti-gun message and the NRA is a powerful organization.

Chip Chief said...

i huess thats possible, but then why even make it? i am just glad its finally getting the admiration it deserves.

Anonymous said...

great, great movie. not just a great animated movie, just a great movie.
love it.

Anonymous said...

The movie wasn't a big money maker because Warner's marketing team dumped their money into another WB movie that came out at the time (Deep Blue Sea) and put less into Iron Giant. On top of this the show was given a PG rating, which was not common for traditionally animated movies at the time...
At least it will inspire great filmaking in the future. Brad Bird did his part...