The Iron Giant
Release: August 06, 1999

The Iron Giant is a 1999 American animated science fiction film using both traditional animation and computer animation, produced by Warner Bros. Animation, and based on the 1968 novel The Iron Man by Ted Hughes. The film was directed by Brad Bird, scripted by Tim McCanlies, and stars Jennifer Aniston, Harry Connick, Jr., Vin Diesel, Eli Marienthal, Christopher McDonald, and John Mahoney. The film is about a lonely boy named Hogarth raised by his mother (the widow of an Air Force pilot), who discovers an iron giant who fell from space. With the help of a beatnik named Dean, they have to stop the U.S. military and a federal agent from finding and destroying the Giant. The Iron Giant takes place in October 1957 in the American state of Maine during the height of the Cold War. The film's development phase began around 1994, though the project finally started taking root once Bird signed on as director, and his hiring of Tim McCanlies to write the screenplay in 1996. The script was given approval by Ted Hughes, author of the original novel, and production struggled through difficulties (Bird even enlisted the aid of a group of students from CalArts). The Iron Giant was released by Warner Bros. in the summer of 1999 and received high critical praise (scoring a 97% approval rating from Rotten Tomatoes). It was nominated for several awards that most notably included the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation and the Nebula Award from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. However, the film was also a financial failure, making only $31.3 million worldwide against a budget of $50 million.

The Iron Giant: "Guns kill"
Hogarth Hughes: "Hey, big metal guy! I got food here for ya! Metal! Crunchy, delicious metal! Come and get it!"
The Iron Giant: "Souls Don't Die..."
Hogarth Hughes: "It's bad to kill. Guns kill. And you don't have to be a gun. You are what you choose to be. You choose. Choose."
Dean McCoppin: "Look, it's none of my business, but who cares what these creeps think of you? They don't make you what you are, you do. You are who you choose to be."
Train Engineer: "You're not gonna believe this, but it was a giant... metal... man"
The Iron Giant: "Suupermannnn"
Kent Mansley: "Screw our country, I want to live!!"
Hogarth Hughes: "NO,,, go! -Hogarth Hughes"
Secret Agent Kent Mansley: "You know, that's why you should always CHEW your food... -Secret Agent Kent Mansley"
Hogarth Hughes: "Dear God we thank you for giving us this food we're about to recieve and STOP the devil! from doing bad things? And GET OUT OF HERE! uh, Satan? GO! Go so that we may live in peace. Amen. -Hogarth Hughes"
Iron Giant: "Friennnnnnnnnnddddd...... -Iron Giant"
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