The Iron Giant Now that everybody knows writer-director Brad Bird — the mind behind Pixar's new superhero epic, The Incredibles — maybe The Iron Giant will earn the… The Iron Giant Now that everybody knows writer-director Brad Bird — the mind behind Pixar's new superhero epic, The Incredibles — maybe The Iron Giant will earn the…
Movie on DVD Review

The Iron Giant (2004)

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Nov 16, 2004; DVD Release Date: Nov 16, 2004; Movie Rated: PG; Genres: Animation, Sci-fi and Fantasy; With: Jennifer Aniston, Harry Connick Jr., Vin Diesel and Eli Marienthal

Now that everybody knows writer-director Brad Bird — the mind behind Pixar's new superhero epic, The Incredibles — maybe The Iron Giant will earn the audience it deserves. (Warner mishandled its theatrical release with a terrible marketing campaign—shame on them.) A sort of Cold War E.T. pairing a lonely boy with a metallic walking weapon of mass destruction from outer space, the heartfelt tale teems with baby-boomer touchstones: duck-and-cover nuclear-defense-drill movies in school; late-night horror flicks on black-and-white TV at home; and in town, the culture clash between paranoiac spy guys and hey-chill-out beatniks. If that sounds promisingly adult for a ''cartoon,'' well, that's Bird.

EXTRAS Amusing but rightly cut scenes, including one with a teacher, Mrs. Tensedge, voiced by Cloris Leachman; a commentary that's long on artist thanking; and an excellent embedded-menu production history (click on a nuts-and-bolts logo that pops up periodically), capped by Easter-egg footage of the giant ballet-dancing.

Originally posted Nov 12, 2004 Published in issue #793 Nov 19, 2004 Order article reprints