Last night over dinner I was talking about animated films and how some of them are pure entertainment for children and a rare few are something much more. Those rare few include the Pixar films such as The Incredibles, as well as The Iron Giant. It turns out, The Iron Giant is 10 years old this year. It didn’t do well financially, but it won critical acclaim, and its creator, Brad Bird, went on the create other great films for Pixar.
I wrote about how films by Brad Bird should be watched the same way you watch films by Scorsese or Welles or Hitchcock. If you have enjoyed Ratatouille or The Incredibles, then you owe it to yourself to watch The Iron Giant. You will gain a new appreciate for those films, and you will have a great time in the process. For more on why this film is great, see this post: A Decade Later, The Iron Giant’s Weaponized Soul Still Stirs | Underwire | Wired.com
P.S. Found via kottke.org. BTW, I was going to post the trailer for the film, but to see it, you might think: oh, kid’s film. It is a film about a boy that would appeal to kids, but there is nothing childish about it.In fact, it is very sophisticated.
P.S.S. Here is a clip from the film. It shows a theme common to Bird’s films, namely how those who are great (in this case, the Iron Giant) are misunderstood and attacked by the others.
Nice animation, too. More in line with typical WB animation than the later Pixar films, which benefit from more advanced technology. But that fits in nicely with the Cold War / 1950s era it is portraying.