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Sir Thanks-Alot looks at THE IRON GIANT

Well, you folks know how I feel about the film, but here's what a New Yorker thought of the movie, just in case you don't trust us sloooooow southerners... :) It really is magnificient!

I saw Iron Giant over a month ago at a Warner Screening room in New York, and unlike the print you saw, there was no pencil animation or signs of anything incomplete. Maybe this means they added stuff, which would be a mistake based on what I saw. But, I have to wholeheartedly agree on your opinion of the film. I left it with the same exact feeling I had when I left E.T. at the tender age of 6 or that last frame of Babe. It was incredible, you just had to smile. I've been shouting "Superman!" ever since.

I have to admit that initially I wasn't impressed by the animation, but the film kind of sucks you in and progressively the animation becomes invisible and you're just watching these characters and "living" the Iron Giant. The Superman planting in there, goddamit, there hasn't been writing like that in a long time. One thing about good animation, as television animation like King Of The Hill and The Simpsons has shown us, is that there is an intense appreciation and attention to the writing -- I suppose because there has to be -- which gives a film like this real strength and discipline. There's also some pilfered Simpson jokes in there, which was interesting to see.

Last thing, depending on whether it was temp music or not, but the music I heard seemed very final and worked perfectly. Particularly the Superman theme at the end, at which point I lost it. They should leave it just like that. It is without question the best film of the year.

Sir Thanks-Alot

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  • June 18, 1999, 3:26 a.m. CST

    When does it open?

    by Spud

    And more to the point, when does it open in Ireland?

  • June 18, 1999, 3:38 a.m. CST

    I think

    by Nordling

    it opens August 6th, at least in the States. I don't have any idea what the date is for Ireland.

  • June 18, 1999, 6:35 a.m. CST

    Simpsons "pilfering"?

    by Pope Buck 1

    I doubt that whatever Simpsons jokes are in there are "pilfered," since Brad Bird was an executive on "The Simpsons" for many years, and still occasionally acts as a consultant for them. I would call them "tributes" or "in-jokes."

  • June 18, 1999, 7 a.m. CST

    Good news...

    by Slashman

    All I can say is, after reading so much good stuff about Iron Giant, I'm really looking forward to seeing this movie. I've seen the two big "event" movies(Star Wars and Austin Powers) and, while both were entertaining, I left neither with the overwhelming urge to rush back to the theatre and see them. Both struck me as the kind of films that, if I bought the tapes, I'd do a lot of fast forwarding to get to the good stuff. Why? Because both films lack strong storytelling. They're both basically what a lot of movies have become: A bunch of gags and/or effect pieces strung together, with a flimsy story to keep them together. Also, the hype on these two projects just really takes away from them. With Iron Giant, I see something unique, and something that looks like it could be pure fun to go see. The character designs have a definate retro-coolness to them, and it sounds like the screenwriting is excellent. If this movie comes off like it sounds like it might, this will be the "Let me see it again!" kind of movie I look for every summer. I can hardly wait!

  • June 18, 1999, 7:49 a.m. CST

    I have high hopes for this!!!! Kamen will score it.

    by wemdog1

    I saw the trailer to this before seeing the dissappointing Austin Powers 2, and I was heartwarmed and amazed. Anything that breaks away from the usual Disneyesque formula and the dumbing down of America kiddie fodder that has been coming out from Disney and several other places over the past several years automatically gets my support. My God! Don't tell me I am actually looking at something that may have a heart and some IQ points behind it! Honestly, this thing looks really good, and if they played their cards right, this could be a new classic. Incidentally, Micheal Kamen is doing the score, which will be released on Rhino Records August 3. (Check out www.filmscoremonthly.com for more info!) Kamen has scored the following: The Die Hard Trilogy, Robin Hood (The Kevin Costner one), Brazil, The Three Musketeers (the one with Charlie Sheen a few years back), The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (However you spell that!), Mr. Holland's Opus, and a bunch of other stuff for those of you that didn't know. I am eagerly looking forward to seeing how he scores an animated feature.

  • June 18, 1999, 9:25 a.m. CST

    Slow Southerners?!?!

    by HCEarwicker

    You're from AUSTIN! The New York of the South! Anytime you wanna drag your butt up here, pally, you're welcome.

  • June 18, 1999, 9:43 a.m. CST

    I.G. animation is AWESOME!

    by Irie

    Corners may have been cut here and there, but overall it's the best acted, most expressive character animation outside of DISNEY (especially recently). It blows the animation of that boring film "Prince of Egypt" to SHAME.

  • June 18, 1999, 11:34 a.m. CST

    the trailer

    by clayton7

    I've been reading lots of comments on here (and in other rooms concering the Iron Giant) along the lines of, "I loved it until I saw the trailer." Well Sir Thanks A-Lot touches on a great point when he mentions the Simpsons and King of the Hill - and I have to add Disney in there - that the animation, the look, is only a small part of it. The story, the writing is everything. I know some people that haven't given the Simpsons, King of the Hill, Dr. Katz, (and just pick any Disney movie) a chance because for one reason or another they don't like the illustration style. Granted, the look can hurt or help something - but it's like not reading a book because you don't like the dust jacket. Oh wait, I think there's a saying about that... :) Anyway, I hope people keep giving it good reviews and quit judging the movie by its illustration style. I personally can't wait to see it.

  • June 18, 1999, 3:07 p.m. CST

    actually i think ATLANTA's the new york of the south

    by llamaboy

    Austin's more like the San Francisco or LA, i'm in birmingham alabama, the butt of the south

  • June 19, 1999, 2:49 a.m. CST

    IT'S CALLED THE IRON MAN

    by BLUE THUNDER

    IT'S CALLED THE IRON MAN!!!!!! DOH Comment: why oh why oh why, do they have to take a perfectly marvellous modern classic of British literature and ruin the title?! ARGH!!!!! AND I BET IT'S SET IN THE USA!!! OH NO!!! :-( Ted Hughes was Poet Laureate for a while, a long while, and his story, THE IRON MAN, I read in junior school. It was fantastic. I dread to think what Hollywood has done. They've ruined the title for a start. Why can't they make things like they were meant to be. I hope the first half of the film is scary has hell, like the book is . There is a printing of the book, I think it might be a mid 1970's printing, and the illustrations are creepy, scary, weird. BRILLIANT. Tom Baker read it on "Jackanory" (which was a famous British story telling TV show on BBC1) in the mid 1980's, and it was so chilling.. WOW. I Hope Hollywood haven't made it cute. I bet they have. :-( How sad.

  • Aug. 4, 2006, 9:55 a.m. CST

    Can you smell the hyperbole?

    by Wolfpack