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THE IRON GIANT cometh! Adding Reviews As I Feel Like It, Because Gosh Darnit, It's brilliant!

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Click Here For Harry's Review of THE IRON GIANT!!!

Folks, I feel strongly about this film. August 6th is a busy day, and I can tell you out of the 3 films I've seen thus far for that day, MYSTERY MEN is a solid entertaining film, THE SIXTH SENSE (review coming) is the best studio supernatural film I've seen thus far this summer (better than STIR OF ECHOES and THE HAUNTING) and then there is the classic film. The one that I believe is hands down a film for the ages and that would be THE IRON GIANT. Today (Sunday) in select theaters it's screening as a paid sneak, where audience people (people like you) can pay as if you were seeing any ol movie and watch THE IRON GIANT. Then at 7pm (E.S.T.) on the WB there's an IRON GIANT special. Find this film. DO NOT LET WARNER BROTHER'S SUBPAR ADVERTISING KEEP YOU AWAY! Remember how bad they made L.A. CONFIDENTIAL look? They're doing it again. Last night, there was a cast and crew screening of the film that Moriarty went to, HOWEVER, these reviews came from OTHER screenings that took place in different cities around the U.S. If I had received a BAD REVIEW I would publish it, but so far... out of the 100 plus reviews I have received, I have not received one single bad review yet. The reason? Because this is a classic film. A great movie. Seek this film out. You will not regret it. I don't like to give ratings to movies... You know... Like the four star or five star bits. Because I don't like to label films. But in a rating system, I'd give this film the highest possible recommendation. And, below, I've included a sampling of the least enthusiastic reviews I have received in the last two weeks. Beginning with The Giant Squid...

The Giant Squid here. I've been reading your site for quite some time now and have heard all the hoopla about The Iron Giant, and yesterday, the gods of celluloid smiled down upon me and led me to a sneak preview screening of it.

I slithered in and found myself in a theater filled with parents and kids, and I stuck out like a sore thumb. I had a lot of high expectations about the film after reading so much about it on your site, and I am happy to say that all my expectations were met and then some.

WARNING SPOILER PARAGRAPH AHEAD, SKIP IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT IT!!!!

I know this comes as no surprise at all for you, but this film has to be the single best animated American film ever. I've never been so touched in so many places by an animated film before. Even now, a day later, images and moments from the film are stuck in my mind. The deer, the talk about souls, the Giant's reaction when he almost hurt Hogarth, the paranoia of the people around him, when he takes flight for the first time, and finally soaring to the sky at the very end and, ahhh, "Superman!"

END OF SPOILER PARAGRAPH CONTINUE!!!

This is animation that's grown up. This is a story with a message. After the movie, instead of hearing the kids around me singing a cheesy song, I heard a little child ask what the Giant meant when he said, "I am not a gun." This is the kind of film that kids need to see. At the end of the film, there was applause from the audience, but not just the pitter-patter of children's hands, it was from their parents. This is an important film, especially in this day and age. The lack of marketing for this film is almost stunning. Everyone needs to know about it. Parents, run with your kids to see the first possible screening of this film. Everybody, force your friends to see this film with you. We can't let this film be a flop. This is the future of animated film in America.

This movie is so good, I've forgiven Warner Bros. for Eyes Censored Shut.

And Harry, keep up the good work. I salute you with all ten tentacles.

Until later, I've got to go sink a ship.

- The Giant Squid

And here is Wraith 7000's review...

Greetings all who are cool,

I have just viewed The Iron Giant and though you might like to hear my take on it. If this idea pleases you, please read further, if not, turn back now.

Here's how it goes; I'll try and keep it short, sweet, and as spoiler free as possible. I have been anticipating this film for some time, so when my cohorts informed me there would be a special secret viewing of the print for Sunday's sneak, I was all about it. When we got to the theatre I went to the restroom and then quickly trucked on down to the auditorium with digital sound, I opened the door and curses, someone was in there watching Deep Blue Sea. Hummm... so I proceed to the next auditorium and there the select lucky few were waiting on me in order to start the film. I walked into that auditorium and yikes, the air was broken so it was like being in a big stagnant sauna. Oh well, regular sound and a steambath it would have to be, because if this movie is as good as the word I had been hearing, I knew all those factors would fade into the background.

The movie started, and at first I thought humm...this looks ok but is this going to be the same animated movie I had seen many times in the past, but when Hogarth's character is introduced and the other characters make their appearances they really start to fill in and interact wonderfully, I could begin to feel that this wasn't like so many animated films I had seen in the past. (the sauna around me was starting to disipate...sound starting to improve). This movie really began to seem like it wasn't animated at all, the animation was seamless and the chioce of music fit perfectly in each scene, and best of all the giant didn't leap up and sing a duet with Harry Connick Jr.,(even though that might have been pretty cool, I have seen Harry twice in concert and would love to see him on tour with a 100 foot robot) but anyway, the thing that is really great about this film is that there are scenes of wonderful innocent humor, in which we laughed so hard I almost started to cry. These scenes are great because they're not goofy (i.e. goofy sidekick character) or raunchy (i.e.South Park) but are genuine funny beacuse the characters are so well represented in every aspect. Now I'm not saying The Iron Giant is a comedy, just that there are good and proper comedic scenes in the film. Along with these scenes there are also some equally as great heartfelt scenes of sadness and understanding. Everything in this films works together wonderfully and the direction in this film is superb, especially the subtle little things added here and there that really bring this film and it characters to life. I know this my be wishful thinking and that it really doesn't matter in the scheme of things, but I really would like to see The Iron Giant nominted for best picture and director, of course I'd also like to see it for Eyes Wide Shut, but that's another story.

The Iron Giant is a great film and it really does show that an animated feature can be created and work on many different levels without having to have a song and dance routine in every other scene. I think kids as well as us old folks will really take to this film. I hope everyone who gets to watch The Iron Giant will enjoy it as much as I did, because it really is quality filmmaking at its best ... it is like one of those great films that you remember from your childhood, a fond memory that you welcome back every chance you get.

wraith7000

Here is T.O.D.D. (Totally Ordinary Death Dealer)'s look at it... and this review has some strong spoilers, so you may want to skip this part all together and move on to the next review!

Dear Harry,

My name is T.o.d.d. and I love your site. I've been coming here for years and I've been informed many a time by the nuggets of info this site has to offer and now I have something for you to feed to your readers . I just got home from The Iron Giant private screening here in Buffalo and I must say that this film is a wonderful masterpiece of a story. Going into this film knowing absolutely nothing about it was actually a relief because I was able to capture a wonderful feeling called fun. This element is so lacking in film these days so much. The story is set in the 50's and in a time of paranoia and the red menace. A wonderful backdrop to the story I may add too. It later added much depth to the fear you'd expect to see on screen because of this monstrous creation. The robots character is easily adorable as his relationship with the boy Hogarth Hughes grows into a strong friendship. The whole movie I felt as if I never wanted anyone to discover the robot because it was just inevitable that we'd see the government stick its nose into this story and want to blow it back to kingdom come. Its really easy to fall in love with the robot because of his innocent demeanor , but his nature as a creation is that of war and it's hard to watch as he becomes a powerful machine of destruction when threatened. You sympathize with the robot in every aspect because we understand the confusion of being new on a planet with no memory of where he came from. I'm not going to ruin this movie for anyone, all I'll say to you is go see this movie on August 6 and prepare for a funny, touching film that you'll soon never forget.

Here's our long time reviewer, LongShot!

The Longshot here again. Just went to a screening of 'The Iron Giant' this morning. I'm not going into the plot, since it has been covered enough on this site. There were certainly plenty of kids at this one, so it was good to judge reactions. Everyone was clapping at the end. Lots of promise next weekend, even with the busy schedule.

As for the movie, I have to say this is one of the most wonderful animated films I had seen in years. A must see. I couldn't see the seams between the computer animation, like I could do on occasion with Tarzan. I enjoyed Tarzan and I think it is the best Disney has done in a while, but this raises the bar and did what I hoped Prince of Egypt would do. This is going to be a great year for animated features, with Mononoke Hime, Heavy Metal, Toy Story 2, etc. all coming up this year.

The Longshot

And lastly we have the Unsigned with their hopes and prayers for this film.

CHRIST, Harry. Just saw "Iron Giant" and it BLEW ME AWAY!!!!!!! It's so friggin' cool I could hardly stand it. I felt like I was 10 years old again (and I'm 33). The story, acting, and craftmanship on every level felt as though sweat and blood went into every frame. The sincerity of the effort shines through and affected me in ways no recent movie has (and I'm talkin' since "The Butcher Boy" last year...). I'm wary of the internet hype, but in this case, you've hit it smack dab on the nail. Fingers crossed that Warners will realize what they have on their hands and give it a bigger push than they have. If that doesn't happen, toes crossed that the public will warm to this film and make them look like fools!!!!! DIE MEDIOCRITY DIE!!!!!!

Here is Nick Nightingale with his opinion of THE IRON GIANT!

Harry, I know you're getting flooded with Iron Giant reviews so I'll keep my contentions short and to the point. The Iron Giant is the best film I've seen all summer. This is quite simply why I love movies. Star Wars and Eyes Wide Shut were both outstanding films, but they pale in comparison to this beautiful and endearing film. I've always been a firm believer in the notion that the most significant films will always take the world by surprise. Not only did The Iron Giant take me by surprise, it exceeded every virutal expectation I had. It is the definitive summer 99 movie. God only knows how much attention and admiration this film would've gotten if it opened on the coveted July 4th weekend, which was infested by Wild Wild West this summer. One quick question: Did the WB executives even WATCH The Iron Giant? Did they not know that they had lightning in a bottle? Who knows...The only thing I know for sure is that I feel lucky to be a part of this experience. I promise you that I will look back on this film in twenty years with the same amount of awe and wonder that I felt today. I cherish many movies that were made decades ago, and all I can think of is what it would've been like to be around when they were released for the first time to relish the hoopla if it's justified. Well...Now I know. This may be a striking blow to my masculinity, but towards the end of this film I was choking back tears. Yeah that's right TEARS!! This movie pierced my hardened, cynical shell that I vigorously display whenever I see a film. I love this movie, it made me feel like a kid again. This is not only one of the best films of the year, it's the best family film in what seems like ages. Every frame, every line, and every situation is chock full of unbridled energy and imagination. Did I forget to mention that I'm a twenty year old pool table installer who is quick to bash a film for any minor imperfection? That personal fact should exemplify just how universally admirable this film is. Do yourself (and your soul) a favor and see this film as soon as possible. Nick Nightingale out...

And here's how passionately Stone feels about this film...

Harry, please, I'm begging you to post this.

This isn't a scoop, or really even a reveiw. An homage....? No, not even.

I went to see "The Iron Giant " this afternoon. We don't get any sneak previews up here in Hamilton Ontario often, so when a movie I have heard nothing but praise for gets a sneak 6 days early I jump at the chance.

I simply haven't got the words. It was summerized really well about a month ago by someone who wrote in who had seen a REALLY early preview. It was "The Iron Giant review" posted in the "Reviews" section, around the same time as "Tarzan". His review is what sold me on it. I.....I just don't even know what to say. Really. Normally I am very well spoken, wordy even. But this movie has trown me into a stupor.

The point of me writing was to beg all of you to take a few minutes of your time and e-mail WB to thank them. Yes, that's right, THANK THEM. And Brad Bird too. I'm sure Harry can provide the correct e-address at the bottom of this, 'cause I don't know it. I really want everyone you reads this to;

A) Go see "The Iron Giant. Take A sick day, ditch your "no-cartoon buddies", tell your wife/husband you'll be out for a few hours. Just go. Go by yourself, take your little cousin, hell...take a neighbours kid. Just go. Don't worry about having the movie "spoiled" by someone (like the little cousin) , your gonna go see it again anyway.

B) Take a minute and let WB, Brad Bird, all the others that were involved, and in the end, the media and the rest of the world know how much you like this movie and how grateful you are. Not grateful to them just because they made it, grateful because SOMEONE is still able to make these movies. The good ones.

I feel like I'm 10 or 11 and just discovered a really cool thing. I had meant for this letter to be inspiring. I only hope that it actually garners a response of EVERYONE sending in an e-mail to WB to let EVERYONE know how good this is.

Someone is gonna say I work for WB I'm sure. I don't. I just really want everyone to feel as good as I do right now.

Stone.

This came in from Eisenstein...

I saw Iron Giant about an hour ago, and I was absolutely moved and stunned by the experience. From the opening shot of the Earth, I knew that the film was in the hands of a master. Brad Bird had every shot containing something very original visually for the audience. With this film, Brad Bird moves onto my list of great directors regardless of animation or non-animation. He has created the most exciting film of the year over directors who had more money than him and had the latest visual effect technincians working for them (Star Wars-Lucas, The Haunting-Jan de Bont, The Mummy, The Matrix, Entrapment, Wild Wild West, Deep Blue Sea, etc.). Iron Giant is going on my top five films of the year which now includes Eyes Wides Shut as #1, Blair Witch, Cookie's Fortune, and Limbo. Hopefully, the audience will not ignore this film on August 6th.

Here's George Bailey's review

Hey Harry-

Here's more happy noise about The Iron Giant. Saw the sneak today with my number one son. He's 9 and I'm 40-something. We went in with expectations, some similar, some (obviously) different. I lived through the Cold War, Commies in the closet, duck-and-cover drills (yeah, rrrrrright) and MAYPO commercials!! Did we like it? As I write, I hear the sound of my son in his room, playing and saying "Hogarth, no follow now..." It's an instant classic in these parts and we'll be searching out the toy relentlessly til we come across at least one. Then, we'll fight it out for ownership!

The film itself is a lovely mix of traditional animation with some near-seamless computer stuff. In some of the forest scenes, I'd swear they'd dug out one of Uncle Walt's old multi-plane cameras. The script radically changes the original Ted Hughes storyline while retaining all of the warmth and charm. On the ride home, we called the wife and the kid told her about the times he laughed until he cried and then I told her about the times I just plain cried. I can't wait to take her with us next weekend.

Tell everyone, go see this gem, you'll long remember the iron man who has a heart...and a soul.

George Bailey

This one came from E.R. (Ever-Ready)

The best film I have seen in ten years.

Here's THE GRADUATE's look at the film... Warning about spoilers though! He gave it 3 out of 4 stars for an alleged 'slow middle act'...

Hi there! The Graduate here with a review of the latest treat to come from the Warner Brothers, this year’s Comeback King (ignoring a few missteps like WILD WILD WEST). I was fortunate enough to catch word of the nationwide sneak preview of THE IRON GIANT mere minutes before showtime. Thanks to my brand new wheels, I was there in a flash and snagged a primo seat as well.

The buzz on this one, at least among animation lovers, has been strong. The movie’s a week from release, and already phrases like "instant classic" and "masterpiece" are being bandied about. Is it? Well, not quite. But it IS by far the best picture to come out of Warner Brothers Feature Animation and the first animated film in years to successfully defy the "Disney formula." There are no distracting songs, no unnecessarily sidekicks, no forced love angle. Instead, there’s just a well-crafted story and some honestly interesting characters.

The setup, for those who don’t know: a giant robot descends from the sky and is befriended by young Hogarth Hughes. Hogarth enlists the help of a local hipster, Dean, to hide the robot from his mother, not to mention a nosy government agent, Kent Mansley. One of the film’s most wonderful strokes is the setting: not a fairy-tale kingdom, but right here in America, Maine, autumn 1957, smack dab in the middle of the Cold War. It’s an unexpected place to set an animated film, but it fit the story perfectly: from the action comics and monster movies Hogarth craves to the "Red scare" paranoia of the government agent, the setting honestly added to the character’s motivations.

The animation has been heralded, but to me the backgrounds felt less lush than recent Disney offerings. The character animation seemed little "cartoony" at first but did allow the characters a good range of expression. The voices all fit seamlessly with their characters, though I felt the standout was Jennifer Aniston as Hogarth’s mother Annie, a single mom who has her hands full with her son. She’s desperate to protect him at the same time he craves adventure. Aniston seized the chance to voice a character she isn’t quite old enough to play in live action films, and it makes me crave the chance to see her in some other meaty roles.

But THE IRON GIANT is, at its heart, an homage to old 50’s-era monster movies, and its title character is really what makes it shine. And what a character. The Giant is superbly animated, and Brad Bird’s one significant achievement with this film is the seamless integration of a 3D computer effect with traditionally hand-drawn characters (something even the Mouse House hasn’t managed). The Giant’s physical expressiveness is a joy to watch (particularly as he picks up on and imitates Hogarth’s physical quirks), and it’s not until late in the film that you learn what he is truly capable of. The moment is wonderful and terrifying, and it makes me want a giant of my very own. The climax is thrilling, the conclusion and epilogue powerful and unexpected. The ending is by far the best part of the film.

The only major flaws are a slow middle act, which focuses on Hogarth’s increasingly futile attempts to hide his new friend, and the somewhat one-dimensionality of Kent, the government agent (though, like the Giant, it’s not until late in the film that we learn what HE’S capable of). While the film has nowhere near the body count of the (absurdly) G-rated TARZAN, it confronts issues of violence and death in a surprisingly straightforward way. And ultimately, I have to give the writers credit for not sweeping those issues aside in time for a song or joke. Oh, there’s plenty of humor in THE IRON GIANT, even a share of toilet humor, but it’s never random and always advances the plot. And the climax is so thrilling because those notions of death and the danger of guns have been brought up, and so we’re never quite sure how it will turn out for any of the characters, particularly the Giant.

Final tally: Three stars out of four, and a fervent prayer that Warner Brothers Animation has the courage to continue to make films in their own style.

Here's a look from Lord Chamberlain

Earlier today ('bout 3:00) I decided it was time to crawl out of the lair (after getting four wisdom teeth ripped from my head on thursday) and head out to Baton Rouge with my poorly film-neglected Father and sisters to catch a sneak of Iron Giant. I've been checking up on the film (thru Aint-It-Cool for quite some time and hoped beyond hope that it would well live up to everything I'd heard.

Luckily by the time we reached the theater, there were ample tickets still available. Some were snatched up by wonderful parents that were looking for some "afternoon" entertainment for the kids. Beyond myself and the two "evil demon" sisters (count yerself lucky harry, two is the number of the beast) and my father there only seemed to be two other people there over 11 in the theater that didn't have kids along.

It didn't take me long at all to get swept up in the tale of Hogarth's Giant. The kids really seemed to get into it, even though (and especially because) it didn't try to cater to anyone specifically which is rare for any kid's film lately, not to mention an animated film. It also showed a lot of heart without subjecting anyone to the often sappy lines that get thrown out in Hollywood(I.E. "Can I call you mom?"). Hopefully the Giant will get some good and well-deserved word of mouth and maybe even get Disney to review their ideas of a "formulated", or "safe" film. It just baffles me how Warner can sit on such a wonderfully marketable film and WASTE it. Hell, I'd buy a happymeal to get the Iron Giant toy, and I'm sure that the kids outside the theater who were running around playing Iron Giant would too. Coming out, I felt like a six year old again coming out of Neverending Story (but I liked the Giant more). Now I REALLY want to see Ray Gunn.

-Lord Chamberlain

Here's what Futureboy thought after taking his daughter...

I just wanted to add my comments for what they are worth to the raves for The Iron Giant. I saw the sneak preview this afternoon with my 7 year old daughter and I believe I may have enjoyed it even even more than she did (I'm 35). I can't honestly recall when I have seen a movie with such heart. Like another reviewer, I was choking back tears at several points in the film. Without question, this is my favorite film of this summer and I wouldn't be at all surprised to look back at the end of '99 and pick The Iron Giant as my fave for the year. Do yourself a favor and see this film. See it more than once. Let's make this movie the blockbuster it deserves to be.

Futureboy

Here's Little Lord Fauntleroy..

BELIEVE THE HYPE! I was astounded by the intelligent dialogue, the awe-inspiring animation and the more-realistic-than-Disney voice acting (Jennifer Aniston, Christopher McDonald and Harry Connick, Jr. are stupendous). No stupid sidekicks and annoying songs either. Just a truly heart-warming (admittedly it is similar to Short Circuit but better) story and a protagonist who for once is a LIKABLE kid. The tributes to old sci-fi and comic books were great, plus it was in 2.35:1 ratio (have been waiting to see another animated feature in this ratio since Anastasia). The animation is a true work of art, I love the design of the Giant. In many ways it is more rewarding for adults than children. A HIGH *** 1/2 (out of ****) or A-

Here's talkbacker... Darth Siskel...

Harry,

Today I was given a gift.

With Iron Giant, Brad Bird and Warner Bros Animation gave us a new hope.

The movie was so good, I cried several times. I wasn't crying because of the connection I felt with the characters, but because at several points during the film, it become overwhelmingly apparent how beautiful the film was.

Incredible talent and immensely good taste went into this film, and every frame of it shows. I hope this film tramples the box office. Things are looking up for us.

Darth Siskel

Here's a look from Teko...

I know you're getting letter after letter praising Iron Giant, but I just want to add a few words to the pile.

This is without a doubt the best American animated film in my lifetime (that's two and a half decades). There's no Deep Canvas, no headlining star voice (beyond the uber-cool Harry Connick Jr.), no razzle-dazzle Broadway songwriting duo....just a beautiful story, spotless craft, and the one ingredient Disney has lacked for so long: heart. This film trusts its viewers.

Hogarth isn't an animated version of a kid...he IS a kid, fully realized up there on screen. He's got more feeling and personality than any animated character I can remember. His expressions and gestures were so captivating and heartfelt that at no time did it feel like an animated version of a 9-year old kid. It felt like a real child had been captured on film.

I don't think I stopped grinning for joy for a single minute of this movie. It's wonderful and magical, and by god I hope it does well, because it could change the way animated films are viewed and made.

Thanks-

Teko

Here's HOBBS70, who was skeptical in TALK BACK below, before seeing it... Here's the review he just sent in!

Harry,

After reading the many good reviews on your site of The Iron Giant I just had to see the special screening that was shown here in Atlanta on Sunday. I have to admit I had my doubts just because I haven't seen much marketing for the film so I felt like WB wasn't very confidant in the movie. Call me a skeptic but sometimes your "reviews" don't hit the mark with me either. I'm a tough critic.

After sitting down in a theater of mostly kids and their moms I personally became transported back to 1980 when I was 10 years old myself. I felt young again and laughed out loud at this movie's natural charm and good wit. This is a film that will stand the test of time and will be just as good in another 20 years.

I truly enjoyed the voice work of Jennifer Aniston, Harry Connick, but most of all the actor who did the voice of the young boy, Hogarth. Thank you Brad Bird for your directing. Above all else the story really made this movie fly. The animation worked really well especially showing the Giant in battle. And finally the good score tied all of the pieces together perfectly.

There is not much else I can say that hasn't already been said but that I hope this movie does well because it deserves to be a hit. I wouldn't mind seeing a sequel either!

Thanks for the heads up Harry because I wouldn't have bothered to see a movie like this without your recommendation. This time, you were right on the mark. Now please excuse me, I'm off to buy my own Iron Giant toy before they sell out!

HOBBS70

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  • Aug. 1, 1999, 4:26 a.m. CST

    movie looks cool

    by Billy Idol

    this movie looks awesome, i love animated movies and there hasn't been a decent one for a while (note: i am not counting CGI movies, like toy story and bug's life, etc., in this little definition of "Animation". I'm talking about cel animation.) and you guys are right, there has been virtually no advertising and the trailers have been pretty terrible. But from what little i've seen, it looks awesome. I hope i avoid seeing any more than i have, i want to go into the movie with little to no advance knowledge of what it's about. and Harry, THE HAUNTING SUCKED. It was the worst horror movie ever, I had more fun watching Urban Legend (twice, for christ's sake) than I did the haunting. Terrible acting, terrible script, cheesy, easy-to-figure-out-the-"twist" plotline, a pitiful reliance on special effects and CGI rather than actual scares. I mean, give me a break... After a while the CGI was just laughable, i mean visually and technically it was pretty good but in a cinematic sense, it just got so tiring. The "climactic" showdown at the end was just ridiculous and had the worst dialougue ever put into a movie. All in all an atrocious film, worthy of the contempt of all who dare speak its name. DO NOT SEE THE HAUNTING. SEE IRON GIANT INSTEAD. (OH, AND BLAIR WITCH)

  • Aug. 1, 1999, 4:26 a.m. CST

    Iron Giant and LA Confidential trailer

    by Kiwi-1

    I wish I knew how long I have to wait for this one to come to NZ. Not long, I hope. It sounds so good. But, several times recently, I have heard people making comments about how bad the trailer and promotion for LA Confidential was. I freely admit, I was looking forward to the movie through the overseas buzz long before I saw the trailer, but I thought it was an okay trailer. Not exceptional (certainly not when you consider how good the final movie was) but it made me even more excited to see the movie. The only major criticism I had was that the rhythm didn't quite flow, and seemed stilted at times. But other than that, it was a good trailer that incresed my anticipation even more. Can anyone else explain the problem with that trailer?

  • Aug. 1, 1999, 5:34 a.m. CST

    Listen up

    by stewdog

    There's an animated movie in production now that Harry has not (to my knowledge) mentioned here. It's called "Anne Frank's Diary of a Young Girl." You can see artwork from the movie at www.annefrankmovie.com Just thought some of you animation nuts might like to know.

  • Aug. 1, 1999, 5:39 a.m. CST

    Songs...

    by Jonte

    Once again, it seems that I have to remind everyone that songs can be good in an animated movie. Up until Elton John massacred "Lion King" with his pop tunes, Disneys musicals was fine with songs that you actually could listen to without watching the movie at the same time. But I agree that we haven't heard any good music in animation since then. Except for "Hunchback's" darker moments, maybe.

  • Aug. 1, 1999, 5:51 a.m. CST

    I'M GOING MONDAY, LA-LE-LA-LE-LA-LA!

    by Nordling

    I get to see this oe for free Monday at a screening in Houston!!! I'll post my review on the review page. Man, I can't wait. I'm excited.

  • Aug. 1, 1999, 7:01 a.m. CST

    Iron Giant...Great Movie!!!

    by gerasco

    Isn't it interesting that two of the best movies this summer have been...CARTOONS? You may choose to agree or disagree, but after enduring yet another summer of big-budgeted, over-inflated, under-written, barely-plotted crap, we have movies like Tarzan and The Iron Giant. I saw The Iron Giant yesterday at a sneak preview. The theatre was PACKED with children and adults. Overall, the response was very enthusiastic (not to mention about red-eyed at the sad/happy ending). Kids were all abuzz about the title character and how cool it would be to have your very own robot. George Lucas should be watching this movie. He could take notes on how to appeal to kids without resorting to the kid-pandering crap that has infiltrated the last two Star Wars movies. Movies can have characters which appeal to kids without the cutesy/annoying factor being rammed down the audiences' throats. Kudos to Warner Brothers for putting out a quality animated feature. I hope that it does really well at the box-office. If it does, then the bar will be raised once more for the quality of animated films. The Iron Giant is one which will have "MUST HAVE" status when it is released on video tape.

  • Aug. 1, 1999, 7:04 a.m. CST

    Remake-kinda

    by Entil`Zha

    This is an old story actually, There is even a musical (sort of) about it, Called The Iron Man and done by Pete Townsend (from The Who) Its the same story i belive since the Iron man(giant) in both the film and the movie is named Hogarth

  • Aug. 1, 1999, 7:14 a.m. CST

    Harry, I dont know.

    by spike lee

    This film Iron Giant to me looks like a piece of rusted tin. I know you have been pimpin it for awhile but, I am just not believing it yet. Pixar has raised the bar for animated features for a child audience. The boy is alone and makes a "Special" friend is tired. Which parent is dead the mother or the father? If anybody reading this wants to satisfy their animation jones, go and catch the brilliant South Park Movie before it leaves theaters. You rock Harry, but I just dont know about this Iron Giant.

  • Aug. 1, 1999, 9:35 a.m. CST

    WB ads

    by Sarcasmo

    I keep forgetting about this movie exactly for the reason that the advertising was so... dull. I mean, I could see how this big misunderstood robot with "a heart o' gold" would be a good story for kids but I'm still hesitant to go out and pay for it in theatres. I am personally swayed by reviews, which has made me change my mind that the Haunting would be "scary"... so "The Iron Giant" will probaby not be different. This summer has held a lot of cinematic disapointments, but maybe this will be the great big surprise.

  • Aug. 1, 1999, 10:12 a.m. CST

    This movie is awesome!

    by peltzer

    I caught a screening of "The Iron Giant" yesterday, and I was astounded. I thought there was no way the movie could live up to the hype, but for me, it exceeded it. And it wasn't because I was dazzled by the animation or anything spectacular like that (even though the animation is beautiful); it's because right from the opening scene, I could tell that this was an animated movie made by adults, and written by a sole screenwriter and the director (rather than the committee that Disney uses). There is a unique, mature sensibility to the entire movie that you wouldn't have gotten from a dozen people sitting around a table tossing out story and character ideas. And even after reading everything about the movie on this site, and seeing all the trailers and commercials, the movie still managed to stun me with that surprising scene about 15 minutes before the end (you'll know what I'm talking about when you see it; the audience literally gasped). I think a whole bunch of grown-ups are going to want an Iron Giant action figure sitting on their desks after seeing this great movie. (By the way, leave the very little and sensitive kids at home. A few frightened tykes were screaming and crying 10 minutes into the movie.)

  • Aug. 1, 1999, 10:18 a.m. CST

    Hey, Entil`Zha... more info!

    by peltzer

    Both "The Iron Giant" and Pete Townshend's musical "The Iron Man" are based on the novel "The Iron Man" by Ted Hughes, England's late poet laureate and the former husband of Sylvia Plath. Townshend is given an executive producer credit on the new movie because he originally brought the project to Warner Brothers in the hopes of turning his musical into a movie. However, none of Townshend's music is used in the film.

  • Aug. 1, 1999, 10:58 a.m. CST

    Iron Giant

    by PipsOrcle

    YEA! Make sure this film gets a higher gross than Inspector Fucking Faget movie! This is the way animated features should be done right!

  • I'm going to see IG today and hope it lives up to Harry's hype. I'm a bit nervous because when you expect something awesome and it doesn't live up to what you expect then you are in trouble. Can anyone say Star Wars?

  • Aug. 1, 1999, 1:04 p.m. CST

    Iron Giant hellacool-i think

    by The Big T

    Big T here. Is it just me or is this the happiest talk back we ever had hell the only complaints i have been hearing are about people who are dishing the film before seeing it. (which is only allowed when referring to wild wild west or an ernest movie. Iron Giant should kick some serious ass I mean lets see about a 100 good reviews hell it cant suck that bad and i bet it dont. Big T out.

  • Aug. 1, 1999, 1:33 p.m. CST

    Secret of NIMH re-release

    by PipsOrcle

    Man, now that Iron Giant is gonna be released this Friday, MGM should have the balls to re-release Secret of NIMH, another non-stupid cartoon feature which takes the issues seriously (not to mention the most excellent art!).

  • Aug. 1, 1999, 1:46 p.m. CST

    Iron Giant

    by Stilt-Man

    I am going to see the movie today, but for all of those people claiming that The Iron Giant is not another "Disney formula" type of animated film...remember the you can fly scene in Dumbo? If not, I will remind you that the scene involved Dumbo and the mouse plummeting toward the ground in the circus tent and at the last minute the mouse finally gets through to Dumbo and the elephant flys into the crowd while the mouse exclaims "you can fly! (or something to that effect)." The scene in the commercial where the robot is holding the kid and falling into the ocean, and then flying at the last moment while the kid say we (you) can fly! That scene seems like it was influenced by a very old Disney animated classic. That is not a bad thing, it just means that The Iron Giant borrows from great animated films while people want to believe that the film is 100% original. I am surprised that harry and moriarity do not acknowledge what is a tip of the hat to dumbo. I may be wrong, but there might be one or two brave sould out there who will acknowledge that even if it is a coincedence, it still seems like a scene paying homage to that great moment in Dumbo.

  • Jesus christ!! Hands-down the WORST film I've seen all year!!! Not even a good movie for kids...I heard a little boy say to his dad "Dad...that movie was boring..." IT WAS AWFUL. Harry, man, you really have some stupid moments.....

  • Aug. 1, 1999, 2:47 p.m. CST

    Iron Giant vs. Blair Witch Project

    by PipsOrcle

    Well, let's hope Iron Giant has balls to beat or come near Blair Witch Project, cause right now, BWP is becoming a monster success!

  • Aug. 1, 1999, 3:02 p.m. CST

    Harry, I am sorry but you missed the point

    by darius25

    First of all the movie was not that great. I was sort of expecting some Oscar quality material but it really wasn't. All of us have gotten the same message this movie provides, but in better ways. However, this was an IMPORTANT films for kids to watch. WB did the correct marketing so the kids could go and see this. Not only will they be experiencing some fine animation and some humour but they will learn an important message much better than any after-school special. Guns kill people and after the horrible Columbine (sp?) incident, kids need to know this from the start. This movie explains this message brilliantly to kids while not overwhelming them too much. If I was 5, I would see this for the robot but now as 19, I can appreciate what this movie tries to do to children all over the world. While this movie might not be entertaining to those who crave Deep Blue Sea and while this movie is not exactly a piece of art like Eyes Wide Shut, this movie has to be watched by every single child. Harry, if this movie was advertised differently, maybe more adults would have seen it and it would have made more money. But that is not the point. This movie is aimed squarely (sp?) at kids. Oh and by the way, I am not affiliated with WB of any sort.

  • Aug. 1, 1999, 3:06 p.m. CST

    Iron Giant Rocked

    by OGREBOY

    I agree with all of the above reviews! This movie was just great! It worked as animation, a comedy, a drama, and as an action flick. The cast was also a nice suprise (I hadn't done much reading up on it ahead of time) I really hope it does well at the Box Office! AJ

  • Aug. 1, 1999, 3:10 p.m. CST

    Sneak Preview

    by accordian cat

    Saw the snaek on Iron Giant at 3:00 EST. I wish they were showing it again; I would have gotten back in line. Classic, as Harry and Moriarty say - DEFINITELY! This needs to be seen by as much of the movie going populace as possible and, yes WB did drop the ball on promotion. However...how DOES a studio actually do a one minute synopsis/trailer of a film that covers so much ground in about 90 minutes with out making it seem like ET? Word of advice for all who intend to take small children. They will get bored at times. This film is like the shorts made by the old WB animators of the 30's-50's....it was made for themselves and people their age. If you are under the age of 30, you might not get some of the underlying context. The theatre I saw it in was predominantly "weekend parents" with at least 3 <12 year olds. Lots of chatter at moments where dialog was important. I have to see this film again this coming weekend at another theatre where they value the presentation as the sound was adjusted too low and the bleed-thru from Wild Wild West in the next theatre was POUNDING through the walls. Accordian Cat PS: When does the DVD come out? Need to put $$ away for a much bigger TV!

  • Aug. 1, 1999, 3:38 p.m. CST

    Not better than Toy Story, but...

    by Prankster

    Iron Giant is not the greatest piece of animation ever, but it is very very good. To quote a friend I saw the movie with, it "had balls". Never did it feel like they had changed something or dropped an element in to toe the company line. It just felt natural and honest. It's interesting--most aniamted movies, even the good ones, are a string of cool visual sequences and characters, with narrative and dialogue given second priority. This is the first animated movie that spends time on normal conversations and relationships, without feeling the need to insert exposition or dazzle us in every scene. People should understand that this isn't a mind-blower like Toy Story. It's more in keeping with Kiki's Delivery Service. It's low-key. It's great without trying too hard. Of course, there are a lot of cool bits. The comedy is genuinely funny, it's not frantic slapstick. And the last fifteen minutes offer all the cool robot action you could ever want (not to give too much away, but trust me...it's every bit as cool as the mutant toys or the amusement-park battle in Mask of the Phantasm.) Yes, this is an adult movie, not because it's animated porno, but because it offers a genuinely cringe-free mature sensibility. There's a few (brief) moments where it gets a tad heavy handed...but it's worth it to see an animated movie that has something to say and is allowed to say it. This summer--for visual dazzle, see Tarzan, for bust-a-gut laughter see South Park, and for wonder and emotional impact see Iron Giant.

  • Aug. 1, 1999, 3:40 p.m. CST

    iron giant and L.A. confidential

    by skunk

    Harry, sometimes I wonder about you... The moment I first saw the Iron Giant trailer it looked like a bad E.T. ripoff. And L.A. Confidential? That trailer sucked because the movie sucked. It wanted to be Chinatown so badly and it was sorely LACKING, all the way down to the sell-out Hollywood ending. That movie could never hope to nail police corruption the way Chinatown did. Back to Iron Giant, though. I'll save my money and see Blair Witch again - Iron Giant looks like a renter to me.

  • Aug. 1, 1999, 3:54 p.m. CST

    About The Prince of Egypt and The Haunting...

    by wasp

    What exactly was so wrong with the Prince of Egypt? Was it the songs? If it was, at least they were more dramatic and moving than something in some crap Disney movie. The only good Disney movies in existence any more are the ones that Pixar makes. Back to my point, I enjoyed the Prince of Egypt a great deal and thought that it had great animation and a very epic (at times even spine-tingling) feel to it. In fact, I've actually read a lot of positive reviews about PoE, and yet at the same time I get this feeling that while there are many critics who loved it, there are also a bunch who hated it. It just so happens that I've read only good things about it. Also, I don't wanna bash Harry for his opinions...I write reviews myself and I know quite a few that I've botched. I actually liked The Phantom Menace...I mean, the problem was that people were expecting something more than a great popcorn flick. Why? Star Wars has always been about great popcorn flicks. Admittedly, TPM had its share of annoying flaws, but I still enjoyed it. I reviewed it for a website and unfortunately gave it very high praise when I should have moderated my opinion a bit. I think Harry should do the same thing. If you don't like TPM along with most everyone else, fine, but I just don't get the part where Harry said that The Haunting was miles ahead of TPM. WHAT?!! Why? As bad as you might say The Phantom Menace's directing, plot, dialogue, music, characters, FX (how?) were, I don't see how anyone could say The Haunting was any better in these areas. The Haunting was a scary movie that was absolutely NOT scary at all...it made me tired and gave me a headache. People rave about Lily Taylor, but after seeing The Haunting, I don't want to see her ever again, no matter how good her other stuff is. I had heard bad stuff about The Haunting, but I had read the review on AICN and thought that it would be a decent film except for the ending. So I dragged three of my friends in with me to see it. Needless to say, they were less than pleased when we got out of the theater... Harry has his own opinions and I respect that, but I would like to advise caution when doing a review that could affect a person's decision about going to see it. The site that I work at now employs a counterpoint system (one person does the review and another who has totally different tastes adds his thoughts at the end) of reviewing in an attempt to keep extreme reviews in check. I think AICN should do something like this unless they're gonna have a bunch of reviews about a movie. Oops, sorry that this post got so long.

  • Apparently, you refrained from reading the posts above your imbecilic ramblings, which pointed out that THE IRON GIANT is an adaptation of a children's novel by Ted Hughes that predates E.T. by some fifteen years (common knowledge in the IG discussions as of late.) Furthermore, that "Hollywood" ending that you so despise in L.A. CONFIDENTIAL very closely mirrored the final chapter of Ellroy's uncompromising 1990 novel, neither of which, aside from sparing the life of Officer Bud White, were all that upbeat. In fact, aside from taking place in Los Angeles, and sharing a genre, I've never been able to make sense of the comparisons between CHINATOWN and L.A. CONFIDENTIAL. Consider all of the great 40's-50's Film Noir classics that took place in the City of Angels (many of which had downbeat endings.) Does that make Polanski's film a pale retread? No, simply another entry in a very durable genre. Back to THE IRON GIANT, if you think yourself above a supposed children's film, I guess you're also better than THE WIZARD OF OZ, WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, or the original BABE; films that work on one level for youngsters, and on another for adults. In my opinion, Brad Bird has delivered a wonderfully enchanting film in that tradition, and, speaking as a film buff, I believe any movie lover would be remiss in avoiding it.

  • Aug. 1, 1999, 5:13 p.m. CST

    Frank and Ollie

    by kouhe

    Did anyone catch the tribute to Frank and Ollie of Disney's nine old men?????

  • Aug. 1, 1999, 5:19 p.m. CST

    iron giant sucks-and I have seen it

    by seingold

    I caught a sneak preview of the Iron Giant today. It doesn't really suck, but I personally thought that it was only an average movie. It is not as great as this site makes it out to be. It is only 80 minutes long and it really is childish, with an ending that couldn't be left sentimental. The movie just did not feel complete to me, it touched on themes such as the cold war but it did not really delve into the topics. I don't know, maybe I was just expecting something better after reading all these positive reviews.

  • Aug. 1, 1999, 5:33 p.m. CST

    Spead the Word!

    by Rand Canuck

    Well, I saw the sneak peek this afternoon, and while I wasn't quite as touched by IG as some others here, I have to agree that it's a very good film. It's an astute, gentle, relatively quiet (for the most part) allegory that did indeed remind me of Kiki's Delivery Service (as stated by someone earlier). Any lover of animation needs to see it, and to spread the word to others. We need to support films like this. (I so wanted to love Tarzan, but those dorky elephant and ape friends of his spoiled it for me.) It's so great to see an animated film succeed so well without Songs & Sidekicks (otherwise known as Marketing Considerations). The only downside this afternoon was the free showing of Wild Wild West afterwards--- it actually made me appreciate how good Batman and Robin was.

  • Aug. 1, 1999, 5:48 p.m. CST

    iron giant

    by tweedster

    saw the iron giant today. was with a million screamin, crying, laughing kids, but i still loved every second of it. will probably go see it a couple more times just to soak it all in. thanks for the great reviews harry.

  • Aug. 1, 1999, 5:56 p.m. CST

    the iron giant

    by jello bean

    I just saw "the iron giant" this afternoon, and i just wanted to say that i loved this movie. my husband and i are still talking about it. I couldn't believe how empty the theatre was. i realize that there are many things to do in my city on the weekend but come on. to all the people who stayed home today, too bad, you missed one heck of a movie. i want an iron giant t-shirt "i am not a gun". go see it. but you'll have to get in line behind me.

  • Aug. 1, 1999, 6:02 p.m. CST

    Striking While The Iron Giant is Hot

    by Scott Bennie

    Just want ro add my voice to the chorus. This is a wonderful film.

  • Aug. 1, 1999, 6:24 p.m. CST

    IG

    by Bud

    Harry, you feel strongly about this film? I visit this site every day and I never noticed. Sarcasm aside, I'm actually looking forward to seeing this, unabashed Disney fan that I am. One other thing, can we put the kibosh on the "best picture" and "best director talk"? I know I haven't seen it yet, but come on.

  • Aug. 1, 1999, 7:17 p.m. CST

    Iront Giant Sneek Preview

    by Mike-F

    The theater in my town in Maine had a sneek preview of WB's latest animated theatrical movie, The Iron Giant. At first I wasn't going to go to see this movie at all, for one reason only, I hated the trailers. I know WB is bad for marketing, but the trailers just do not do this movie justice. So anyways, I and my wife went to see it. What an experience this movie is. The story is top notch, I haven't read the book The Iron Man, on which the movie is based on, but I am definately going to go get it. The movie is very witty as well as emotional and heartfelt. Bird did a great job bringing this to the screen. It takes its time to develope the characters and teh story and doesn't rush into things so you get to know each character and develope feelings for them. It has a very strong anit-gun message which is worked extremely well into the and doesn't come across as preachy. It also tells you that it's okay to be yourself and that you don't have to be something that you do not want to be. Michael Kamen's score worked extremely well with this picture. It had the right amount of darkness in it to set the tone of the movie. This is probably one of the more darker scores I have heard in an animated movie. No songs in this one boys and girls, and you know what...the kids still enjoyed it. They were laughing and having a graet time in it. I even heard one of them say 'I love this movie, I want to see it again.' This goes to show you that 90+ animated movie without songs can still capture the heart of children, even though this was a VERY small sized audience. Kudos to Kamen for a score well done. The animation I felt was very well done. The whole look really made you feel that you were in the 50's. Even the campy late night horror movie Hogarth watches had the look and feel of that era. The use of CG and a cel shader for THE IRON GIANT himself was pulled off seemlessly. He really looked hand drawn and no just CG added in. Hats off to the animators for a job well done in this effect. The cast did a wonderful job protraying the characters in the movie. For once we fell as if they are the characters and not just voices heard through speakers. You could almost picture them on screen playing out the parts they voiced. Going into this I didn't know the cast listing for the movie and for the longest time had myself convinced that Mr. Manley was played by Tim Allen. I found out of course in the credits it was Christopher McDonald, a great character actor who I think did a marvelous job. There may have been only about eight other people in the theater with use, 5 adults 3 children, and they all enjoyed this picture. This is a movie that will be loved by many, young and old, for generations I think nad I hope that it will go down as a classic, because in my books it already is.

  • Aug. 1, 1999, 7:18 p.m. CST

    Cynics Take Note: believe the hype.

    by Nocturnaloner

    This is a kid's movie with adult humor, adult writing, and adult philosophy. It once and for all proves that animation can appeal to all ages without horrendous sing-alongs and wacky sidekicks. If you can bear to let go of your boring nihilistic poses for an hour or two, you might even allow yourselves to have a good time. Oh, and by the way, shit gets blown up real good.

  • Aug. 1, 1999, 8:18 p.m. CST

    Wonderful

    by Joe Buck

    I've been staring at the screen trying to figure out what to write. I think I'll just say that I loved this movie. It instantly has become my favorite of the year. I was touched in a way I haven't been since Babe and Sling Blade. I'm not ashamed to say that tears flowed. It is the best American animated movie since Disney's classic days. I'll submit myself to whatever AICN bashing I get by saying that it surpasses Toy Story, is as good as Kiki, and is a hair's breadth away from Totoro. Why not Oscar talk? It's better than Beauty and the Beast. There have been far worse movies than Iron Giant nominated. It's just a wonderful, honest movie. It never talks down to kids, while delivering a powerful, important message. All those people whining that Hollywood is evil and that they don't produce family entertainment is a hypocrite if they don't see this movie. I wish my daughter was old enough to understand it. I hope this movie does well, it deserves to. I hope it hasn't been sabotaged by WB's inept marketing, because I want to see more stories like this one. The Disney kiddie romance stuff has reached a saturation point with me. I hope there'll be more Iron Giant's and Miyazaki-type tales to take my kids to. I'll be doing what I can to support it. My 20" Giant will be accompaning me to work to help get the word out. I'll definitely be seeing the movie again, and just as soon as WB puts out the DVD, I'm all over it. Just SEE the movie, people. If you don't like it, you don't like it, but at least SEE it before you bash it.

  • Aug. 1, 1999, 8:43 p.m. CST

    holy cow!

    by Krinkle

    Okay, let's cut the suspense and the B.S. This is not hype, this sudden outburst of admiration for "The Iron Giant." This is not some WB cooked scheme to save another disastrous flick like "The Quest For Camelot." PUT SIMPLY, "THE IRON GIANT" IS THE FINEST ANIMATED FILM TO BE RELEASED IN THIS COUNTRY SINCE "PINOCCHIO" in 1940. That's 59 years, and some swell movies (most of Disney's from "Little Mermaid" on have been pretty terrific). Brad Bird's film is, out of nowhere, a masterpiece. Instantly, obviously, it's the year's best film. I love "Star Wars", and I loved "Eyes Wide Shut", and I loved "Existenz", and I loved "Blair Witch", but NONE of those films are as flawless and pure as "The Iron Giant." That said, as clearly as possible, I would like to address some of the startling opinions that have been expressed here with these postings : someone, and I'm not sure who, made sure we all knew that he wasn't REALLY interested in "Iron Giant" because it was for "kids", and that he liked more "grown-up" stuff like (jesusgodalmighty) "Urotsukidoji: Legend Of The Overfiend." Let me tell you, junior, a film about giant penises that tear unrealistically nubile females apart in ecstasy is A LOT MORE infantile that a film ("The Iron Giant") that addresses self and the soul head on. "The Iron Giant" is STIRRING, and SOUL-TINGLING. It's like (I'm gonna say it, I'm gonna say it) Spielberg's masterpiece "E.T.", in that it is not FOR kids, but rather ABOUT kids and childhood. The giant is that infant self, a being with potential for violence (like all of us) but also a natural aversion to it. Words can't do this film justice, people. I was crying, first time since "Fire Walk With Me" (how's THAT for esoteric?)--it's not manipulative, it's not simple...it's joyful, wondrous, exciting, BEAUTIFULLY ANIMATED, smart, funny, grown up, silly, PROFOUND. An honest to God masterpiece, right here in our midst. I can't imagine that the film won't be a hit, regardless of what some perceive to be a poor marketing campaign. And if Roger Ebert DARES to give it less than four stars (which he gave Disney's suddenly unimportant "Tarzan"), he's been bought off. End of story.

  • Aug. 1, 1999, 9:07 p.m. CST

    This is a great movie

    by Hobbes77

    I just thought that I'd say something about this movie. I loved the film despite the picture moving around on the screen and being out of focus for the first 20 minutes (the theater was having a few little problems). I have to admit, going in, I didn't expect it to be good. But, as it got started, it just got better and better. This is possibly the best cartoon movie I've ever seen. I wish everyone could see it.

  • Aug. 1, 1999, 10:43 p.m. CST

    can he move or will he fall?

    by Powerslave

    Despite all the glowing reviews, "Iron Giant" will fail at the box office. Why? It doesn't have that Disney-stamped, Happy-meal seal of approval.

  • Aug. 1, 1999, 10:45 p.m. CST

    Iron Giant...

    by ml83709

    This is simply an outstanding film. The best proof of Brad Bird's genius since Family Dog from Amazing Stories. If you've seen the original film, you know what I mean. One touch in the film that I enjoyed a great deal was the cameo from Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnson, two of Disney's Nine Old Men. They were the conductor and engineer on the train that wrecked. A nice little touch that show's Mr. Bird's respect for those who came before him. See it.

  • Aug. 1, 1999, 10:47 p.m. CST

    man o man o man

    by gaveltogavel

    I can't WAIT to see this movie. I'm a big fan of animation (have been for eons), and i'm consistently let down by disney's efforts (gag). But we've all been down that road so i won't elaborate. I'm hoping with all my might that this is a good one. Wouldn't it be cool if this film sparked a new maturity in american animation? So that american animators began to push the envelope as japanese animators do? Man, droooool. i hope it comes to be. i doubt it, but i hope. You see, what makes me a fan of animation is the beautiful work done overseas. I'm gonna set Totoro aside (because I've only seen the dubbed version and it grated on my nerves), but Kiki, Vampire Hunter D, Fist of the North Star, Wicked City, and my all time fave (although it's not a full length motion picture) BATTLE ANGEL set my heart to stirring as few live-action movies can. That's my hope for Iron Giant. I don't need violence. I don't need breasts flopping around. I need a good story told imaginatively through good characters and the wonderful thing that is the animation medium. I've got my fingers crossed for Iron Giant.

  • Aug. 1, 1999, 10:52 p.m. CST

    hate to say it

    by gaveltogavel

    but, powerslave's right. now happy meal tie in on this one. DAMN YOU POWERSLAVE! WHY DO YOU ALWAYS SAY SHIT I GOTTA AGREE WITH! i'm hopin iron giant succeeds though. AND if it's a word of mouth success, fuckin-a. I'd much rather see a movie do well on it's own merits than by constant kids club, happy meal, toys - r - us marketing bullshit.

  • Aug. 2, 1999, 12:06 a.m. CST

    Loved It

    by Anakin Rocks

    Well, I gotta agree, this is a WONDERFUL movie! I am WAY too tired to write an actual review (& probably even to spell...) but I loved this movie for a lot of reasons -- the wonderful story most of all, the brilliant character design & execution of the giant, the use of the Superman legend, and the fact that there was a moral -- thnk about it, a movie that dares to say that guns are bad & heroes do NOT kill. Loved it. My only "complaint" is really a COMPLEMENT, I wish the movie had been LONGER! I could have sat there another hour, seen more about Hogarth, delved more into the giant's moral dilemma, etc. What a great movie! -John

  • Aug. 2, 1999, 12:09 a.m. CST

    The Trailer!?! Jackasses!

    by PumkinKing

    Is it just me, or does anyone else believe the "you can fly" clip from the trailer (at least, the few I've seen) is a major spoiler!?! What kind of Jackass let this get into the trailer? It's one of those things that (although I've not seen the full movie yet) just seems to reek of spoiler! What about a trailer for Empire that shows the "Luke, I am your father" clip?(sarcasm) A bunch of assholes, I say. I already can see the dramatic potential of such a moment (in the film) robbed just because I already saw it in the trailer. If I'm watching the film and they fall off a cliff, I already expect them to fly off without harm! I haven't even seen it in context yet!!! Someone should govern those Jackasses so that doesn't happen(with trailers) ever again.

  • Aug. 2, 1999, 1:20 a.m. CST

    Frank and Ollie

    by Baked Spam

    To respond to an earlier post, yes I have seen Frank and Ollie. That is the most inspirational film for any aspiring animator. I own the video and I higly reccomend it to anyone who loves the old Disney cartoons. These two guys tell some great insider stories! By the way, Saw Iron Giant today and loved it. The animation was breathtaking, but the story...man if the movie was made with puppets or stick figures it still would have been touching. great story=great movie! PS-loved the A-113 cameo on the half eaten truck. I always have fun looking for those numbers when i see movies made by cal-arts graduates.

  • Aug. 2, 1999, 2:45 a.m. CST

    great film vs. great film...

    by Martin Q Blank

    ...and the winner is??? WHO CARES!??!?!?!?

  • Aug. 2, 1999, 7:08 a.m. CST

    Thank you, Harry!

    by The Graduate

    Just wanted to add a coda to my review, above. Thanks Harry for putting out the word to all the fans about Warner's sneak preview of this flick! I caught the article on your site at 2:15 and made it just in time for the 3:00 showing! And thanks also for your willingness to put up so many reviews, even a few (like mine) that are positive but not outright orgasmic. To respond to a few posters, above: yes, there are scenes from the trailer that are spoilers from the end of the film; however, there are several surprises that the trailer does not hint at. And yes, that trailer is pretty mediocre. Warner's just hasn't pushed this one the right way. Unfortunately, I have to agree with several people who said that without serious word-of-mouth, this picture is going to crash and burn, which is a pity, because it's a surprisingly mature film. It worked its magic on me (I'm 23) as well as most of the kids in the audiences (who applauded at the end).

  • Aug. 2, 1999, 7:21 a.m. CST

    Woe is me

    by grey_poet

    Took my family to see the sneak preview of Iron Giant yesterday. Unfortunately the film burned up right after the lake/cannonball scene. Aieeeeeee! Now we have to wait at least a weak to see how it ends! But the kids (boys, 5 & 7) liked what they saw. Five minutes into the movie, my wife turned to me and said "Its scary, the dialogue is better than The Haunting". And she was right. I liked it. Liked it alot. Iron Giant is a well crafted movie with something for both kids and adults. Well, the part I saw was good anyway...damn projector.

  • Aug. 2, 1999, 7:56 a.m. CST

    I would sit on a flag pole to hype this film!

    by 6666

    ...Because it really is that good. God knows, if you have read this far and still aren't convinced - there really is no hope. It has such a great screenplay and wonderful message, it makes me sick to think some people will skip this in favor of some other summer trash...I hope the WB is trying to rectify its marketing mistakes. The recent 10-second sneak commercials were actually pretty cool. I'm only wondering, where are the spots touting all the great reviews that are coming in? It isn't often words like "masterpiece" and "classic" are uniformally served up for consumption. For God's sake, WB - saddle up this gifthorse!

  • Aug. 2, 1999, 8:47 a.m. CST

    Another Cool Robot link of the day

    by jmachinder

    I've been giving this movie (and the toys for that matter) a lot of ink at http://www.cooljapanesetoys.com If you're into robots like Gigantor, Mazinga Z, Shogun Warriors, Transformers, etc. check it out.

  • Aug. 2, 1999, 1:32 p.m. CST

    Iron Giant

    by Stunt Man

    Thanks for all the positive word of mouth, but the job is not getting done, folks. At one of yesterday's sneak previews a theater in LA was not filled!! Spread the gospel! Tell friends! The paying public must become more aware of the power and richness of this film. Someone has to do it since the idiot suits at Warner Bros. don't have a ****in clue. Speaking of which, who wants to join me in the campaign to get kickbacks from the marketing department for doing their ****in job?

  • Aug. 2, 1999, 2:52 p.m. CST

    Iron Giant is super, man!

    by wolf

    Great animation that really flows, a touching story that reaches the heart, and characters with dialogue that is as sharp as anything I've ever heard in an animated film for kids...this one is an absolute classic that I hope we will see a sequel for. So far, my choice for movie of the summer!

  • Aug. 2, 1999, 4:38 p.m. CST

    Wolf's comment about sequel

    by Mike-F

    Well wolf there is a sequel to the book, and from what I heard the book, which is entitle Iron Woman is every much as good as its prequel, The Iron Man.

  • Aug. 2, 1999, 6:19 p.m. CST

    film ratio question

    by Rand Canuck

    Can anyone answer this question for me? When the movie opens, is the Earth really oval-shaped, or is it round? All through the movie, it seemed that the image was stretched, so I'm suspecting that the wrong lens was used (it sure didn't seem 2.35:1 to me, either). The whole movie looked like someone forgot the anamorphic lens, and it was quite distracting. I know I should've spoken to the manager afterwards to check on this, but I stayed to watch Wild Wild West for free afterwards, so I was in something of a stupor then. WWW, by the way, looked okay; is WWW not anamorphic? BTW, probably no one else here is from my home town, but just in case, I saw the movie at Midtown Cinema in Saskatoon, Canada.

  • Yes, this movie was just that good. I'm telling you, you'll thank me. It's for the little boy in all us guys. I saw it this evening at a preview here in Houston. This film moved me in ways that haven't happened since E.T. phoned home in that magic summer of 1982. I want to be Hogarth. I want to be the Iron Giant. This movie, for a too too short 90 minutes, made me a kid again. There isn't a scene wasted. Look, sadly, we may be hyping it a bit much, but I don't care. For this one, you cynics stay away. Harry, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for telling me, and all of us for six months about the joy that is this film. And when you post your Christmas list this year, I'll pay attention. I might even get you something. People, I'm not kissing Harry's ass here. This movie, this joy, is all heart, and if Harry hadn't said how great it was, and if he didn't post the reviews that trickled in, I might have passed this one by. Don't pass this one by. For I no Atomo, I SUPERMAN!!!!!!!! Plus, I picked up this killer keychain that has a moving picture of the Iron Giant holding hogarth and running as jets swoop behind him. I'm going to keep it forever. Harry, love you, man. Thank you Thank you Thank you for sharing with us this little secret that just turned into the best film of the year, and quite simply, the best animated film ever, in my opinion. I loved Blair Witch. I loved Star Wars. THIS ONE BEATS THEM ALL. You MUST see The Iron Giant, if you love film, you MUST see it. I'm still crying. I don't care. Thanks again, Harry. SEE IT.

  • Aug. 2, 1999, 10:24 p.m. CST

    Is there a trailer for the Pokemon movie on the Iron Giant? If

    by spike lee

    Gotta catch em all Harry!

  • Aug. 2, 1999, 10:49 p.m. CST

    more frank and ollie stuff

    by Baked Spam

    the voices of the two train conductors are in fact frank and ollie. and yes there is a trailer for the pokemon movie. pika pika.

  • Aug. 19, 2006, 8:39 a.m. CST

    Iron Giant! Iron Giant in my pants!

    by Wolfpack