Iron Giant

Theatrical Release: August 6, 1999
DVD Release: November 16, 2004
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Synopsis

Animated kids’ adventure about an imaginative little boy who befriends a giant robot that has fallen to earth, and is now hiding in the nearby woods.

Dove Review

The Iron Giant is highly entertaining, with humor aimed at both kids and adults alike. Set in the ’50s, it’s very anti-gun (“guns kill”) and a little severe on the military and government secret agencies (they are the bad guys in this film), but it also deals insightfully with death and spiritual issues. After the boy and his new friend witness hunters kill a deer, the boy explains that death is bad, but that it is also a part of life. His mother has taught him that “souls don’t die, they go on forever.” Suggesting both filmmatic and thematic ideas from The Day The Earth Stood Still and King Kong, The Iron Giant is smart, funny, and exciting.

Content Description

Although there are several mild expletives, which we seldom associate with children's cartoons, there is no profanity or harsh language other than an astonished military general uttering "sweet mother of God"; the Violence, tame by today's standards, is not exploitive, but rather identified as wrong and usually the result of ignorance. Parents, I would suggest that you view this film with your little ones, both to reassure and to explain certain messages.

Info

Company: Warner Brothers
Writer: Brad Bird
Director: Brad Bird
Genre: Children
Runtime: 86 min.
Industry Rating: PG
Starring: The voices of Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Aniston, Eli Marienthal, and Christopher McDonald.
Reviewer: Phil Boatwright