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The iron giant - Jennifer Aniston, Harry Connick Junior, Vin Diesel, Brad Bird

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Movie propaganda

Some secrets are too huge to hide.

A giant metal machine falls to Earth and frightens the residents of a small town in Maine, USA, in 1958, until it befriends a 9-year-old boy and ultimately finds its humanity by unselfishly saving people from their own fears and prejudices.

Theatrical propaganda posters

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film animation science fiction cartoon beat poet single parent romance

Persons of interest

  • Jennifer Aniston .... Annie Hughes
  • Harry Connick Junior .... Dean McCoppin
  • Vin Diesel .... The iron giant
  • James Gammon .... Marv Loach, Floyd Turbeaux, General Sudokoff
  • Cloris Leachman .... Mrs Lynley Tensedge
  • Christopher McDonald .... Kent Mansley
  • John Mahoney .... General Rogard
  • Eli Marienthal .... Hogarth Hughes
  • M Emmet Walsh .... Earl Stutz
  • Ted Hughes .... Author: The iron man
  • Brad Bird .... Storywriter
  • Tim McCanlies .... Screenwriter
  • Brad Bird .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

  • The iron giant official movie site
  • Awards and film festivals:
    • Winner: Outstanding achievement in an animated theatrical feature and outstanding individual achievement awards for: directing; writing; voice acting in an animated feature production (Eli Marienthal); character animation: Steve Markowski effects; animation: Allen Foster; production design in an animated feature production: Alan Bodner; storyboarding in an animated feature production: Mark Andrews; music in an animated feature production: Michael Kamen; June Foray award: David Masters.
  • Studios and distributors:

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

Woo hoo! Boy seeks robot for fun times, genuine replies only.

The iron giant is a really fun animated film that goes the distance for kids and groan-ups alike. The story is interesting, the main characters are realistic and the animation is cool; the robot just goes off. His voice is just like steel sliding over steel. He walks like a giant, squats like a giant, and falls over like a giant. Hogarth is a typical boy who is allowed to have bad moods and be spiteful and mean as well as sugar and spice.

The most unusual character is Dean, the beatnik sculptor who befriends Hogarth and (eventually) the robot: his non-mainstream lifestyle is definitely not the usual fodder for animated features. He's a hip cat who adds an air of reality to the otherwise fearsomely Leave it to Beaver surroundings. He is, of course, redeemed by forming a paternal relationship with Hogarth (and later a romantic relationship with Annie), but his hedonistic ways are too well ingrained to be over-looked. He also provides the funniest scene when he gives Hogarth a cup of espresso...

Anyhoo, the heroic factor in The iron giant is played for all it's worth. The ability of any individual to rise above their own self-interest and take up responsibility for others is always a good start for a film, no matter at whom it's aimed. Hogarth's empathy, Annie's maternal instincts and Dean's innate kindness teach the robot how to perceive the greater good and how to act on its behalf. His self-sacrifice, the ultimate act of love, made me cry because it was such a beautiful thing. I'm not used to films from the USA having any great merit so this one really surprised me. It was a good thing.

So, pretty much everyone will enjoy The iron giant because it's a really good film to watch. Thanks to all applicants, position filled.

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Audio: Dolby Surround 5.1
  • Languages: English, French, German, Dutch
  • Features:
    • Documentary: The making of "The iron giant"
    • DVD-ROM web links, events, chat rooms
    • Music video Cha-hua-hua by Eddie Platt
  • Subtitles: Dutch, English, French, German, German captions
  • Trailer: Theatrical

Media intelligence (VHS)

  • Documentary: The making of "The iron giant"

Security censorship classification

PG (Some scenes may scare very young children)

Surveillance time

83 minutes (1:23 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

DVD rental: 4 September 2000
DVD retail: 10 November 2004
VHS retail: 10 November 2004

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