The Iron Giant
What's it About
Familiar, sure-fire plot is inspired by old sci-fi yarns also set in the Cold War period. An enormous being, who falls to Earth from outer space, has only gentle intentions, and ends up being protected from aggressive, paranoid military authorities by Hogarth Hughes, the boy who first finds and befriends the creature. Will the “Iron Giant” survive on a hostile, untrusting Earth?
Why We Love It
Populated by the voice talents of Harry Connick, Jr. and Jennifer Aniston (among others), this movie's chief assets are its sweet nature, and a refreshing simplicity and restraint in both script and direction. Warm, nostalgic flavoring helps too. An old-fashioned but welcome change of pace to most over-the-top animated fare, a movie both children and their parents should heartily enjoy.