The Iron Giant

The Iron Giant
US Theatrical: Aug 06, 1999

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JTurner
said at 5:17 PM on Mon May 23 2016
THE IRON GIANT was hailed as one of the best animated films of 1999, although that year was a rather strong one for animated movies in general: Disney had TARZAN, Pixar had TOY STORY 2, and of course Ghibli debuted PRINCESS MONONOKE in America. THE IRON GIANT broke new ground because for the first time it showed that a Western animated film didn't need to emulate the Disney formula to stand out. This was a problem that plagued WB's previous animated attempts QUEST FOR CAMELOT, and the even worse KING AND I, but IRON GIANT succeeds because it attempts its own style, and provides just the right amount of heart, humor, suspense, and emotional pathos.

So why didn't THE IRON GIANT become the breakout box office hit it should have been?

Despite enthusiastic reviews from critics, Warner Bros., simply put, mismarketed and mishandled the movie, and consequently, very few people came to see it. The resulting box office failure of the film put Warner Bros. Animation's career on ice, an undeserving fate for a masterfully realized, powerfully rendered film.

Luckily, Brad Bird's directorial debut has won over legions of fans over the years, allowing the sting of its theatrical debut to tinge off. Oddly, the film even plays better than a lot of the recent latter-day Disney features (especially their CGI output), perhaps because of its willingness to be different and daring.
DreamMaster08X
said at 4:00 PM on Sun Aug 9 2015
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Hey guys, guys, guys.... ....GUYS....

This movie's getting a theatrical re-release next month!

http://www.slashfilm.com/iron-giant-rerelease/

My excitement is uncontainable right now!
PurpleWarrior13
said at 11:07 PM on Fri Jun 19 2015
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The most underrated animated film of all-time!
Autovolt
said at 11:16 AM on Sun Jun 21 2015
@PurpleWarrior13 I love this movie but is it really worth calling it the most underrated animated movie of all time at this point?

Everyone pretty much loves this movie and if anything the movie has gained more and more popularity over the years.
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 8:12 AM on Mon Jun 22 2015
@Autovolt I'd say "underrated" is an accurate term for when the movie was FIRST released. I mean, jeez, back in 1996 this movie was essentially on par with any of Pixar's best efforts, but failed to be met with the same response. It was only years after its release that more and more started to realize the quality of the movie.

So yeah, underrated back in the day for sure. But these days? It's become a fan-favourite hit. :D
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 7:00 PM on Sun Jun 8 2014
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I occasionally re-watch certain scenes of this on Youtube. And then I promptly proceed to wipe my eyes because they get watery.

But they're mutually exclusive events, I assure you.
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 9:27 PM on Sun Jun 8 2014
@TylerMirage Dem feels. :'(
Lpfan120
said at 4:28 PM on Tue Sep 10 2013
If my memory is right, this was the first movie I saw in theaters.
JayGirl10
said at 10:48 PM on Wed Jul 18 2012
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I remember when CN had a all day marathon of this movie! Good times...
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