August 15, 2009

Iron Giant turns 10 years old!

Gentle, poignant and affecting animation that succeeds through understatement and showcases some highly impressive visual sequences. The first major feature by director of The Incredibles Brad Bird is a wonderful animated film, based on poet Ted Hughes' book 'The Iron Man'. This film is as dramatically satisfying as it is graphically impressive. Set in a small American town in the 1950s, the film tells the story of a young boy who befriends a hulking robot from outer space, although the benign creature reveals hidden destructive capacities when threatened by military paranoia.

Writer-director Bird cut his teeth on 'The Simpsons', and his feature debut, which showcased the voices of Jennifer Aniston, Harry Connick Jr and Vin Diesel as the giant, is witty and endearing without being cute or condescending. The film has genuine atmosphere and texture. If you've never seen, go see it now! Here's a clip:

And here's the awesome trailer:

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