The Iron Giant

(1999)

In Rockwell, Maine, a local fisherman comes into the diner where Annie Hughes works - with a tall tale about a huge metal man falling into the sea. The only one to pay him much attention is Hogarth, Annie's son, who sets out exploring to find the enormous robot. What he does find is a 50-foot giant with an insatiable appetite for metal and a childlike curiosity about its new world.

Rumors of everything from an alien invasion to a Russian secret weapon bent on destroying Rockwell soon spread through the small town. But it isn't long before the rumors turn into paranoia -- the situation escalates and the possible destruction of Rockwell looms. Hogarth turns to his friend, the Iron Giant, who ultimately finds its humanity by unselfishly saving the town's residents from their own fears and prejudices.

‘Iron Giant 2’ Is Coming Teases Vin Diesel

‘Iron Giant 2’ Is Coming Teases Vin Diesel

Before embarking on the live-action blockbusters Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol and Tomorrowland, Brad Bird made his mark with his directorial debut The Iron Giant, which hit theaters in 1999. Winner of nine Annie Awards, The Iron Giant is the tale of an unlikely friendship between a rebellious boy named Hogarth (voiced by Eli Marienthal) and a giant robot, voiced by a then little-known actor named Vin Diesel. The voice cast also included Jennifer Aniston, Harry Connick Jr. and Cloris Leachman. The film was produced by Allison Abbate and Des McAnuff from a screenplay written by Tim McCanlies. Adapted from poet Ted Hughes' book, The Iron Man, The Iron Giant was first released in the summer to lackluster box office numbers. But emerging in the era of the DVD, it took off as a home video release, and has been a cult favorite ever since, gaining loyal fans every year.

The Iron Giant made history for being the first CG character incorporated into a traditional animated movie. Vin Diesel, who only had one line of dialogue as the title charter at the very end of the movie, was not yet the marquee star we know today. In fact, he was two years away from starring in the very first The Fast and the Furious, which would make him an international superstar. Since this is the first we're hearing about The Iron Giant 2, no plot is known. And it isn't known if Vin Diesel will get more lines this time around.

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‘Iron Giant’ Re-Release Trailer: Back in Theaters This Fall

‘Iron Giant’ Re-Release Trailer: Back in Theaters This Fall

Just over 16 years after director Brad Bird's directorial debut The Iron Giant hit theaters, Warner Bros. Pictures is teaming with Fathom Events for the theatrical re-release entitled The Iron Giant: Signature Edition. The animated film will be remastered and enhanced with two all-new scenes, in a limited engagement through Fathom Events. Fathom Events announced that tickets are available for this special event, while Yahoo! Movies released a new trailer.

The Iron Giant: Signature Edition arrives to theaters for a special event screening on Wednesday, September 30 at 7:00PM local time, with an encore event in select markets on Sunday, October 4 at 12:00PM local time. The event will be presented in select movie theaters around the country through Fathom's Digital Broadcast Network. When "The Iron Giant" arrived in theaters, it was hailed as an "instant classic" (Joe Morgenstern, The Wall Street Journal). And the world soon learned another "giant" had arrived as well: filmmaker Brad Bird, who made his stunning directorial debut with this film and has gone on to win two Oscars, as well as worldwide acclaim for his work on both animated and live-action features.

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