The Iron Giant Special Edition DVD Released
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`The Iron Giant' is an incredible film
By Nancy Churnin
The Dallas Morning News
If you find ``The Incredibles'' pretty incredible, don't miss director Brad
Bird's full-length animation feature debut: ``The Iron Giant.'' The film,
released in 1999, is a favorite among Bird's fellow animators and, indeed,
of just about anyone in the all-too-small audience that saw it.
Warner Brothers didn't seem to know what to do with a witty, existential
film about a giant robot wrestling with his sense of identity. Yes, even the
``who am I?'' angst of Mr. Incredible had its precursor in ``The Iron
Loosely adapted from the popular British children's book of the same name by
poet Ted Hughes, the story centers on a boy named Hogarth (Eli Marienthal)
who, like Elliott in ``E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,'' identifies with an
alien -- in this case, a giant robot (Vin Diesel). Hogarth teaches the robot
to speak and learn the ways of his world. As they bond, there's a magical
moment when they lie on their backs, look up at the stars and wonder about
their souls. The robot, it seems, was designed for war. But does the robot
have to fulfill that destiny? Or can he choose what, or who, to be?
The terrific voice cast includes Harry Connick Jr. as an eccentric scrap
metal sculptor who befriends Hogarth and falls for Hogarth's single mom,
voiced by Jennifer Aniston.
The extras, too, are fine. There are eight scenes, including an alternate
beginning, that were sketched but not animated. Fans should enjoy the Easter
eggs, which reveal behind-the-scenes tidbits. But for those new to the film,
the feature itself should be treat enough.
THE IRON GIANT
Special edition. With the voices of Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Aniston and
Vin Diesel. Directed by Brad Bird. PG. DVD, $19.97. 86 min.
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