The Iron Giant
|Warner Bros.; 90 minutes; PG|
|Voices of:||Jennifer Aniston, Harry Connick Jr., Vin Diesel, Eli Marienthal|
The Iron Giant is based on British Poet Laureate Ted Hughes' 1968 book for children. Penned by an intellectual and adapted with respect, it is the warm tale of a boy and his 50-foot robot. The metal-eating iron giant crashes into the sea outside Hogarth's Maine town (slyly named Rockwell). The year is 1957 — fears of Communism and atomic bombs wrack the nation. Young Hogarth (Eli Marienthal) hides the amnesiac robot, gently teaching him pacifism, sheltering the giant in a local beatnik's (Harry Connick Jr.) junkyard. Then come the Feds.
Themes of anti-violence, gun control, and the dangers of paranoia and militarization are handled very well. The movie treats its young viewers with respect. Solid animation supports the dominant suggestion of a need for technology's humanization.