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The Iron Giant (1999)

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The Iron Giant is a American animated science fiction action film produced by Warner Bros. Feature Animation and directed by Brad Bird in his directorial debut. It is based on the 1968 novel The Iron Man by Ted Hughes (which was published in the United States as The Iron Giant) and was scripted by Tim McCanlies from a story treatment by Bird. The film stars the voices of Vin Diesel (voicing the titular character), Eli Marienthal, Jennifer Aniston, Harry Connick Jr., Christopher McDonald and John Mahoney. Set during the Cold War in 1957, the film centers on a young boy named Hogarth Hughes, who discovers and befriends a gigantic metallic robot who fell from outer space. With the help of a beatnik artist named Dean McCoppin, Hogarth attempts to prevent the U.S. military and Kent Mansley, a paranoid federal agent, from finding and destroying the Giant.

The film’s development began in 1994 as a musical with the involvement of The Who’s Pete Townshend, though the project took root once Bird signed on as director and hired McCanlies to write the screenplay in 1996. The film was animated using traditional animation, with computer-generated imagery used to animate the titular character and other effects. The understaffed crew of the film completed it with half of the time and budget of other animated features. Michael Kamen composed the film’s score, which was performed by the Czech Philharmonic.

Director: Brad Bird

Writers: Tim McCanlies (screenplay by), Brad Bird (screen story by), Ted Hughes (based on the book “The Iron Man” by), Brent Forrester (screenplay by) (uncredited)

Stars: Eli Marienthal, Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Aniston, James Gammon, Cloris Leachman, Christopher McDonald, John Mahoney

Cast

Jennifer AnistonAnnie Hughes (voice)
Harry Connick Jr.Dean McCoppin (voice)
Vin DieselThe Iron Giant (voice)
James GammonForeman Marv Loach / Floyd Turbeaux (voice)
Cloris LeachmanMrs. Tensedge (voice)
Christopher McDonaldKent Mansley (voice)
John MahoneyGeneral Rogard (voice)
Eli MarienthalHogarth Hughes (voice)
M. Emmet WalshEarl Stutz (voice)
Jack AngelAdditional Voices (voice)
Bob BergenAdditional Voices (as Robert Bergen)
Mary Kay BergmanAdditional Voices (voice)
Michael BirdAdditional Voices (voice)
Devon Cole BorisoffAdditional Voices (voice) (as Devon Borisoff)
Rodger BumpassAdditional Voices (voice)
Robert ClotworthyAdditional Voices (voice)
Jennifer DarlingAdditional Voices (voice)
Zack EgintonAdditional Voices (voice)
Paul EidingAdditional Voices (voice)
Bill FarmerAdditional Voices (voice)
Charles HowertonAdditional Voices (voice)
Ollie JohnstonAdditional Voices (voice)
Sherry LynnAdditional Voices (voice)
Mickie McGowanAdditional Voices (voice) (as Mickie T. Mc Gowan)
Ryan O’DonohueAdditional Voices (voice)
Phil ProctorAdditional Voices (voice)
Frank ThomasAdditional Voices (voice)
Patti TippoAdditional Voices (voice)
Brian TochiAdditional Voices (voice)
Mark HubleyMarky Maypo (archive sound) (uncredited)
Jack PaarSelf (archive sound) (uncredited)

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