The Iron Giant (1999)

In the small town of Rockwell, Maine in October 1957, a giant metal machine befriends a nine-year-old boy and ultimately finds its humanity by unselfishly saving people from their own fears and prejudices.


marcuaharon - Yeah, the "if you didn't cry during then you have no soul/heart/whatever" thing does get old.

On the other hand, the best "kids' movies" offer just as much for adults as they do kids - which is to say, I'll fiercely defend any film as warm and humane, as artistic, and as beautiful, imaginative, and intelligent as this or "Spirited Away," regardless of whether it has been placed in the category of a "kids' movie" and regardless of whether some insecure, immature people think that such films can't be truly great. (That's not to suggest that you're insecure or immature if you don't like this or "Spirited Away" or any other specific film - those descriptors only apply if you think there's something wrong with an adult defending or feeling passionately about a children's film, or get upset when they place a "kids' film" on a list of favorite films.)

In reality, some "kids' movies" are among the greatest films ever made.

10 years ago


Brad Bird's first and perhaps still best feature film, about a boy who befriends a giant robot from space during the month Sputnik orbited the Earth. Wonderful traditional animation, and a story with real heart and real stakes that'll you smile and will make you cry. I once read someone call it "the best Superman film ever made", and in many ways, it is. Bird's premise was "What if a gun had a soul?", which definitely ties into the idea of Superman as a metaphor for the value of self-restraint. It also evokes the 1950s beautifully, subtly and overtly, has some incredible action scenes all the way through, and never ever talks down to its audience.

6 years ago


Wonderful underrated classic.

11 years ago

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