In 1999, an animated film called The Iron Giant was released and didn’t do well at the box office. In May 2015, the film’s director, Brad Bird, said that maybe the movie would get back to the silver screen. Apparently, Bird steered us right. The Iron Giant is coming back to the movies.
Bird hoped that the film would be in theaters for a week, and it won’t be. But it will be in theaters for two days. On September 30, participating, American theaters will show the lesser-known animated film at seven in the evening. Then again on October 4, the theaters will show the film at noon. It’s not a lot, but the film is newly remastered and will feature two, brand new scenes. So, there’s definitely that.
The CEO of Fathom Events, John Rubey, claimed that “The Iron Giant is meant to be seen and heard in movie theaters” and he is excited to re-release what he calls a “classic.”
The film tells the story of a young boy named Hogarth, a little hellion who befriends a 50-foot tall robot (Vin Diesel, before he was Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy). In 1957 America, when the story takes place, people both love and fear the Iron Giant. They think the robot can give them an advantage at the climax of the Cold War, but they’re also intimidated by him. We’re going to guess that’s because he’s 50 feet tall and an Iron Giant.
The Iron Giant debuted at number nine when it opened in August 1999, and it only grossed about $23.2 million dollars by the end of its run. Audiences might not have paid the big bucks to see it, but it was a critical darling. It scored nine Annie Awards. The film features the voice talents of Jennifer Aniston (at the height of her Friends fame) and Harry Connick, Jr. before he was Grace’s husband on Will and Grace.
It’s been almost exactly 16 years since the film came out, and the film has gained much more respect. Currently, fans and critics name it one of the best animated pictures ever made, even now that Pixar movies like Finding Nemo and Inside Out have stolen our hearts. This fall, fans can also expect an HD version of The Iron Giant to add to their home libraries. We adore!
The Iron Giant was Bird’s first, as a director. He has since won two Oscars for Ratatouille and The Incredibles, in which he voiced sassy superhero designer, Edna Mode. His most recent directorial project was Tomorrowland, starring George Clooney.