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The Iron Giant

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The Iron Giant

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Recommended for ages 7+

Read Common Sense Media’s Review

Nine-year-old Hogarth Hughes always dreamed of having a pet, but not one made out of metal and as tall as a building. After discovering a giant robot who crash-lands from space one night in 1957, Hogarth does everything in his power to keep his new metal-eating friend safe and hidden away from the government. Directed and adapted by Brad Bird (Incredibles 2, Ratatouille), this animated film taps into the 1950s Space-Race frenzy while remaining at its core a story about friendship and acceptance.

Content Advisory: fantasy action violence, language, some thematic material and smoking

Lest all of this sound gravely symbolic, be assured that the film is, before anything else, deliciously funny and deeply affecting. And beautiful, oh so beautiful, as a work of coherent art.
It's worth repeating the old complaint that animation isn't treated seriously enough, if only to point out what a shame it would be for The Iron Giant, one of the year's best films, to go overlooked.
As entertaining as it's intelligent.
The Iron Giant remembers the wonder of being a child and understands how to convey that in a media-savvy age.

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