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The Iron Giant

Promotional poster for The Iron Giant
Directed by Brad Bird
Produced by Pete Townshend
Des McAnuff
Allison Abbate
John Walker
Written by The Iron Man:
Ted Hughes
Story:
Brad Bird
Screenplay:
Tim McCanlies
Starring Eli Marienthal
Jennifer Aniston
Harry Connick, Jr.
Vin Diesel
Christopher McDonald
John Mahoney
Music by Michael Kamen
Cinematography Steven Wilzbach
Editing by Darren T. Holmes
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release date(s) August 6, 1999
Running time 86 min.
Country  United States
Language English
Budget $48 million
Gross revenue $23,159,305
(domestic)
>$103,000,000
(worldwide)

The Iron Giant is a 1999 animated science fiction film produced by Warner Bros. Animation, based on the 1968 novel The Iron Man by Ted Hughes. Brad Bird directed the film, which stars a voice cast of Eli Marienthal as Hogarth Hughes, as well as Jennifer Aniston, Harry Connick, Jr., Vin Diesel, Christopher McDonald and John Mahoney. The film tells the story of a lonely boy raised by his widowed mother, discovering a giant iron man which fell from space. Hogarth, with the help of a beatnik named Dean, has to stop the U.S. military and a federal agent from finding and destroying the Giant. The Iron Giant takes place during the height of the Cold War (1957).

Development phase for the film started around 1994, though the project finally started taking root once Bird signed on as director, and Bird's hiring of Tim McCanlies to write the screenplay in 1996. The script was given approval by Ted Hughes, author of the original novel, and production struggled through difficulties (Bird even enlisted the aid of a group of students from CalArts). The Iron Giant was released with high critical praise (scoring a 97 percent approval rating from Rotten Tomatoes), when released by Warner Bros. in the summer of 1999. It was nominated for awards that most notably included the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation and the Nebula Award from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

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Plot

Hogarth with the Giant.

In October 1957 (the month in which the Soviet Union launched Sputnik 1), a giant humanoid robot crashes off the shore of the fictional town of Rockwell, Maine, and eventually makes its way into the nearby forest the next day. Nine-year-old Hogarth Hughes, following the trail of destruction in the forest, discovers the robot as it gets entangled in the wires of a power station, and shuts off the station's power. The robot, on recovery, disappears into the forest, eluding Hogarth. The following day, Hogarth is discovered in the forest by the robot, showing him the power switch he pulled as a means of communication. Hogarth spends time with the robot, but when he tries to return home, the robot follows him, eventually causing a train to collide with its head. The robot demonstrates it is self-repairing, with parts dislodged by the collision drawn back towards the robot. Hogarth instructs the robot to follow him to his home and hides it from his single mother Annie in their barn. Hogarth teaches the robot about life, and shares his comic books with him, including one featuring Superman and another with Atomo, a villainous metal robot. Hogarth assures the robot that it is not like Atomo and that the robot is what it chooses to be.

Meanwhile, reports from the robot's damage have led Kent Mansley, an egotistical and paranoid U.S. Government agent, to investigate the sightings. Kent soon discovers evidence that Hogarth has made contact with the robot, and interrogates the boy, threatening to separate Hogarth from his mother if he doesn't talk. Hogarth manages to take the robot to the junkyard of the beatnik artist, Dean, to keep him hidden from Kent and the forces of the U.S. Army under command of General Rogard; Dean is able to pass the robot off as a work of art when the military snoops around his yard. After the military leaves, Dean saves Hogarth from a deadly energy blast shot at the child by the robot, and orders the robot away. However, Dean discovers the robot was acting in automatically programmed self-defense when Hogarth pointed a toy gun at it, and he and Hogarth quickly race after the robot before he is caught by the Army.

In town, the robot arrives in time to save two boys that were falling from a roof. As the town gathers in amazement of the apparently friendly robot, Kent and the Army arrive, and open fire on it. The robot attempts to protect itself when attacked by F-86 Sabre fighting jets; the attack causes Hogarth, having just arrived, to fall unconscious. The robot mistakes this for Hogarth's death, and, enraged, turns into a lethal machine, destroying many of the Army vehicles. The General, upon Kent's suggestion, orders the preparation of a nuclear missile launch from the offshore USS Nautilus to destroy the robot. Hogarth recovers and is able to talk to the robot, calming it down and reverting it to its gentler form. Before the General can stand down the launch, a panicking Kent grabs the radio and orders its launch, unaware that no one in the town including the Army will have time enough to reach safe distance before impact; when Kent attempts to flee, he is stopped by the robot and arrested by the Army. Hogarth gravely explains the situation to the robot, and after saying its goodbyes, the robot takes off into the sky to intercept the missile. Recalling the discussion with Hogarth about heroes and villains, the Giant asserts itself as Superman. The Giant collides at full speed with the missile, while Hogarth witnesses the explosion back on Earth; while the town is thankful to be saved, they, particularly Hogarth, are mournful over the loss of the robot.

Sometime later, a memorial to the robot has been created in town, and Dean and Annie have begun a romantic relationship while Hogarth has become closer friends with other children in town. A package sent by General Rogard to Hogarth contains the only piece of debris they found from the explosion, a jaw bolt. That night, the bolt starts to move on its own accord, and remembering seeing the robot repair itself before, Hogarth lets the bolt roll into the countryside. A camera pan shows many other robot parts moving towards the Langjökull glacier in Iceland, where the robot's head suddenly opens its eyes and smiles.

Voice cast

From left to right: Annie, Kent, Dean, General Rogard, and Hogarth before entering the warehouse in which Dean has hidden the giant.
  • Eli Marienthal as Hogarth Hughes: an energetic, young, curious boy with an active imagination. Hogarth befriends the Giant and takes him under his wing, teaching him to speak and satisfying his appetite for metal objects. Hogarth hides the giant from his mother, the townspeople and the government. He is also a grade ahead because he "just does the stupid homework".
  • Jennifer Aniston as Annie Hughes: Hogarth's mother is in her early 30s who works hard as a waitress in the local diner. As a single mom, Annie is somewhat cautious over her son's activities.
  • Harry Connick, Jr. as Dean McCoppin: A beatnik artist and junk yard owner who "sees art where others see junk" and is the same age as Hogarth's mom. Dean has a laid-back attitude and helps protect the Giant with Hogarth. He is initially aggravated by the presence of the giant in his junk yard, as he has to pay him constant attention, to make sure he doesn't eat any of his "art".
  • Vin Diesel as The Iron Giant: A 50-foot, metal-eating robot that enters Hogarth's life and changes everything. With eyes that glow and can change to red when threatened or angry, parts that transform and reassemble (and indestructible to virtually anything), he becomes best friend and hero to Hogarth. While capable of incredible destructive powers (the extensive and lethal arsenal he is equipped with would suggest his original purpose was not one of peace), he is rendered benign by damage to his head. Hogarth teaches him to use his strength for good rather than destruction, proving to the world that he recognizes the value of life. The Giant reacts defensively if it recognizes anything as a weapon, immediately attempting to destroy it, but can stop himself.
  • Christopher McDonald as Kent Mansley: a government agent sent to investigate the Iron Giant. He is manipulative, ambitious, arrogant, self-centered and paranoid. With a secret agenda to boost his own career, Kent is simultaneously hot on Hogarth's trail to get information. Convinced he has proof of the Iron Giant's existence and eager to make his reputation, Mansley calls in the military to protect the townspeople from the threat he perceives in the Giant.
  • John Mahoney as General Rogard: Military leader in Washington, D.C. who strongly dislikes Mansley and his attitude.

Cloris Leachman, Frank Thomas, Ollie Johnston, M. Emmet Walsh and James Gammon all have cameo appearances.

Production

In 1986, rock musician Pete Townshend became interested in writing "a modern song-cycle in the manner of Tommy",[1] and chose Ted HughesThe Iron Man as his subject. Three years later, The Iron Man: A Musical album was released. The same year Pete Townshend produced a short film set to the album single "A Friend is a Friend" featuring The Iron Man in a mix of stop frame animation and live action directed by Matt Forrest. In 1993, a stage version was mounted at London’s Old Vic. Des McAnuff, who had adapted the Tony Award-winning Tommy with Townshend for the stage, believed that The Iron Man could translate to the screen, and the project was ultimately acquired by Warner Bros.[1]

Towards the end of 1996, while the project was working its way through development, the studio saw the film as a perfect vehicle for Brad Bird, who at the time was working for Turner Feature Animation.[1] Turner Entertainment had recently merged with Warner Bros. parent company Time Warner, and Bird was allowed to transfer to the Warner Bros. Animation studio to direct The Iron Giant.[1] After reading the original Iron Man book by Hughes, Bird was impressed with the mythology of the story and in addition, was given an unusual amount of creative control by Warner Bros.[1] Bird decided to have the story set to take place in the 1950s as he felt the time period "presented a wholesome surface, yet beneath the wholesome surface was this incredible paranoia. We were all going to die in a freak-out."[2]

Tim McCanlies was hired to write the script, though Bird was somewhat displeased with having another writer on board, as he himself wanted to write the screenplay.[3] He later changed his mind after reading McCanlies' unproduced screenplay for Secondhand Lions.[1] In Bird's original story treatment, America and the USSR were at war at the end, with the Giant dying. McCanlies decided to have a brief scene displaying his survival, quoting "You can't kill E.T. and then not bring him back." McCanlies finished the script within two months, and was surprised once Bird convinced the studio not to use Townshend's songs. Townshend did not care either way, quoting "Well, whatever, I got paid."[3] McCanlies was given a three month schedule to complete a script, and it was by way of the film's tight schedule that Warner Bros. "didn't have time to mess with us" as McCanlies said.[4]

Hughes himself was sent a copy of McCanlies' script and sent a letter back, saying how pleased he was with the version. In the letter, Hughes stated, "I want to tell you how much I like what Brad Bird has done. He’s made something all of a piece, with terrific sinister gathering momentum and the ending came to me as a glorious piece of amazement. He’s made a terrific dramatic situation out of the way he’s developed The Iron Giant. I can’t stop thinking about it."[1]

It was decided to animate the Giant using computer-generated imagery as the various animators working on the film found it hard "drawing a metal object in a fluid-like manner."[1] A new computer program was created for this task, while the art of Norman Rockwell, Edward Hopper and N.C. Wyeth inspired the design. Bird brought in students from CalArts to assist in minor animation work due to the film's busy schedule. The Giant's voice was originally to be electronically modulated but the filmmakers decided they "needed a deep, resonant and expressive voice to start with" and Vin Diesel was hired.[1]

Themes

The film is set in the late 1950s, during a period of the Cold War characterized by escalation in tension between the United States and the Soviet Union. In 1957, Sputnik was launched, raising the possibility of nuclear attack from space. Anti-communism and the potential threat of nuclear destruction cultivated an atmosphere of fear and paranoia which also led to a proliferation of films about alien invasion. In one scene, Hogarth's class is seen watching an animated film named Atomic Holocaust, based on Duck and Cover, an actual film that offered advice on how to survive if The USSR bombed the USA. The movie also has an anti-gun message in it. When the Iron Giant sees a deer get killed by hunters, the Iron Giant notices two rifles discarded by the deer's body. The Iron Giant's eyes turn red showing hostility to any gun. It is repeated throughout the film, "Guns kill." and "You're not a gun."

Writer Tim McCanlies addressed Hogarth's message to the giant, "You are who you choose to be" played a pivotal role in the film. "At a certain point, there are deciding moments when we pick who we want to be. And that plays out for the rest of your life" citing that he wanted to get a sense between right and wrong. In addition, this turning point was to make the audience feel as if they are an important part of humanity.[4]

Reception

"We had toy people and all of that kind of material ready to go, but all of that takes a year! Burger King and the like wanted to be involved. In April we showed them the movie, and we were on time. They said, "You'll never be ready on time." No, we were ready on time. We showed it to them in April and they said, "We'll put it out in a couple of months." That's a major studio, they have 30 movies a year, and they just throw them off the dock and see if they either sink or swim, because they've got the next one in right behind it. After they saw the reviews they [Warner Bros.] were a little shamefaced."
— Writer Tim McCanlies on Warner Bros.' marketing approach[3]

The Iron Giant opened on August 6, 1999 in the United States in 2,179 theaters, accumulating $5,732,614 over its opening weekend. The film went on to gross $23,159,305 domestically, making it a bomb in the US, but did end up grossing $103 million worldwide, making it a success from there.[5] Analysts at IGN feel it "was a mis-marketing campaign of epic proportions at the hands of Warner Bros, they simply didn't realize what they had on their hands."[6] Tim McCanlies said, "I wish that Warner had known how to release it."[3]

Lorenzo di Bonaventura, president of Warner Bros. at the time, explained, "People always say to me, 'Why don't you make smarter family movies?' The lesson is, Every time you do, you get slaughtered."[7] Stung by criticism that it mounted an ineffective marketing campaign for its theatrical release, Warner Bros. revamped its ad strategy for the video release of the film, including tie-ins with Honey Nut Cheerios, AOL and General Motors and secured the backing of three U.S. congressmen (Ed Markey, Mark Foley and Howard Berman).[8]

The film had met with universal critical acclaim. Based on 110 reviews collected by Rotten Tomatoes, The Iron Giant received an overall 97% "Certified Fresh" approval rating.[9] With the 30 critics on Rotten Tomatoes' "Cream of the Crop", which consists of popular and notable critics from the top newspapers, websites, television and radio programs,[10] still averaging a 97% "Certified Fresh" approval rating.[11] By comparison, Metacritic calculated an average score of 85 (out of 100) from the 27 reviews it collected.[12] The film has since then gathered a cult following.[6] The Nostalgia Critic placed the film as #6 on his list of The Top 11 Underrated Nostalgia Classics.[13]

Roger Ebert very much liked the Cold War setting, feeling "that's the decade when science fiction seemed most preoccupied with nuclear holocaust and invaders from outer space." In addition he was impressed with parallels seen in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and quoted, "[The Iron Giant] is not just a cute romp but an involving story that has something to say."[14] In response to the E.T. parallels, Bird quoted, "E.T. doesn't go kicking ass. He doesn't make the Army pay. Certainly you risk having your hip credentials taken away if you want to evoke anything sad or genuinely heartfelt."[2]

Peter Stack of the San Francisco Chronicle agreed that the storytelling was far superior to other animated films, and cited the characters as plausible and noted the richness of moral themes.[15] Jeff Millar of the Houston Chronicle agreed with the basic techniques as well, and concluded the voice cast being excelled with a great script by Tim McCanlies.[16]

The Hugo Awards nominated The Iron Giant for Best Dramatic Presentation,[17] while the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America honored Brad Bird and Tim McCanlies with the Nebula Award nomination.[18] The British Academy of Film and Television Arts gave the film a Children's Award as Best Feature Film.[19] In addition The Iron Giant won nine Annie Awards and was nominated for another six categories,[20] with another nomination for Best Home Video Release at The Saturn Awards.[21] IGN ranked The Iron Giant as the tenth favourite animated film of all time in a list published in 2008,[22] and the second greatest animated movie of all time on another list [23].

In an interview with WorstPreviews.com, Bird announced that there was an "outside chance" that a limited theatrical rerelease would be planned for sometime in 2009, to mark the film's tenth anniversary,[24] as of now, Warner Bros. has yet to release any announcement for any kind of 10th anniversary release.[citation needed]

References

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  2. ^ a b Sragow, Michael (1999-08-05). "Iron Without Irony". Salon Media Group. http://www.salon.com/ent/col/srag/1999/08/05/bird/. Retrieved 2008-01-15. 
  3. ^ a b c d Black, Lewis (2003-09-19). "More McCanlies, Texas". The Austin Chronicle. 
  4. ^ a b Holleran, Scott (2003-10-16). "Iron Lion: An Interview with Tim McCanlies". Box Office Mojo. http://boxofficemojo.com/features/?id=1257&p=.htm. Retrieved 2008-01-15. 
  5. ^ "The Iron Giant (1999)". Box Office Mojo. http://boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=irongiant.htm. Retrieved 2008-01-14. 
  6. ^ a b Otto, Jeff (2004-11-04). "Interview: Brad Bird". IGN. http://movies.ign.com/articles/563/563285p1.html. Retrieved 2008-01-14. 
  7. ^ Irwin, Lew (1999-08-30). "The Iron Giant Produces A Thud". Internet Movie Database. http://imdb.com/news/sb/1999-08-30#film3. Retrieved 2008-01-15. 
  8. ^ Irwin, Lew (1999-11-23). "Warner Revamps Ad Campaign For The Iron Giant". Internet Movie Database. http://imdb.com/news/sb/1999-11-23#film5. Retrieved 2008-01-15. 
  9. ^ "The Iron Giant (1999)". Rotten Tomatoes. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/iron_giant/. Retrieved 2009-04-05. 
  10. ^ "Rotten Tomatoes FAQ: What is Cream of the Crop". Rotten Tomatoes. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/pages/faq#creamofthecrop. Retrieved 2007-09-09. 
  11. ^ "The Iron Giant: Rotten Tomatoes' Cream of the Crop". Rotten Tomatoes. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/iron_giant/?critic=creamcrop. Retrieved 2008-01-14. 
  12. ^ "Iron Giant, The (1999): Reviews". Metacritic. http://www.metacritic.com/video/titles/irongiant?q=The%20Iron%20Giant. Retrieved 2008-01-14. 
  13. ^ http://www.thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/thatguywiththeglasses/nostalgia-critic/2384-top-11-underated-nostalgic-classics
  14. ^ Ebert, Roger (1999-08-06). "The Iron Giant". RogerEbert.com. http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19990806/REVIEWS/908060303/1023. Retrieved 2008-01-14. 
  15. ^ Stack, Peter (1999-08-06). "`Giant' Towers Above Most Kid Adventures". San Francisco Chronicle. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/1999/08/06/DD14732.DTL. Retrieved 2008-01-14. 
  16. ^ Millar, Jeff (2004-04-30). "The Iron Giant". Houston Chronicle. http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ae/movies/reviews/311420.html. Retrieved 2008-01-14. 
  17. ^ "Hugo Awards: 2000". Internet Movie Database. http://imdb.com/Sections/Awards/Hugo_Awards/2000. Retrieved 2008-01-14. 
  18. ^ "Nebula Award: 2000". Internet Movie Database. http://imdb.com/Sections/Awards/Science_Fiction_and_Fantasy_Writers_of_America/2000. Retrieved 2008-01-14. 
  19. ^ "BAFTA Awards: 2000". Internet Movie Database. http://imdb.com/Sections/Awards/BAFTA_Awards/2000. Retrieved 2008-01-14. 
  20. ^ "Annie Awards: 1999". Internet Movie Database. http://imdb.com/title/tt0129167/awards. Retrieved 2008-01-14. 
  21. ^ "The Saturn Awards: 2000". Internet Movie Database. http://imdb.com/Sections/Awards/Academy_of_Science_Fiction_Fantasy_And_Horror_Films_USA/2000. Retrieved 2008-01-14. 
  22. ^ "Top 25 Animated Movies of All Time". IGN. 2008-03-11. http://uk.movies.ign.com/articles/858/858622p2.html. Retrieved 2008-03-12. 
  23. ^ http://movies.ign.com/articles/650/650717p5.html
  24. ^ "Brad Bird on "1906" Status and "Iron Giant" Re-Release". WorstPreviews.com. 2009-02-06. http://www.worstpreviews.com/headline.php?id=11975&count=0. Retrieved 2009-05-26. 

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The Iron Giant is a 1999 Warner Bros. animated film directed by Brad Bird.

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The Iron Giant

  • I am not a gun.
  • Souls don't die...
  • I not Atomo... I Superman.
  • Hogarth, you stay... I go... no following.

Hogarth Hughes

  • You are who you choose to be.
  • So we can't tell Ripley's Believe it or Not...well...because they wouldn't believe it.
  • [Hogarth has just had espresso with Dean, and is not used to its effects.] So she moves me up a grade because I wasn't fitting in so now I'm even more non-popular. I was getting good grades, like all A's, and then my mom says, "You need stimulation" and I'm thinking, "No, I'm stimulated enough right now." [Dean: That's for sure] But she goes, "Nuh-uh, you don't have a challenge. You have to have a challenge." Well, now I'm challenged, all right. I'm challenged to hold on to my lunch money because all the big mooses want to pound me because I'm a shimpy dork who thinks he's smarter than them. But I don't think I'm smarter, I just do the stupid homework. If everyone else just did the stupid homework, they could move up a grade and get pounded too. Is there any more coffee?

Kent Mansley

  • Hey there, Scout. Kent Mansley. I work for the government.
  • Hogarth? That's an embarrassing name. She might as well have called him Zeppo or something...what kind of sick person names their kid Hogarth?
  • (interrogating Hogarth in the barn; tosses him his pictures, first one of the piece of metal that Hogarth brought the giant) Does this ring a bell? (Hogarth doesn't answer) No? (tosses him a picture of Hogarth with the Giant peeking over at him) How about this?

Dean McCoppin

  • Sorry about the crowbar, kid. You'd be surprised how many people want to steal scrap. But, man, once I make it into art, I can't give it away. I mean, what am I? A junkman who makes art or an artist who sells junk? You tell me.
  • (to Hogarth) This is espresso. It's like Coffeezilla.
  • (speaking to the Giant) There are two kinds of metal in this yard: Scrap (points to scrap pile) and Art (points to metal art pieces). If you're going to eat one of them, eat the scrap. What you currently have, IN YOUR MOUTH, is ART!!
  • (to Hogarth, about the bullies at his school) Who cares what these creeps think? They don't decide who you are, you do. You are who you choose to be.

Class Film

  • (the film begins) A very peaceful, stay-at-home kind of day in a town very much like your own. But then, suddenly, without warning...(the bomb in the film explodes) ATOMIC HOLOCAUST!
  • [Singing] Hands on your head, low to the ground. Time to duck and cover...the bombs are coming down. Duck and cover. Duck and cover...'Cause all the kids who don't will cease to be around.

Dialogue

Hogarth Hughes: Hey, mom! You won't believe our good luck. Guess what I found?
Annie Hughes: Hogarth, we've been through this before. No pets.
Hogarth Hughes: But he's not a pet, mom. He's a friend.
Annie Hughes: Hogarth, we've got to rent a room this year if we're gonna make ends meet, and no one wants to live in a place with shredded upholstery.
Hogarth Hughes: You'll never know he's there. I'll keep him in a cage...
Annie Hughes: ...until you feel sorry for him and set him free... in the house. You remember the raccoon, Hogarth? [Shudders] I remember the raccoon.

Hogarth: Can you talk? You know..."Blah blah blah?"
The Giant: [Metallic grinding noises]

(Mansley is talking to a constuction worker about the power surge)
Kent Mansley: Frankly, I'm not entitled to reveal the specifics of the division I work for, and all of that implies...
Marv: Do you mean...national security?
Kent Mansley: Let's put it this way. Every once in a while, things happen that just can't be rationalized in a conventional way. But the people want to know that their government has a response. I am that response.

(Mansley is on the phone with the general.)
General Rogard: Damn it Mansley, you call me at home for this?
Kent Mansley: You don't understand, sir. It ate my car.
General Rogard: And you saw this happen, right?
Kent Mansley: I didn't actually see it. It ran off into the woods.
General Rogard: So you don't have any evidence, then, do you?
Kent Mansley: But sir, I do have evidence: I've got an eyewitness.
General Rogard: An eyewitness with a concussion.
Kent Mansley: Sir, this thing... (Lowers his voice) ...this thing is a menace. It tore up a power station, it...it caused a train wreck!
General Rogard: OK, Mansley. Say it again, and this time, listen to yourself.
Kent Mansley: (sighs) A giant...metal...monster.
(Hysterical laughter on the other end. Mansley turns around a kitchen mitt that seems to mock him.)
Kent Mansley: Please, sir. I've got a feeling about this one.
General Rogard: OK, Mansley. Let me tell you how this works...If you told me you found, let's say...a giant footprint, I could send over a specialist to make a plaster cast of it. Hell, you get me a photograph of this thing and I could probably send some troops over there! But you tell me you have a feeling...
Kent Mansley: All right...you want evidence? I'll get you evidence. And when I do, I'm gonna want a memo...
General Rogard: That's just swell, Mansley.
Kent Mansley: (yelling) And I'm gonna want that memo carbon copied and distributed...
(Rogard hangs up)

Kent Mansley: You know, Hogarth, we live in a strange and wondrous time: the Atomic Age. But there's a dark side to progress, Hogarth. Ever hear of Sputnik?
Hogarth Hughes: Yeah, first satellite in space.
Kent Mansley: Foreign satellite, Hogarth, and all that implies. Even now it orbits overhead - Boop! Boop! - watching us. We can't see it but it's there, much like that giant thing in the woods. We don't know what it is or what it can do. I don't feel safe, Hogarth. Do you?
Hogarth Hughes: What are you talking about?
Kent Mansley: What am I talking about? [Loses patience] What am I talking about?! I'm talking about your goddarned security, Hogarth! While you're snoozing in your widdle jammies, back in Washington we're wide awake and worried! Why? Because everyone wants what we have, Hogarth! Everyone! You think this metal man is fun, but who built it? The Russians? The Chinese? Martians? Canadians? I don't care! All I know is we didn't build it, and that's reason enough to assume the worst and blow it to kingdom come! Now, you are going to tell me about this thing, you are going to lead me to it, and we are going to destroy it before it destroys us!

Annie Hughes: For some reason the army is outside our front door, Mr. Mansley.
Kent: Please, call me Kent.

(The general is furious with Mansley)
General Rogard: Do you realize how much hardware I've brought down here? YOU JUST BLEW MILLIONS OF UNCLE SAM'S DOLLARS OUT OF YOUR BUTT! You'll be Cheif Inspector of subway toilets by the time I'm finished with you. Now pack up! I'll expect you back in Washington to clear out your office.
Kent Mansley: Yes, sir.

General Rogard: That missile is targeted to the Giant's current position! Where's the Giant, Mansley?!
Kent Mansley: (Upon realizing the Giant is right above them) Oooh...We can duck and cover! There's a fallout shelter not far from...
General Rogard: There's no way to survive this, you idiot!
Kent Mansley: You mean we're all going to...
General Rogard: To die, Mansley. For our country.
Kent Mansley: Screw our country! I WANT TO LIVE!
(He attempts to escape but is stopped by the Giant. The troops surround Kent and hold him at gunpoint.)
General Rogard: (to the troops) Make sure he stays there, like a good soldier.

Hogarth: Giant?
Giant: Hogarth. You stay. I go. No following.
Hogarth: I love you.

(As the Giant is about to sacrifice itself to save the town)
Hogarth: [voice over] You are who you choose to be.
The Giant: Superman.

Voice cast

See also

The Incredibles, a 2004 PIXAR film also directed by Brad Bird.

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