Screened as part of Autumn Events 2016

The Iron Giant 1999

Signature Edition

Directed by Brad Bird

In Brad Bird’s beautifully animated adaptation of Ted Hughes’ anti-Cold War children's book, young Hogarth Hughes befriends a gigantic robot from outer space, and hides him from wily government agents.

USA In English
89 minutes DCP



Allison Abbate
Des McAnuff


Tim McCanlies
Brad Bird. Based on the book by Ted Hughes

Animation director

Tony Fucile


Darren T. Holmes

Production designer

Mark Whiting


Michael Kamen


Jennifer Aniston (Annie Hughes)
Harry Connick Jr (Dean McCoppin)
Vin Diesel (the Iron Giant)
James Gammon (Foreman Marv Loach/Floyd Turbeaux)
Cloris Leachman (Mrs Tensedge)
Christopher McDonald (Kent Mansley)
John Mahoney (General Rogard)
Eli Marienthal (Hogarth Hughes)
M. Emmet Walsh (Earl Stutz)


Presented in Association with

Square Eyes

In a small American town at the height of the Cold War in the 50s, a gigantic extraterrestrial robot with an appetite for cars, railroad tracks and TV antennas crash-lands near the home of nine-year-old Hogarth Hughes. Befriending the enormous visitor, Hogarth tries frantically to keep his new pal's existence a secret from both his mother and a paranoid government agent. 

Based on a children’s book by Ted Hughes, this all-ages sci-fi from animator Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Ratatouille) has amassed a lot of love since its release in 1999. Hughes’ book addresses some big questions – can a machine have a soul? – and the film’s anti-gun agenda is so expertly dramatized that certain right-wing commentators consider it downright treason. Loaded with discussion points, The Iron Giant always remains at heart a movie about an excitable little boy and the biggest toy any child could wish for.

Two new scenes have been added for this spectacular 2015 “Signature Edition”.

“The director Brad Bird fills the CinemaScope screen with wit and beauty in this modern fairy tale…  A master class in the use of scale and perspective — and in its power to open up a viewer’s heart and mind.” — Michael Sragow, New Yorker