This Warner Bros. animation wasn’t a massive hit when it was released in 1999, but since then its reputation has grown immensely, and now it has a devoted following. And its excellent reputation is well-deserved, too, leaving us both wondering why we’ve left it so long to watch it.
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3 thoughts on “#90: The Iron Giant”
I think “The Day the Earth Stood Still” is just the sort of anti-war/anti-nuke film from the Cold War era you think couldn’t have been made. America in the Cold War was run by exactly the sort of people the John Birch Society warned about.
Yes, good point! Although perhaps that’s rather the exception that proves the rule, considering the swathes of 1950s red-scare movies with aliens standing in for Communists…
Were there really “swathes” of them? The one that occurs to me is Invasion of the Body Snatchers, where there have been arguments about it being both pro and anti McCarthyism. Jack Finney, who wrote the book, said he just intended it to be entertaining and not have any political valence.