If you’ve only seen “The Iron Giant” on your own television screen (or worse, on your computer), then for two nights you can see this classic 1999 American animated science fiction movie from Warner Bros. on the big screen care of Fathom Events on Wednesday, Sept. 30 (7 p.m.) and Sunday, Oct. 4, 12 noon local time.
You might want to catch this feature even if you have seen it and own the video–these screenings are the remastered edition with new scenes. The feature film runs 1 hour and 40 minutes. If ticketing is not available now at a theater near you, you’ll have to check back for the daily updates. Or you can always pester your local theater that has already held Fathom Events.
The movie is based on a 1968 novel, “The Iron Man,” by Ted Hughes. Set in 1957, during the Cold War, the film centers on a young boy, Hogarth Hughes (voiced by Eli Marienthal), who lives in Rockwell, Maine with his widowed mother, Annie (Jeniffer Aniston). He finds a giant robot (Vin Diesel) from outer space whose strange habit of eating power lines and railroad tracks cause problems. The robot has amnesia and befriends Hogarth. When a government agent, Kent Mansley (Christopher McDonald), comes to town looking for the robot, Hogarth takes his metal friend to Dean McCoppin (Harry Connick, Jr.), a beatnik artist who has a junkyard. But it’s hard to hide a giant robot and eventually the robot is found.
At the 1999 Annie Awards, the movie won Best Animated Feature Film, Outstanding Individual Achievement in Directing an Animated Feature (Brad Bird), Outstanding Achievement for Music in an Animated Feature Production, Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production (Marienthal) and Outstanding Individual Achievement for Writing in an Animated Feature Production for Tim McCanlies (screenplay) and Brad Bird (story).
Tickets are available through Fathom Events.