Cold War paranoia comes to a fever pitch in a small Maine fishing town in director Brad Bird’s (THE INCREDIBLES) beautifully crafted animated adventure about friendship, choosing your own destiny, and testing your mettle.
In October of 1957, America had plenty to be worried about. Rock ‘n’ roll. Television. The bomb. Sputnik. The Cold War. In the small town of Rockwell, Maine, Annie Hughes (Jennifer Aniston) is just worried about putting supper on the table for herself and her headstrong and imaginative nine-year-old son, Hogarth.
Inspired by a fisherman’s wild tale, Hogarth sets off into the woods and finds a 50-foot giant with an insatiable appetite for metal and a childlike curiosity about its new world.
Rumors of everything from an alien invasion to a Russian secret weapon bent on destroying Rockwell soon spread through the small town, prompting the arrival of government agent Kent Mansley (voiced by Christopher McDonald. Keeping one step ahead of Mansley, Hogarth convinces his beatnik friend Dean (voiced by Harry Connick Jr.) to hide the Iron Giant (voiced by Vin Diesel) in Dean’s junkyard.
But it isn’t long before the rumors turn into paranoia — the situation escalates and the possible destruction of Rockwell looms. In times like these, you really find out what your friends are made of… and sometimes, it’s metal.