Fridge: The Iron Giant

Fridge Brilliance

  • The giant arrives on Earth with what looks like a meteor impact responsible for its amnesia. If it was such an impact, it might not even be on the planet its creators intended to launch it at.
  • When Hogarth and the Giant go out walking at night, pay attention to the moon in one scene. Just to the right of it, one of the stars can be seen moving. That's Sputnik.
  • This one could be considered Fridge Brilliance AND Fridge Horror: Hogarth is able to speak so eloquently about death because his Disappeared Dad (presumably, judging by the picture on his bedside table) may have died in the Korean War.
  • Dean and Mansley both represent a respective positive and negative viewpoint of how trusting people were in the Fifties, particularly when it came to children:
    • Dean is a counter-cultural Beatnik who could potentially be a bad influence to Hogarth and when the kid turns up in his scrapyard late at night, he promises not to tell anyone, which would definitely raise eyebrows these days. But Hogarth takes an instant liking to the guy and when it's revealed to Annie that her son sneaks out to play at the scrapyard, she seems unquestioningly okay with it. Their trust is ultimately rewarded when Dean puts Hogath's safety at top priority and becomes his stepfather in the end.
    • Mansley on the other hand is a professional man who works for the government and even though Hogarth immediately despises the man, Annie has no reason to worry about her son's safety even suggesting that he take the stranger on a tour around town. Her trust is ultimately misplaced when Mansley treats Hogarth with increasing hostility going so far as to lie to General Rogard about the Giant killing a kid to provoke a military strike when he knows damn well that the boy is in the crossfire.

Fridge Horror

  • The gigantic robotic super weapon had to come from somewhere (which the movie never acknowledges). It's likely that those who sent the Iron Giant to earth are not going to just give up after one failed attempt. This deleted scene shows the Iron Giant's memory of him and an army of others of his kind destroying another planet. The fact that the creators were so willing to sacrifice an army of them also strongly hints that there are plenty more of them, too. Also, the end of the movie explicitly shows us that the robots can survive nuclear blasts. And who's to say that he's still friendly after reassembling himself?
    • The very last image of the film is him giving a friendly smile to the camera. We're fine.
    • Plus, there's a good chance that most or all of the destroyed planets were, like the vast majority of planets in the universe, uninhabited. Who's to say the creators of the giants won't leave Earth alone when they learn it *is* inhabited? They may simply have not realized there was life here when they first sent out the giants.
  • All those threats Mansley made against Hograth while trying to get him to reveal the Giant's location? Despite Hograth's protest, he probably could do all of them considering Annie's vulnerable position and single parent status.
    • And imagine how much easier it would have been to carry out said threats if Hograth wasn't an only child!