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YMMV: The Iron Giant
  • Accidental Aesop: The Giant's emulation of Superman and dislike of the villainous robot Atomo shows the importance of role models and positive representation in media.
  • Adaptation Displacement: The film is (very) loosely inspired on the children's book The Iron Man. How loose? Well, there was a dragon, for starters.
    • Not to mention the iron man doesn't "die" at the end.
  • Ear Worm: The "Duck and Cover" song is very catchy. If you hear the full version on the DVD, it WILL get stuck in your head.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Dean.
  • Fan Nickname: "Hog Hug", used by some fans to refer to Hogarth because of one scene.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: The movie's fandom is infamous for fact that 99% of the Rule 34 is oedipal incest between Hogarth and his mother.
  • 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?
  • Genius Bonus / Easter Egg: 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 to move. That's Sputnik.
  • He Really Can Voice Act: Vin Diesel as the Giant. He doesn't get much dialogue, but whenever the Giant speaks, the mood is absolutely spot-on.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight
    • Dean getting a squirrel in his pants.
    • Also, Kent Mansley saying "Screw the Country! I Wanna Live" as his final lines in the movie after he unwittingly sent a nuke directly into the town becomes extremely ironic when the President in Shadow the Hedgehog (who is strongly implied to be the same president from Sonic Adventure 2) is redesigned to resemble Kent Mansley.
    • For publicity, Eli Marienthal (Hogarth) did an interview with Scouting magazine Boys' Life. The magazine itself gets a mention in the film as Hogarth is showing his comics to the Giant...although not quite the one they would want.
    Hogarth: The Spirit, very cool...Boys' Life, meh...
    • All-Star Superman ends almost exactly like The Iron Giant, which makes Iron Giant's reverent whisper [I choose to be] Superman! both hilarious and heartwarming.
  • Memetic Molester: Some of Kent Mansley's behavior can be seen as creepier than it was meant to be.
    • Special mention goes to the scene where he's watching Hogarth go to bed. It doesn't help that he crosses his legs in a way that looks suggestive.
    • A scene from an early draft makes his behavior a thousand times worse.
    "Come on, Hogarth. Let's do the happy monkey. You know the one I mean."
  • Memetic Mutation: Dean's facial expressions are remarkably well-animated, such that he's become a source for reaction images on certain parts of 4chan.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Mansley ultimately crosses this when he dooms the city by firing a missile at the Iron Giant.
    • Remember the scene before that? When Dean told Mansley that Hogarth was with the escaping Giant? Remember how after hearing this, Mansley told the general that the Giant had killed a kid! ...Yeah Mansley, way to go.
  • Retroactive Recognition: What the... did Vin Diesel just make me cry Manly Tears?
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Friendly giant robots aside, this film is very explicit in its condemnation of nuclear weapons, and of paranoia and xenophobia in general. It also drops the anvil that you are who you choose to be. Nobody programmed you to do anything; you choose who you become.
  • Tear Jerker: See main page quote.
  • Vindicated by History
    • The film was universally loved by critics, but that didn't save the film from bombing at the box office; Warner Bros.' marketing blitz for the home video release (as well as Cartoon Network airing the film numerous times in the past few years) led to the film being seen by a wider audience, and now it's considered a modern animation classic.
    • Cartoon Network once did a Memorial Day special of airing the movie over and over and over and over and over again back-to-back, three days in a row.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: The CGI giant blends in with the traditional animation amazingly.

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