Nobody ever does this, but I have decided to break my normally strong ties with common sense and reommend a movie before I have seen it. Yes, I want you to see The Iron Giant. Yes, it is animated. No, I am not being paid to recommend this. Yes, drawings can move a person.
You see, it marks the end of an era. Earlier, I wrote about the great days when Disney produced annual animated features films that consistently delivered entertaining plots, classic music, and memorable characters. Following the assumption that they know popular opinion better than the populous does, studios have been moving away from this animated format. Of course, Pixar seems to have filled the “power vacuum” left by animated films, but I still think the old format has a lot to offer. It just has been handed poor ideas and direction in the recent years past.
So, The Iron Giant is not just a very good movie (which I can’t even vouch for yet, which is sad), but it also puts an exclamation point at the tail end of animated films as we know them, instead of letting the genre slide down a slippery slope into oblivion (much as the Rocky movie dynasty did). Sometime soon, I will watch the movie and deliver a better report. In the meantime, I will have to take my own word for it.
What a bizarre recommendation.
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