It’s hard to find one imperfection when it comes to The Iron Giant. This 1999 animated film was dubbed a bomb when it was first released, but of course it went on to be a classic. That’s because it’s beautiful to watch, with stunning artwork, a great voice cast, and a really wonderful story. In fact, it makes me cry pretty much every single time I view it.
Soon, I will be shielding my weepy eyes from the masses, because The Iron Giant is headed back to theaters for a very limited engagement. Warner Bros. Pictures just announced plans to show The Iron Giant: Signature Edition in select theaters, in conjunction with Fathom Events.
This is a “Signature Edition” of the movie because it has been remastered, but will also include two new scenes. And because this is the lost work of first-time director Brad Bird (who went on to do The Incredibles, Ratatouille, and others), it should be worth the special trip.
Winner of nine Annie Awards, The Iron Giant is based on Ted Hughes’ 1968 science fiction novel, The Iron Man. However, this one has nothing to do with superheroes—and everything to do with superheroes. It’s actually the story of a friendship between a boy named Hogarth (voiced by Eli Marienthal) and a giant metal man (Vin Diesel), who is both wanted and feared by masses that have been made paranoid by their Cold War surroundings. Jennifer Aniston and Harry Connick Jr. also voice characters in the acclaimed film.
The Iron Giant: Signature Edition will be shown in a special screening at theaters around the country on Wednesday, September 30, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. local time. There will also be a single encore on Sunday, October 4 at 12:00 p.m. local time. If you miss it, there will be an HD version of The Iron Giant: Signature Edition available sometime this fall. However, you probably don’t want to miss it! Check the Fathom Events website in August for ticket pre-orders as well as a list of theater locations.