Released 1999 (USA)
American, in English
Director - Brad Bird
Stars - Vin Diesel, Eli Marienthal, Harry Connick, Jr., Christopher McDonald
When a giant robot falls to Earth from outer space, he’s befriended by a young boy named Hogarth. Diesel provides the voice of the robot; Marienthal the voice of Hogarth; Connick, Jr., the voice of Dean McCoppin, Hogarth’s adult friend; and McDonald the voice of Kent Mansley, a government man on the robot’s trail.
Violence; non-consensual drug use (chloroform).
It’s very much a kid’s movie in that it’s rather simplistic in terms of story line and message. For example, I’m fairly certain that major electrical transformers don’t have an on/off switch (marked “on/off” of course) that just anyone can access but it’s a nice, simple solution for the film.
It doesn’t explain anything at all, like where the robot came from or why he has such a highly developed self-defense system, etc.
It’s got a good sense of humor. In particular, keep your eye on the newspaper headlines.
Just because I thought the message was simple doesn’t mean I didn’t like it. “You can be who you choose to be.” I think that’s a nice thing for kids to hear. Adults too, come to think of it.
Christopher McDonald is so good at playing a perfectly annoying weasel.
I like this film. It’s immensely enjoyable. It’s got humor and heart and it’s sweet. I like the story. The actors are all good. I enjoy the animation style. You don’t see it often anymore. This is definitely a cute kid’s movie. Everyone seems to love it. When I think of sci fi movies, however, I can’t say that it’s the first or even the twentieth film that comes to mind. Apart from the giant robot from outer space, it’s a bit light on the sci fi front. I’m not convinced that it belongs here, but I can live with it.
I give it 4 stars.