Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
USA, 1999. Warner Bros., Warner Bros. Animation, Warner Bros. Feature Animation. Story by Brad Bird, Screenplay by Tim McCanlies, based on the book by Ted Hughes. Cinematography by Steven Wilzbach. Produced by Allison Abbate,Des McAnuff. Music by Michael Kamen. Production Design by Mark Whiting. Film Editing by Darren T. Holmes. Las Vegas Film Critics Awards 1999. New York Film Critics Awards 1999.
This animated film is an instant classic, and should be seen because it finds its strength in character, plot and even political allegory instead of cheap laughs or amazing animated effects. It takes place in a nostalgically-recalled East Coast town during the 1950s, when the Red Scare was in full swing and the Space Age boggled the minds of imaginative children everywhere. One such youngster, a little boy with an overworked mother (voiced by Jennifer Aniston) has his imaginings of far-off worlds come to life when a giant robot lands from the sky in the forest near his house. The two become close buddies, but trouble comes when the CIA intervenes and wants to have the robot destroyed. Excellent character voice acting and a touching script, not to mention old school animation that only adds to the film’s charm, make for a film the whole family will really enjoy. The kids will be inspired, and grownups will be more than amused.