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Summary: This is the story a nine-year-old boy named Hogarth Hughes who makes friends with an innocent alien giant robot that came from outer space. Meanwhile, a paranoid U.S. Government agent named Kent Mansley arrives in town, determined to destroy the giant at all costs. It's up to Hogarth to protect him by keeping him at Dean McCoppin's place in the junkyard. (imdb)
Some might say it's too innocent and naive, but I just think this is one of the best animation features ever made: it's filled with paranoid aspects from 1950s sci-fi films, a tremendously arresting and delightful visual, some good irony and, well, a generous metal heart that is hard to find.
Great animated film. It has such a great script and wallops a huge emotional punch that's kind of unexpected for amovie for "kids". It's also intelligent entertainment done with love and craft. A delight and highly recommended for kids AND their parents.
Apparently this movie is supposed to be a Big Deal, but it just didn't resonate with me. Don't get me wrong, it's well-put-together and an overall good animated feature, but I just didn't see anything special.
This movie is a great example of masterful storytelling. It doesn't matter that it is ultimately a cartoon [that could be for childrens]. What matters is we get to know and spend time with a bunch of characters for long enough that it feels genuinely like we are a part of their lives. Actually, being a cartoon gives this movie a lot more flexibility. I just don't see myself caring the same way if there was a giant puppet gorging himself on junkyard parts.