Top 13 The Iron Giant Movie Details

While searching the internet for The Iron Giant movie facts, I found some interesting little known details. Obscure enough that most people could miss it, I want to make you a favor by creating ordered lists with the most intriguing hidden details.

Most of them are not blatantly obvious to be observed at first sight, so take your time and read carefully. We have extensive definitions that accurately explain any behind the scene meaning or famous dialogues.

Mansley's newspaper has a section titled "Studio Kept alive by Osmosis Greenlight", referencing the upcoming Warner Bros' movie, Osmosis Jones
Mansley's newspaper has a section titled "Studio Kept alive by Osmosis Greenlight", referencing the upcoming Warner Bros' movie, Osmosis Jones

The Incredibles and The Iron Giant were both directed by Brad Bird. He included a tribute to Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston, who were Disney animators in each film.

Trivia

I have collected all the famous movie trivia questions with answers from Reddit and other sources. They can be very useful in quizzes or games, or simply to learn more information. Most of the fun The Iron Giant details are suitable for kids.

  1. Brad Bird was in part inspired to make this movie (The Iron Giant 1999) as a memorial to his sister Susan, who died at the hands of her husband by gun violence. His pitch was this: "What if a gun had a soul and didn't want to be a gun?"

Easter Eggs

Finding Easter Eggs in movies is one of my favorite hobbies. Hidden objects, characters, and their meanings are wonderful ways to discover the filmmaker's perspectives of any given movie.

  • 1 - When Hogarth and the giant look over the town you can see a blinking star, that star is supposed to be Sputnik from the opening shot.
    When Hogarth and the giant look over the town you can see a blinking star, that star is supposed to be Sputnik from the opening shot.

Hidden Details

1 - There is a small Iron Giant on the bottom left of the Cosmo-nuts cereal box
There is a small Iron Giant on the bottom left of the Cosmo-nuts cereal box
1 - I don't belive this has been pointed out here before, but I found a mildly depressing detail in the Iron Giant. Dean didn't always live alone in the yard
I don't belive this has been pointed out here before, but I found a mildly depressing detail in the Iron Giant. Dean didn't always live alone in the yard

Hogarth has a picture of what is likely his absent farther as a fighter pilot. As the movie takes place in the 50's, he could have died in WW2, which would explain his absence, and Hogarth's hatred of guns and killing.

1 - When Hogarth's mother tells the army to call off their attack because her son is with The Giant, everyone looks worried except for Mansley, who wants The Giant destroyed at all costs.
When Hogarth's mother tells the army to call off their attack because her son is with The Giant, everyone looks worried except for Mansley, who wants The Giant destroyed at all costs.

Sputnik can be seen briefly in The Iron Giant. The movie is set in the same month Sputnik was sent into orbit.

During the final battle, the general is not firing blindly as they retreat. He's actively firing at, and hitting, the giant's antenna lasers.

When the army is retreating, General Rogard isn't just firing randomly. He's aiming for the tentacle weapons.

The tanks in *The Iron Giant* (1999) were M48 Patton tanks, in service during the setting of the movie.

The Iron Giant poster
The Iron Giant poster

The Iron Giant Plot: A young boy befriends a giant robot from outer space that a paranoid government agent wants to destroy.

I am pretty sure that you've watched The Iron Giant, maybe in a theater near you or on the small screen, but probably not many of the small details have taken your attention. Most of the previous facts are hidden for some reason, but still, there is plenty of randomly forgetten stuff that makes the movie unique and interesting. The more you know, the more fascinated you'll be about The Iron Giant and will watch it online, download or stream it again and again.

Genre Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Sci-Fi
Director Brad Bird
Main Actors Jennifer Aniston, Harry Connick Jr., Vin Diesel, James Gammon
IMDB score 8.0