Top 13 The Iron Giant Movie Facts

Following is our collection of The Iron Giant facts. Handpicked and verified, these little-known details can be obscure enough most people will miss. These behind the scene easter eggs and hidden messages will give you another view of The Iron Giant film message.

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.

The Iron Giant Trivia

These trivia from Reddit and other sources can be used as questions with answers in quizzes or games.

  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?"

The Iron Giant Easter Eggs

Hidden objects, characters, easter eggs, 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.

The Iron Giant 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.

Cast and Details

Here are the full cast and crew of The Iron Giant. The goofs, crazy credits, and trivia they have performed may have not taken your attention. Some are hidden for a reason, while others randomly forgotten.

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