The Iron Giant

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The Iron Giant is a 1999 Warner Bros. animated film directed by Brad Bird, based on the The Iron Man (1968) by Ted Hughes.

The Iron Giant[edit]

Hogarth Hughes[edit]

You don't have to be a gun. You are what you choose to be. You choose. Choose.
  • My own giant robot. I am now the luckiest kid in America!
  • [while on Espresso, speaking very quickly] So she moved me up a grade because I wasn't fitting in, so now I'm even more not fitting in. I was getting good grades, you know? Like, all A's. So my mom said, "You need stimulation," and I go, "No, I'm stimulated enough right now!" [Dean: That's for sure.] So she goes, "Uh-uh. You don't have a challenge. You need a challenge." So now I'm challenged, all right. I'M CHALLENGED TO HOLD ON TO MY LUNCH MONEY, because of all the big mooses who wanna pound me because I'm the shrimpy dork who thinks he's smarter than them. But I don't think I'm smarter; I just do the stupid homework! If everyone else just did the stupid homework, they could move up a grade and get pounded too; is there anymore coffee?
  • [Giant is about to kill Hogarth.] No, wait! It's me. Hogarth, remember? It's bad to kill. Guns kill, and you don't have to be a gun. You are what you choose to be. You choose. [closes his eyes, bracing for impact] Choose. [Giant: [his eyes return to normal] Hogarth.] [Giant returns to normal and moans.] It's okay. It's okay. We've gotta show them you're good.
  • You are who you choose to be.
  • The train is coming! The train is coming! Come on, let's go!
  • Let's get outta here! Run!

Kent Mansley[edit]

  • Two nights ago, at approximately 1900 hours, S.A.T com radar detected an unidentified flying object entering Earth's atmosphere, losing contact with it two-and-a-half miles off the coast of Rockwell. Some assumed it was a large meteor, or a downed satellite, but my office in Washington received a call from someone reporting an actual encounter with the object. This is no meteor, gentlemen! This is something much more serious. So...
  • No, Marv. Big things happen in big places, and the sooner I file my report, the sooner I can get back to them.
  • Biggest thing in this town is probably the homecoming queen... (sees his passenger seat, chomped up) ...oh my GOD!!! [jumps out of the car]
  • Screw our country... I WANNA LIVE!
  • You can't protect him, Hogarth, anymore than you can... protect your mother.
  • Ha! Gotcha!
  • The army will arrive in the morning, Hogarth. Don't get cute.
  • This is all your fault, beatnik. If you haven't have been-
  • I'll be watching you.
  • You know darn well what. The monster. The giant thing. The metal man.
  • Look behind you at the giant! It's attacking! Stomping the town! I was right! [Rogard: Sweet mother of God.] Look! DAMN YOU!!
  • He says the monster's killed a kid. Sir, we must stop it at all costs.

Dean McCoppin[edit]

  • (to Hogarth, about what Earl said) Sorry, kid, I didn't really see anything. But if we don't stick up for the kooks, who will?
  • Sorry about the crowbar, kid. You'd be surprised how many people want to steal scrap. But, man, once I make it into art, I can't give it away. I mean, what am I? A junkman who makes art or an artist who sells junk? You tell me.
  • I'll save you both from the Grinch.
  • (to Hogarth) This is espresso. It's like Coffee-zilla.
  • Look, it's really none of my business, kid, but, who cares what these creeps think, you know? You are who you choose to be.
  • (to the Giant) There are two kinds of metal in this yard: (points to scrap pile) Scrap (points to metal art pieces) and Art. If you gotta eat one of them, eat the scrap. What you currently have IN YOUR MOUTH IS ART!
  • (to Hogarth, about the bullies at his school) Who cares what those creeps think? They don't decide who you are, you do. You are who you choose to be.
  • This rich cat, some industrialist, wanted him for the lobby of his company. He whipped out his checkbook right on the spot. I said, "Hey, you got him for the rest of your life. But what, I gotta let go the moment I give birth?" I mean, come on! Give me some time to cut the umbilical, man.
  • I'm sorry, kid. I'd like to apologize everyone in advance for this! (unzips his pants, Hogarth's pet squirrel comes flying out of his pants, and wrecks havoc in the diner.) Check, please.
  • GET BACK! I SAID GET BACK! I MEAN IT! [Giant: No. Stop. Why?] [Hogarth: It was accident. He's our friend.] He's a piece of hardware, Hogarth. Why did you think the army was here? HE'S A WEAPON, A BIG GUN THAT... THAT WALKS! [Giant: [stuttering] I...I...I not gun.] YEAH? WHAT'S THAT, HUH?! [Points at huge hole the Giant's ray left on a bus] YOU ALMOST DID THAT TO HOGARTH! [Giant: [sees huge hole; shocked] No. [runs away]] [Hogarth: Come back!] Hogarth! Hey, stop! [Hogarth: Giant, come back!] [Sees the toy gun Hogarth was playing with on the ground and picks it up, realizing the Giant reacts defensively to weapons] It was defensive. He reacted to the gun.

General Rogard[edit]

  • Go to Code Red! Repeat, Code Red!
  • [furious with Mansley] Step outside, Mansley. [Later, outside with Mansley, yelling at him] YOU REALIZE HOW MUCH HARDWARE I BROUGHT OUT HERE?! YOU JUST BLEW MILLIONS OF UNCLE SAM'S DOLLARS OUT OF YOUR BUTT!!!
  • [The Giant was hit] Good call, Mansley. [Speaks on comunicator] Secure the area. Let's find out what this thing is and who sent it.
  • Sweet mother of God!
  • That missile is targeted to the giant's current position! Where's the giant, Mansley?!

Class Film[edit]

  • (the film begins) A very peaceful, stay-at-home kind of day in a town very much like your own. But then, suddenly, without warning...(the bomb in the film explodes in a similar way to the nukes of Soviet Union and the bomb Little Boy which destroyed Hiroshima) ATOMIC HOLOCAUST!!
  • [Singing] Time to Duck and Cover. The bombs are coming down. A radiation shower will pour throughout your town. Hands up your head, keep low to the ground. Time to Duck and Cover. The bombs are coming down. Duck and Cover. Duck and Cover. Get under the desk with your sister and your brother. Duck and Cover. Duck and Cover. That goes double for your dad and your mother. So, hands over your head, keep low to the ground. 'Cause all the kids who don't will cease to be around.


Hogarth: Hey, Mom! You won't believe our good luck. Guess what I found?
Annie: Hogarth, we've been through this before. No pets!
Hogarth: But he's not a pet, Mom. He's a friend.
Annie: Hogarth, we've got to rent a room this year if we're gonna make ends meet, and no one wants to live in a place with shredded upholstery.
Hogarth: You'll never know he's there. I'll keep him in a cage.
Annie: Until you feel sorry for him and set him free... in the house. You remember the raccoon, Hogarth? [Shudders] I remember the raccoon.

Hogarth: [to the Giant] Do you talk? You know, words, "Blah, blah, blah" like that? Can you do that? Blah, blah, blah.
Giant: [in a rusty voice] Blah, blah, blah.
Hogarth: Well... you get the idea anyway. (picks up a rock) See this? This is called a rock. Rock.
Giant: Rogg!
Hogarth: Good.
Giant: [picks up a boulder] Rogg.
Hogarth: Yes.
Giant: [picks up a tree] Rogg?
Hogarth: No, no. That is a tree. [points to boulder] Rock... [points to tree] tree. Get it?
Giant: [looks at boulder] Rock... [looks at tree] tree.
Hogarth: That's right!

(Kent is talking Marv about the power surge)
Kent: Frankly, I'm not entitled to reveal the specifics of the division I work for, and all of that implies...
Marv: You mean the [whispers] national security?
Kent: Let's put it this way. Every once in a while, things happen that just can't be rationalized in a conventional way. But the people want to know that their government has a response. I am that response. So, were there any witnesses?
Marv: Well, sir, if you'll just follow me

(Kent is on the phone with Rogard.)
General Rogard: Damn it, Mansley, you call me at home for this?
Kent: You don't understand, sir. It-it-it it-it ate my car!
General Rogard: And you saw this happen?
Kent: No, I didn't actually see it. It ran off into the... woods.
General Rogard: So you don't have any evidence?
Kent: But-But sir, I've got an eyewitness!
General Rogard: An eyewitness with a concussion.
Kent: [shouts] This thing--! [covers his mouth and lowers his voice) This thing is a menace. It-It-It-It tore up a power station and-- [phone falls, and he picks up] And caused a train wreck!
General Rogard: What did? Tell me again, Mansley, and this time, listen to yourself.
Kent: [sighs] A giant...metal monster.
[Rogard guffaws on the other end. Kent turns around a kitchen mitt that seems to mock him.]
Kent: Please, sir. I've got a feeling about this one.
General Rogard: That's lovely, Kent. But let me try to explain how this works: If you told me you'd found,, a giant footprint, I might send over a expert to make a plaster cast of it. Hell, you get me a photograph of this thing and I could probably get some troops over there! But you tell me you have a feeling.
Kent: All right, then fine. You want evidence? I'll get you evidence, and when I do, I'm gonna want a memo distributed.
General Rogard: That's just swell, Kent.
Kent: I'm gonna want that memo carbon [yells] COPIED AND RE-DISTRIBUTED, AND--!
[Rogard hangs up]

[After Dean gets washed into the street by a lake's tidal wave the Giant created]
Man: [in truck] Hey!
Dean: [clearly annoyed] Yeah?
Man: You're right in the middle of the road!
Dean: YEAH?
Man: Alright... [drives away]
Dean: I think that's enough fun for one day.

Hogarth: [has just had espresso with Dean, and is not used to its effects] So she moved me up a grade because I wasn't fitting in, so now I'm even more not fitting in. I was getting good grades, you know, like all A's. So my mom says, "You need stimulation" and I go, "No, I'm stimulated enough right now."
Dean: That's for sure.
Hogarth: So she says, "Uh-uh. You don't have a challenge. You need a challenge." So now I'm challenged, all right. I'm challenged to hold on to my lunch money because of all the big moochers who want to pound me, because I'm a shrimpy dork who thinks he's smarter than them. But I don't think I'm smarter, I just do the stupid homework. If everyone else just did the stupid homework, they could move up a grade and get pounded too. Is there any more coffee?

Dean: [sees the Giant eating some metal junk and shakes with fear as he is about to take a sip of his coffee] So...where'd, uh-- Where'd he come from?
Hogarth: He doesn't remember. He's like a... little kid.
Dean: Little. Yeah. [starts chuckling, then stops] Wait a minute. You can talk to him?
Hogarth: Kinda. He can't say a lot of words yet, but he understand things pretty good.
Dean: Oh, yeah, I see.
[Hogarth and Dean start chuckling as the Giant is still eating some metal junk, then they stop]
Hogarth: He needs food and shelter. [Dean gets up from his chair, pours his coffee onto the ground, and walks back into his office, slamming the door. 37 minutes later, Hogarth is still pleading to Dean to let the Giant stay in the junkyard, but to no avail.] You got plenty of room here. This place is perfect!
Dean: Go away.
Hogarth: I can have him push the door down. You know I can!
Dean: [finally tired of Hogarth's pleading; opens the door] Hogarth! I-I-I can't hide it here!
Hogarth: Him. Not it.
Dean: Whatever. You don't even know where he came from, or-or-or what the hell he is!
Hogarth: He's my friend.
Dean: Yeah, yeah. What am I? Am I your friend? [starts walking back into his office] Bring some Franken-bot with out-of-state plates over here and make me change my tune. I don't like that jazz. [lays down on his couch] God, I'm tired.
Hogarth: So, he can stay?
Dean: Tonight. Tomorrow-- I-I don't know about tomorrow.
[Hogarth closes the door and breathes a sigh of relief]

[At the pharmacy]
Hogarth: First, you take a chocolate bar. Any bar'll do. Do you mind if I...?
Kent: No, knock yourself out, skipper.
Hogarth: [crumbles up coca-lax] You crumble up the chocolate into little pieces. [stirs the ice cream] Then you kind of just stir it into the ice cream. See?
Kent: Yes, I see. What do you call this again?
Hogarth: Landslide. It's new. Very new. [drops the coca-lax wrapper in the garbage.]
Kent: Mmmm. Landslide. Topnotch. Mmmm. [while Hogarth makes himself a Landslide with a regular chocolate bar] You know, Hogarth, we live in a strange and wondrous time: the Atomic Age. But there's a dark side to progress, Hogarth. Ever hear of Sputnik?
Hogarth: Yeah, it's the first satellite in space.
Kent: Foreign satellite, Hogarth, and all that that implies. Even now, it orbits overhead - Boop! Boop! - watching us. We can't see it, but it's there. Much like that giant thing in the woods. We don't know what it is or what it can do. I don't feel safe, Hogarth. Do you?
Hogarth: [puzzled] What are you talking about?
Kent: What am I talking about? [loses patience] What am I talking about?! [everyone turns to Kent berating Hogarth] I'm talking about your goldarned security, Hogarth! While you're snoozing in your widdle jammies, back in Washington we're wide awake and worried! Why? Because everyone wants what we have, Hogarth! Everyone! You think this metal man is fun, but who built it? The Russians? The Chinese? The Martians? Canadians?! I don't care! All I know is we didn't build it, and that's reason enough to assume the worst and blow it to kingdom come! Now, you are going to tell me about this thing, you are going to lead me to it, and we are going to destroy it before it destroys us! [his stomach starts gurgling] Just hold that thought and stay right there! Uh-oh. [he rushes to the bathroom when Hogarth has already left the pharmacy]

[Hogarth sees the Giant, looking upset about the deer, which was shot]
Hogarth: I know you feel bad about the deer. But it's not your fault. Things die. It's part of life. It's bad to kill, but it's not bad to die.
Giant: You... die?
Hogarth: Well... [walks onto the Giant's arm] yes, someday.
Giant: I die?
Hogarth: I don't know. You're made of metal. But you have feelings. [sits down on its arm] And you think about things. And that means you have a soul. And souls don't die. [the Giant looks up in the sky]
Giant: Soul?
Hogarth: Mom says it's something inside of all good things. And that it goes on forever and ever.
[Hogarth pats the Giant's face and leaves. The Iron Giant lays back to look at the stars]
Giant: Souls don't die.

Annie: For some reason the army is in our front yard, Mr. Mansley.
Kent: Please, call me Kent.

General Rogard: (furious with Kent) You'll be chief inspector of subway toilets by the time I'm finished with you! Now pack up. I'll expect you back in Washington to clear out your office.
Kent: Yes, sir.

Hogarth Hughes: Bye, Kent, and all that implies.

Nautilus Sailor: Nautilus to Rogard. Missile armed and ready.
General Rogard: What are you saying? He's friendly?
Dean McCoppin: Yes. Attacking him is triggering a defense mechanism.
Kent Mansley: Don't listen, General! Destroy the monster while we still have the chance!

Kent: Thank you for letting me use your phone, Mrs....
Annie: Hughes. Annie Hughes and this is my son, Hogarth.
Kent: Thank you, Annie. Hobart.
Hogarth Hughes: That's Hogarth! [whispers something indistinct]
Kent: [starts the car] Hogarth? That's an embarrassing name. They might as well call him Zeppo or something. [after thanking Hogarth's family] What kind of sick person would name a kid Hogar-?
[stops and looks over to Hogarth's smashed B-B gun. It reads part of Hogarth's name: Hog- Hug-]
[stops the car he was driving]
[the door knocks]
Hogarth: [opens the door for Kent] Kent Mansley. You work for the government.
Kent: I wasn't gonna say that. I have something for you, Hogarth. [hands out Hogarth's BB gun]
Annie: Your BB gun. Where did you find that?
Kent: Up at the power station.
Annie: Hogarth was out there the other night.
Kent: Really? See anything unusual, Hogarth?
Hogarth: No thing...unusual. really.

General Rogard: That missile is targeted to the giant's current position! Where's the giant, Mansley?!
Kent: Oooh... We can duck and cover! There's a fallout shelter not far from...
General Rogard: There's no way to survive this, you idiot!
Kent: You mean we're all going to...
General Rogard: To die, Mansley. For our country.
Kent: Screw our country! I WANT TO LIVE!!

Hogarth: Giant?
[The Giant looks down to Hogarth]
Giant: Hogarth. You stay. I go. No following.
[The Giant faces the missile]
Hogarth: I love you.

[As the Giant is about to sacrifice himself to save the town]
Hogarth: [voice over] You are who you choose to be.
Giant: [last words] Superman.
[The atomic bomb hits the Giant, killing him.]

Annie: Would you say grace, please?
Hogarth: [rolls his eyes, then sees the Giant's hand walking through his kitchen] Oh, my God! [his mother looks up at him] Um... Uhh, O my God...we, uh...thank you for the, has put in front of us and- STOP! ...Uh, uh- the devil! From doing bad things? And uh- get out of here! Uh...Satan? Go! we may live in peace. Amen.
Annie: Amen. That was...hmm...really unusual, Hogarth.

Hogarth: [Sees the screw knocking on his bedroom window and Hogarth opens the window to release the screw after remembering the Giant can fix himself and is not dead] See ya later!

Dean: [to Hogarth] I'm gonna have some coffee. What do you want, some milk, or what? Milk?
Hogarth: Coffee's fine. [Dean gives Hogarth the look] I drink it. [clicks his fingers] I'm hip.
Dean: I don't know. This is espresso, you know? It's like coffee-zilla.
Hogarth: I said, I'm hip.

Annie: [after observing Dean's artwork] Hmm. I see why Hogarth sneaks out here.
Dean: You mean, you know about that?
Annie: [mischievously] Ha. Now I do.

Voice cast[edit]

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