‘The Iron Giant’ Is a Classic, But Brad Bird Still Accepts Some Blame For Its Box Office

‘The Iron Giant’ Is a Classic, But Brad Bird Still Accepts Some Blame For Its Box Office
Brad Bird’s “The Iron Giant,” the box-office failure that became Hollywood’s last great 2D-animated movie, celebrates its 20th anniversary today. Warner Bros. premiered it at the Tcl Chinese Theater, where it will screen the cult classic tonight, and Bird still marvels at the unlikely success of his directorial debut, a 1957 Cold War fable about a giant alien robot (Vin Diesel).

“It became a success, in spite of serious obstacles,” said Bird, who went on to win Oscars at Pixar for “The Incredibles” and “Ratatouille.” “It has survived by great word of mouth. That’s incredibly gratifying because it’s not tied to hype or products. It’s just about people discovering the story and being moved by it. It’s a testament to the efforts of an underdog team that made the film.”

Based on a Ted Hughes novel and initially developed by The Who’s Pete Townshend as an animated musical,
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