The Iron Giant is a wonderfully odd little film. A callback to B-movies of the 1950's (even setting itself during the period), it's a smart film about a young boy who befriends a giant, amnesiac robot who may actually be the vanguard of a coming alien invasion. It's a great movie about friendship and hate and paranoia with a fairly adult script. Naturally it bombed at the box office, because the studio didn't know how to market it, and because it was a smart animated movie not released by Pixar so people didn't really care.
If you have seen it, well, you probably know what moment from the film I'm going to highlight here.
Ultimately it is revealed that the Giant was actually a very powerful, and very dangerous weapon sent from another world to enslave the Earth, but a bump on the head rendered him amnesiac and adorable.and only occasionally a killing machine.
Then the government guys come back and, well, one thing leads to another and this happens.
If this weren't tear-jerky enough, he has one last word on his giant steel lips before dying.
So dear readers, has anyone else teared up at the end of The Iron Giant? Have any favorite alien moments in fiction? Sound off in the comments below!
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