The Iron Giant
A boy's best friend is his robot in this animated adventure from director Brad Bird (RATATOUILLE, THE INCREDIBLES).
Set in 1957, The Iron Giant focuses on Hogarth (Eli Marienthal), an imaginative nine-year-old boy who daydreams of alien invasions and doing battle with Communist agents. One day, Hogarth hears a local fisherman talk about something that surpasses anything he could dream up: a fifty-foot robot that fell from the sky into a nearby lake. When Hogarth finds the robot (Vin Diesel) and fishes him out of the water, his pal Dean (Harry Connick Jr.), a beatnik sculptor who also runs a junkyard, offers to help by hiding the robot with his salvage.
A government agent soon gets wind that there's a mechanical invader of unknown origins in the neighborhood and wants to wipe out the potential threat. However, the robot (which loves to eat metal and is learning to talk) turns out to be friendly, and the boy in turn tries to teach his new pal the ways of humans.
Director Brad Bird. 86 minutes. Rated PG, from 1999.