Brad Bird Talks Iron Giant 10th Anniversary
BD: What do you admire most about Iron Giant and why do you think it continues to strike such a resonant chord with audiences?
BB: I don't think it's really like any other animated feature. If you were to ask me which part of the film I enjoyed directing the most, it would be the last 20 minutes, because the mood swings wildly between sad and happy, explosively exhilarating and quietly moving, and seems to do so very efficiently. A lot of films have good set ups, but many fail to close the deal at their conclusion. I'm very proud of the fact that we closed the deal.
I think people connect to the idea that we all have dark and light sides within ourselves and that our lives are defined by which side we act on. WE all have power to affect those around us and that can be either a destructive or an uplifting thing. As Dean and then Hogarth say, "You are who you choose to be."
Bill Desowitz is senior editor of AWN & VFXWorld.