It's been sixteen years since The Iron Giant hit theaters, to wide critical acclaim and a minuscule box office.
The beautifully animated, action-filled and genuinely touching film was the first feature from Brad Bird, a director who would go on to bring The Incredibles, Ratatouille and Tomorrowland to screens. But an underwhelming marketing campaign from Warner Bros. is widely cited as the reason why The Iron Giant recouped less than half of its budget during its theatrical run.
And while a limited limited engagement on Sept. 30 and Oct. 4, with a remastered and extended version of the film containing two new scenes, might not turn it into a blockbuster over night, it's certainly something to mark on your calendar if you're among the folks who learned to love the movie in home video or when Cartoon Network played it non-stop for 24 hours every Thanksgiving.
Fathom Events is selling tickets already, but if there's no theater near you (or if you won't be able to make it to the Toronto Film Festival), The Iron Giant: Signature Edition will be available on Blu-ray sometime in the future. Warner Bros. expects to announce a date some time late this fall.