Cert: U – Contains some mild language and animated action violence
Brad Bird / USA 1999 / 1h26m / 35mm
With the voices of Jennifer Aniston, Harry Connick Jr, Vin Diesel, James Gammon, Cloris Leachman, M Emmet Walsh.As entertaining as it is intelligent, this delightful animation is adapted from Ted Hughes’ anti-Cold War children’s book. In a small town in Maine in 1957 (the year of the Sputnik launch), young adventurer Hogarth, son of single mother and waitress Annie, is obsessed with things extra-terrestrial. Due in part to his school’s nuclear-protection TV sessions, he’s especially concerned about the Red Invader. He’s the only one to take seriously a fisherman’s frantic reports of the landing of a metal giant, and his search is rewarded by the sighting of a metal-crunching, electricity-immune 50-footer in the forest. A friendship between boy and giant grows, but all the while government agents close in...