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Picks and Pans Review: The Iron Giant

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Animated, with voices by Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Aniston

Hogarth Hughes, 9, has a secret he’s keeping from his widowed mom (Aniston) and the other folks in his small town in Maine. His best friend is a 50-foot robot from outer space. The metallic monster is a big sweetie-pie, though once the giant is spotted, it takes Hogarth a while to convince a cool beatnik (Connick), townies, snoopy government agents, the military and his mom of this salient fact.

The Iron Giant, set in 1957, is a well-told and beautifully drawn tale of friendship and fortitude based on a novel by British poet Ted Hughes, who wrote the story to comfort his children after the suicide death of their mother, novelist and poet Sylvia Plath. (PG)

Bottom Line: Fe, fi, fo, fun