The Iron Giant Mondo T-Shirt and Enamel Pins

The Iron Giant isn’t celebrating a special anniversary or anything like that this year. But Mondo never gets tired of paying tribute to one of the last truly great 2D animated movies of the 20th century. This time, in honor of the movie about a robot who chooses to be much more than a weapon, we have a new t-shirt by artist Maggie Chiang, as well as four new enamel pins by artists Scott C., Tom Whalen, and DKNG. Check them all out below. Read More »

The Iron Giant Mondo Mecha Figure

Last year marked the 20th anniversary of Brad Bird’s magnificent animated adventure The Iron Giant. But Mondo is still celebrating this year with a new collectible version of the titular robot from space.

This year, Mondo is launching a new line of collectible figures called Mondo Mecha. They’re roughly 12-inch tall, highly articulated robot figures, and The Iron Giant will be the first one out of the gate. Not to be confused with their big Iron Giant collectible figure from 2015, this one is a bit smaller and includes some more accessories. Check out The Iron Giant Mondo Mecha figure below. Read More »

Iron Giant at 20

The Iron Giant just turned twenty” is a weird sentence to write, considering that the film feels more important now than it did two decades ago. That’s not to say it didn’t matter then. Far from it, in fact. Though the animated film didn’t see much success in the box office, it was both a critical success and a fan favorite whose cult following is completely earned.  

Back in 1999, the film’s punch was much more personal. It didn’t see widespread success, but where it hit, it hit hard. The overly imaginative loner kids with single parents saw themselves in young Hogarth as they watched him gradually find a new friend. The Iron Giant didn’t just hit home for the younger audience, either. Parents (and the very adult critics) all found something to love, whether it be out of attachment to Annie, Dean, or even young Hogarth’s stories, or the overall charm of the film. No matter which human you found yourself attached or relating to, there’s one very obvious common denominator in everyone’s love for the film: The Iron Giant himself.

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Full House with Nick Offerman

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, watch the Full House opening credits improved exponentially with Nick Offerman playing every character. Find out how The Iron Giant movie compares to the original short story that inspired it, and watch as Crazy Rich Asians star Awkwafina strolls around Koreatown and answers 73 questions from Vogue. Read More »

The 10 Best Animated Flying Sequences

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(Welcome to Let’s Get Animated!, a column that spotlights the best of film animation. In this edition: the best animated flying sequences.)

The best kinds of animated films sweep you away — whether in their dazzling technical craft, their boundless imagination, or their awe-inspiring execution. And the best kinds of animated flying sequences achieve all three.

In honor of the release of How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, the third and final film in a franchise that has given us some of the most breakthtaking flying sequences rendered to celluloid, I have compiled the best flying sequences from animated films. Because of my arbitrary decision to limit the definition of “flying” to characters achieving lift for a significant amount of time, it pains me to say that I won’t be including last year’s brilliant Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, but honorable mention goes to that leap of faith. Now that that’s all said and done, here are the 10 best animated flying sequences.

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New Craig Drake Art

Artist Craig Drake has returned with his fifth solo art show at Hero Complex Gallery, and with it comes a stellar collection of new posters created by the artist in his signature style.

The new Craig Drake art honors some of the strongest, fiercest, feistiest and most memorable females in films like Blade Runner, The Empire Strikes Back, Beetlejuice, Basic Instinct Kingsman: The Secret Service and Lost in Translation. But it also keys in on characters like RoboCop, Mad Max, and more. Plus, there are two other great Star Wars prints that will catch your eye. Read More »

Movies Leaving Netflix

We’re coming up on the end of 2018, which means there’s one more purge of Netflix titles before the new year begins. Thankfully, the list of titles leaving before 2019 isn’t nearly as big as it used to be, so you should have plenty of time to check these movies out before they leave the streaming service forever (or maybe just a few months, since that’s what happens with a lot of these titles).

Below we run through the best TV shows and movies leaving Netflix in January 2019. Read More »

Crazy 4 Cult 12 Art Show

Every year, Gallery 1988 hosts a new edition of their Crazy 4 Cult art show with artists creating prints, paintings, sculptures and other creations in honor of movies from all genres that have a cult following, whether it’s rather large or very small. This year’s brings the 12th iteration of the show featuring artwork paying tribute to movies like The Iron Giant, The Blues Brothers, Back to the Future, Taxi Driver, What We Do in the Shadows, Trainspotting, Gremlins, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Great Outdoors and many more.

Check out some of our favorite pieces from the Crazy 4 Cult 12 art show below. Read More »

The Iron Giant Maquette

The Iron Giant soared into theaters nearly 20 years ago. Even though it may not have been a runaway hit at the box office, it’s found quite a loyal fanbase in the years since then, and it serves as a crowning achievement in Brad Bird‘s filmography. Sadly, being able to bring The Iron Giant home hasn’t been so easy, but Sideshow Collectibles has introduced a new, albeit limited edition, way to bring the giant robot to your shelf in the form of a new cel-shaded maquette.

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Batgirl Audition Tapes

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, The Hollywood Reporter hosted a roundtable discussion with the buzzed about dramatic actors of television. Plus, director Brad Bird talks about directing, The Iron Giant and The Simpsons, and Conan revealed a reel of auditions from Jodie Foster, Tig Notaro and more for the upcoming DC Comics movie Batgirl. Read More »