The Iron Man: A Children's Story in Five Nights is a science fiction novel by British Poet Its main title was changed to The Iron Giant, and internal mentions of the metal man changed to iron giant, Yet the novel has been re-illustrated by at least two others, Dirk Zimmer and Laura Carlin (current, Walker Books). terney.info: The Iron Giant (): Ted Hughes, Andrew Davidson: Books. When a towering giant made of iron appears out of nowhere, young Hogarth sees To be perfectly honest, seeing the film first and then reading the book, it was.
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An iron giant saves the world in this contemporary classic. A mysterious creature stalks the land, eating barbed wire and devouring tractors and plows. I've always loved the movie The Iron Giant, and have it almost memorized in its entirety! I never knew that it was based on a book, nor that it was a book written. Taller than a house, the Iron Giant stood at the top of the cliff, on the very Hughes dedicated the book to his children, Frieda and Nicholas, for.
The Iron Man makes a bargain with the creature; if he can withstand the heat of burning petroleum for longer than the space-dragon can withstand the laying on the surface of the Sun, the creature must obey the Iron Man's commands forevermore. If the Iron Man melts or is afraid of melting before the space being undergoes his attempts or quits due to fear or pain, the creature has permission to devour the whole Earth.
Things take a surreal turn when the Iron Man learns that the Space-Dragon is actually a peaceful "Star Spirit" who only came to Earth, with threats of violence and destruction, because it had witnessed the sights and sounds produced by the violent warfare of humanity. So the studio offered up and coming animator Brad Bird, formerly of Disney fired for fighting with the brass and lately of The Simpsons fame, and a pick of projects they had on the go. As that was the whole point behind the Pete Townsend rock-opera connection, and where Warner Brothers had planned this story to go, this became a brief sticking point.
In the book the boy has two loving parents while in the movie Hogarth Eli Marienthal lives with his mom Annie Hughes Jennifer Aniston who is a single parent.
In the movie the character of the Iron Giant Vin Diesel is a being we learn crash landed on Earth due to an impact to his head, which caused him to developed amnesia.
In the book none of this exists. As mentioned the book opens with The Iron Man standing at a seaside cliff where we learn he can rebuild himself if he is broken apart, but the reader learns nothing about his origins. He could have been built by a mad scientist or possible by the Greek god Hephaestus. His origin was not important to the tale Ted Hughes was telling.
Note: That the parts of The Iron Giant are able to slowly come back together after being smashed to pieces is about the only character trait that Brad Bird took from the book. Now in broad strokes that looks to be very similar to the Brad Bird version but in placing his version of the story in the 50s, during the height of Cold War paranoia, this changes key elements. Aside from the Space-Dragon the book has no key antagonist, the townsfolk are all for getting rid of the Iron Man but they only go as far as building an ineffectual pit trap for the giant, but in the film Bird creates the character of Kent Mansley Christopher MacDonald a Federal Agent who considers anything not from America to be a threat.
This antagonist does not exist in the book, neither does the eventually threat of military action against the giant, and with this major change the dynamic of the story is shifted. On the other hand the Hogarth of the movie is a kid of action; he saves the Iron Giant from being electrocuted when it inadvisably tries to eat a power station, he finds a good source of food for the Giant, but most of all he thwarts Kent Mansley at every turn.
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