Yeah, it’s a really good movie. (And I cried when I saw it in the theater, although I’ve been able to contain my emotions while re-watching it on video.)
Except for the villain. The FBI guy, whose name I can’t remember at the moment. I found him really irritating and unlikeable.
The one really good thing about the post-LITTLE MERMAID Disney features is the parade of marvelously diabolical villains; their screentime is usually the best thing in the film.
While I hate to make comparisons…I consider THE IRON GIANT much better than the recent Disney stuff (better protagonist, better Protagonist’s Friend [the beatnik artist guy], no damn cute animals, refusal to make the Military out-and-out monsters)…I was disappointed that they dropped the ball with the Heavy.