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Brad Bird on The Iron Giant

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In 1999, Warner's released The Iron Giant. Well... released may not be the best term. Slipped into theaters under the cover of night so that anyone who might be remotely interested couldn't possibly know of its existence -- yeah, that's the term. Despite the stealth marketing, director Brad Bird's animated tale of a young boy who lives in 1950's cold war America and manages to bond with a giant, gentle, metal-eating robot managed to catch a few discerning eyes (mine included), and has since been championed as an animation classic. As for Bird, well, the guys at Pixar took note, too, and Brad wound up helming a couple of minor trifles you might have heard of: The Incredibles and Ratatouille.

The staff over at New York's Film Forum clearly know a good thing when they see it, and this year, they decided to treat their audience to a limited run of The Iron Giant as a holiday treat. It's running from December 22nd through the 28th, and to commemorate the event, I got an opportunity to talk with Bird. We were able to discuss the creation of Giant, plus look into some of his other projects, including his live-action debut: the Tom Cruise-starring Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol.

Click on the player to hear the interview.