FP015: “Souls Don’t Die…”
Brad Bird, now best known for his film The Incredibles, created this beautiful, poignant, and emotionally charged animated film in 1999, where it got totally lost in the flurry of summer movies, grossing less than half of its $48,000,000 budget. This is sad in that it was just the kind of movie people had been crying out for; a family film with stuff for both kids and adults. A film with a lesson, but not the tripe the studios had been dishing out. But slowly, as with so many of the enduring cinema classics, The Iron Giant has begun to find its audience: people who are taking this film to heart and give it the place it deserves in the pantheon of Perfect Movies.