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The Iron Giant

When: Sun., April 29, 5 & 9 p.m. and Mon., April 30, 7 p.m. 2012

The year 1999 produced an embarrassment of riches for feature-film animation. Toy Story 2 carried on the visual wizardry and rich storytelling of the original, while South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut brought the taboo-busting, hypocrisy-bashing hilarity of the TV show to the big screen. But the best animated film of that year, The Iron Giant, is also the most underrated. The feature-film debut of future Pixar fixture Brad Bird (Ratatouille, The Incredibles) has future action star Vin Diesel as the voice of a giant alien robot that lands on Earth and gets befriended by a lonely boy. Notoriously, Warner Bros. dumped this adaptation of Ted Hughes' The Iron Man novel into theaters with little push, but a cult following emerged once the smart, stylish and endlessly entertaining old-school family film hit video stores. It screens for free Sunday at 5 and 9 p.m. and Monday at 7 p.m. —Craig D. Lindsey

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