With his groundbreaking work directing and writing The Incredibles and Ratatouille for Pixar, filmmaker Brad Bird has firmly established himself as a legend in the era of modern animation. Prior to his tenure at Pixar however, Bird co-created and directed an astounding film called The Iron Giant , which displayed his unique ability to make animated films that are as appealing to adults as they are to children. Set in the late 50s, The Iron Giant tells the story of the friendship between a boy and a robot from space that crash-lands on Earth, but the animation is the real highlight. Fluid and detailed, reminiscent of a bygone age, Bird's design elevates the film from children's diversion to high art.
Mon., June 9, 9 p.m., 2008