25 'The Iron Giant' Quotes From The Astonishing Film About Humanity, Love And The Universe

Quotes from the movie 'The Iron Giant' and Brad Bird are an integral part of pop-culture.

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'The Iron Giant' is a 1999 film adaptation of Ted Hughes novella of the same name and Brad Bird's directorial debut.

At release, the film proved to be a massive box office flop. The film had failed to break even with its steep $50 million production budget.

However, its underwhelming performance can be chalked up to Warner Brothers' poor marketing for the most part. It may not have been a money-maker for Warner Brothers', but it remains one of the most critically acclaimed animated feature films of the last century. The film takes place in 1957 somewhere in Maines, where a kid suddenly finds a giant robot from the outer space crash-landing into the local power station. Unlike what such a premise indicates, the film explores self-identity and the nature of man. The eponymous Iron Giant itself (played by Vin Diesel before he had the 'Fast and Furious' popularity) is unnamed. He has only about 50 lines of dialogue throughout the film - and yet it vividly showcases the Iron Giant's self-discovery from a self-conscious robot to a conscientious robot. The film's central message is also one of the most frequently quoted pieces of dialogue from it: "You are who you choose to be." One of the film's highlights is when Kent's paranoid nature leads him to assume the worst, speak out of line and give the orders to launch the missile. The film ends with the Iron Giant sacrificing his life to save the earth.

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Below are some of the best quotes 'The Iron Giant' has to offer.

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Iconic 'Iron Giant' Robot Quotes

Quotes from 'Iron Giant' are iconic.

Although 'The Iron Giant' has very few dialogue lines in the film, they are all memorable lines. Here are the top five fan favorites best 'The Iron Giant' quotes.

1. "Souls don't die..."

- 'Iron Giant'.

2. "Hogarth. I go. You stay… no following."

- 'Iron Giant'.

3. "No Atomo. I Superman!"

- 'Iron Giant'.

4. "I not gun!"

- 'Iron Giant'.

5. "...Superman." (The Iron Giant flies towards the nuclear missile)

- 'Iron Giant'.

6. "Banzai!"

- 'Iron Giant'.

Deep Quotes From 'The Iron Giant'

Quotes from Annie Hughes, Marv Loach, and Brad Bird are memorable.

The most famous quotes from 'The Iron Giant' are of a profound nature - whether about the looming cold war paranoia, essentialism, or about humanity itself.

7. "You know, Hogarth, we live in a strange and wondrous time: the Atomic Age. But there's a dark side to progress, Hogarth. Ever hear of Sputnik?"

- Kent Mansley, 'Iron Giant'.

8. "You're made of metal, but you have feelings… and you think about things. And that means you have a soul. And souls don't die."

- Hogarth Hughes, 'Iron Giant'.

9. "No, wait. It's me Hogarth. Remember? It's bad to kill. Guns kill. And you don't have to be a gun. You are what you choose to be. You choose. Choose."

- Hogarth Hughes, 'Iron Giant'.

10. "He's a piece of hardware, Hogarth. Why did you think the army was here? He's a weapon, a big... big gun that walks."

- Dean McCoppin, 'Iron Giant'.

11. "I know you feel bad about the deer, but it's not your fault. Things die. That's part of life. It's bad to kill, but it's not bad to die."

- Hogarth Hughes.

12. "This is Superman. He's a lot like you. Crash-landed on Earth, didn't know what he was doing -- but he only uses his powers for good, never for evil. Remember that."

- Hogarth Hughes, 'Iron Giant'.

13. "Hogarth: You'll never know he's there. I'll keep him in a cage.

Annie Hughes: Until you feel sorry for him and set him free."

- 'Iron Giant'.

14. "The Iron Giant: Soul?

Hogarth: Mom says it's something inside of all good things... and that it goes on forever and ever."

- 'Iron Giant'.

Fabulously Funny 'Iron Giant' Quotes

Despite the philosophical interrogations at its heart, 'The Iron Giant' is a hilarious film with a good measure of witty banter. So here are the funniest 'Iron Giant' famous quotes.

15. "Hogarth: Can you talk? You know, words? Blah, blah, blah, like that? Can you do that, blah, blah, blah?

The Iron Giant: Blah, blah, blah.

Hogarth: Well... you get the idea, anyway."

- 'Iron Giant'.

16. "You'll be chief inspector of subway toilets by the time I'm finished with you!"

- General Rogard, 'Iron Giant'.

17. "It's in my leg, man. The squirrel's in my pants, Hogarth. I'm trying not to wig out here."

- Dean McCoppin, 'Iron Giant'.

18. "Hogarth: (Answers the door and finds Kent) Kent Mansley, you work for the government.

Kent: I wasn't going to say that. (His tone suggesting otherwise)"

- 'Iron Giant'.

19. "What you currently have in your mouth… is art!"

- Dean McCoppin, 'Iron Giant'.

20. "You know. this sort of thing is why it's so important to really chew your food."

- Kent Mansley, 'Iron Giant'.

21. "General Rogard: The missile is targeted at the giant's current position! Where is the giant, Mansley?

Kent: (Realizing that he just ordered a nuclear strike that will definitely hit him.) What? Oh, we can duck and cover!"

- 'Iron Giant'.

22. "Coffee's fine. Yeah, I drink it. I'm hip."

- Hogarth Hughes, 'Iron Giant'.

23. "Hogarth: You know, like all A's. So, my mom says, 'You need stimulation', and I go, 'No, I'm stimulated enough right now.'

Dean: Heh, that's for sure."

-'Iron Giant'.

24. "The biggest thing in this town is probably the homecoming queen."

- Kent Mansley, 'Iron Giant'.

25. "Wow, my own giant robot, I am now the luckiest kid in America!"

- Hogarth, 'Iron Giant'.

26. "You realize how much hardware I brought out there?! You just blew millions of Uncle Sam's dollars out of your butt!"

- General Rogard, 'Iron Giant'.

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