I first came across the book by English author Ted Hughes when I was a kid. The book is called 'The Iron Man'. I loved the Faber and Faber cover:
And don't confuse it with Marvel's Iron Man as it's not related in any way. If you click the image above it will take you to a Wiki page about the book and author.
When the animated film came out, directed by Brad Bird in 1999, I avoided it like the plague. When I saw the trailer and how much they had changed it, I was really upset as the book held a special place in my heart.
Many, many years later I heard a friend of mine talking about the movie and saying how he was really surprised at how great it was, and he convinced me to watch it. And was I ever glad that I did. I re-watched it again for the first time in years and still loved it.
Yes, they had changed a LOT from the book, but the overall story arc was there and the feeling and intent were the same, and that's what ultimately matters.
A really nice book was released a few years back that I would totally recommend. It has all the best artwork, concept design and storyboards from the movie. It is called 'The Art of the Iron Giant':
Here are some images from the book:
And if you're really looking to get the full experience of the movie, why not treat yourself to the Signature Edition box set? It has tons of goodies on the dvd and comes in a great box with postcards:
And of course, if you have read any of my earlier posts, you know I'm crazy about SciFi and 1950s SciFi in particular, so this movie was perfect for me.
If you haven't seen the movie I would try really try and watch the Signature Version, as it contains a really great sequence where the Iron Giant dreams - it was omitted from the earlier versions. You can buy it separate from the box set as well.
Here is my little iron man- he's called Mr.WorkMan: