Iron Giant Team Reunites in Los Angeles

In celebration of the release of The Iron Giant Special Edition DVD, more than two dozen members of the creative team behind the movie will get together and answer questions from the public on Saturday, Nov. 20, at the Golden Apple comic-book store on Melrose Ave. in Los Angeles. The unique event will be held from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Before he passed away in late October, Golden Apple founder Bill Liebowitz issued this endorsement: "These are designers, animators, artists and special guests who haven’t seen each other in years. They are coming from all over–New York, Hawaii and Northern California–just for this event. They’ll be bringing rare production drawings, tests, models and all sorts of treasures for the fans to see."

Fans who attend will be able to get autographs, photos and lively presentations. Animation Magazine’s editor, Ramin Zahed, will moderate the discussion, with esteemed animation historian Jerry Beck as a special guest.

Released theatrically in 1999, award-winning The Iron Giant was lauded by critics but generally overlooked by the general public. It has since built an ever-growing cult following and a favorite of animation fans world-wide. The film was was written and directed by Brad Bird, director of Disney and Pixar’s latest blockbuster, The Incredibles. Voice actors include Vin Diesel, Jennifer Aniston and Harry Connick, Jr. The Special Edition DVD came out Tuesday, offering a host of extra features including deleted scenes, outtakes, commentaries and more.

Admission to Saturday’s event is free with the purchase of the Special Edition DVD at any Golden Apple location. All attendees will also receive an Iron Giant commemorative mini-figurine free with purchase of a DVD.