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Defocused 294: Some of My Best Friends Are Animators

Hey, Stevie, is that about poop?

Joe Rosensteel and Dan Sturm

Robot or Not? 72: Robots from "Castle in the Sky" and "The Iron Giant"

Two beloved metal creatures from animation.

John Siracusa and Jason Snell

The Incomparable 205: Love Machine

In the long tradition of big, giant robots came 1999’s “The Iron Giant,” the film Brad Bird made before he made “The Incredibles.” It was kind of a flop in its initial release, but this animated feature has become rightfully recognized as a classic. We debate the Giant’s original purpose, break down a surprisingly large succession of poop jokes, and ponder the Giant’s ultimate destiny to be the benevolent robot-king of Iceland.

Jason Snell with John Siracusa, Merlin Mann, Steve Lutz, David J. Loehr and Tony Sindelar