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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


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