A GENTLE GIANT

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Based on a children’s parable by British poet laureate Ted Hughes, The Iron Giant (1999) tells an absorbing story about friendship, peace, and tolerance in the face of Cold War paranoia. Combining computer and traditional cel animation to achieve a retro, 2-D aesthetic, it was the first feature by director Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Ratatouille), who shot the film in widescreen as an homage to 1950s CinemaScope sci-fi spectacles. Along with dazzling lighting effects and the voicing talents of Eli Marienthal, Jennifer Aniston, Harry Connick Jr., Christopher McDonald, and Vin Diesel, it is considered a gem of modern animation.

Laurent Durieux designed this lush poster depicting the soulful robot communing with nature above an autumnal forest canopy. It is just one of hundreds of limited edition silkscreen posters in the library’s collection by Mondo, the collectable art boutique of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Austin, TX. To date, three artists have been invited to illustrate posters for The Iron Giant, including Kevin Tong and Mike Mitchell, each achieving a distinctive tone that exploits the vibrant color and surface texture characteristic of the silkscreen medium. Mondo celebrates the breadth of filmmaking by giving graphic designers unprecedented freedom to interpret films, from recent releases to revival screenings.

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