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  • Adaptation Displacement: The film is (very) loosely inspired on the children's book The Iron Man. How loose? Well, there was a dragon, for starters.
    • Not to mention the iron man doesn't "die" at the end.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: SUUUPERMAAAAN!
  • Ear Worm: The "Duck and Cover" song is very catchy. If you hear the full version on the DVD, it WILL get stuck in your head.
  • Fan Nickname: "Hog Hug", used by some fans to refer to Hogarth because of one scene.
  • He Really Can Voice Act: Vin Diesel as the Giant. He doesn't get much dialogue, but whenever the Giant speaks, the mood is absolutely spot-on.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Dean getting a squirrel in his pants.
    • Also, Kent Mansley saying "Screw the Country! I Wanna Live" as his final lines in the movie after he unwittingly sent a nuke directly into the town becomes extremely ironic when the President in Shadow the Hedgehog (who is strongly implied to be the same president from Sonic Adventure 2) is redesigned to resemble Kent Mansley.
  • Memetic Mutation: Dean's facial expressions are remarkably well-animated, such that he's become a source for reaction images on certain parts of 4chan.
    • Watch the scene where Dean "meets" Hogarth's squirrel. Starting from the time when he says "CALLMEDEAN," frame by frame it. Tell me you don't laugh your ass off at every single facial expression he makes.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Mansley crosses the line from Obstructive Bureaucrat to all-out villain when he lies to the General, telling him that the Giant has killed Hogarth.
    • Not enough for you? Then we have four little words for you then: "LAUNCH THE MISSILE NOW!"
  • Retroactive Recognition: What the... did Vin Diesel just make me cry Manly Tears?
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Friendly giant robots aside, this film is very explicit in its condemnation of nuclear weapons, and of paranoia and xenophobia in general.
  • Tear Jerker: See main page quote.
  • Vindicated by History: The film was praised by critics, but that didn't save the film from a horrible fate at the box office; Warner Bros.' marketing blitz for the home video release (as well as Cartoon Network airing the film numerous times in the past few years) led to the film being seen by a wider audience, and now it's considered a modern animation classic.
    • Cartoon Network once did a Memorial Day special of airing the movie over and over and over and over and over again back-to-back, three days in a row.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: The CGI giant blends in with the traditional animation amazingly.
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