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why_WRB
do_DO
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treat_VB
their_PP$
target_NN
audience_NN
with_IN
utter_JJ
contempt_NN
?_?
too_RB
many_DT
of_IN
those_DT
who_WP
write_VB
or_CC
direct_JJ
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's_POS
movies_NNS
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kids_NNS
just_RB
can't_MD
handle_VB
serious_JJ
,_,
thoughtful_JJ
discussions_NNS
on_IN
meaningful_JJ
issues_NNS
._.
"_"
the_DT
iron_NN
giant_NN
,_,
"_"
which_WDT
was_BEDZ
directed_VBN
and_CC
co-written_VBN
by_IN
brad_NP
bird_NN
,_,
late_JJ
of_IN
such_DT
animated_JJ
series_NN
as_IN
"_"
the_DT
simpsons_NNS
"_"
and_CC
"_"
king_NN
of_IN
the_DT
hill_NN
,_,
"_"
assumes_VBZ
that_DT
not_XNOT
only_RB
can_MD
children_NN
handle_VB
such_DT
discussions_NNS
,_,
but_CC
that_CS
they_PP
can_MD
do_DO
so_RB
while_CS
being_BEG
entertained_VBN
at_IN
the_DT
same_DT
time_NN
._.
"_"
the_DT
iron_NN
giant_NN
"_"
holds_VBZ
absolutely_RB
no_DT
contempt_NN
for_IN
the_DT
young_JJ
people_NN
in_IN
the_DT
audience_NN
,_,
making_VBG
it_PP
a_DT
film_NN
that_CS
's_BEZ
enjoyable_JJ
for_IN
both_PDT
children_NNS
and_CC
adults_NNS
alike_RB
._.
hogarth_NP
hughes_NP
(_(
voice_NN
of_IN
eli_???
marienthal_JJ
)_(
is_BEZ
a_DT
spirited_JJ
young_JJ
lad_NN
who_WP
lives_VBZ
with_IN
his_PP$
hard-working_JJ
single_JJ
mother_NN
,_,
annie_NP
(_(
jennifer_NN
aniston_NP
)_)
,_,
in_IN
a_DT
small_JJ
town_NN
in_IN
maine_NP
._.
after_IN
staying_VBG
up_RP
late_JJ
and_CC
watching_VBG
scary_JJ
movies_NNS
on_IN
a_DT
night_NN
his_PP$
mother_NN
is_BEZ
away_RB
,_,
hogarth_NP
treks_NNS
out_RP
into_IN
the_DT
forest_NN
to_IN
investigate_VB
what_WDT
has_HVZ
stolen_VBN
his_PP$
antenna_NN
and_CC
ruined_JJ
his_PP$
tv_NN
reception_NN
._.
he_PP
comes_VBZ
across_IN
a_DT
giant_NN
robot_NN
(_(
vin_???
diesel_NN
)_(
from_IN
space_NN
that_CS
eats_VBZ
metal_NN
for_IN
food_NN
._.
after_IN
saving_NN
the_DT
robot_NN
,_,
nicknamed_VBD
the_DT
iron_NN
giant_NN
,_,
from_IN
electric_JJ
shock_NN
,_,
hogarth_NP
befriends_NNS
the_DT
creature_NN
and_CC
takes_VBZ
him_PP
in_IN
as_CS
a_DT
pet_NN
of_IN
sorts_NNS
._.
because_CS
of_IN
damage_NN
he_PP
suffered_VBD
upon_IN
landing_NN
,_,
the_DT
giant_NN
has_HVZ
forgotten_VBN
what_WDT
his_PP$
original_JJ
mission_NN
was_BEDZ
,_,
so_RB
he_PP
just_RB
follows_VBZ
hogarth_NP
around_IN
like_IN
a_DT
lost_JJ
puppy_NN
._.
realizing_VBG
he_PP
can't_MD
just_RB
keep_VB
the_DT
giant_NN
in_IN
a_DT
barn_NN
all_PDT
the_DT
time_NN
,_,
and_CC
that_CS
the_DT
giant_NN
needs_NNS
food_NN
,_,
he_PP
takes_VBZ
him_PP
to_TO
a_DT
junkyard_JJ
owned_JJ
by_IN
dean_NP
(_(
harry_NP
connick_NP
jr_JJ
._.
)_)
,_,
an_DT
eccentric_JJ
artist_NN
who_WP
assembles_NNS
sculptures_NNS
out_RP
of_IN
scrap_NN
iron_NN
in_IN
his_PP$
spare_JJ
time_NN
._.
it_PP
soon_RB
becomes_VBZ
apparent_JJ
that_CS
dean_NP
and_CC
hogarth_NP
can't_MD
keep_VB
the_DT
giant_NN
a_DT
secret_JJ
forever_RB
,_,
because_CS
a_DT
government_NN
spook_NN
named_VBN
kent_NP
mansley_NP
(_(
christopher_NP
mcdonald_NP
)_)
has_HVZ
been_BEN
brought_VBN
in_IN
to_IN
investigate_VB
mysterious_JJ
sightings_NNS
in_IN
the_DT
surrounding_JJ
forest_NN
area_NN
and_CC
considers_VBZ
the_DT
giant_NN
a_DT
threat_NN
to_IN
national_JJ
security_NN
._.
he_PP
suspects_VBZ
hogarth_NP
knows_VBZ
something_PN
about_IN
the_DT
giant_NN
,_,
and_CC
takes_VBZ
up_RP
residence_NN
in_IN
hogarth_NP
's_POS
house_NN
as_IN
a_DT
lodger_NN
._.
meanwhile_RB
,_,
the_DT
giant_NN
begins_VBZ
to_IN
exhibit_NN
ominous_JJ
behavior_JJ
that_CS
suggests_VBZ
he_PP
was_BEDZ
built_VBN
to_IN
be_BE
a_DT
weapon_NN
of_IN
some_DT
kind_NN
._.
"_"
the_DT
iron_NN
giant_NN
"_"
is_BEZ
exactly_RB
what_WDT
family_NN
films_NNS
ought_MD
to_TO
be_BE
,_,
because_CS
it_PP
doesn_???
'_"
t_NN
talk_NN
down_IN
to_IN
its_PP$
audience_NN
._.
the_DT
story_NN
is_BEZ
simple_JJ
,_,
very_RB
simple_JJ
,_,
about_IN
an_DT
alien_NN
being_BEG
that_DT
drops_NNS
out_RP
of_IN
the_DT
sky_NN
and_CC
befriends_NNS
a_DT
young_JJ
boy_NN
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
very_RB
similar_JJ
to_IN
the_DT
spielberg_NP
classic_JJ
"_"
e_NN
._.
t_NN
._.
,_,
'_"
and_CC
such_DT
comparisons_NNS
are_BER
actually_RB
deserved_JJ
in_IN
the_DT
case_NN
of_IN
"_"
the_DT
iron_NN
giant_NN
._.
"_"
the_DT
film_NN
holds_VBZ
many_DT
of_IN
the_DT
better_JJR
elements_NNS
of_IN
spielberg_NP
's_POS
film_NN
,_,
such_DT
as_IN
the_DT
ability_NN
to_IN
be_BE
sentimental_JJ
without_IN
turning_VBG
sappy_JJ
._.
the_DT
film_NN
delivers_VBZ
several_DT
serious_JJ
messages_NNS
,_,
the_DT
most_DT
important_JJ
of_IN
which_WDT
is_BEZ
one_CD
's_NNS
ability_NN
to_IN
choose_VB
one_CD
's_BEZ
own_DT
fate_NN
._.
hogarth_NP
teaches_VBZ
the_DT
giant_NN
to_IN
go_VB
against_IN
his_PP$
programming_NN
and_CC
become_VB
what_WDT
he_PP
wants_VBZ
to_IN
be_BE
:_:
a_DT
hero_NN
._.
the_DT
final_JJ
sequence_NN
is_BEZ
touching_VBG
and_CC
appropriate_JJ
,_,
though_CS
i_PP
won't_MD
give_VB
it_PP
away_RB
,_,
i_PP
will_MD
say_VB
that_DT
very_RB
few_DT
will_MD
be_BE
disappointed_JJ
._.
the_DT
animation_NN
,_,
while_CS
not_XNOT
up_IN
to_TO
disney_NP
standards_NNS
(_(
what_WDT
could_MD
be_BE
,_,
after_IN
"_"
tarzan_NP
"_"
?_?
)_)
,_,
is_BEZ
good_JJ
enough_RB
to_TO
make_VB
you_PP
forget_VB
you're_???
watching_VBG
a_DT
cartoon_NN
._.
the_DT
giant_NN
is_BEZ
computer-animated_VBN
,_,
while_CS
the_DT
human_JJ
characters_NNS
are_BER
all_PDT
hand-drawn_VBN
the_DT
old-fashioned_JJ
way_NN
._.
the_DT
characters_NNS
'_"
faces_NNS
are_BER
done_DON
quite_RB
well_RB
,_,
drawn_VBN
realistically_RB
enough_RB
to_IN
make_NN
the_DT
personalities_NNS
credible_JJ
,_,
but_CC
the_DT
features_NNS
are_BER
exaggerated_VBN
so_RB
as_IN
to_IN
allow_VB
for_IN
the_DT
cartoonish_JJ
expressions_NNS
that_CS
provide_VB
for_IN
comic_NN
relief_NN
._.
fine_JJ
voice_NN
work_NN
is_BEZ
turned_VBN
in_IN
by_IN
young_JJ
eli_???
marienthal_JJ
as_CS
hogarth_NP
,_,
and_CC
jennifer_VB
aniston_NP
is_BEZ
surprisingly_RB
convincing_JJ
as_CS
his_PP$
waitress_NN
mother_NN
._.
harry_NP
connick_NP
jr_JJ
._.
does_DOZ
a_DT
nice_JJ
characterization_NN
as_IN
dean_NP
,_,
and_CC
i_PP
really_RB
enjoyed_VBD
the_DT
voice_NN
work_NN
of_IN
john_NP
mahoney_NP
(_(
of_IN
tv_NN
's_POS
"_"
frasier_NN
"_"
)_)
as_CS
an_DT
army_NN
general_JJ
called_VBD
in_IN
by_IN
agent_NN
mansley_NP
._.
unlike_IN
several_DT
cartoon_NN
features_NNS
,_,
each_DT
character_NN
is_BEZ
actually_RB
a_DT
developed_JJ
personality_NN
,_,
rather_RB
than_CS
a_DT
stereotype_NN
,_,
and_CC
is_BEZ
actually_RB
integral_JJ
to_IN
the_DT
plot_NN
,_,
rather_RB
than_CS
being_BEG
a_DT
superfluous_JJ
comic-relief_NN
sidekick_NN
(_(
a_DT
clich_NP
?_?
disney_NP
still_RB
hasn't_HVZ
ditched_VBN
)_)
._.
dean_NP
,_,
for_IN
example_NN
,_,
could_MD
have_HV
been_BEN
a_DT
stereotypical_JJ
beatnik_NN
(_(
his_PP$
character_NN
profile_NN
seems_VBZ
to_IN
suggest_VB
that_RB
)_)
,_,
but_CC
he_PP
is_BEZ
presented_VBN
as_IN
a_DT
character_NN
with_IN
real_JJ
emotions_NNS
,_,
thoughts_NNS
,_,
and_CC
motivations_NNS
._.
even_RB
the_DT
heavy_JJ
,_,
agent_NN
mansley_NP
,_,
is_BEZ
not_XNOT
a_DT
villain_NN
who_WP
does_DOZ
bad_JJ
things_NNS
simply_RB
because_CS
he_PP
wants_VBZ
to_IN
,_,
but_CC
out_RP
of_IN
his_PP$
own_DT
fear_NN
and_CC
paranoia_NN
._.
a_DT
lesser_JJ
animated_JJ
feature_NN
would_MD
have_HV
drawn_VBN
up_RP
paper-thin_IN
stereotypes_NNS
and_CC
figure_NN
the_DT
kids_NNS
won't_MD
mind_VB
,_,
but_CC
"_"
the_DT
iron_NN
giant_NN
"_"
has_HVZ
clearly_RB
put_VBN
a_DT
little_JJ
work_NN
into_IN
making_VBG
the_DT
characters_NNS
real_JJ
,_,
and_CC
it_PP
pays_VBZ
off_RP
._.
the_DT
film_NN
isn't_BEZ
only_RB
around_IN
to_IN
deliver_VB
heavy-handed_JJ
messages_NNS
,_,
though_CS
._.
it_NN
's_POS
also_RB
very_RB
funny_JJ
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
humor_NN
is_BEZ
of_IN
the_DT
kind_NN
that_CS
both_RB
children_NNS
and_CC
adults_NNS
will_MD
enjoy_VB
._.
the_DT
scenes_NNS
in_IN
which_WDT
hogarth_NP
teaches_VBZ
the_DT
giant_NN
to_IN
do_DO
certain_JJ
things_NNS
,_,
such_DT
as_IN
dive_NN
into_IN
a_DT
pool_NN
,_,
are_BER
handled_VBN
well_RB
,_,
and_CC
director_NN
brad_NP
bird_NN
clearly_RB
has_HVZ
a_DT
sense_NN
of_IN
comic_NN
timing_NN
,_,
having_HVG
worked_VBN
on_IN
"_"
the_DT
simpsons_NNS
"_"
for_IN
many_DT
years_NNS
._.
a_DT
sequence_NN
where_CS
hogarth_NP
and_CC
mansley_NP
attempt_NN
to_IN
"_"
outlast_NN
"_"
one_CD
another_DT
by_IN
trying_VBG
to_IN
stay_NN
awake_JJ
is_BEZ
very_RB
nicely_RB
timed_VBN
,_,
and_CC
also_RB
extremely_RB
clever_JJ
._.
the_DT
film_NN
even_RB
takes_VBZ
some_DT
jabs_???
at_IN
america_NP
's_POS
nuclear_JJ
paranoia_NN
during_IN
the_DT
early_JJ
stages_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
cold_JJ
war_NN
,_,
satirizing_VBG
the_DT
lame_???
safety_NN
films_NNS
shown_VBN
to_IN
grade_NN
school_NN
students_NNS
that_CS
tell_VB
them_PP
to_IN
"_"
duck_NN
and_CC
cover_NN
"_"
in_IN
the_DT
event_NN
of_IN
a_DT
nuclear_JJ
attack_NN
._.
"_"
the_DT
iron_NN
giant_NN
"_"
has_HVZ
much_DT
more_RBR
of_IN
a_DT
satirical_JJ
edge_NN
to_IN
it_PP
than_CS
most_DT
family_NN
films_NNS
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
edgy_???
humor_NN
is_BEZ
actually_RB
quite_RB
refreshing_JJ
._.
instead_RB
of_IN
seeing_VBG
people_NN
get_VB
bonked_JJ
on_IN
the_DT
head_NN
,_,
we_PP
get_VB
well-timed_JJ
,_,
clever_JJ
gags_NNS
that_CS
seem_VB
to_IN
have_HV
required_VBN
some_DT
imagination_NN
to_IN
come_VB
up_RP
with_IN
._.
when_CS
you_PP
get_VB
right_JJ
down_IN
to_IN
it_PP
,_,
"_"
the_DT
iron_NN
giant_NN
"_"
is_BEZ
no_DT
more_DT
than_CS
the_DT
story_NN
of_IN
a_DT
boy_NN
and_CC
his_PP$
robot_NN
._.
the_DT
story_NN
is_BEZ
so_RB
straightforward_JJ
,_,
so_RB
quaint_JJ
,_,
that_CS
it_PP
ultimately_RB
becomes_VBZ
charming_JJ
._.
though_CS
i_PP
enjoy_VB
the_DT
complex_JJ
plotting_VBG
of_IN
film_NN
noir_???
as_RB
much_RB
as_CS
the_DT
next_OD
person_NN
,_,
when_CS
it_PP
comes_VBZ
to_IN
family_NN
entertainment_NN
,_,
simple_JJ
is_BEZ
the_DT
way_NN
to_IN
go_VB
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
akin_JJ
to_TO
one_CD
of_IN
those_DT
bedtime_NN
stories_NNS
your_PP$
father_NN
told_VBD
that_CS
had_HVD
you_PP
hanging_JJ
on_IN
his_PP$
every_DT
word_NN
,_,
but_CC
it_PP
's_BEZ
not_XNOT
the_DT
story_NN
that_CS
sets_NNS
the_DT
film_NN
above_IN
others_NNS
of_IN
its_PP$
kind_NN
,_,
but_CC
rather_RB
the_DT
elements_NNS
that_CS
go_VB
into_IN
the_DT
story_NN
,_,
namely_RB
real_JJ
characters_NNS
and_CC
thoughtful_JJ
dialogue_NN
,_,
which_WDT
"_"
the_DT
iron_NN
giant_NN
"_"
has_HVZ
in_CD
spades_NNS
._.
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