- Author: T.S. Miller
- Release Date : 2010-09-22
- Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
- File Size: 112093 Bytes
MARY SHELLEY'S 1818 NOVEL FRANKENSTEIN HAS INSPIRED AN ALMOST uncountable number of film adaptations, many of which have in turn spawned their own sequels, series, spin-offs, mega-franchises, and finally parodies: the Frankenstein tradition has matured and mutated to include everyone from Abbot and Costello to Mel Brooks and Herman Munster. Somewhere near the top of this estimable heap, I would place Brad Bird's animated film The Iron Giant (1999), which we can conceive of as itself a sort of dramatic "reanimation" of the 1968 children's novel by Ted Hughes. Indeed, the adaptation borrows little from the book other than its title and its central characters, (1) and director Bird reconfigures Hughes's thematic concerns such that Shelley's novel and Ja...