Note: this is a revised and expanded version of the comments I left on Letterboxd after seeing this film a few weeks ago.
Back in 1999 parents were crying out for a well done animated movie they could take their kids to, one that wasn't incredibly stupid and/or made primarily to sell toys. Brad Bird answered that call and came out with The Iron Giant. The result? It was a blip at the box office and quickly went to video. I saw it when it came to VHS and loved it. I couldn't get anyone to watch it, though. “No singing? No toys for my kids to play with? What kind of animated movie is that?”