The film features two new sequences that were storyboarded by Bird in the original version but weren’t used because of time and budget issues when the film was released. Warner Bros. and Bird turned to Duncan Studios to help finish the sequences for the reissue.
“When Warner Bros. approached us earlier this year about setting up a team to help bring Brad’s vision to fruition, we jumped at the chance,” said Duncan Studios chief Ken Duncan. “Coincidentally, we already had several key artists and animators who worked on the original film working at our studio, so it seemed a great fit.”
Bird was happy to have Duncan Studios on the project. “When the opportunity arose to produce new scenes originally planned for ‘The Iron Giant,’ my first thought was Duncan Studio. Beyond the fact that Ken Duncan himself is a brilliant animator, his staff was blessed with several veterans of the original ‘Iron Giant’ team, which helped immeasurably in our effort to have the new scenes blend in seamlessly with our original footage,” he said.
“The Iron Giant: Signature Edition” is being presented as a special event by Fathom Events on Sept. 30, with an encore screening at select theaters on Oct. 4. The screenings come ahead of an upcoming Blu-ray release of the film, but no release date has been set yet.