In some alternate universe, perhaps “The Iron Big” follows Brad Fowl’s authentic plan to have the Big die on the finish — fortunately, McCanlies realized that he merely could not let that be the final we noticed of him. Certainly, ending with the triumphant callback to the reassembling sequence from earlier within the movie does nothing to undermine the climactic sacrifice. What issues is the Big’s reminiscence of Hogarth’s phrases whereas flying out into area to fulfill the nuclear warhead, recalling that, “You might be what you select to be.” His alternative is the pure endpoint of his arc, not his loss of life.
And whereas essentially the most cynical interpretation of the ending is that it leaves the door open for sequels (which clearly by no means occurred), the tone and spirit of the movie all however calls for that the Big survive. Even when it evokes “Bambi” with the deer scene within the forest and opens the Big’s eyes to the inevitability of loss of life, “The Iron Big” nonetheless manages to journey that impossibly difficult line of balancing sobering, adult-minded themes (a relentless in Fowl’s filmography, as we noticed in “The Incredibles”) with that childlike sense of marvel infused in Hogarth’s impossibly broad eyes and the Big’s personal understanding of who and what he’s.
So when the stray bolt (the one a part of the Big recovered from the explosion) begins to leap round in Hogarth’s room and makes its strategy to the window, all the pieces clicks into place. We’ll by no means know if the Big blasts off to a different planet completely, secure within the information that he is not a gun, or if the 2 ever reunite for extra adventures. Both means, he has the remainder of his life to decide on — and preserve selecting — to do the suitable factor.