Without doubt, The Iron Giant is one of the most under appreciated films of all time. It s a work of genius, and should be required viewing for everybody. It s heart warming and beautiful, and a real ode to the power of friendship. However, that doesn t excuse it from the fact that poor Hogarth is most likely given a cruel death sentence by the army general at the end of the film. The Iron Giant has sacrificed himself by stopping a nuclear bomb from destroying the town, scattering his remains. The general then gives Hogarth the only bit they recovered a small bolt. Which has recently been bathed in deadly radiation.