Dean McCoppin Quotes in The Iron Giant (1999)


Dean McCoppin Quotes:

  • Hogarth Hughes: [talking very fast, on caffeine] So she moved me up a grade 'cause I wasn't fitting in, so now I'm even more not fitting in. I was getting good grades, you know, like all A's. So my mom says, "You need stimulation," and I go, "No, I'm stimulated enough right now."

    Dean McCoppin: That's for sure.

    Hogarth Hughes: So she says, "Uh-uh, You don't have a challenge, you need a challenge." So now I'm challenged, all right- I'm challenged to hold on to my lunch money because of all the big mooses who wanna pound me, 'cause they think I'm a shrimpy dork who thinks he's smarter than them! But I don't think I'm smarter, I just do the stupid homework! If everyone else JUST DID THE STUPID HOMEWORK, they could move up a grade and get pounded, too! Is there anymore coffee?

  • Dean McCoppin: Look, it's none of my business, but who cares what these creeps think of you? They don't make you what you are, you do. You are who you choose to be.

  • Dean McCoppin: Get back! I said get back! I mean it!

    The Iron Giant: No. Stop. Wait.

    Hogarth Hughes: It was an accident. He's our friend.

    Dean McCoppin: He's a piece of hardware, Hogarth. Why did you think the army was here? He's a weapon, a big... big gun that walks.

    The Iron Giant: I... I not gun.

    Dean McCoppin: Yeah? Then what's that?

    [Points at huge hole the Giant's ray left on a bus]

    Dean McCoppin: You almost did that to Hogarth!

    The Iron Giant: No!

    [Runs away]

    Hogarth Hughes: Wait!

    [Runs after the Giant]

    Dean McCoppin: Hogarth!

    Hogarth Hughes: Come back!

    Dean McCoppin: [sees the toy gun Hogarth left on the ground] It was being defensive. He reacted to the gun.

  • Hogarth Hughes: Hey, Dean! Watch this!

    Dean McCoppin: All right, we're watching.

    Hogarth Hughes: This one's for professionals only! Banzai!

    [dives into lake, starts shivering]

    Hogarth Hughes: Come on in! The water's... great.

    Dean McCoppin: No, thanks.

    Hogarth Hughes: You... weenie!

    [to the Giant]

    Hogarth Hughes: Come on in. It's really, really refreshing.

    [the Giant walks away]

    Hogarth Hughes: What? You too? You... big baby!

    The Iron Giant: [the sound of the Giant running is heard; suddenly he jumps into the water] Banzai!

  • Earl Stutz: I'm telling the truth, dang it! It came from outer space. I saw it! And it was headed toward land. I called the government in Washington. Maybe it was a sputnik, or... or an invader from Mars. That's what it is, an invader from Mars! It was a spaceship of some kind. An unidentified flying object...

    Man: Unidentified? Knowing you, Earl, I'd say it was either whiskey or beer.

    [others laugh]

    Dean McCoppin: Hey! I saw it too.

    Man: I rest my case.

    [others laugh]

    Hogarth Hughes: I believe you. What if it is Sputnik, or a flying saucer from Mars? I bet we could find it.

    Dean McCoppin: Sorry, kid. I didn't really see anything. But if we don't stick up for the kooks, who will?

  • Dean McCoppin: Oh, hey, I know you. Squirrel boy.

    Hogarth Hughes: Uh, Hogarth.

    Dean McCoppin: By night known as Hogarth.

  • Dean McCoppin: I'm gonna have coffee. What do you want, some milk, or... what? Milk?

    Hogarth Hughes: Coffee's fine.

    [Dean looks at Hogarth skeptically]

    Hogarth Hughes: Yeah, I drink it. I'm hip.

    Dean McCoppin: I dunno. This is espresso, you know? It's like Coffee-zilla.

    Hogarth Hughes: I said I'm hip.

  • [a huge wave has pushed Dean into the middle of a nearby road]

    Truck Driver: Hey!

    Dean McCoppin: Yeah?

    Truck Driver: You're right in the middle of the road!

    Dean McCoppin: YEAH?

    Truck Driver: All right.

    [drives off]

    Dean McCoppin: I think that's enough fun for one day.

  • [the Iron Giant is eating one of Dean's sculptures]

    Dean McCoppin: There are two kinds of metal in this yard: scrap and art. If you gotta eat one of them, eat the scrap. What you currently have - IN YOUR MOUTH! - is ART.

  • Dean McCoppin: You came here just in time. This rich cat, some industrialist wanted him for the lobby of his company. Whipped out his checkbook right on the spot. I said, "You get him for the rest of your life, but, what, I have to give him up the minute I give birth? Give me time to cut the umbilical, man."

  • Hogarth Hughes: Hey, I thought you were in trouble. I had this weird guy following me around, it took me hours to shake him, I kill myself getting out here, and you have him doing... arts and crafts.

    Dean McCoppin: You have a problem with arts and crafts, little man?

    Hogarth Hughes: He's a giant robot. It's a little undignified.

    Dean McCoppin: It is? Well then, smart guy, what would you have him do?

  • Dean McCoppin: Sorry about the crowbar, kid. You'd be surprised how many people want to steal scrap. But, man, once I make it into art, I can't give it away. I mean, what am I? A junkman who makes art or an artist who sells junk? You tell me.

  • Dean McCoppin: Don't shoot! There's a kid in his hand! Kent, he only acts defensively. If you don't shoot, he's harmless. You gotta tell the general.

    Kent Mansley: This is your fault, beatnik. If you haven't interfered...

    Dean McCoppin: Will you just listen? Tell the general to stop. He's got the kid with him.

    Kent Mansley: I'll take care of it.

    [Dean leaves; Kent goes over to General Rogard]

    Kent Mansley: He said the monster has killed a kid. Sir, we must stop it at all costs.

    General Rogard: [On walkie-talkie] Go to Code Red! Repeat, Code Red!

  • Dean McCoppin: Found your pet.

    Hogarth Hughes: Where?

    Dean McCoppin: It's up my leg, man. Squirrel's in my pants, Hogarth, and it's climbing its way out of here.

    Hogarth Hughes: Don't wig out.

    Dean McCoppin: Okay, it's heading north now. I'm sorry, kid.

    [to the people in the restaurant]

    Dean McCoppin: Excuse me! I'd like to apologize to everyone in advance for this.

    [zips down his fly to let the squirrel out, which cause a loud commotion]

    Dean McCoppin: Check, please.

  • Dean McCoppin: Thanks for the scrap, Floyd. I'm sorry I can't pay you more, but it's got... it's got this large "bite" out of it.

    Floyd Turbeaux: That's why I'm selling it. It's got a large bite out of it.

    Dean McCoppin: Yeah, right. What could have done this?

    Earl Stutz: I told you what.

    Dean McCoppin: Oh, yeah. Strange invaders.

    Earl Stutz: Thanks for believin' me. I really did call the government. They're sending someone over to take care of the whole thing.

    Dean McCoppin: Jeez, Earl, you really are crazy. I mean, who in the hell would the government send?

  • Dean McCoppin: You'll never catch up with him on foot, kid.

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