Guillermo del Toro Talks Physics of the Giant Robots and Monsters of PACIFIC RIM

Last month, we brought you on-the-floor reporting direct from San Diego Comic-Con 2012’s Hall H for Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim panel as part of the Legendary Pictures lineup. Even though we couldn’t share the trailer here yet, the ever passionate and creative master, Guillermo del Toro sparked our imaginations with his description of the 25-story tall robots and monsters and his very conscious decision not to use motion capture.

Check out this interview del Toro did with LA TimesGeoff Boucher during SDCC 2012 on more details on why he chose not to use motion capture, how ILM helped with the physics of giant robots and monsters of the film, his realistic approach to the film without referencing the obvious sources of established material in film and anime, and the sole point of coordination with the upcoming Godzilla movie from Legendary Pictures.


When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes-a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi)-who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.

Pacific Rim directed by Guillermo del Toro and starring Ron Perlman, Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Charlie Day, Clifton Collins Jr., Max Martini, Rinko Kikuchi and Diego Klattenhoff is slated to hit theaters on July 12th, 2013.

Lillian 'zenbitch' Standefer
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