Pacific Rim co-writer/director Guillermo del Toro has never denied that his sci-fi blockbuster draws inspiration from Anime traditions and Japanese monster cinema, but has insisted that his film is not a pastiche or homage; instead, his approach was to be “conscious of the heritage,” without making any specific references to previous films or animated television series.

A newly-released Pacific Rim featurette includes several interview excerpts where del Toro reiterates his previous claims about the film, in combination with behind the scenes footage that shows the variation in design of the Jaegers (which, in the film, is the name for the 25-stories tall robots piloted by two humans). Those differences are symbolic of each machine’s cultural background and influences, be it the Russian-controlled Cherno Alpha (which resembles a tank) or the “classical gunslinger” design for Gypsy Danger, i.e. the Jaeger “protagonist” controlled by the film’s leads Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam) and Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi).

The Pacific Rim special effects team clearly put in a good deal of thought and paid close attention to detail while animating the Jaegers under del Toro’s supervision, as we see in the clip above. However, credit for these fascinating science-fiction concepts belongs to the film’s original screenwriter, Travis Beacham, who created a detailed backstory for the Jaeger technology; not to mention, the giant monsters’ (Kaiju) biology and the film’s setting in general.

On that note, check out the latest Pacific Rim TV promos:

Like the previously-released trailers, the above Pacific Rim TV spots – which began airing this past week – do a nice job of showing off the film’s immense scale and composition, with the action sequences having been visually-structured to give audiences as “You Are There” perspective on the Jaeger vs. Kaiju battles.

It’s hard to not get pretty excited about the film (for us, anyway), between the promises of meaningful sci-fi content with special effects that could surpass those featured in the last Transformers movie. That’s in addition to del Toro’s movie possibly featuring an interesting human story and emotional core, which are elements that have long (and sorely) been lacking from the sequel installments in the aforementioned lucrative Hasbro movie series.

However, the reported $180 million price tag and niche geeky subject matter raise a prickly question: will Pacific Rim become a sufficiently large box office hit, in order to cover its high cost and maybe start a new franchise in the process? Well, there is less than a month left until we get a definite answer, be it good or bad…

Are you psyched to see Pacific Rim on the big screen? Do you think the film will be successful enough to earn a sequel – one which further explores the history of the Kaijus and their home-world? Let us know in the comments section!

Pacific Rim opens in 2D and select 3D/IMAX theaters on July 12th, 2013.

Source: Warner Bros.