New ‘Pacific Rim’ Trailer; Guillermo del Toro Talks GlaDOS A.I. Influence

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Many a gamer immediately recognized the A.I. technology that runs the Jaegers (re: human-piloted robots) in the Pacific Rim trailer speaks with a voice similar – nay, identical – to GlaDOS from the Portal franchise. Director Guillermo del Toro has since confirmed that was an intentional homage, as he is a self-admitted fan of Valve Software’s critically-acclaimed game series.

Qualcomm premiered a recut Pacific Rim promo (with sprinklings of previously-unseen footage) at its Las Vegas CES presentation, which is now online. However, that GlaDOS voiceover has been removed in favor of more grave narration from star Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy) and the inspirational call-to-arms delivered by Idris Elba (Luther).

The Toronto Sun caught up with del Toro recently, since he’s been promoting this month’s horror film Mama (which he produced). No surprise, the discussion turned to the Pacific Rim trailer and its GlaDOS A.I. voice – provided by opera singer and voice actor Ellen McLain – which the filmmaker says he got permission from Valve to use in both the promo and actual movie.

To quote:

“I wanted very much to have her, because I’m a big Portal fan. But just as a wink. She’s not cake-obsessed. [laughs] She’s not out to destroy humanity.”

Pacific Rim draws from a long tradition of pop culture that involves battling Kaiju (giant monsters) and human-controlled robots, with early footage (including viral marketing) prompting comparisons to Transformers, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Godzilla, Avatar, Cloverfield and everything in between. Hence, del Toro feels the Portal shout-out was appropriate; though, he offers assurances that the A.I. won’t sound quite so alike to GlaDOS in the final film:

“I said, ‘Look, there’s no A.I. I’d rather have than GlaDOS.’ The filter we’re using [in the movie] is slightly less GLaDOS. Slightly. The one in the trailer I wanted to be full-on GlaDOS.”

Somehow, we have our doubts that’s going to curb the cake jokes anytime soon. Moving on…

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Idris Elba and Charlie Hunnam in ‘Pacific Rim’

We included Pacific Rim on Screen Rant‘s Most Anticipated Movies of 2013, but it failed to crack the top 15. That’s in part because there are just so many hotly-anticipated superhero movies and sci-fi franchise titles on the horizon. However, a quick survey of reactions to the Pacific Rim trailer (including, our staff’s) suggest the SR community have mixed feelings so far, with regard to whether or not this is indeed shaping up as the ultimate geek-fest.

A cast populated by fan-favorite TV actors who are not (yet) proven draws at the box office – combined with the niche content – likewise raises doubt about how much Pacific Rim will appeal to mainstream audiences. Then again, screenwriter Travis Beacham and del Toro have already started developing a sequel; that suggests Warner Bros. may have good reason to be confident about both the film’s quality and financial prospects (even with the 3D post-conversion being applied as an afterthought).

Pacific Rim opens in U.S. theaters on July 12th, 2013.


Source: Toronto Sun

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  1. Box Office Bomb..I am sure of it !
    Why ? Because Toro is a Geek,his Movies never appeal to the masses..sadly !
    I am super excited about this Movie,can’t wait top see it !

    • I don’t think so. It’s one thing to market some red-skinned, fugly, devil-looking dude with his fishman companion, or a movie in Spanish about a little girl and all those weird fantasy creatures, but it’s a whole different ballgame to come along with some big ass robots who beat the crap out of giant monsters. If the Transformers movies can make a stupid amounts of money with each installment then Pacific Rim can do very well too. Audiences love that kind of stuff.

      • “If the Transformers movies can make a stupid amounts of money with each installment then Pacific Rim can do very well too. Audiences love that kind of stuff.”

        Which is why I still have a job. ;)

      • too true.. its that his stuff in the past has been kinda out there, hellboy, pans labrynthth (idk spelling), blade II. there wasnt a big target demographic for any of those. however a big robots fighting monsters movie could generate some widespread interest. It also wont hurt that its being released in imax and 3D and Dbox and yada yada yada… It’ll do fine, but I dont think it’ll be a smash hit. I’ll see it though.

        • clarification: imo guillermo del toro is a stud! I love all his movies, I just realized my comment didn’t make that clear.

          • Yeah! So far del Toro didn’t make a single movie that I didn’t like. Can’t wait for all of his new stuff.

    • ask people on the street if they like the transformers movies. If they say yes. Ask why. 89% of the time they will say “Hot chicks” or “Giant robots beating the ever loving crap out of each other.” This movie has Giant robots beating the ever loving crap out of Giant monsters. its gonna do just fine.

  2. Normally I would be really looking forward to a movie like this, but I don’t know. It’s different with this. I don’t think the trailers show me much about the film, apart from big alien vs big human controlled robot thing, and if that is all the films about well then I’m not excited at all. However I will probably still watch this film as Idris Elba is in it, great actor.

    • Monster*

  3. I’m quite torn by this film.
    The idea appeals to me.

    But when watching the trailer, the robot element is simply too “transformers” for me (I mean visually).

    And the monster we get to see in the trailer is… well, it looks ok, but has a sort of “man in a rubber suit” quality about it. I find it mildly off-putting.

    • Weird I was thinking Gundam Wing when I saw the trailer!

  4. I’m disappointed the trailers haven’t been more impressive. It seems like a very conventional action flick and not the unique mega epic that’s been hyped.

    • My thoughts exactly.

    • Yeah… I was really excited up until this trailer. The end result just looks cheesy. I was expecting something much more badass.

  5. I was so hoping that it would be THE actual GlaDOS from the game,

  6. Did anyone thought of Evangelion?

    • Nope, Evangelion its self is a version of shows that are 30 Years older.

  7. Of course WB is confident, this movie is going to be a great license for videogames and toys. It’s almost tailored to be so. If they make a good PR videogame I wouldn’t mind buying it.

  8. Very very cheesy, almost gringy. “TODAY WE CANCEL THE APOCOLYPSE”, oh dear. Del Toro, I’m a huge fan but why didn’t you just go make Hell Boy 3??

    Did anyone else think the pilots look ridiculous when they’re controlling the robots? Like they’re playing some dancing game down the arcade.

    I love Del Toro but I have to be honest, if that trailer was from an upcoming movie by Michael Bay I’d be saying it looks like the worst piece of s**t ever

    • I disagree with you on every turn with your comment.

      • I’m tellin ya man, Hell Boy 3 would of been better

    • Everything you just said, I humbly disagree

    • I am one who agrees with you. Cheese fest.

  9. I have to say I’m pretty surprised bye the luke-warm reception to the trailers. I think they look fantastic and Pacific Rim is pretty high on my most anticipated list for this year.
    I don’t know? Maybe it’s because I’m not a gamer or that I don’t get all the references to the culture that the movie is inspired from???
    But, just as a fan of del-Toro and Sci-Fi movies in general I’m super excited and I think this can be pretty great.

    • I agree…I loved the trailer and am very much anticipating this film (“Man of Steel” being the only one I really look forward to more). I’m wondering why people are seeing so many faults in the trailer. The Jaegers’ looks and operations on screen are vastly superior to the Bay Transformers. The human elements are SF mainstays and seem well-presented and well represented (Idris Elba as an example). The story sounds cool and engaging…and somewhat nostalgic, given the old-school look of the invading monsters.

      I can’t wait.

    • I think all of the cultural references help the movie not hurt it, but the problem that I think the general audience has is that most of those references are 30 to 40 years old. maybe even older. Ultra man Godzilla Evangilon, these are all things Del Toro is deriving from. I think the sooner people realize that his is supposed to be an homage and love letter to those afore mentioned references the sooner they can appreciate it for what it is. This movie is not a realistic “gritty” story about some alien invasion. It is a story where GIANT ROBOTS BEAT UP EVEN BIGGER MONSTERS TO DEATH WITH THEIR ROCKET FISTS!!!! Isn’t that alone enough reason to get excited about this movie?

  10. In me best english voice, “TODAY WE CANCEL THE APOCOLYPSE”! Love it.

  11. This new trailer has the exact same content as the last one, its just rearranged. I guess they felt the last trailer’s “bwoommmm” sound effect toward the end was so annoying that they wanted to replace it with something less irritating.

  12. Sorry but, i think most are right in that it does remind you a lot of the transformers. I’m not gonna lie it does seem a bit cheesy to me.

  13. Before the trailers were released, Ive been hearing about this movie for a while now. I expected something on a grander scale, especially in the visuals department. Aesthetically, this looks below Transformers. I guess it didnt match with the hype and my imagination.

  14. You have to remember that this is still nothing more than a teaser trailer! The main goal and purpose is to convey the overall premise and idea, it’s not too deep to set the tone. The main trailer will hopefully focus more on the human element and characters. Even if it isn’t mega sucessful, it doesn’t matter as someone has had the integrity to make something that isn’t a sequel, remake or a film adaptation of a known property. Remember, great films like Star Wars, Indiana Jones and Matrix would have been considered a bit “out there” and “weird”.

  15. This trailer was better done than the first one IMO.

    Either way, I’m semi-excited for this movie. I’m a huge Idris Elba fan, and this movie is giant robots vs. giant monsters so at the very least, it will be a fun action-packed popcorn flick. And Del Toro is one of the great sci-fi directors out there who can make this into an intriguing movie, so it should be pretty good.

    Still, I can’t help but feel that this movie will bomb. The average joe movie-goer who doesn’t know that Del Toro is directing, or doesn’t know who Del Toro is, might see this as a stupid and cheesy flick that isn’t worth the price in such a stacked summer.

  16. 2013 is shaping up to be epic!

  17. Its weird how some people cant get excited for Pacific Rim, I think it looks crazy! its in my top 10 films I want to see the most this year, and I dont think its the type of movie that you need to look into it too seriously, just relax and enjoy the action! too me it just looks like heaps of fun, a badass popcorn flick thats all, Awesome trailer by the way!

  18. Less tuba fart, better monster roars and machinery sounds, me likey!. I’m a middle-aged man and this movie has me feeling giddier than a Japanese schoolgirl in a Hello Kitty store.

  19. Way back in the early 1990′s, Charles Band and Full Moon Produtions put out this little movie called Robot Jox. For a small bugget stop motion movie, it wasnt half bad. Take a look at it and youll see alot of the elements that DelToro uses in his movie. When I First saw Robot Jox, I thought, wow, wouldnt it be great to see a big budget movie of this. While that small movie didnt have monsters in it, more like humans in giant robots battling each other instead of full out and out war. Not a bad idea. the way the pilots moved the robots was uncannily similar to DelToros take on it.
    I think this is going to be a kick ass movie. And about time someone finally did it. For those liking giant Robots, see Robot Jox, its not bad,its not great, but , hey its giant robots. Net flix has it.
    Now, all we need is for the new Godzilla to get off the ground, Yeah.

    • I used to love “Robot Jox”! Wicked model work and very cheesy story and acting.

  20. I’m not seeing why people think this will bomb.

    - Too much like Transformers?
    They raked in millions so people must enjoy the idea of huge robots rampaging even if the story sucks (luckily, Pacific Rim looks to have a good story)

    - Too “out there” for mainstream audiences?
    The mainstream audiences made movies like 300, Battleship, Avatar and others the number 1 movies on release, raking in lots of money. Star Wars, Indiana Jones and a few others have endured as much loved despite being “out there” too.

    - People won’t get the references?
    Nolan put lots of references in his Batman movies to things not just from the Batman world but others too. No one cared except those who knew the references during viewing.

    Similarly, Cloverfield had inserted frames from Godzilla, 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea and King Kong added just as the helicopter crashed near the end and again, only those with freeze frame or who read about this as I did knew and appreciated those references.

    As long as it’s exciting, most people won’t give a damn about little easter eggs here and there, those are purely for those fans who have followed the movie’s creation all along and knows what the references are.

  21. The more footage I see of this film the more I can’t shake the thought it’s a rip-off of Evangelion, the suits, the towering robots, the ’01′ mark in the base where the ‘Jagers’ are based. I’m seeing this regardless, hopefully this will lead to an actual Evangelion live action movie, or Robotech, or Gundam.

    • Exactly. This just makes me want to see a Gundam movie. Not this… whatever this cheese fest is.

  22. I want monster and robot action figure toys. Also I want figures for the Human pilots inside the robots.