What’s a Jaeger? The Heroes of ‘Pacific Rim: Uprising’

An extended version of the Pacific Rim: Uprising trailer has been released that includes a featurette on the Jaegers, the giant robots that battle the giant monsters known as Kaiju.

Designed as a sort of recruiting film for prospective Jaeger pilots, this primer is part instructional, part propaganda. It’s the sort of expanded universe trope that reminds me of Kaiju Emergency Alert System. If you haven’t seen the first movie, this video will tell you just about all you need to know about these cool robots.

So, what exactly is a Jaeger?

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This Live Giant Squid in Japan is Not a Kaiju!

Ladies and gentlemen in the Land of the Rising Sun, there is no reason to activate the Kaiju Emergency Alert System!

Sure, this monstrous squid was spotted swimming just offshore last week, but it is a perfectly normal animal. Yet appearances are extremely rare because it lives so deep in the ocean, making the creature practically mythical! And this one’s appearance would be rare if it happened anywhere except Toyama Bay, because giant squids have been confirmed to have visited those waters no less than 16 times! However, this latest sighting and recording is by far the clearest footage on record!

Get this: Scientists who have examined this footage have declared this specimen of the genus Architeuthis to be just a juvenile!

Seeing the beastie live and up close, it’s not hard to sympathize with the sailors of old who were inspired by this terrifying creature to trade stories of the legendary kraken!

Speaking of which, has anyone read the 2010 novel Kraken by the brilliant China Miéville? It prominently features an Architeuthis. It’s a wonderfully layed fantasy mystery that is equal parts a study of gods and human(?) monsters and also questions which particular religion’s apocalypse will end the world.

Read it! Architeuthis would be proud of you.

Japan’s New Godzilla Movie Looks Intense!

Godzilla-Resurgence-faceThe original home of Godzilla, Japan’s Toho Studios, is getting back into the kaiju game by releasing its own comeback vehicle for the King of Monsters, Godzilla Resurgence.

Check out the international trailer (which features only music — no dialogue, dubbed or otherwise) here!

This will be Toho’s first Godzilla movie in over a decade — the studio licensed the creature to Legendary for 2014’s Godzilla, directed by Gareth Edwards — and it certainly looks like a return to the spirit of the 1954 original, in which Gojira was a rampaging force of nature that had to be destroyed.
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‘Pacific Rim’ Sequel, Comics & Animated Series Coming!

Director Guillermo del Toro has announced that his 2013 giant robots vs. giant monsters movie, Pacific Rim, will get a sequel in 2017 — and fans will get an animated series and an ongoing comic book series to tide us over until then.

The film will be released on April 7, 2017, and again will be directed by del Toro, who will co-write with Zak Penn (X-Men: The Last Stand). Original co-scripter Travis Beacham will be involved as much as his TV commitments (including Fox’s HIEROGLYPH) will allow. No deals have been inked with cast members, but Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day and Burn Gorman are expected to return.
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How They Made Godzilla Roar (Again)

I simply cannot get enough of Godzilla’s roar. The classic movie monster sound effect is probably one of the most iconic sounds in the world.

Here, the makers of the new version of Godzilla explain a little of what they went through to give a voice to the new guy. BONUS: Star Bryan Cranston (BREAKING BAD) shows us his impression of the big guy’s roar!

Godzilla opens May 16.

The Voice: Godzilla’s Onscreen Roars, 1954-2014

In honor of today’s release of a second international trailer for Gareth EdwardsGodzilla, all of the King of the Kaiju’s roars, as heard throughout his cinematic career, have been spliced into one supercut vid, thanks to the work of YouTube member Ortboys:

Bonus: all that great, nostalgia-laced classic Godzilla footage. Ah, where have you gone, Destroy All Monsters?