Pacific Rim is out on DVD and Blu-ray this week and that means that a) fans have another chance to pour money into the franchise in desperate hopes of a sequel, and b) that Guillermo del Toro is doing the press rounds.
Just the other day we showed you the amazingly detailed Guillermo del Toro intro to the upcoming “Treehouse of Horror” episode of The Simpsons. The folks at MoviePilot decided to go through it with a fine-tooth comb and label every reference they could find. Apparently commenters found a few more but I think they deserve a huge round of applause because, woah. The video autoplays (stop that, people!) so we’ve placed it after the jump.
The fantasy/horror master’s extended Halloween-themed Simpsons intro has been released online, and yes, it’s a loving homage to the history of horror in cinema, but is also chock full of references to Guillermo del Toro‘s most geek beloved movies.
And Hypnotoad. (Warning! This video plays automatically!)
Entertainment Weekly revealed the covers to a fun project from Guillermo del Toro I was unaware of (he’s got about a thousand going at once so this doesn’t surprise me). As we all know very well, del Toro is a huge horror fan so he teamed up with Penguin Classics to produce a set of his favorite horror stories! EW says the covers are all designed and illustrated by Penguin Art Director Paul Buckley and del Toro will be writing introductions for each. The titles should be available starting later this month.
It was announced a few weeks ago that Benedict Cumberbatch was dropping out of Crimson Peak, Guillermo del Toro‘s revisionist Gothic horror romance. Now who’s replacing him but Tumblr’s other darling, Tom Hiddleston. We get one of the guys from Supernatural in there and we might have a collective explosion on our hands. Mark Sheppard, you busy? Oh, what am I saying? He’s always busy.
Guillermo Del Toro has impressed many an audience with his incredible imagination, but seldom can you watch thoughts from a master take form! These scans from Del Toro’s notebook give us a peek into his creative process in building the worlds of Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy, and Pacific Rim. We’d like to live inside its pages.
The dismal state of this summer’s blockbusters is multidimensional: not only did big-budget films generally perform poorly, but they also were conceptually and emotionally hollow. The Lone Ranger didn’t seem to understand why Johnny Depp in redface could possibly be a bad thing, and the failure of the Smith-Smith-fronted After Earth to draw in crowds boggled the minds of film studios everywhere. When the promising prospect of Elysium turned out to be a moralistic bull in a china shop, the summer sci-fi set seemed doomed.
Is there anything to salvage from this black hole of summer cinema? I think there is: Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim, which stands out from the crowd of half-baked action/sci-fi juggernauts for one reason: it knows what it is. It knows that it’s a visually-amazing action flick– but what’s even more interesting is that it knows how to subvert pieces of the genre other films blindly pay homage to. In particular, Pacific Rim has a way of smashing gender-based action movie tropes like they’re Kaiju skulls.
Pacific Rim wouldn’t exist without the nerdy enthusiasm of director Guillermo del Toro, and now that the movie has finally opened in Japan, we can watch footage of del Toro visiting the birthplace of the Kaiju and Gundam that inspired the film. This clip of del Toro, and the two Mako Mori’s of the film, Rinko Kikuchi, and Ashida Mana, walking around Odiaba, Japan is adorable, from the ice cream del Toro buys for the three of them, to the television host who has a fanboy moment over del Toro, to the director’s reaction when he encounters a giant Gundam in real life. Giant robots abound, and dreams come true for all.
Next time you watch My Neighbor Totoro, imagine the titular forest spirit with Guillermo del Toro‘s face for a new viewing experience. Brazilian artist Giovanna is responsible for this masterpiece, which arose from a simple typo. (via Neatorama)