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Man, I got back from G-Fest not but 24 hours ago...and there's so much to talk about!

Firstly, I went and saw me some PACIFIC RIM with the G-Fest crew. MAN what an amazing time at the theater - it was like watching a wrestling match. The theater rocked with elated cheers as steel fist smashed against reptilian flesh and bone.
As to the plot...I reached a strange revelation while at my table during the convention proper. If PACIFIC RIM, flaws and all, were an animated feature...would anyone have ANY complains about it? Personally I prefer the live-action-cartoon approach - it makes the universe feel all the more rich as a sumptuous visual feast.
That being said, the film isn't performing the way it should. It may pull a HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON and stick around for a time, earning its money over a period of time, but it's not looking great at the moment. Go see it! And a second and third time! There's a lot riding on PacRim's success so go support it!


Included is a peek at some concepts for the new Godzilla - a very traditional, and somewhat crocodilian, monster design. And there's supposedly a look at the FINAL design at the end of the "tour"! Plus, there's some of my own art on display! Can YOU spot it?!
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Chardactyl Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
I just hope they post the real teaser trailer for Godzilla soon. 
wildpegasus13 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
I cannot wait to see what the new Godzilla looks like! I wish I was at SDCC this year!
center64 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
bout to go see PacRim for the second time tomorrow, the problem witht the film isn't with our circles though its not winning over the normal audiences and was basically a PR disaster, half the people I tell about it have never even heard of it.
Rockzilla24 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013
But, but, I already saw Pacific Rim IMAX 3D... on opening day...
EmeraldGrizzly Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Wait, are those pictures you took of that croc like Godzilla gonna be what he looks like? If so, I am all in!
DanVacant Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
10/10 would do and call the next morning and then again and imma buy it.
Komodozilla Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
How is it NOT doing well?! I just saw this and it was F*CKING EPIC!!!! Best movie I've seen since The Avengers! Granted, the lead character is a tad dull and the forces at work behind the kaiju are too downplayed, but those are my only complaints.
Toukatsu Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
For concepts, I'm actually digging the designs. They look just about right.
DracoX4 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Student Writer
TwT  I WANNA GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Greed-kun Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Live action cartoon? My mind has officially been blown!
IggySeymour Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:dummy: :)
Bracey100 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I like the heavy bull alligator look to the design. Its so physically imposing, everything Zilla wasnt. Heh, even the tail drags the ground. Im surprised more people arent seeing Pacific Rim, its a fantastic movie (even with its flaws), good summer fun and its ORIGINAL!!! People scream that there's nothing original to watch well here it is folks, go see it.
SpottedAlienMonster Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Student Filmographer
I would actually like to see Pacific Rim a second time.  If it isn't doing well ... oh well, I guess I just have to do that.
SethHM Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Pacific Rim was AWESOME. The new Godzilla movie is gonna have to work hard to meet that kind of awesome.

Otachi is my favorite Kaiju from PacRim.
HewyToonmore Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
Thunder-Red Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I thought the visual effects were amazing, but the design of the Kaiju were sort of lacking to me. 
Knifehead and the huge crab were interesting though. 
Letdragon Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
I speak for my friends who saw it too my friend, but I don't think anyone really went to see Pacific Rim for its story. It was just an awesome and sumptuous feast for the eyes and our kaiju-obsessed brains. :)

I chuckled at the photo of the Astro Boy interpretation of Goji. X3
gojira387 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013

Visually, there has never been a better kaiju film than Pacific Rim, amazing effects & beautiful photography. The story though... thin... very thin. That disappoints me but it doesn't really detract from the film itself, which achieves it's goal: to be an amazing monsterfest!

Those pictures really make me excited. If they're willing to go that far into the minutia of the universe than the movie has an excellent chance of being a fan pleaser. We should also keep in mind that if PR is dumb mindless action, than Godzilla is going to be completely different. It will be smart, hard and serious, which is what Godzilla NEEDS to be right now to survive and be noticed.

Also: did anyone else stay to the very end of the credits? There was no teaser but there was a dedication to Ray Harryhausen and Ishiro Honda. That was sweet.

Thank You for Reading.

RedWingsDragon Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
Is the story any worse than a Godzilla film? I can't speak for most people but the movies in the late 90s through early 2000s had laughable plot lines: What? Random solider joins the Anti- Godzilla forces after her JDSF commander got squished by Godzilla and now she wants revenge by getting on board the Mecha-Godzilla project? BORI- OHH GIANT MONSTER FIGHT!!
gojira387 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
There was nothing exactly wrong with PR's story. I'm not asking for an original PLOT, which in a kaiju movie might be difficult enough to achieve, but interesting CHARACTERS I could care about would've been nice. The humans were all basic stick figures as personalities, with very little dimension to them. Yes they all had some kind of formulaic angst, but none of that makes any differance if you don't let the audience like them. Mako and the Commander were the only two who really felt like they had a human relationship, but Mako kind of disappointed me because they set up her emotional trauma and never gave her a resolution, a moment to rise above her fears and pain or at least they were too concerned with !EPIC CG VIOLENCE! to pay any attention to that moment.

Iron Man had a formulaic origin story, that story's freshness and intelligence came from it's investment in it's character's, that's what made it special. Pacific Rim is a "dumb" movie, pure entertainment no brain matter or deep thought required and that's okay, sometimes we all feel like having some junk food.

My only SERIOUS critique (again, it's a character matter) is that none of the Kaiju seemed to have any personalities. You could've switched which monster was fighting when and never really noticed a difference. None of them stuck out to me as a CHARACTER. In a Godzilla movie everyone here, Jaeger's included, would've basically been just cannon fodder, minions not players. Godzilla's sheer PRESENCE and CHARISMA would've overwhelmed everyone else on screen. Even the Class 5 Kaiju was pretty much a let-down. That's the only flaw I would claim detracts from this film's contributions to the genre.

Thank You for Reading & Replying.
RedWingsDragon Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013

... Huh the last guy I taked about this with he was trying to argue logic into the movie lol  I do kinda have to agree with the Kaiju angle, buuuut then again Godzilla had the movie to himself when he debuted. I might have helped if the class five had showed up earlier or if the Kaiju that killed out main character brother had been serious scarred and the upgraded to a class five. But then those are all "coulda woulda shoulda" statements. Perhaps in PR2.

gojira387 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013
I LOVE rationalizing movie mistakes, it's so much more fun than whining about them!

Yeah that might've helped with the Class 5 (MAYBE), but the ending kind of feels like they just ran out of ideas. I mean it's just a total rip-off of Independence Day, which is annoying but more severely nothing really interesting HAPPENS during the big final kaiju battle. The fight is really basic and argueably boring, like they blew all their good ideas on the big Hong Kong throwdown and left nothing for the ending!
frostybiggens Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
Its nit too bad the design, I think they should have just made a tweaked version of the 2000 Godzilla since he was the most beastly looking of all his deigns (plus I like his larger sharping looking spikes too)
Psycho-blue Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
Pacific Rim was incredible for us kaiju-heads, but I thought the kaiju themselves were sort of lacking in the design department.  Of course, this was just the appetizer.  Next year is the main course!
Hamiltoons Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Professional Artist
I saw it the first (preview) night it came out and LOVED it.  My wife, not so much but she's not a geek so I disregard that opinion.  I also want to see it at the IMAX theater
Guyverman Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
My good sir, look what we have here :

I believe this will trump everything they've had to offer at Comic-Con.
Arkus0 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

Definitely the best Action movie of the year, and I would love to see an animated series of this franchise.

exuitirteiss Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes I spotted it instantly. Congrats on having your artwork displayed Matt!
I also can't wait to see Godzilla's final design!
DragonofAzarath Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, I will be seeing 'Pacific Rim' again.  As far as 'Godzilla' goes, I liked all his depictions in that link.  I can't tell which one is the "FINAL design", but if it's the one I think it is, I like it.  I really hope they don't alter him too much.  I was happy with how he looked in 'Final Wars'.
Cliffjumperprime2 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
For some reason, those crocodilian Godzilla models remind me of The Alligator Godzilla For those who don't know what The Alligator Godzilla is. It was one of the various skin-type designs for the original 1954 Godzilla. 
SirKaijuOfVaudeville Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, not so great US soil, but internationally, its dominationg. For perspective: Opening Weekend Grown Ups 2 only made 4 or so million (compared to the US's 50 or so Mil), PR made sixty million plus in the international market place opening weekened, praise from Go Nagai and Metal Gear Solid creator (and others) as well as  Amazon being COMPLETELY sold out of Gipsey Danger figures showing that Merchandise sales for PR is going through the roof.
Kaiju-Borru-Zetto Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gotta love viral campaign for great movies o w o
captainryno Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
that's really awesome!
AxisEnigma Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Whoa. Cool stuff
KingAsylus91 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
You mean those crocodilian, monster design are final version of Godzilla 2014?! Wow! 
KaijuDuke Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
If the new Godzilla ends up looking like those concept models, the heads and the full body, I will be QUITE satisfied with the result, powerful and distinctly kaiju styled, no 1998 Zilla nonsense incorporated into its design. If they made the spines a bit bigger, then it would be perfect, though I could just be picky XD, I'm just satisfied to see that they intend to make Godzilla look like he's supposed to look instead of turning him into a giant fish eating iguana again lol
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