Pacific Rim: The Evolution of Monsters vs. Robots [Infographic]

July 15, 2013 |  by  |  Entertainment, Movies

Well folks, it’s that time of year again. The time we all set aside our petty differences and quarrels and wonder where all these giant explosions and aliens/monsters are coming from: big-budget summer blockbuster season! The focus of these big summer action movies typically ranges anywhere from rogue cops to superheroes, but my personal favorite blockbuster genre usually includes some kind of giant thing fighting other giant things, and this year completely knocked it out of the park with Guillermo del Toro’s newest movie: Pacific Rim.

Pacific Rim basically boils down to humanity needing to build colossal, drivable robots (Jaegers) to fend off an onslaught of equally colossal monsters known as “Kaiju” that have surfaced in (you guessed it) the Pacific Rim. Today’s infographic takes a look at the history and evolution of giant movie monsters vs. giant movie robots and what has led us to the incarnations seen in Pacific Rim. The Kaiju that destroy and demolish cities in Pacific Rim have come a long way from their (relatively) humble ancestors such as King Kong and Godzilla, while the nuclear-powered Jaegers could definitely teach Voltron and the Iron Giant a thing or two about being a skyscraper-sized battle bot.

For more info on the growth of giant, fantastic movie monsters and robots have a look at the graphic below. [Via]

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  • My Kids

    I really like this infographic, but what bother me is the fact that little children believe that the process that is drew on the pic is real and thorough the real meaning baby stuff in shops becoming more like the robots and it should be like that.

    • Idonteven

      can you try that again in english?

      • xaade

        It’s a markov chain bot. Notice the link. Ignore it.

  • arsenous

    I think the first thing that came to my mind when seeing pacific rim analogue robot was its evolution from the robot from Iron man

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  • Moondog Industries-llc

    Disappointed with inconsistencies in chronology of the Jaeger “evolution”. Big Guy & Rusty was set in 1990′s era world though inspired by 1970′s Kaijui film aesthetics. Gundam first aired in 1979 and predates and inspired the aesthetic of Voltron.

    • xaade

      I’m trying to visually compare the gundam. The pilot would have a cockpit in the chest just barely able to fit the human, depending on the type. Gundam G managed to fit a small Pacific Rim style cockpit for one. But that puts the chest of a Gundam even smaller than the head of a Pacific Rim…. those things “are” massive.

      • Nh80

        Gundams are about 50 feet tall give or take, and the Jaegers are more than twice that…

  • Mark

    The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms predates godzilla. The chronological order of this info graph is all over the place.

  • Lynx

    Warhammer 40k?

    Thats a Warhammer mech from Battletech/Macross, but Warhammer 40k is something else entirely.

    • BaseDeltaZero

      I was going to say that. Battletech would be a good thing to put in there.

    • Victory

      Omg Battletech used to love this game. Give me an assault lance and let the fireworks begin lol. Always thought they should do some movies based on this. Looks a little like a Warhammer 40k dreadnought but yeah it just isn’t :)

  • So

    The size on these is all wrong.

    A rancor, according to all the canon books and infographics, is slightly larger than a elephant and nowhere near the size of Godzilla.

    The creature from “The Host” was even smaller.
    Whoever made this, simply wanted a reason to slap together a mosaic of robot and monster photos.

    • BaseDeltaZero

      They are not to scale. At all.

  • Luis Jose Fernandez

    The “US Godzilla” is called ZILLA, Godzilla and Zilla are two completely different things, they are not related, get it right.

  • amol

    nice infographic. love the movie

  • Nh80

    Are these supposed to be in chronological order? Because they’re not. Just a collection of images of robots and giant monsters…And some better examples could’ve been used..

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