Film Trivia 25 Behind the Scenes Facts from Pacific Rim  

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Pacific Rim is every 12 year old's dream... giant scary monsters versus big, bada$$ robots? C'mon! With a $200 million budget, the film's creators made a robot battle look as totally insane (and possibly more so) than the most imaginative pre-teen's fantasy. When it comes to furious action and intense fight scenes, the movie delivered. 

The CGI effects plus the endless charm of Charlie Day made Pacific Rim the fun romp it was advertised to be. American audiences liked it and foreign audiences loved it - it turned quite a sizable profit with all those foreign sales! Plus, there's great news for fans: a sequel is on its way.

Before we start dreaming about the sequel and what future madness the Kaiju and the Jaegers may bring to the big screen, let's take a look back at all the work that went into the first one. There are many cool little intricacies you may have missed while things were being punched and slammed! These are the coolest Pacific Rim trivia facts out there, so vote up your favorite fact below!

The International Hubub About a Robot Named Gipsy

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In Hungary, the trailers for the movie could not mention the name of the main robot, Gipsy Danger. The name was seen as offensive against gypsy people, who form a large ethnic group in the country. In the dub of the movie itself, the name is spoken out freely, but it's left in English. This works out because it's a reference to a type of airplane engine, not the people in question.

Gipsy Danger is named after the "de Havilland Gipsy" aircraft engine. This was intended as a nostalgic nod to the World War II era, which was a major influence in the design of the robot.


Del Toro Wanted the Movie's Message to Be a Life Lesson

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Guillermo del Toro said "The pilots' smaller stories actually make a bigger point, which is that we're all together in the same robot [in life] ... Either we get along or we die. I didn't want this to be a recruitment ad or anything jingoistic. The idea of the movie is just for us to trust each other, to cross over barriers of color, sex, beliefs, whatever, and just stick together."

He wanted it to be a simple straight forward message to kids: we can only be complete when we work together.

The Sets on the Film Were Extremely Unique

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One of the art directors said this was the first time they dressed a set using forklifts and jackhammers. Much of the set is made with real materials, unlike most sets.

The set was built first as a non-destroyed Hong Kong, then destroyed and redressed to play as a different area, post-monster battle. The Hong Kong set was used as four different streets and sets, with the placement and dressing of elements changed each time.

The Kaiju Sounds Are Part Roar, Part Growl, and Part Human

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The Kaiju's voices are comprised of layer upon layer of animal roars and growls which were filtered, sped up, and slowed down to create the roar of alien behemoths. Then, to add emotion and a sense of intelligence, supervising sound editor Scott Martin Gershin and director Guillermo del Toro added samples of their own voices.