Welcome back. This is another personal bio for the week on someone who I wouldn’t exactly call a regular in making Giant monster movies, the is one who has a few good ones under his belt as far as quality goes. But I will be introducing the man behind the pacific in Guillermo Del Toro. The king of the pacific. I am an Amazon affiliate. Pictures were taken by
Del Toro was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, the son of Guadalupe Gómez and Federico Del Toro Torres, an automotive entrepreneur. Both of whom are of Spanish descent. He was raised in a strict Catholic household. Del Toro studied at the Centro de Investigación y Estudios Cinematográficos, at the University of Guadalajara.(Just to make a comment here. I have been around quite a few Catholics, Heck I even have some family that is catholic. But I never could get into all that jumping.)
Guillermo Del toro started to experiment with the camera by the age of eight years when he used his father’s Super 8 camera, making short films with Planet of the Apes toys and other objects. One short focused on a “serial killer potato” with ambitions of world domination; it murdered Del Toro’s mother and brothers before stepping outside and being crushed by a car. He would later make about 10 short films before his first feature, including one titled Matilde, but only the last two, Doña Lupe and Geometria, have been made available. He wrote four episodes and directed five episodes of the cult series La Hora Marcada, along with other Mexican filmmakers such as Emmanuel Lubezki and Alfonso Cuarón.
Del Toro studied special effects and make-up with special-effects artist Dick Smith. He spent 10 years as a special-effects make-up designer and formed his own company, Necropia. He also co-founded the Guadalajara International Film Festival. Later in his directing career, he formed his own production company, the Tequila Gang. In 1997, at the age of 33, Guillermo was given a $30 million budget from Miramax Films to shoot another film, Mimic. He was ultimately unhappy with the way Miramax had treated him during production, which led to his friend James Cameron almost coming to blows with Miramax co-founder and owner Harvey Weinstein during the 70th Academy Awards. If that should tell you guys anything, It shows just how dedicated Del Toros work was.
Roles in film
Being a man for science fiction and horror, Del Toro shows off the major skill in directing with these films in movies such as Academy Award-winning fantasy films Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) and The Shape of Water (2017), winning the Oscars for Best Director and Best Picture for the latter.
Throughout his career, Del Toro has shifted between personal, lower-budget Spanish language films, such as Cronos (1993) and The Devil’s Backbone (2001), and Hollywood tent poles, including Mimic (1997), Blade II (2002), Hellboy (2004) and its sequel Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008), Pacific Rim (2013), and Crimson Peak (2015). As a producer and/or writer, the worked on The Orphanage (2007), Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (2010), The Hobbit film series (2012–14), Mama (2013), The Book of Life (2014), Pacific Rim: Uprising (2018), and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019).
With Chuck Hogan, the co-authored The Strain trilogy of novels (2009–2011), later adapted into a comic-book series (2011–15) and a live-action television series (2014–17). With DreamWorks Animation, they created the Netflix animated series Trollhunters (2016–18), 3Below (2018–19), and Wizards (2020), the three installments of the Tales of Arcadia trilogy, based on the 2015 novel the co-wrote with Daniel Kraus. Also, with DreamWorks, the executive produced Puss in Boots (2011), Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011), Rise of the Guardians (2012), and Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016).
Del Toro’s work has been characterized by a strong connection to fairy tales and horror, with an effort to infuse visual or poetic beauty in the grotesque. He has had a lifelong fascination with monsters, which consider symbols of great power. He is also known for his use of insectile and religious imagery, the themes of Catholicism and celebrating imperfection, underworld and clockwork motifs, practical special effects, dominant amber lighting, and his frequent collaborations with actors Ron Perlman and Doug Jones. Del Toro is close friends with fellow Mexican filmmakers Alfonso Cuarón and Alejandro G. Iñárritu, and they are collectively known as “The Three Amigos of Cinema”. He was included in Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2018 and received a motion picture star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2019.
We now reach the point where we begin talking about the best part about Del toro. (The pacific rim movies) Let me start with some of my thoughts about the said movie you guys might not have known. I do like the movies all in all mainly for how both the “Kaiju” Giant monsters interacted with the giant robots or mechs. Just how everything was stylized to fit the old WW2 narrative Gipsy danger being the F4U cruiser during the Pacific war and what not really puts a new spin on things there.