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[Random Cool] Watch ‘Mortal Kombat’s (1995) Goro Come To Live Via Animatronics!

Studio ADI, who did all of the practical effects work on Universal’s The Thing premake before dumping CGI all over it, has dug deep into the archives for the following.

Above you’ll watch a behind-the-scenes look at one of the creature effects from Paul W.S. Anderson’s 1995 Mortal Kombat, the first live action adaptation of the popular Midway arcader.

Check out “the mighty Goro from ‘Mortal Kombat’ in all his animatronic glory! State of the art in 1995 meant heavy electric motors to drive Goro’s upper arms, controlled by a telemetry suit feeding info through an umbilical into the 120-pound hero animatronic suit and early lip synch playback to pre-recorded dialogue. Also some quick cuts of the incredibly patient Martial Arts Trainer and Stunt Coordinator, Pat Johnson, who had worked with such icons as Bruce Lee and Steve McQueen.



  • CGI is cool and all when it’s done right, but nothing beats good old fashioned practical effects like this. I have so much respect for the people who can pull off amazing art like this and for those directors/movie studios who endorse/insist on this type of thing.

  • doomas10

    i love the first mortal kombat- it is my favourite movie ever i think. thank you for sharing this! Tom woodruff and alec gillis are always doing amazing practical effects work. For me goro, still looks convincing in most shots despite being create in 1995 ^_^ I take this any day over CGI bullshit-“The thing” remake (which suprisingly had the duo’s work there replaced with horrible CGI)

  • Jasonicus

    I always thought he looked too much like a muppet. His face was horrible and too cartoony.

  • flesheater24

    FUCK CGI 🙂 that’s epic. CGI is only cool when done right prometheus tells you CGI is cool. NEXT…. terrible CGI.

  • Joe-Banger

    I agree 100% Fuck GGI, except when its actually needed. Jasonicous is right, that Goro was ugly as hell and he talked too damn much! The original Goro from Mortal Kombat (arcade) did’nt waste any words just his opponents! Oh and his eyes are all red in the game as well.

  • That_One_Guy

    I love seeing anamatronics come to life. The details in facial movement are always amazing. I always prefer practical effects to CGI, but some films need CGI like Prometheus and other Sci Fi flicks.

  • ThunderDragoon

    That’s so damn cool. One of my favorite movies right here. I don’t care what anybody says. 😀

    • doomas10

      i am with you brother!

  • This is fantastic! Besides MK being my favourite film of all time, I love the fact that they went with lots of practical effects. Goro is a towering achievement. The vocals and even the way he was walking and moving was very impressive in my opinion. Puts into shame all these now that are using excessive CGI for unconvincing monsters. The animatronic will always be awesome!

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