War of the Worlds: Goliath Looks Spectacular

It’s been some time since I posted to Robot War Espresso (I’ve been busy) and even longer since anyone much has heard anything of the animated steam-punk-inspired sequel to H.G. Wells’ classic invasion tale, War of the Worlds. Directed by Joe Pearson, War of the Worlds: Goliath (which we last saw here) is looking spectacular — a 3D anime-style epic that envisages the Martian invasion as a full-on conflict, more equal now than the first invasion was in 1900, thanks to defensive machines back-engineered from the wreckage of the first wave of Martian Tripods. Thanks to Quiet Earth, we can see what advances in production the past year has brought:

View it here.


In 1900, the Earth was attacked by ruthless invaders from the planet Mars. The Martian’s 80 ft tall, heat-ray spewing, Tripod battle machines laid waste to the planet, but the invaders ultimately fell prey to Earth’s tiny bacteria.

Fourteen years later, Man has rebuilt his shattered world, in large part by utilizing captured Martian technology. Equipped with giant, steam-powered Tripod battle machines, the international rapid reaction force, A.R.E.S., is Mankind’s first line of defense against the return of the rapacious Martian invaders. Based in a massive fortress complex at the south end of Manhattan Island, the young warriors of A.R.E.S. train under the leadership of Secretary of War, Theodore Roosevelt, and the grim General Kushnirov.

And return the Martians do. The rematch finds the multinational squad of the A.R.E.S. battle Tripod Goliath on the front-lines of a vicious interplanetary offensive when the Martian invaders launch their second invasion using even more advanced alien technology. In the crucible of combat, this young team helming the mighty Goliath will be tested to the limits of their endurance and courage as they fight for Mankind’s very survival under the onslaught of an implacable enemy.


Official website

Source: Quiet Earth via Avery Guerra. Written by Robert Hood

Gang Warfare Uses Robots

A music video: ROBOTS by Dan Mangan, directed by Mike Lewis.

Robo Dance Wars

From the 5th Hexapod Championship held in April 2010, where six-legged hexagonic dancing bots go to battle:

Source: I-Am-Bored

A (Defective) Robot War

Two defective robots in a robot factory fight over a loose hand. It’s cute. And rather poignant.

The animator is Rani Naamani.

Source: AniBoom

Robot Showdown

Two totally different robots face off in a beautfully rendered short CG film — World War by University Of Hertfordshire student Vincent Chai. Its semi-retro stylings and attention to detail are superb.

For more animation wonders, see Aniboom — the Animation Virtual Studio.

Dueling Steampunk Mecha


See the full battle in A Gentlemen’s Duel (US-2006; animation; short [7:46 min.]; dir. Sean McNally and Francisco Ruiz Velasco), now showing on Undead Backbrain.

RoboGeisha is Coming!

The makers of the very bizarre and gore-drenched Japanese machine-human hybrid movies The Machine Girl and Tokyo Gore Police are about to release a robotic extravaganza that looks even weirder. It’s RoboGeisha (Japan-2009; dir. Noboru Iguchi). It’s about a war between armies of cyborg geishas and includes all sorts of strange hybrid contraptions, including a transformer geisha (she partially turns into a miniature tank):


and a temple that is actually a giant robot!



Read more about it and view the trailer on Undead Backbrain.

Weird Robot War

Check out this robot war. It’s also sound based, like the one a few posts back

Cyborg Insects


Sydney-based conceptual artist Dean Christ has been building what he calls his UBYKA ARMY™. It is, he claims, the new evolution of bio-warfare: “a glimpse of a near future of hyper-aggressive and high-tech cyborg insect weapons to establish a new world order…. Their mission: eradicate the human race and bring peace to planet earth. This was not called genocide. It was called recalibration.”



“At the turn of the 21st century, the Pentagon’s D.A.R.P.A (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) advanced biomechanics into the UBYKA phase – machine-insect interfaces by placing micro-mechanical systems inside the insects during the early stages of metamorphosis.

These UBYKA cyborg animals were superior in strength and agility, and enhanced with the latest technology including self-mending nanotechnology.”


Great stuff! And they’re for sale.

Check out the full range, and their specifications, here.

Ditko’s Robot War

Comic artist Steve Ditko and Mort Todd produced a one-page comic series under the name Robot War — for Cracked Magazine (remember that?). It’s a robotic version of the Spy vs Spy strip that appeared in Mad. Here’s an example from issue 225 (1987):