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Godzilla
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Species Mutant dinosaur
Alias: Gojira
King of the Monsters
Gigantis, the Fire Monster
Monster Zero-One
Big G
Form(s) Godzilla 1954
Godzilla 1955-1975
Godzilla 1984-1995
Godzilla 1998
Godzilla 1999
Godzilla 2000
Godzilla 2001
Godzilla 2002-2003
Godzilla 2004
First appearance: Godzilla (1954)
Latest appearance: Godzilla: Final Wars (2004)
Height: 50[1]–100[2] meters (164–328 feet)
Weight: 20,000[1]–60,000[2] tons
Major enemies: King Ghidorah
Mechagodzilla
Gigan
Allies Anguirus
Rodan
King Caesar
Mothra (ally and rival)
Jet Jaguar
Godzilla Junior
Minilla
Created by: Tomoyuki Tanaka
Portrayed by: Shōwa Series:
Haruo Nakajima[3][4]
Katsumi Tezuka[3][4]
Yū Sekida[3][4]
Ryosaku Takasugi[4]
Seiji Onaka
Shinji Takagi
Isao Zushi
Toru Kawai
Heisei Series:
Kenpachiro Satsuma
Millennium Series:
Tsutomu Kitagawa
Mizuho Yoshida
.Godzilla (ゴジラ Gojira?) is a daikaijū, a fictional Japanese giant monster.^ In Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack , a variant of his spiral ray was seen when King Ghidorah used his golden gravity beams on Godzilla.
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^ The earliest Godzilla films, especially the original Gojira , attempted to portray Godzilla as a frightening, nuclear monster.
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^ Godzilla - Wiki Zilla - Godzilla, Japanese Monster Movies Wikia Entertainment Create a new wiki Log in Create an account Wikizilla Log in to edit History Share this article Article Discussion .
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.His first film was Ishiro Honda's 1954 film Gojira, and since then, he has made many more appearances, and has become a pop-culture icon.^ He asked Honda Ishiro to direct the film.
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^ Haruo Nakajima's last performance as Godzilla, and director Ishiro Honda's final Godzilla film as well.
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^ Stumbleupon Facebook MySpace Twitter Digg Delicious RSS Email Since his first appearance in 1954, Godzilla has remained one of the silver screen's most enduring icons, appearing in over 28 films up to his 50th Anniversary in 2004.
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.In total, Godzilla has appeared in 28 films, all of which were produced by Toho Company Ltd. Godzilla has also appeared in numerous comic books, video games, novels and even an American remake.^ To date, Toho has produced twenty eight Godzilla films.
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^ Godzilla An 1998 American remake of Godzilla.
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^ He first appeared in Godzilla , produced by Toho Film Company Ltd .
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Name

.Gojira (ゴジラ?) is a combination of two Japanese words: gorira (ゴリラ?, "gorilla"), and kujira (鯨(くじら)?, "whale"), which is fitting because in one planning stage, Godzilla was described as "a cross between a gorilla and a whale",[5] alluding to his size, power and aquatic origin.^ Godzilla absorbs the power of the nuclear sub, increasing his size further, becoming powerful enough to defeat King Ghidorah .
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^ Several of the ways G-Force plan to stop Godzilla include the construction of two "mecha-kaiju", Mechagodzilla 2 (who would battle both Godzilla and Rodan) and M.O.G.U.E.R.A .
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^ Since Godzilla is neither a gorilla nor a whale, the name had to be devised in a different way for the film's story; Godzilla's name was originally spelled in kanji (呉爾羅) by the Oto Island people—however, Toho chose these characters for sound only; the combined characters mean "give you net".
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.A popular story is that "Gojira" was actually the nickname of a hulking stagehand at Toho Studio.^ A popular story is that "Gojira" was actually the nickname of a hulking stagehand at Toho Studio.
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[6] .The story has not been verified, however, because in the fifty years since the film's original release, no one claiming to be the employee has ever stepped forward and no photographs have ever surfaced.^ The story has not been verified, however, because in the more than 50 years since the film's original release, no one claiming to be the employee has ever stepped forward, and no photographs of him have ever surfaced.
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^ Since Godzilla is neither a gorilla nor a whale, the name had to be devised in a different way for the film's story; Godzilla's name was originally spelled in kanji (呉爾羅) by the Oto Island people—however, Toho chose these characters for sound only; the combined characters mean "give you net".
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^ The menacing ego of Godzilla's final film in the Showa series was 1964's Godzilla vs. The Thing (that being the original American release title, but since known by the Japanese and international title, Mothra vs. Godzilla ).
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.Godzilla's name was spelled in kanji as Gojira (呉爾羅?), but for sound only.^ Since Godzilla is neither a gorilla nor a whale, the name had to be devised in a different way for the film's story; Godzilla's name was originally spelled in kanji (呉爾羅) by the Oto Island people—however, Toho chose these characters for sound only; the combined characters mean "give you net".
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^ The name "Godzilla" is a transliteration of Gojira (ゴジラ), a combination of two Japanese words: gorira (ゴリラ), meaning gorilla, and kujira (鯨 or クジラ), meaning whale.
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^ Godzilla's archenemy, King Ghidorah Godzilla's foes Include his arch-nemesis, King Ghidorah ; Mechagodzilla ; King Kong, Mothra ; Gigan; Space Godzilla; Zilla (also called G.I.N.O, or Godzilla In Name Only.
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(The meanings of the characters have no significance when combined). .Many Japanese books on Godzilla have referenced this curious fact, including B Media Books Special: Gojira Gahô, published by Take-Shobo in three different editions (1993, 1998,[7] and 1999).^ This has been referenced countless times in Japanese books on Godzilla.
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^ It may not contain a Japanese/English Special Edition of Godzilla 2000.
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^ Introducing popular foe King Ghidorah, a three-headed dragon from outer space, taking on Godzilla, Mothra, and Rodan.
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The Japanese pronunciation of the name is [ɡodʑiɽa]  ( listen); the Anglicized form is /ɡɒdˈzɪlə/, with the first syllable pronounced like the word "god", and the rest rhyming with "gorilla". When Godzilla was created (and Japanese-to-English transliteration was less familiar), it is likely that the kana representing the second syllable was misinterpreted[citation needed] as [dzi]; in the Hepburn romanization system, Godzilla's name would have been rendered as "Gojira", whereas in the Kunrei romanization system it would have been rendered as "Gozira".

Attributes

.Godzilla's appearance has changed over the years, but many of his characteristics have remained constant.^ Godzilla's appearance has changed between films over the years, but many defining details have endured.
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^ Godzilla's appearance gradually changed throughout the early '60s and mid '70s.

^ Over the years Godzilla has possessed many powers and abilities to use against his foes.
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His roar has remained the same, only changing in pitch. .Godzilla's approximate appearance, regardless of the design of the suit utilized for the creature, remains the same general shape, which is instantly recognizable: a giant, mutant dinosaur with rough, bumpy charcoal-gray scales, a long powerful tail, and jagged, bone-colored dorsal fins.^ In the Japanese films, Godzilla is depicted as a gigantic dinosaur with rough, bumpy (usually) charcoal grey scales, a long powerful tail, and bone colored dorsal plates shaped like maple leaves.
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^ Godzilla's long tail is also a formidable weapon.
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^ This new "Millennium Godzilla" had a wilder appearance, with more massive, jagged dorsal fins and a fiercer, more dinosaur-like face than the Godzilla featured in the Heisei series.
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.Godzilla's iconic character design is a blended chimera inspired by various prehistoric reptiles, gleaned from children's dinosaur books and illustrations from an issue of Life magazine: Godzilla has the head and lower body of a Tyrannosaurus, a triple row of dorsal plates reminiscent of a Stegosaurus, the neck and forearms of Iguanodon and the tail and skin texture of a crocodile.^ Godzilla's iconic design is composed of a mixture of various species of dinosaurs; specifically, he has the body and overall shape of a Tyrannosaurus, the long arms of an Iguanodon, and the dorsal plates of a Stegosaurus.
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^ Godzilla's iconic design is composed of a mixture of various species of dinosaurs; specifically, he has the body and overall shape of a Tyrannosaurus , the long arms of an Iguanodon , and the dorsal fins of a Stegosaurus .

^ In the Japanese films, Godzilla is depicted as a gigantic dinosaur with rough, bumpy (usually) charcoal grey scales, a long powerful tail, and bone colored dorsal plates shaped like maple leaves.
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[8][9] .Godzilla's dorsal plates have themselves altered in size and appearance over the years.^ Godzilla's appearance has changed between films over the years, but many defining details have endured.
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^ This new "Millennium Godzilla" had a wilder appearance, with more massive, jagged dorsal fins and a fiercer, more dinosaur-like face than the Godzilla featured in the Heisei series.
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.Godzilla's body and facial structure changed often from film to film.^ As the series progressed, so did Godzilla himself, changing into a less destructive and more heroic character as the films became increasingly geared towards children.
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^ The original film Gojira (produced by Japan's Toho Films), or Godzilla: King of the Monsters , is often cited as a parable for the nuclear age.
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^ Godzilla films are part action and science fiction, often driven by introspective character and ecologically conscious storylines.
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.The first films depicted the creature with a more feral head and facial structure, to indicate his status as a feared threat.^ Once we finished in Oahu, we headed back to Los Angeles to film even more.
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^ His origins vary somewhat from film to film, but he is almost always described as a prehistoric creature, and his first attacks on Japan are linked to the beginning of the Atomic Age.
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^ At first Volker simply built models, but as time went on, he became more involved with all of the effects on the film and even oversaw filming some of them.
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.As the character became more of a heroic figure – particularly to children, who became a large part of Godzilla's target audience from 1965 until 1978 in the Showa era – the creature's look was softened somewhat, and made to look more intelligent in order to reflect the change in Godzilla's role.^ Godzilla Movies - The Showa Era part two  .
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^ Godzilla Movies - The Showa Era part three  .
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^ Godzilla Movies - The Showa Era part one  .
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.When the Heisei era of films was produced, Godzilla's appearance was generally uniform.^ The biggest difference Joe had to keep in mind with this film, versus the originals, was that Godzilla was gonna be CG (computer generated).
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^ Godzilla , as portrayed during the late Heisei era .

^ To date, Toho has produced 28 Godzilla films.

.It was meant to show Godzilla as an implacable force of nature and was thus given a harder and more menacing quality.^ Again, this is largely inconsistent with Godzilla's character, although this is possibly done just to show Kong, being a primate would be be much more intelligent than Godzilla, who is a reptile.
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^ Godzilla had the abilities and physical forms of his parent, but the creators of the show gave him more powers and an attitude more resembling the original Japanese Godzilla.
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^ Godzilla is a force of nature whose true biological functions are an object of study and whose movement ...
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.Godzilla's appearance was uniform in four out of the six films of the Millennium era, looking more wild.^ One siginifigant development of this era was the advanced animatronics in Godzilla's head that gave him more expression.
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^ Godzilla vs. Megaguirus , 2000 ) [ edit ] Godzilla vs. Megaguirus Though Godzilla looks the same in this film as he did in Godzilla 2000: Millennium , this movie takes place in a separate continuity from the previous film.

^ Jump to: navigation , search Godzilla, as portrayed during his latest film from the Millennium series .

.The creature was depicted as having human or near-human intelligence in most films.^ The extent of Godzilla's intelligence varies throughout the character's history, but Godzilla is generally depicted as a thinking creature.
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^ The Showa incarnation in particular is depicted as being close in intelligence to a human, capable of abstract thought, and able to communicate with other monsters.
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^ Classic entry once known for having the most monsters in one film.
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.Godzilla was originally believed by many to be green when the original black and white film was produced, and promotional artwork in America and other English speaking countries depicted him as such.^ Ishiro Honda's witnessing of the devastation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was the primary inspiration for the anti-nuclear message behind the original Godzilla film.

^ The original Godzilla film was meant as an allegorical criticism of the use of nuclear warfare at the end of World War II .

^ As predicted at the end of the original film, a second Godzilla emerges in the middle of a typhoon in 2002 but would be driven away.

.The creature was also depicted as being green in the Hanna-Barbera cartoon and a number of toys in the United States prior to the Trendmasters toy line, which depicted Godzilla in his actual coloration.^ The extent of Godzilla's intelligence varies throughout the character's history, but Godzilla is generally depicted as a thinking creature.
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^ This series described the adventures and confrontations of Godzilla while he wandered in various regions of the United States, from Alaska to New York City.
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^ This series described the adventures and confrontations of Godzilla in the United States.
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Godzilla actually has a greenish hue in Godzilla 2000 and again in Godzilla vs. Megaguirus, but returns to his classic charcoal gray in subsequent films in the Millennium series starting with Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack.
.Although his origins vary somewhat from film to film, he is always described as a prehistoric creature, who first appeared and attacked Japan at the beginning of the Atomic Age.^ His origins vary somewhat from film to film, but he is almost always described as a prehistoric creature, and his first attacks on Japan are linked to the beginning of the Atomic Age .

^ His origins vary somewhat from film to film, but he is almost always described as a prehistoric creature, and his first attacks on Japan are linked to the beginning of the Atomic Age.
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^ Godzilla went on to attack Japan himself, but was stopped when Emmy, one of the Futurians who had turned on her fellows, resurrected Ghidorah as a cyborg, Mecha-King Ghidorah .

.In particular, mutation due to atomic radiation is presented as an explanation for his size and powers.^ In particular, mutation due to atomic radiation is presented as an explanation for his great size and strange powers.
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^ In particular, mutation due to atomic radiation—fury unleashed from man splitting the atom—is presented as an explanation for his great size and strange powers.

^ His sheer size, power and destruction evoke the fury of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki .

.The most notable of Godzilla's resulting abilities is his atomic breath: a powerful heat ray of thermonuclear energy that he is able to fire from his mouth.^ Godzilla unleashes his atomic breath.
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^ "Godzilla is the most powerful of Earth's Defenders.
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^ A monster somehow transformed by nuclear radiation, with a destructive heat ray, Godzilla is as much a victim as those his rampages terrorize.
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Godzilla is also depicted as being resistant to damage thanks to a tough hide and an advanced healing factor, which itself became a focal point in Godzilla vs. Biollante and Godzilla 2000. He is portrayed as being strong and dexterous, sometimes utilizing martial arts techniques in combat. .Described as a transitional form between aquatic and terrestrial vertebrates in the original film, Godzilla is able to survive in the ocean for indefinite periods of time and is as adept a fighter underwater as he is on land.^ He is as adept a fighter underwater as he is on land.
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^ His origins vary somewhat from film to film, but he is almost always described as a prehistoric creature, and his first attacks on Japan are linked to the beginning of the Atomic Age .

^ Ishiro Honda's witnessing of the devastation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was the primary inspiration for the anti-nuclear message behind the original Godzilla film.

.These particular abilities are portrayed consistently among Godzilla's many incarnations, though he also possesses skills, often employed as weapons of last resort that are only seen on rare occasions, such as his nuclear pulse, an unnamed wave of nuclear energy that can be pumped directly into a foe (as seen in the climax of his battle with Orga in Godzilla 2000), magnetic powers, and even the ability to fly.^ This is the only time Godzilla ever used this power.
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^ Over the years Godzilla has possessed many powers and abilities to use against his foes.
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^ Godzilla only used the nuclear pulse in the heisei series.

Appearances

.Godzilla is the main character of all of the Godzilla films, though there are numerous different versions of the monster.^ There Dina would watch a number of monster and fantasy films - she loved the Ray Harryhausen films.
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^ Son of Godzilla A 1967 film featuring the birth of Minilla, a baby version of Godzilla.
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^ In Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack , a variant of his spiral ray was seen when King Ghidorah used his golden gravity beams on Godzilla.
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.The silver screen is not the only place Godzilla has appeared; there have been literary sources that have expanded the universe of Godzilla.^ It was stated at the end of the film that it was doubtful that there was only one creature, alluding not only to the many incarnations of Godzilla that would later appear but also to all the other kaiju monsters that would be featured in movies produced by Toho.
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^ On most movies, there is only one editor on the project, but in the case of larger films like "Godzilla" more than one person is needed to finish the film in time.
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^ I will tell you everything I can, but some things are secret till next Memorial Day when Godzilla hits the silver screen.
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.The Godzilla universe, and the character himself have also starred in comic books, manga, Japanese television and many cartoons.^ Japanese Godzilla comics do exist, however.
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^ Japanese Godzilla manga comics are also available.
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^ Godzilla has been featured in the occasional comic book.
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Showa series

.The Showa-era Godzilla films were the first of the film series.^ The first color Godzilla film.
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^ Ifukube returns to score the final Godzilla film of the Showa era.
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^ This weakness is apparently retconned and later films in the Showa series would portray Godzilla as being immune to electricity, or even drawing power from it.
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.In total, there are fifteen Showa-era films, amounting to over half the total Godzilla movies currently in existence.^ Ifukube returns to score the final Godzilla film of the Showa era.
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^ Godzilla Movies - The Showa Era part two  .
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^ Godzilla Movies - The Showa Era part three  .
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.The first film was simply titled Godzilla (1954).^ Everything comes full circle when Godzilla is faced with a monster, Destoroyah , created by the Oxygen Destroyer, which was used to kill the first Godzilla in 1954.
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^ Starting in the first Godzilla film, Godzilla displayed an immunity to conventional weaponry, virtually impervious to everything the JSDF threw at him.
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^ He first appeared in Godzilla , produced by Toho Film Company Ltd .
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.In the original film, Godzilla was portrayed as a terrible and destructive monster.^ This weakness is apparently retconned and later films in the Showa series would portray Godzilla as being immune to electricity, or even drawing power from it.
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^ With the aid of special military forces, Matthew's character searches through the wake of Godzilla's destructive path in an effort to better understand the beast's biological origins.
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^ In the films, Godzilla usually fights other monsters such as Rodan, Mothra, and even King Kong.
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.Following the success of Godzilla, Toho started filming a quickie sequel called Godzilla Raids Again.^ To date, Toho has produced twenty eight Godzilla films.
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^ Starting in the first Godzilla film, Godzilla displayed an immunity to conventional weaponry, virtually impervious to everything the JSDF threw at him.
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^ He first appeared in Godzilla , produced by Toho Film Company Ltd .
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.In this film, a new Godzilla was set up to fight another dinosaur-like creature, Anguirus.^ In the Japanese films, Godzilla is depicted as a gigantic dinosaur with rough, bumpy (usually) charcoal grey scales, a long powerful tail, and bone colored dorsal plates shaped like maple leaves.
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^ For example, if Godzilla takes a step, then dust and dirt would kick up - that is if he was really there and walking down the streets of New York.
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^ Later, the CG model of Godzilla is then combined with this information/movements that were recorded and then the creature moves exactly like the performer did.
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.This second film started a trend for Godzilla films, where Godzilla would fight other giant monsters.^ It was the fourth film for Godzilla and the second for ...
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^ This weakness is apparently retconned and later films in the Showa series would portray Godzilla as being immune to electricity, or even drawing power from it.
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^ The upcoming comedy film Giant Monsters Attack Japan!
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.In his fifth film, Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster, Godzilla took the role of a hero.^ In Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack , a variant of his spiral ray was seen when King Ghidorah used his golden gravity beams on Godzilla.
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^ Godzilla displays his formidable physical strength by throwing his arch-enemy, King Ghidorah over his head in ( Godzilla vs. Gigan , 1972) Godzilla has displayed varied levels of physical strength.
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^ The earliest Godzilla films, especially the original Gojira , attempted to portray Godzilla as a frightening, nuclear monster.
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.From that point onto the end of the Showa series, Godzilla stayed a hero, protecting Japan against attacks from other monsters, aliens, etc.^ Monsters in the Godzilla series .
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^ This weakness is apparently retconned and later films in the Showa series would portray Godzilla as being immune to electricity, or even drawing power from it.
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^ On Godzilla’s latest rampage an alien is found which attacks Godzilla and steals his Organizer G-1 (Regenerator G-1 in U.S. movie) in order to adapt to Earth’s atmosphere and becomes the monster Orga .
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.At one point, Godzilla even adopted a son, Minilla, in Son of Godzilla, who would make appearances in later Showa-era films.^ I was one of many who anticipated this film, when perhaps dreading it would have been wiser.
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^ He was even able to work one on one with Roland in cutting some of the scenes for the film.
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^ My son is a rabid Godzilla fan, and even he was left unimpressed.
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.The Showa-era movies played on a lot of fears and interests of people during the time period in which they were made.^ It was published from 1977 to 1979, fitting between the Showa Period movies and the Heisei Era.
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^ It was published from 1977 to 1979, neatly fitting between the Showa Period movies and the "VS Series" of the Heisei Era .
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.For instance, Godzilla was a movie designed to warn people about the use and testing of nuclear weapons.^ He uses the nuclear pulse ability in the movies Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989), Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991), Godzilla vs. Mothra (1992), Godzilla vs. Mecha-Godzilla II (1993), Godzilla 2000: Millenium (1999), and Godzilla: Final Wars (2004).
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^ In the movie Godzilla x Mothra x Mechagodzilla: Tokyo S.O.S., the two shobijin fairies warn that using Godzilla's bones as a weapon is a big mistake.
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^ From: Amazon Posted: Feb-11-2006 A good Godzilla movie I guess if you have to write about this movie, I would say it was a pretty good Godzilla movie.
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Likewise, Godzilla vs. Hedorah was designed to carry a message about the dangers of pollution. .As space exploration and the Space Age were extremely popular in the late 1960s and early 1970s, many of Godzilla's films revolved around Godzilla fighting alien monsters, or involved an alien invasion in some shape or form.^ Godzilla traveled around the world with a team called HEAT, including scientist Nick Tatopoulos, battling monsters.
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^ On Godzilla’s latest rampage an alien is found which attacks Godzilla and steals his Organizer G-1 (Regenerator G-1 in U.S. movie) in order to adapt to Earth’s atmosphere and becomes the monster Orga .
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^ Godzilla vs. Gigan A 1972 film featuring Godzilla defending Earth from an alien invasion.
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.For instance, in the movie Destroy All Monsters, an alien race had managed to take control of all of earth's monsters, who were eventually freed from their control, and destroyed the aliens who had put them under control.^ Earth is under attack by an alien force.
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^ On Godzilla’s latest rampage an alien is found which attacks Godzilla and steals his Organizer G-1 (Regenerator G-1 in U.S. movie) in order to adapt to Earth’s atmosphere and becomes the monster Orga .
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^ After watching for a few seconds, he sees one of the monsters (ironically not even from a Godzilla movie at all) roaring at the screen and quickly flees from the room screeming.
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Heisei series

.The Heisei-era Godzilla films were the second of the film series.^ Godzilla Raids Again An 1955 sequel to Godzilla, the second film of the series.
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^ It was the fourth film for Godzilla and the second for ...
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^ It was the third Godzilla film and remains the greatest box-office hit in the series.
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.In total, there were seven Heisei-era films, making them amount to one fourth the total Godzilla movies in existence.^ This is one of his favorite Godzilla movies.
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^ And was not one of the Godzilla films that was really good!
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^ From: Amazon Posted: Apr-08-2008 Godzilla Goofiness I love Godzilla movies, and this one is just pure retro fun.
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.The Heisei-era films differed drastically from the Showa-era films in a variety of ways.^ It was published from 1977 to 1979, fitting between the Showa Period movies and the Heisei Era.
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^ It was published from 1977 to 1979, neatly fitting between the Showa Period movies and the "VS Series" of the Heisei Era .
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.The most prominent difference is that the Godzilla outfit was changed to look much more intimidating than previous suits.^ One thing that Peter does differently than most visual effects editors is work closely with the picture editors to design the basis of each effects shot.
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^ As the series progressed, so did Godzilla himself, changing into a less destructive and more heroic character as the films became increasingly geared towards children.
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^ I hadn’t allowed myself to see how composing with a computer is more than just using a typewriter—I am able to interface with a text in much more meaningful ways.

.Another significant difference is that Toho did away with Godzilla being the hero of the films.^ This weakness is apparently retconned and later films in the Showa series would portray Godzilla as being immune to electricity, or even drawing power from it.
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^ Though Godzilla looks nearly the same in this film as he did in Godzilla 2000: Millennium , this movie takes place in a separate continuity from the previous film.
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^ To date, Toho has produced twenty eight Godzilla films.
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.While occasionally Godzilla would take the role of an antihero, he was still consistently portrayed as hazardous to humanity throughout the films.^ For example, if Godzilla takes a step, then dust and dirt would kick up - that is if he was really there and walking down the streets of New York.
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^ During his middle teens, Joe would take a bus from South Gate to Hollywood where he collected movie stills and posters.
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^ Mothra vs. Godzilla A 1964 film featuring the destructive Godzilla facing Mothra who tries to protect humanity.
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Another change was that the series was given an overall plotline. .Each movie happened in some sort of sequence, and generally referenced previous movies to further the plot of the series.^ Okay, we have the second "Next Generation" series movie, and it takes failure to whole new lows.
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.As in the Showa era, in the first Godzilla movie of the Heisei era, The Return of Godzilla, Godzilla was the only monster to make an appearance.^ Everything comes full circle when Godzilla is faced with a monster, Destoroyah , created by the Oxygen Destroyer, which was used to kill the first Godzilla in 1954.
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^ On Godzilla’s latest rampage an alien is found which attacks Godzilla and steals his Organizer G-1 (Regenerator G-1 in U.S. movie) in order to adapt to Earth’s atmosphere and becomes the monster Orga .
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^ It was published from 1977 to 1979, fitting between the Showa Period movies and the Heisei Era.
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.All succeeding Heisei-era movies would have Godzilla fight other giant monsters.^ On Godzilla’s latest rampage an alien is found which attacks Godzilla and steals his Organizer G-1 (Regenerator G-1 in U.S. movie) in order to adapt to Earth’s atmosphere and becomes the monster Orga .
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^ In Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack , a variant of his spiral ray was seen when King Ghidorah used his golden gravity beams on Godzilla.
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^ It was published from 1977 to 1979, fitting between the Showa Period movies and the Heisei Era.
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.Like the Showa series, Godzilla adopted a son, Baby Godzilla, as his own child.^ Son of Godzilla A 1967 film featuring the birth of Minilla, a baby version of Godzilla.
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^ Godzilla in Marvel Godzilla had his own comic book series in the 1970's.
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^ From: Amazon Posted: Aug-31-2006 I never liked this show I loved Godzilla when I was a small child, and when I heard that he was to be in a cartoon show, I expected a lot.
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In the final Heisei-era movie, Godzilla vs. Destoroyah, Godzilla dies after undergoing a nuclear meltdown, and his son (by that point almost half as tall as his father and called Godzilla Junior) absorbs the radiation and quickly matures to become the new King of the Monsters. .Although the now adolescent Godzilla was believed to have become the creature seen in Godzilla 2000 by fans early on after the announcement of the film's release, this was never confirmed by Toho studios, and as such cannot be stated as being the creature seen in the new film series, as the Millennium series was comprised of a series of standalone films, each existing in its own continuity with the exception of two films, Godzilla x MechaGodzilla and Godzilla x Mothra x MechaGodzilla: Tokyo S.O.S., although all of these films used the 1954 film as the point of origin for Godzilla himself.^ Return of Godzilla ignores all previous films in the series aside from the original.
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^ Godzilla 2000: Millennium .
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^ Godzilla in Godzilla 2000: Millennium (1999).
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.In much the same way that the Showa-era played on fears and interests of people during the time period of production, Heisei-era Godzilla films made some attempts at making statements on popular topics for their time period.^ This weakness is apparently retconned and later films in the Showa series would portray Godzilla as being immune to electricity, or even drawing power from it.
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^ Produced during the 70s, Toho has gone on record stating that the events depicted in the Zone Fighter television series are part of the Showa era, taking place between Godzilla vs. Megalon and Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla .
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^ Many people will even argue that there never were any truly silent films since almost all had an organist to play along with them.
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One good example would be Godzilla vs. Biollante, which made explicit warnings against research involving genetic engineering. Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah touched very lightly on the subject of Communism, implying a negative view on it, and introduced a time-travel plot. Other themes in the movies included commenting on research into hazardous material and environmental statements.

American remake

.In 1998, TriStar Pictures produced a remake set in New York City, directed by Roland Emmerich and starring Matthew Broderick; the film's name was simply Godzilla.^ Roland is directing and Dean is producing.
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^ We started filming in New York.
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^ So for example, Matthew Broderick would be listed in the cast column, next to his character name "Nick Tatopoulos."
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.Despite negative to mixed reviews from films critics and negative reception from the fans of the original Japanese Godzilla, the film was a financial success, taking in nearly $380 million worldwide, and had an animated television series called Godzilla: The Series.^ This one is an insult to the original Japanese Godzilla.
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^ To this day, Godzilla remains an important facet of Japanese films, embodying the kaiju subset of the tokusatsu genre.
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^ This weakness is apparently retconned and later films in the Showa series would portray Godzilla as being immune to electricity, or even drawing power from it.
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Millennium series

.The Millennium series of Godzilla films are the third and currently final of the film series.^ This weakness is apparently retconned and later films in the Showa series would portray Godzilla as being immune to electricity, or even drawing power from it.
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^ The menacing ego of Godzilla's final film in the Showa series was 1964's Godzilla vs. The Thing (that being the original American release title, but since known by the Japanese and international title, Mothra vs. Godzilla ).
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^ Godzilla 2000: Millennium , 1999) Godzilla has displayed an uncanny ability to sustain damage throughout his films.
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There are six of these films, making them slightly under a fourth the total of the series.
.The Millennium series attempts to bring Godzilla back to his roots by eliminating a few of the things that the Heisei-era films had done.^ This weakness is apparently retconned and later films in the Showa series would portray Godzilla as being immune to electricity, or even drawing power from it.
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^ The menacing ego of Godzilla's final film in the Showa series was 1964's Godzilla vs. The Thing (that being the original American release title, but since known by the Japanese and international title, Mothra vs. Godzilla ).
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^ The earliest Godzilla films, especially the original Gojira , attempted to portray Godzilla as a frightening, nuclear monster.
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.The most notable of these changes are, with one exception, the lack of any real continuity in the movies.^ From: Amazon Posted: Jan-30-2008 Godzilla again I thought that this was an okay movie, not really one that I would want to watch over and over again.
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^ Also, having become accustomed to the continuous updates and changes that occur on my Twitter homepage, I thought TweetDeck might hold me back from real time interaction.

^ I have tried to fight many of these changes and have even tried to trump older, more traditional literacies as superior to these new ones influenced by technology.

.Godzilla is, however, still a hazard in the Millennium series, and is always a destructive force.^ With the aid of special military forces, Matthew's character searches through the wake of Godzilla's destructive path in an effort to better understand the beast's biological origins.
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^ As the series progressed, so did Godzilla himself, changing into a less destructive and more heroic character as the films became increasingly geared towards children.
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^ This new "Millennium Godzilla" had a wilder appearance, with more massive, jagged dorsal fins and a fiercer, more dinosaur-like face than the Godzilla featured in the Heisei series.
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.The 2004 Godzilla: Final Wars, marked the supposed end to the Godzilla series.^ Expires: Dec-31-2012 Restriction: Unknow Review Selected reviews for: Godzilla - Final Wars .
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^ This was not Godzilla however I loved the scene where the real Godzilla fought and destroyed the American one in Godzilla; Final Wars.
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^ From: Amazon Posted: Dec-01-2008 Godzilla Final Wars - DUD I thought this was the worst Godzilla movie of all time.
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.Final Wars yet again put evil aliens on earth, and combined the earlier films' interpretation of him as a superhero, with the contemporary vision of him as a rampaging beast angry with the world (this is specifically noted in one scene).^ He explained that he was doing this film about aliens that attack earth-sort of a "War of the Worlds."
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^ On Godzilla’s latest rampage an alien is found which attacks Godzilla and steals his Organizer G-1 (Regenerator G-1 in U.S. movie) in order to adapt to Earth’s atmosphere and becomes the monster Orga .
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^ Godzilla vs. Gigan A 1972 film featuring Godzilla defending Earth from an alien invasion.
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.Several major Godzilla antagonists and allies were in Final Wars, including Rodan and Mothra.^ Expires: Dec-31-2012 Restriction: Unknow Review Selected reviews for: Godzilla - Final Wars .
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^ This was not Godzilla however I loved the scene where the real Godzilla fought and destroyed the American one in Godzilla; Final Wars.
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^ From: Amazon Posted: Dec-01-2008 Godzilla Final Wars - DUD I thought this was the worst Godzilla movie of all time.
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.All the monsters who appeared in the film were given extensive redesigns while still maintaining a form that was recognizable.^ It was stated at the end of the film that it was doubtful that there was only one creature, alluding not only to the many incarnations of Godzilla that would later appear but also to all the other kaiju monsters that would be featured in movies produced by Toho.
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^ Power crystals appear which give off radation and all of the classic monsters return and get very powerful.
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^ In it, Godzilla occasionally fought alongside the protagonist against other monsters, including Gigan and King Ghidorah, two monsters who had previously appeared in Godzilla films, including the 1972 film Godzilla vs. Gigan, in which Gigan made his debut and, like in Zone Fighter, was teamed with Ghidorah.
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.Some of the creatures, such as Anguirus, Kamacuras and Kumonga, had not been seen in nearly thirty years, and gained upgrades to their abilities as well and were pitted Against Godzilla in battles of varying length.^ Thirty years have passed since Godzilla's rampage and his death.
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^ Reviews Godzilla 2000 pits a 180 foot-high godzilla against an alien life form around from its 6000 year sleep.
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^ Destroy All Monsters A 1968 film featuring Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah, Rodan, Gorosaurus, Anguirus, Kumonga, Manda, Minilla, Baragon and Varan.
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.Godzilla slew Kamacuras via Impalement, and launched Kumonga into an unknown location (possibly throwing the overlarge arachnid into lower Earth Orbit), however Anguirus' fate is left ambiguous, as he is simply buried under a large amount of rubble alongside Rodan and King Ceasar by a blast from Godzilla's radioactive blast.^ This Godzilla is lured towards the Xilians' mothership in Tokyo while he fights the Xilians' monsters along the way, defeating/destroying each one in his path including Gigan , Zilla , Kumonga , Kamacuras , Rodan , King Caesar , Anguirus , Ebirah and Hedorah .
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^ Godzilla displays his formidable physical strength by throwing his arch-enemy, King Ghidorah over his head in ( Godzilla vs. Gigan , 1972) Godzilla has displayed varied levels of physical strength.
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^ In King Kong vs. Godzilla and Mothra vs. Godzilla , he is shown to be vulnerable to electricity, shying away from even the smallest source; however, this is inconsistent with the resilience to electricity he displayed in the original Godzilla .
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.All three creatures were allies of Godzilla during the Showa era films, and this may be why Godzilla is depicted as immobilizing, rather than slaying them, as yet another reference to his years as a heroic figure.^ This weakness is apparently retconned and later films in the Showa series would portray Godzilla as being immune to electricity, or even drawing power from it.
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^ The Futurians’ ignorance of the past leads them to create the second Godzilla in the first place rather than removing him from history.
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^ Produced during the 70s, Toho has gone on record stating that the events depicted in the Zone Fighter television series are part of the Showa era, taking place between Godzilla vs. Megalon and Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla .
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Rumored reboot

.On August 13, 2009 Bloody Disgusting.Com reported that Legendary Pictures, an American motion picture company, are in early talks about producing a possible Godzilla film,[10] though the likelihood of the project entering production, as well as Toho's part in this, is still unclear.^ GODZILLA Production Report #10 by Will Plyler (courtesy Tri-Star Pictures and Centropolis Effects) This week I had a chance to catch up with our incredibly busy Visual Effects Supervisor, Volker Engel.
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^ Though Dina uses computers to digitally edit the music, and finds them to be very useful, she still feels that cutting music for films has become somewhat of a lost art.
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^ GODZILLA Production Report #14 Godzilla Fan Network Newsletter Issue #14 by Will Plyler Sunday, May 3, 1998 Part II: With Dina Eaton, Music Editor The first thing Dina will do when beginning her work on a project is spot the film.
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[10] .Toho was asked if this was true and they did not state anything, rather saying that there was no comment.^ Rather than blaming search engines such as Google for their failure, Schmidt says that newspapers should be embracing Google as just what they need to fight for existence.

^ December 8th, 2009 AileenBachant No comments I think Anthony did a wonderful job revising the introduction to our collaborative essay.

^ When asked about it, Toho said they were exploring several possibilities.
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.It is now speculated that there will be a Godzilla movie in 2014 as it is the anniversary of Godzilla.^ On most movies, there is only one editor on the project, but in the case of larger films like "Godzilla" more than one person is needed to finish the film in time.
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In television and printed media

.In Japan, Godzilla was a frequent guest star on the tokusatsu series Zone Fighter.^ In Japan, Godzilla was a frequent guest star on the tokusatsu series Zone Fighter.
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^ Produced during the 70s, Toho has gone on record stating that the events depicted in the Zone Fighter television series are part of the Showa era, taking place between Godzilla vs. Megalon and Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla .
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^ Godzilla flies in Godzilla vs Hedorah(1971) The Toho sentai series Zone Fighter is notable in that it features Toho Kaiju from the films, such as Gigan, King Ghidorah and Godzilla himself.
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.In it, Godzilla occasionally fought alongside the protagonist against other monsters, including Gigan and King Ghidorah, two monsters who had previously appeared in Godzilla films.^ Godzilla is the king of the monsters.
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^ The aliens unleash King Ghidorah along with Gigan, a cyborg monster.
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^ In it, Godzilla occasionally fought alongside the protagonist against other monsters, including Gigan and King Ghidorah, two monsters who had previously appeared in Godzilla films, including the 1972 film Godzilla vs. Gigan, in which Gigan made his debut and, like in Zone Fighter, was teamed with Ghidorah.
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.Godzilla made his American series debut in the 1978 Hanna-Barbera Saturday morning show Godzilla.^ Godzilla made his American series debut in the 1978 Hanna-Barbera Saturday morning show Godzilla.
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^ This DVD contains 5 episodes of the 1970s Hanna Barbera Godzilla cartoon.
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^ A second series, based on the infamous American Godzilla, aired on Fox Kids.
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.In this series, Godzilla had a nephew, Godzooky.^ In this series, Godzilla had a nephew, Godzooky.
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.In addition to his trademark atomic breath, which simply changed to fire in the cartoon, he was given the power to shoot laser beams out of his eyes.^ In addition to his trademark atomic breath, which simply changed to fire in the cartoon, he was given the power to shoot laser beams out of his eyes.
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^ Godzilla uses his atomic fire to destroy most threats from a distance, but has proved to be a fearsome hand-to-hand combatant, especially when he can bring his powerful tail into play.
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^ In the video game Godzilla Save The Earth, Godzilla can also use a varation of his Atomic Breath called the Final Beam, a beam of energy that resembles his regular Atomic Breath except for the fact it is far more powerful and is purple in colour.
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.Godzilla could be summoned by his human friends, sea-explorers on the ship USS Calico, with a signaling device or by the cry of Godzooky.^ Godzilla could be summoned by his human friends, sea-explorers on the ship USS Calico, with a signaling device or by the cry of Godzooky.
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The series ran until 1981.
.A second series, based on the American Godzilla, aired on Fox Kids.^ A second series, based on the infamous American Godzilla, aired on Fox Kids.
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^ Godzilla Raids Again An 1955 sequel to Godzilla, the second film of the series.
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^ Godzilla made his American series debut in the 1978 Hanna-Barbera Saturday morning show Godzilla.
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.The series featured a baby Godzilla which had grown to full size.^ The series featured a baby Godzilla which had grown to full size.
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^ Son of Godzilla A 1967 film featuring the birth of Minilla, a baby version of Godzilla.
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^ The majority of the films in the series featured a revamped Godzilla design.
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.Godzilla traveled around the world with a team called HEAT, including scientist Nick Tatopoulos, battling monsters.^ Godzilla traveled around the world with a team called HEAT, including scientist Nick Tatopoulos, battling monsters.
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^ The Futurians trick several scientists into aiding them on a false time-traveling mission under the pretense of preventing Godzilla's transformation on Lagos Island.
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^ After their first battle, a new Super X-2 confronts Godzilla and distracts the monster so soldiers can administer the ANEB through rocket-propelled grenades.
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.Godzilla had the abilities and physical forms of his parent, but the creators of the show gave him more powers and an attitude more resembling the original Japanese Godzilla.^ Godzilla had the abilities and physical forms of his parent, but the creators of the show gave him more powers and an attitude more resembling the original Japanese Godzilla.
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^ The Futurians’ ignorance of the past leads them to create the second Godzilla in the first place rather than removing him from history.
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^ Over the years Godzilla has possessed many powers and abilities to use against his foes.
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.Godzilla has been featured in comic books, most often in American productions (from Marvel Comics in the late-1970s, and from Dark Horse Comics in the 1980s and 1990s).^ Perhaps surprisingly, most of those seem to be of American production (from Marvel Comics in the mid-1970s and from Dark Horse Comics in the 1980s and 1990s).
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^ Godzilla in Marvel Godzilla had his own comic book series in the 1970's.
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^ Godzilla has been featured in comic books, most often in American productions (from Marvel Comics in the late-1970s, and from Dark Horse Comics in the 1980s and 1990s).
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.Japanese Godzilla manga comics are also available.^ Japanese Godzilla comics do exist, however.
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^ Japanese Godzilla manga comics are also available.
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.The Marvel series told original stories and attempted to fit into the official Toho continuity, while avoiding direct references to it.^ The Marvel series told original stories and attempted to both fit into the official Toho continuity and avoid referencing it too directly.
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^ The Marvel series told original stories and attempted to fit into the official Toho continuity, while avoiding direct references to it.
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It integrated Godzilla into the Marvel Universe. .It was published from 1977 to 1979, fitting between the Showa Period movies and the Heisei Era.^ It was published from 1977 to 1979, fitting between the Showa Period movies and the Heisei Era.
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^ It was published from 1977 to 1979, neatly fitting between the Showa Period movies and the "VS Series" of the Heisei Era .
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^ The VS series is in the era known as the Heisei Period wherein, when not only does Godzilla return after more than a decade's absence, but marks a transition between the reign of the Showa Emperor Hirohito to that of his son Akihito , now dubbed the Heisei Emperor .
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.This series described the adventures and confrontations of Godzilla in the United States.^ This series described the adventures and confrontations of Godzilla while he wandered in various regions of the United States, from Alaska to New York City.
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^ This series described the adventures and confrontations of Godzilla in the United States.
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^ Godzilla has been called a filmographic metaphor for the United States, starting out as a terrifying enemy and later a strong ally and defender in times of need.
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Between 1996 and 1998 Random House published four books by Marc Cerasini featuring Godzilla and other kaiju of the Toho franchise: Godzilla Returns, Godzilla 2000 (unrelated to the film of the same name), Godzilla at World's End, and Godzilla vs. the Robot Monsters. .The release of a fifth book, Godzilla and the Lost Continent was planned but was canceled when Random House's license for Godzilla expired.^ The release of a fifth book, Godzilla and the Lost Continent was planned but was canceled when Random House's license for Godzilla expired.
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^ The book was released to mark the fiftieth anniversary of Godzilla and looks into some of the ways Godzilla has become a simple part of everyday life for fans.
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.On September 23, 2004 Godzilla on My Mind: Fifty Years of the King of Monsters by William M. Tsutsui was released by Palgrave Macmillan.^ Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack .
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^ When first released in wide distribution in the U.S., its footage was reworked and supplemented with new footage featuring Raymond Burr as "Steve Martin"(not the actor) for general commercial release as Godzilla, King of the Monsters!
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^ Godzilla (ゴジラ, 'Gojira') is the King of the Monsters.
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.The book was released to mark the fiftieth anniversary of Godzilla and looks into some of the ways Godzilla has become a simple part of everyday life for fans.^ The book was released to mark the fiftieth anniversary of Godzilla and looks into some of the ways Godzilla has become a simple part of everyday life for fans.
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^ Godzilla is looking so life like it's astounding.
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^ The release of a fifth book, Godzilla and the Lost Continent was planned but was canceled when Random House's license for Godzilla expired.
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.In 2009, author James Morrow released a novel Shambling Towards Hiroshima, a fictional retelling of the cinematic origins of a giant, fire-breathing lizard, named Gorgantis, created by the US army during WWII to terrify the Japanese into surrendering.^ In 2009, author James Morrow released his novel Shambling Towards Hiroshima, a fictional retelling of the cinematic origins of a giant fire-breathing lizard (named Gorgantis)created by the U.S. Army during WWII to terrify the Japanese into surrendering.
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^ Takoshima(Tokyo) is a giant lizard named Kojjira, parody of Gojira.
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Cultural impact

Godzilla's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
.Godzilla is one of the most recognizable symbols of Japanese popular culture worldwide and remains an important facet of Japanese films, embodying the kaiju subset of the tokusatsu genre.^ Its one of the most important elements of any film.
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^ This one is an insult to the original Japanese Godzilla.
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^ From: Amazon Posted: Dec-03-2008 The most offbeat Godzilla movie Another wild and crazy Godzilla in the 1970s movies, Godzilla fighting the Smog Monster aka Hedorah one of the most popular G villains.
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.He has been considered a filmographic metaphor for the United States, as well as an allegory of nuclear weapons in general.^ Godzilla has been called a filmographic metaphor for the United States, starting out as a terrifying enemy and later a strong ally and defender in times of need.
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.The earlier Godzilla films, especially the original, portrayed Godzilla as a frightening, nuclear monster.^ The earliest Godzilla films, especially the original Gojira , attempted to portray Godzilla as a frightening, nuclear monster.
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^ This weakness is apparently retconned and later films in the Showa series would portray Godzilla as being immune to electricity, or even drawing power from it.
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^ This "jump" of dates also explains how King Ghidorah appeared in movies such as Godzilla vs. Gigan after he was killed in the earlier film.
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.Godzilla represented the fears that many Japanese held about the nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the possibility of recurrence.^ Godzilla represented the fears of many Japanese of a repeat of the nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
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^ Ironically, Godzilla's Nuclear Pulse wasn't reflected by her mirror and she was thrown back, possibly because her mirror can't reflect energy attacks if it is able to pass around her mirror.
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^ Of course Godzilla is easy to control and with many fierce attacks he is able to easily floor multiple monsters.
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.As the series progressed, so did Godzilla, changing into a less destructive and more heroic character as the films became geared towards children.^ As the series progressed, so did Godzilla himself, changing into a less destructive and more heroic character as the films became increasingly geared towards children.
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^ This weakness is apparently retconned and later films in the Showa series would portray Godzilla as being immune to electricity, or even drawing power from it.
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^ With the aid of special military forces, Matthew's character searches through the wake of Godzilla's destructive path in an effort to better understand the beast's biological origins.
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.Since then, the character has fallen somewhere in the middle, sometimes portrayed as a protector of the world from external threats and other times as a bringer of destruction.^ Today, the character has fallen somewhere in the middle, sometimes portrayed as a protector of the Earth (notably Tokyo ) from external threats and other times as a bringer of destruction.
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^ Although he has often defended the Earth from aliens, mutants, and other external threats, Godzilla has never included "humans" in the list of things he deliberatley protects.
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Godzilla is also the second of only three fictional characters to have won the MTV Lifetime Achievement Award, which was awarded in 1996.[13]

Awards

  • 1985 Japan Academy Award - Special Effects (The Return of Godzilla)
  • 1992 Japan Academy Award - Special Effects (Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah)
  • 1993 Tokyo Sports Movie Awards - Best Leading Actor (Godzilla vs. Mothra)
  • 1993 Best Grossing Films Award - Golden Award and Money-Making Star Award (Godzilla vs. Mothra)
  • 1995 Best Grossing Films Award - Silver Award (Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla)
  • 1996 Best Grossing Films Award - Golden Award (Godzilla vs. Destroyer)
  • 1996 Japan Academy Award - Special Effects (Godzilla vs. Destroyer)
  • 1996 MTV Movie Awards - Lifetime Achievement
  • 2002 Best Grossing Films Award - Silver Award (Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack)
  • 2004 Hollywood Walk of Fame

References

  1. ^ a b Godzilla (1954)
  2. ^ a b Godzilla (Heisei)
  3. ^ a b c Takeo Murata (writer) and Ishirō Honda (writer/director). (2006). Godzilla. [DVD]. Classic Media. 
  4. ^ a b c d Al C. Ward (writer) and Ishirō Honda, Terry Morse (writers/directors). (2006). Godzilla, King of the Monsters!. [DVD]. Classic Media. 
  5. ^ Steve Ryfle. Japan's Favorite Mon-Star. ECW Press, 1998. Pg.22
  6. ^ [1] Gojira Media. Retrieved 2006-09-23
  7. ^ B Media Books Special: The Godzilla Chronicles Ver. 2: The History of Toho Fantastic Movies, 1935-1998. Japan: Take-Shobo. 1998. ISBN 4-8124-0408-8. 
  8. ^ William M. Tsutsui (2003). Godzilla on My Mind: Fifty Years of the King of Monsters. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. p. 23. 
  9. ^ Gojira Classic Media audio commentary
  10. ^ a b "The Mighty 'Godzilla' Will Roar Once More!". 2009-08-13. http://www.bloody-disgusting.com/news/17061. Retrieved 2010-01-26. 
  11. ^ Armand Vaquer (2009-08-14). "Putting Legendary Pictures' Godzilla Into Perspective". http://robojapan.blogspot.com/2009/08/putting-legendary-pictures-godzilla.html. Retrieved 2010-01-26. 
  12. ^ [2] The Monster That Morphed Into a Metaphor, By Terrence Rafferty, May 2, 2004, NYTimes
  13. ^ http://www.fanpop.com/spots/godzilla/videos/7584880/title/godzilla-wins-mtv-lifetime-achievement-award-1996

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.From Japanese ゴジラ (gojira), derived from the combination of the words kujira (whale) and gorira (gorilla).^ The name "Gojira" is a combination of " gorilla " and kujira , which means " whale " in Japanese .
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^ The name "Godzilla" is a transliteration of Gojira (ゴジラ), a combination of two Japanese words: gorira (ゴリラ), meaning gorilla, and kujira (鯨 or クジラ), meaning whale.
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^ At one planning stage, the concept of "Gojira" was described as "a cross between a gorilla and a whale".
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.Roughly translated, the word gojira means "whale ape" in Japanese.^ Godzilla, "Gojira" in Japanese, is a combination of the Japanese words for gorilla and whale, and is the most famous of the Kaiju "mysterious beast" movie monsters.
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^ Inspired by The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms and King Kong , his name came by combining the Japanese words for whale, Kujira ; and the english-based "gorilla", gorira .
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^ The name “Gojira” from which Godzilla is derived is made up from the combination of the Japanese words “Gorira” and “Kujira,” which mean gorilla and whale, respectively.

Noun

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Godzilla (plural Godzillas)
  1. A fictional Japanese monster (kaijū) from a series of science-fiction films.
  2. Anything that is an extremely large or dramatic example of its type.

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Gojira 1954 Japanese poster

Godzilla is a giant dinosaur-like fictional monster who first appeared in movies from Japan, starting in 1954. Since then he's starred in twenty-nine movies. During his movie career, this large reptile fought against several other mythical monsters, including the giant moth-like Mothra, the three-headed King Ghidorah, his own robotic mirror image Mechagodzilla, and several more enemies. The original Japanese name, Gojira, is a combination of the words gorilla and kujira (means whale). The name was later changed for America to Godzilla, and the name has stuck.



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