Godzilla: Monster, Hero, Entertainer

Godzilla

Monster, Hero, Entertainer
Monster, Hero, Entertainer

Everyone's Favorite Monster - Godzilla

Everybody knows Godzilla and if you know him, you love him. How can you not? He's either stomping and destroying a city or he's saving it from some other mythical monster. Always, he's entertaining.

When I embarked on this hub, I wasn't sure what I would find for research. Turns out that our favorite monster has had quite a busy life.

Humble, Prehistoric Beginnings for the Gojira Family

Godzilla's Japanese name is Gojira. The Gojiras are an old family who's history goes back seventy million years. There is speculation that they came from a dinosaur species called, Gojirasaurus (some use the term, Godzillasaurus). Think T-Rex come amphibian with a dose of built-in high heat and radiation protection. This mutation was very handy for Godzilla's prehistoric relatives to swim between islands in the South Pacific to hunt for food, even in volcanic regions.

So time goes on, the Gojirasauruses live pretty peacefully while the earth evolves. Then trouble strikes! Humans are on the scene and they're up to no good. There is conflict and fighting.

During the second world war, all but one of the Gojiras were killed in an allied attack. You guessed it - Godzilla was the survivor. Luckily, the Gojirasaurus had the ability to lay dormant for extended periods of time. So, although injured, Godzilla was able to cling to life and rest as long as he needed in order to recouperate on a remote island, probably Lagos.

It was a sad and lonely time for our Godzilla who, now on his own, had to live a solitary life. To add insult to injury, he was the victim of a heavy-duty dose of radiation from post-war nuclear testing. Already having a physiology that was steeped in radiation, he began to change and grow very quickly until he mutated into the monster we all know and love today. And while he had no way of knowing it at the time, all of Godzilla's early challenges equipped him with what he'd need to become an international film star.

Baby Zilla's Birth Stats - Post WWII

Born: Gojira ~ Birth Date:  November 3, 1954 ~ Birth Weight:  20,000 Tons ~ Birth Height:  164 Feet
Born: Gojira ~ Birth Date: November 3, 1954 ~ Birth Weight: 20,000 Tons ~ Birth Height: 164 Feet

Godzilla 1954 - Man About Town

Rampaging monster was Godzilla's first major role
Rampaging monster was Godzilla's first major role

Godzilla Trivia

Gojira (ゴジラ, Gojira) is a combination of two Japanese words: gorira (ゴリラ, lit. "gorilla") and kujira (鯨 (くじら), lit. "whale"). At one planning stage, Godzilla was described as "a cross between a gorilla and a whale," alluding to his size, power and aquatic origin. A popular story is that "Gojira" was actually the nickname of a hulking stagehand at Toho Studios. 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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A Monster Star is Born!

Civilzation had completely changed Godzilla's existence. No more peaceful hunts, as his natural habitat was pretty much gone. He had to eat and so engaged in a string of menial jobs to support himself. They never lasted long, though. As soon as co-workers started dieing from exposure to Godzilla's radioactive presence, he would get fired and sent packing without a reference. The monster was very unhappy but times were tough and he was bored and lonely with just lying dormant all the time. Godzilla longed for more. He dreamed of an acting career.

Godzilla's Big Break

It was 1954 when Toho movie studios in Japan were casting for the film, Gojira. Writer/director Ishirô Honda was looking for someone to play the leading role - a huge, unstoppable, dinosaur type capable of gobbling up fishing vessels and stomping cities. Godzilla was perfect for the part.

Being the film's antagonist put Godzilla in a position to act out his anger and frustration while getting paid for it. True, it was a low budget picture but he didn't need that much money. After all, he lived in the ocean for free and ate quite a bit of fish while he was there. Really, he needed enough for a few extras and when the fish weren't that plentiful.

Once released, the movie and it's star anti-hero were a big hit with the Japanese public, then in the U.S. Typically, Japanese made Godzilla flicks hit North America one to five years after they are released at home.

Godzilla's Career Takes Off

After three more movies where he was the sole lead bad guy, the studio decided to shake things up a bit and started adding characters to the Godzilla scripts. This put a new spin on the big G's reputation. Monsters like King Kong, Destoroyah and Mothra started appearing on screen as Godzilla's nemisis. Yes, Godzilla had become the good guy. Oh, he still stomped the odd building while making his way clumsily into the city to do battle, but basically, he had started wearing the white hat. He was now the hero.

GODZILLA - GOJIRA (1954)

Godzilla - Hero, Entertainer

Over the years, Godzilla has starred in twenty eight movies and battled one hundred and seventy five bad monster dudes. His appearance has undergone eight changes including a substantial increase in size, yet his basic image remains unchanged.

His flaming spit is something that has remained constant throughout his career.  The irradiation and mutation that he suffered during the war left Godzilla with atomic breath. Not halitosis, exactly, rather an ability to blast his enemy with super hot, fiery radiation just by exhaling. You knew when he was going to blow by watching his dorsal plates, which would start glowing just before it was about to happen. It didn't make him popular with the ladies but it helped his screen image and got him plenty of work.

If Big G got injured on the job, there was nothing to worry about, he was a super-fast healer. Injury was unlikely anyway, as his hide was tough and he was dextrous and fit. Godzilla had a natural knowledge of the martial arts, which he used when necessary while battling a foe, so he managed to stay in shape, despite his hectic schedule.

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Godzilla Family Life

While doing the research for this article, I came across one site that suggested there may have been another surviving Gojira. I did not find evidence of this elsewhere, yet Godzilla did have a son who was introduced in the 1967 movie, Son of Godzilla. The mother's whereabouts remain unknown. Since a female Godzilla living incognito for that long is unlikely, I think that there's a possibility that the union may have been a cross-species affair.

Zilla (my name for Godzilla) was filming on Sollgell Island, just going through the motions, doing the usual stuff - stomping a weather station, killing a couple of giant preying mantises - when all of a sudden, the scientists unearthed an egg. Well, wouldn't you know it, the egg hatches right then and there to reveal...a baby Godzilla. Zilla spotted the baby and immediately took him under his wing to raise as his own. The baby, for which I found about three different names, grew very quickly and was soon half as big as his dad.

The proud pappa was thrilled and very responsible. He rushed in to protect and take care of his baby, eagerly teaching him everything a young Godzilla needs to know if he's going to make his way in the world.

Roaring lessons went well but baby was challenged when it came to using his atomic breath. The wise father discovered that he could help his little one overcome the problem by stomping on the baby's tail. That had little G breathing fire easily, which is good because he needed it to help his dad spit fire at a giant spider.

Time went by, as it does and Little G followed his father's footsteps of film star, although he only made a few movies before I lost track of what happened to him. I have no doubt there are Godzilla buffs out there that know. If they happen to honour my little hub with a visit, I'd love for them to leave the details in a comment.

Godzilla went on to 'adopt' two more sons, both of which played roles in his movies.

*** If you watch the father and son video, you will see just how cute! baby Godzilla was. The scene of him blowing smoke rings and needing his dad to step on his tail is included.

The Future of Godzilla

It is being rumoured that there will be another movie in 2013 or 2014.  While I'm curious about the plotline, I also wonder what the new, modernized Godzilla will look like, what changes they may make to this iconic monster.

Regardless of how they treat the story or his overall appearance, he will always be Godzilla:  Monster, Hero, Entertainer.

© 2009 Shirley Anderson

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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis

Ha, ha! Lagos? Are you sure about your facts here??? I would hate to repeat it as fact and find out it wasn't so. I had always heard it was Maui, soaking up the sun and sipping drinks with umbrellas in them on the beach, occasionally surfing and having an appetizer of a hula girl now and then. But...that was probably after he was a big star. Anyway, otherwise it is an insightful and piercing look at the role of japanese movie monsters and their impact on molecular astronomy and catastrophic climate change.

This is so funny! What ever made you think of it? That father/son video is priceless. Looks just like me when I was a kid.

I can't wait to see the new one and what they do with...you know...what they can do nowadays. It should be the best one ever made (which won't be hard.)

Thanks for this. I haven't thought about Godzilla for a long time. Now I'll have bad dreams. Time to get out the fire-retardant bed sheets (haven't needed THOSE for a long time either--if you catch my drift!)


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Triplet Mom 7 years ago from West Coast

Ok now that I have stopped laughing. I have to admit I have never been a Godzilla fan but my husband is and drives me a bit batty watching the movies over and over again. I think you have helped me to understand more about this Entertainer so that I will not be so harsh next time my hubby wants to be entertained. Thanks!


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Christoph, your comments are funnier than that video, although I have to admit that vid is pretty hilarious.  My favourite part is when Little G throws a temper tantrum.

Gee, you looked like that?  Your poor parents, little kids are usually so cute.  :) 

Re the Lagos, nope, not sure.  All the info I found was made up by whoever wrote it because it doesn't really exist.  So, your theory of Godzilla sitting on Maui sipping drinky-poos with little umbrellas and snacking on hula girls may well be the accurate version of the tale.

What made me think of it was seeing Godzilla 2000 on TV.  When I was a kid, I loved watching Godzilla movies.  I couldn't remember having seen a hub on it and figured I'd do it.  By the way, are you implying that it's not classic cinema?

Thanks for appreciating my in-depth investigative and highly journalistic report on this celeb.  Sorry to make you break out the flame-retardant sheets!

Triplet Mom, sounds like you're not a member of the Godzilla fan club!  Tsk.  A huge star and filmmaking at its best and you're not into it?  Oh, well.  At least now, you know that your hubby is helping to support a hero and his family.  Hope that helps you not to want to hurt him when he's watched it for the 7th time.  :)  Thanks for reading!


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ProCW 7 years ago from South Carolina

I'd say awwwwww... isn't Little G just the cutest thing... but dang he's ugly... hehe... GREAT hub though!!! I never knew there was so much to Godzilla... I thought he just roared and held the little lady in his hand while he dangled from a skyscraper... who'd've thunk? :)

THUMBS UP!!!

ProCW


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA

I am a big fan of Godzilla and spent many hours watching Creepy Creature Double Feature on television when I was a kid. My sister and I would fill in dialog for the epic battles between the monsters. She would be King Kong and I would be Godzilla (because I'm sorry...Godzilla was just far cooler than King Kong).

My favorite of course was "Destroy All Monsters" and I remember saving up my allowance to see it when it opened as a matinee at the base theater. All my favorites were in it...Godzilla, Gamara, Rodan....*sigh*...and they were the GOOD guys for a change!

Thanks for doing so much research on one of my favorite childhood memories! It wsa nice piece of nostalgia. :)


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countrywomen 7 years ago from Washington, USA

Shirley- I came following Spryte but then she follows the best hubs hence I have to admit this is good introduction for someone like me. Since I have not seen Godzilla but I have seen King Kong. I would say that I found the theme of Beauty and the Beast resonating in King Kong where the poor thing is trying to protect the girl in spite of being attacked by "heartless" people. I found it so touching and I did like that protective behavior. I will have to watch Godzilla although I did hear of it earlier but never thought of checking it out until now. Good hub and thanks for letting me on some insider information about this movie..hehe


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

I tried to come on here last night to respond to the comments, but I couldn't get on the HP site no how, no way. So, I wasn't ignoring you, honest.

ProCW - You are right about that baby being so ugly that only a father could love it. The video was hilarious, though - at least I thought so.

Uhh, I think the monster you're referring to is King Kong, but I'm sure Godzilla is not above dangling beautiful girls from extreme heights, either.

Thanks for reading and the thumbs up!

Spryte - Amen, sister! Godzilla is way, way cooler than King Kong! King Kong's a whimp! He can't do anything really cool, either. Nothing even glows on him.

Until I happened across Godzilla 2000 last week, I hadn't seen one his flicks in decades. I don't remember so many of the names, any more! I'm going to have to rewatch them as a refresher course.

By the way, do you know what happened to Little G? I assume he died, but for all I know, he may have run off with a band of Hari Krishnas.

Thanks for walking down memory lane with me.

Countrywomen - You have never seen Godzilla? Really? You are the first person I've ever met (sort of) that isn't really familiar with him. Oh, you are missing out some bad acting and fake looking, terrifying monster. Poor thing!

Godzilla started out as a bad guy, but they changed him over to the good guy, so now he saves Japan every time he shoots a movie. Of course, he stomps most of the city down because he's so big and they're in his way, but he stops the likes of Rodan from taking over.

It would be interesting to hear whether or not you could watch a Godzilla movie, never having grown up with it for the nostalgia factor. They really are soooo hokey, and the Japanese actors' lips don't match the translated words - very funny once you're not a kid any more.

Thanks so much for checking out Big G! I know Zilla appreciates it, too.


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Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

I can tell you had fun writing this one! As I child, I was fascinated with monster movies - though not the scary type but the Godzilla movie types. action slash adventure slash lots of dead people! LOL I remember one Godzilla movie where she fought Mothra, of course a giant moth!

Anyway, thanks for this trip down memory lane...the Godzilla of old still outrocks the more recent cinematic incarnations! :D


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks, Cris, I did have fun with it.  Finding 3 different facts about a couple of things made parts a bit challenging, but I worked around that by either making it up or throwing my hands up and giving up on it.

You rock!  Who doesn't love Big G!  I always liked the monsters that he fought, too.  Another type of movie I loved as a kid was those mythology ones - you know, with the cyclops, minotaurs, Madusa (sp?). Absolutely loved them!!!

You're not kidding about the old, original Godzilla being about a katrillion times better than the modern versions!  They really spoiled the big guy doing that.

Thanks so much for coming by and checking Zilla out!


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countrywomen 7 years ago from Washington, USA

Shirley- Maybe I should have kept my ignorance to myself as now my parents are going to get a class about their upbringing without following the ritual of us kids watching Godzilla...LOL. I will have to get this clarified with my bro whether he has seen it or not as he is a big movie buff.  It sounds like a really funny movie to watch. I would surely now check it out. I did like King Kong so hopefully I would love this too. Once again thanks for sharing those wonderful childhood days with us. I remember a serial called "Giant Robot" which I don't know if many people are familiar here. WOW!! Those were the days where watching TV was like the biggest treat and now I see kids more into video games (Now I am already sounding like grandma)..hehe. Great hub and lots of memories have come back with this discussion.


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

I honestly don't know if my parents knew that I watched Godzilla movies, Countrywomen. I'll have to ask my dad about that.

Yes, hopefully you will enjoy Godzilla. If you didn't watch the father and son video, you might want to. It'll give you an idea of just 'scarey' those movies are.

I've never heard of Giant Robots. It sounds like a Transformers type of program.

You're right, I had forgotten about that! TV was a treat. For one thing, it was only broadcast for so many hours a day, and usually a parent or grandparent would click it off and send my sister and I outside to play. Oh, and it was on a small screen in black and white. Think I'd better stop now, I'm aging myself. :)


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Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

Oh shush! You know I'd always come by to check out if you've totally lost it! LOL

Yes, the Clash of the Titans and the likes! There were many others but the titles escape me as of the moment but I was a big fan! I love my Edith Hamilton - I even memorized the Gods and Goddesses' names and what they were divinities of! And i did that for both the Roman and the Greek myths! LOL


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countrywomen 7 years ago from Washington, USA

Shirley- I guess I grew up a little after you then as we had color TV but still it was a treat to watch TV. Giant/Flying Robot was also made by the Japanese. Here is the link to watch those videos(although there is some small advertisement in these free videos): http://www.johnnysokko.com/free.1.html


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countrywomen 7 years ago from Washington, USA

Duplicate comment.


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks, Cris!  How kind of you to pretend that you haven't noticed that I have already lost it.  :)

Very ambitious of you to memorize Roman and Greek!  My son is like that, too.  He really likes mythology.  Gets that from his mom, I guess, although I haven't studied any since high school.

Thanks for the link, Countrywomen, but it won't let me watch - U.S. residents only.  I'm going to ask my kids next time I'm talking to them if they know of that show.

Oh yes, I believe you are (quite) a bit younger than I am.  :)


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Peggy W 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hadn't thought about godzilla in years! Or King Kong for that matter! Yes they were very hokey......but lovable creatures. Thanks for dredging up these memories.


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Peggy, don't you think they were loveable BECAUSE they were hokey?  I think they're funnier still because when they started making those movies, they weren't trying to be funny, they were making serious monster movies.  LOL.  They certainly made a winner though, Godzilla's as old as....somebody else I know, and he's still going to be working in 5 years' time.  Come to think of it, you'd think that they'd let him retire.

Thanks, Peggy!


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA

Hmmm...good question as to what ever became of Godzilla Jr. I'm sure like all smokers though, he's been exiled to some remote location where he can puff smoke rings to his heart's content and not worry about offending anybody. :)


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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada

Puffy has 10x more wrinkles then me and he's 10.5 month younger then me... Ha! thats what all that good living and smoking will do to you in Lagos or Mauii or whereever he may be loafing about. You know I bet he will get a facelift, tummy tuck and so much more like all the other celebs before he gets back onto the screen in 2013-4. With today's technology the new movie should be absolutely fantastic. I can hardly wait. I love all those corney-oldies.

Great hub and video regards Zsuzsy


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

So Spryte, you think Zilla Jr. is laying about on a tropical island, partying and living off his dad? Hmm, sounds reasonable. For Hollywood types, anyway. I'll bet you're right, too. Spoiled kids.

Zsuzsy, aren't those movies so much fun!

I can't believe that you are that close in age to Zilla! He looks a LOT older than you, my dear! Re all that plastic surgery, I hadn't thought of that, but I'll bet you're right. He's already had 8 operations to macho him up. Gee, I hope he doesn't overdo it and come out looking like Joan Rivers! That would be sad.

Thanx-a-bunch, Zsuzsy!!


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waynet 7 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

The japanese godzillas are classics and are best when they are the dubbed over versions so you can laugh at the silly voices.

The u.s version of Godzilla was nothing more than a lizard/t-rex,dinosaur retard that was laughably killed off by a few missiles after getting trapped in the suspension wires of Brooklyn Bridge...pathetic, that was not Godzilla that was the man in the rubber suit in that film.


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Wayne, you are soooo right!!  The Japanese versions were the best!  It's hilarious - the actors' mouths keep moving 5 minutes after they've stopped talking in the dub-over voice, or vice versa.  It's all part of the fun.

I agree that the American Godzilla is a whimp in comparison, it's sad, really.  I think the U.S. movies take themselves too seriously.  Godzilla is not classic cinema in the traditional sense.  It's only classic to his fans.  It is however, a huge money maker, so it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out the interest in remaking the movie.  They'll make a profit regardless of the storyline, just because it has Zilla's name on.  It will be really interesting to see what Mr. Honda has in mind for the 2013-14 movie.  It's been awhile since the Japanese released a version.

Thanks so much for dropping by, Wayne.


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B.T. Evilpants 7 years ago from Hell, MI

I always loved these movies. Especially Son Of Godzilla. I must say though, judging by the picture at the top, Godzilla must be very fond of dairy. Check out the size of those thighs!


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Lifebydesign 7 years ago from Australia

Ah Shirley, so much depth and investigation went into this one - it shows! In a good way! I too have not been a Big G fan but you may very well have changed that, darn it. I was really keen to see where dragons fit in, especially with the Japanese lineage. A different species altogether? I really wish they had a dragon celeb. Now he I would follow!


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Lifebydesign 7 years ago from Australia

duplicated


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

BT, I did notice Zilla's thighs. He had been depressed and comfort eating during some family problems. Not to worry, though, Little G has been sent to boarding school, or an island somewhere and the studios have hired Godzilla a personal trainer. He's donned his sweatband and leg warmers and is sweatin' to the oldies so he'll be in shape for his next picture. Movie star vanity being what it is, he wants to be a svelt leading man. He'd be so embarrassed to know that people are noticing! Thanks for coming by!

Lifebydesign, no, Zilla is not a dragon, though he does have atomic breath. No dates, but atomic breath. There was a monster that Godzilla fought that I thought was kind of dragon-like, except his eyes glowed before he breathed fire. Perhaps your next hub will be on a celebrity dragon? Thanks for checking out Big G, I know he appreciates it and so do I.


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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Shirley, where was I hiding? Probably in bat caves? LOL I haven't seen much of Godzilla at all. If I did, I guess all the stomping scared me, I totally forgot all about it? Hahaha I had fun reading this hub as I got acquainted with your monster hero and entertainer! Maybe I can ask dayzeebee to look for Godzilla the movie and we can watch it together. I am sure I will no longer be scared but be entertained now. Tee hee


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Hi Michelle! You watched Batman, too? I loved Batman - the original weekly series with Adam West. Loved those words that popped up on the TV screen - Blam! Zowie! It was loads of fun.

I can't believe you've never seen Godzilla! Yes, you and Daisy should see him at once in your lives. The old ones are the REAL Godzilla. :) Don't worry about being scared. It isn't good enough to be scarey, it's silly and bad and funny, which is why we love them.

Enjoy! Thanks for commenting, Angel Michelle.


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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

I already told Daisy about it. She will look for it (once she finishes her lists...she is making many lists right now LOL) Batman I've watched. Yup! Yeah, it's kinda weird to be missing a lot of stuff. Oh well...one fine day, I just decided not to watch many movies. So I just pick one every so often. This one went beyond me. Hahaha :-)


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Hi Michelle! I just reread my previous comment to you. It should have said that you should see Godzilla at least once in your lives, not at once. Sorry.

I'll be interested to know what you and Daisy think of Big G. It's really hokey, so you may laugh or you may just roll your eyes and turn it off. :)

I don't watch much TV anymore, but I used to be a big movie buff. What's nice about that is that now, movies are a treat!


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roastedpinebark 7 years ago from Iowa

i had no idea that there was soooo much information on Godzilla! I always loved to watch the Japanese old Godzilla films, laughing at the english version where the mouths still speak Japanese. All in all, awesome site!


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

I was surprised how much info there is on Godzilla, as well.  Much of the history is made up, of course.  Have to agree with you - I think the older, Japanese versions are hilarious, just in watching the mouth/voice discrepancies.

Thanks for coming by and commenting.

By the way, I like your hub name. :)


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Constant Walker 7 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

Great hub, Shirley! One of my favorite movies is the Godzilla remake with Matthew Broderick. It's one of those flicks I can watch about once a year and not get sick of.

You gotta tell me, please; How'd you do the "Godzilla Trivia" capsule?


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aikidk01 7 years ago

Shirley - You are woman "after my own heart".  My friends and I have been talking for years about getting together at my house to have a "Godzilla Festival"...We could also play the original, Rodan, Mothra.

I still believe that the original is classic and remains my favorite.  I thank you for the wonderful, rich history you provided and wanted to check to see if any of these lines is familiar: "This is a fossil of a 'treeeeloh byte' a rare 'fannonnowmun'"... and my favorite, "Emiko, I dieeeee, and my terrribbbbllle secret dieeessss with me". (Followed by Dr. Serizawa cutting his air hose).

It is obvious you had Zilla's Koseki (family tree), but do you also have the family Kamon (Family Crest).  I wonder if it is in the shape of a terapod foot print...or maybe a dorsal plate????????     Dan


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Oh, Constant Walker! You gotta love the classic originals! Don't you? I haven't seen the Matthew Broderick one, I don't think. I used to watch Godzilla movies all the time when I was a kid, loved them. Haven't seen them much in the past several years. Much of this hub was written from research and memory.

Re the trivia hub....what is it you want to know? It's just a text capsule that I put to the side and gave a coloured background. If you're referring to the Japanese characters, I copied and pasted them, along with the rest of the text in that box. Does that help?

Oh my gosh, Dan!! You are the Zilla king! I think you should've written this hub, that is fantastic! You are SO an expert. I agree with you - the original is the best (and funniest), however I haven't seen it in years. I am going to have to watch it again.

I think a Godzilla Festival would be very cool! Can I come, too? Do we have to dress up as our favourite Godzilla opponent?

I think that you should write the spoof hub on Zilla's family tree and crest. Maybe mention the family skeletons in the closet? That would be so funny!

Thanks for sharing those lines. Now, I'm all excited about seeing the movie again!


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Pam Roberson 7 years ago from Virginia

Oh Shirley! You have to see the Godzilla movie with Mathew Broderick that CW mentioned. It's so good! I could see it once a year too.

What I remember most about the old Godzilla movies is that one or two people always turn, look, scream, point up to Godzilla and say, "Aaaaaah! Gode-zee-laaah! Run!" As if it really takes someone pointing to the beast and screaming 'run' for people to understand there's a monster spitting fire, lumbering straight for you, and you should run. ROFL! :D Fun times. :)

You did such a masterful job on this Shirley! Huge thumbs up!


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Okay, Pam, that settles it! I'm going to have to follow Dan's example and schedule one weekend for a Godzilla movie fest. I'll load up both arms with every version I can find at the video store, popcorn, beer (I don't drink pop), potatoe chips and chocolate. I'll shut myself in with Zilla and relive the memories and see the newer remakes. It'll be fun!

You're right. Everyone had to stop, look up and wait until someone voiced the obvious before they screamed and ran en masse. Guess they didn't want to skeedaddle needlessly if they were wrong and it wasn't Godzilla. I still think that the funniest part was the translation and how out of sync it was with the actor's mouths.

Thanks-a-ton, Pam!


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B.T. Evilpants 7 years ago from Hell, MI

If you're loading up, don't forget Ghidra and Mothra! Those are some classic Godzilla beasties!


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Oh, yeah!  Thx for the reminder, BT.  Geez, Mothra's practically part of the family, I'd hate to forget him.  Or Rodan.  Those two always pop into my head first where Zilla's concerned.

Worthy adversaries, both of them.

I never knew which of Ghidra's heads I suppose to be looking at.  Kinda like those people with eyes that go in different directions.


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B.T. Evilpants 7 years ago from Hell, MI

And, as an added bonus, Mothra comes with a box full of really cute twins! Or maybe I'm confusing cute with creepy again. I do that a lot.


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Easy mistake, BT.

But really, how creepy can little fairies be?


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B.T. Evilpants 7 years ago from Hell, MI

Being as I come from the realm of odd and mythical beings, I can tell you that I have known some pretty creepy fairies. Take my word for it, you don't want to be on their bad side. Especially if they are the keepers of a giant angry moth!


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Good advice, thanks!

Hey, didn't you date one of those twins?


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B.T. Evilpants 7 years ago from Hell, MI

One? No ma'am.


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Both? So, it's true what they say about jackalopes!


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aikidk01 7 years ago

Shirley - I'm not sure if you remember the scene in Austin Power's Goldmember when their Mini Cooper crashes into, and starts pulling a large Godzilla-like statue. Everyone is screaming ... one Japanese business man say "Run! It's Go-zillah!", the businessman next to him says "No, it's not! Due to international copyright laws...but it looks like Goh-zeelllahh..Runnnnnnn!" Tee hee hee...Danny


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Dan, I love your comments! No, I don't remember that scene from Goldmember. I only saw part of that movie once and obviously, I missed the best part! That sounds hilarious!

By the time all is said and done, I'm going to need an entire week to catch up on my movie watching. :)


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ahpoetic 7 years ago

Hey, I've just had a novel, Dinosaur Haunt, published. It's about t-rexes and a pterodactyl bird. You've got a great hub here and I see that you stay busy on it, awesome.


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Sounds very interesting, Ahpoetic!

Thanks for your kind words, and for visiting my hub. :)


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Constant Walker 7 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

Oh, so simple. I didn't know we could do that. Cool!


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Uh-huh, easy-peasy! I'll have to drop by and see what you put in yours. After all, I showed you mine. :)


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jcwin228 7 years ago from Yonago, Japan

Thanks Shirley, I'm glad to see there are other g-fans out there. Your hub seems to really be speading the good news of Godzilla and getting new converts. Well done. I hope mine will be as great someday.


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Hi, JC! Thanks so much. That means a lot! coming from someone who is very obviously an expert on the big guy (I peeked at your hubs).

I do hope that those uninitiated Godzilla souls will seek and find these great films. Then, they'll know what you and I already do - that Godzilla was the greatest monster/hero ever!

Thank-you for coming by and letting me know we have another G fan on HP!


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jellydonut25 6 years ago from Buffalo, NY

Funny stuff. A couple of backwards or unverified 'facts' but it's obvious you're more interested in writing a good hub and telling a story.

I liked this!


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Shirley Anderson 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks for reading and commenting, Jellydonut. I'm glad that you enjoyed my hub.

I'm okay with the loosely-based facts, this was meant to be a fun, tongue-in-cheek hub, anyway.


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bat115 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

This was a very entertaining read. Not sure why I hadn't come across it earlier.


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Shirley Anderson 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks, Bat115! I don't know why you didn't find it earlier but I'm glad that you did. Thanks for visiting!


matt lipsey 6 years ago

I dont remember gamera in destroy all monsters. Getting those two in the same movie will take an act of god because there are two different studios. Ill have to watch it again which wouldnt be a problem. There has been a kind of question going about that they make a movie godzilla vs gamera or just the both of them in the same movie. no luck yet it would be cool to see it


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Shirley Anderson 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

You're right, Matt, it would be cool to see Godzilla fight Gamera. I'd bet money on the Big G, don't think the turtle could take him though it'd be a bitter battle to the end. :) I think you're right though, it isn't likely to happen.

Thanks for coming by and commenting.


Jose 5 years ago

do you guys think Toho will begin godzilla jr in 2013 or 2014 Godzilla 59 or 60 anniversary

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