Kids Today Need A Little Bit Of Godzilla In Their Lives

UPDATED: APRIL 28, 2014:

It looks like Kids today now know who Godzilla is! I happened to visit the same Toys R Us as mentioned in the original hub and was delighted to see a nice collection of Godzilla toys: They have items from the new film as well as figures based on the original Japanese film series. It was very encouraging to see a nice crowd of people, including many kids, looking at these toys, playing with them and even buying them!

How about those trailers? I can not wait for May 16th!

UPDATED: July 22, 2013:

First things first: I do not know who linked this to the site tohokingdom.com but I Thank You and the many members of the forum there who have kept my little hub from the heart going for so long!

Secondly: since the time I wrote this, a lot has happened in the Godzilla camp. Namely, Warner Brothers and Legendary Pictures have finally got their Godzilla film in the can and ready for a May 2014 release.

I have to admit I was skeptical on the project due to not being impressed with Director Gareth Edwards Monster film. However, after reading interviews with him and the cast and crew, I began to gain interest and they definitely have my attention now that the footage shown at the San Diego Comic Con over the weekend has leaked onto the internet.

I think we are in good hands, my fellow G-Fans!

Some time ago, I went to Toys R Us and found myself wandering around. I came across a little section of Godzilla toys. While it was shocking enough to see that they were still being produced here in America, What happened next was even more disturbing.

A boy, of around 8 or 9, and his father had come down the aisle and the boy took one look at the shelf and said "Dad, Who is Godzilla?" I'm pretty sure my jaw hit the floor hard because It is still sore to this day. I'm not one to chime in when other people are having a conversation near me because, for one thing, I really am rather shy in person. I have to say that Daddy handled it well saying to the effect that Godzilla is the King Of The Monsters to which the kid replied "Oh.", then they went on.

I don't know what happened afterward. I can only hope that the Dad went out and got some Toho classics to show his kid.

This leads me to the reason for my hub title... There needs to be more awareness of Toho's Creations In today's society, especially in America. I have a japanese friend who says that kids do still watch and enjoy them today. I guess that makes sense since it's the home of their birth.

By the time I was 8, I probably had seen all the Godzilla films numerous times. most notably the one that is considered the worst of the lot: Godzilla Vs. Megalon, I have to admit this is the one that is sentimental to me. I am pretty sure it was the first one I had seen. Here in Bakersfield, We would get KMPH 26 out of Fresno/Visalia that on Saturdays would show Saturday Action Cinema. a double feature program where the first part was usually a monster movie of some sort. This is where "Megalon" Came in. It was the only one they would show of Godzilla. But then we would get KTLA 5 out of Los Angeles and they would be more generous in their offerings on Saturdays with Godzilla, Gamera, Mothra and even Voyage Into Space, which, if you didn't know was a movie edited from episodes of a show called Johnny Sokko and his Giant Robot.

These days, all you can find Godzilla on are DVD, Blu-ray, Hulu, or Netflix, if you run a Television station and are reading this: Please consider replacing your Saturday afternoon Marathons of Three And A Half Men with some quality Kaiju entertainment!



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bonny2010 6 years ago from outback queensland

Sorry Iam an old version of that kid - while I was reading your hub I asked my son (34) who Godzilla was - wish his jaw had dropped to the ground and gotten serverly bruised - but the only thing bruised were my eardrums from an ongoing lecture about not being familiar with the God of all monsters - gonna buy me some DVD's - thanks for the read - no thanks for the lecture mate.


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bat115 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA Author

sorry for you getting a lecture! Thanks for stopping by, though. hopefully, You could get a hold of some dvd's and do a hub or two on Godzilla yourself! heh.


cosette 6 years ago

haha my son had an RC Godzilla when he was little. he took him everywhere and named him "Godzy". i love Godzilla's cry. i always wondered how they did that. great hub!


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NateSean 6 years ago from Salem, MA

Cosette:

Godzilla's roar was created by rubbing a gloved hand over a Japanese instrument called a contrabass.

Batt15 will have a little bit of competition when it comes to his G-knowledge. :p

There was a kid at the K-mart where I work this past Christmas and he was with his mother. He was about ten years old and he was looking for the classic Godzilla films. He said he didn't like the 98 version with Matthew Broderick.

It was like finding my best friend and he missed me by ten years.


Gon 6 years ago

what is your favorite Godzilla movie?


eddie 6 years ago

king kong is better


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NateSean 6 years ago from Salem, MA

God there are so many good ones that I've never been able to pick a single favorite.

If I had to choose one absolute favorite it would be Gidorah the Three Headed Monster, with Godzilla vs. Gigan being a close second.

The first one for three reasons:

1: We get to see Mothra's fairy twins translate a full conversation between Rodan, Godzilla, and Mothra.

"Godzilla, such language!" Priceless.

2: Ghidorah is just so badass, even when he's having his multiple asses handed to him by Godzilla. (Rodan and Anguirus help, sometimes)

3: When Mothra, just a little caterpiller mind you, takes on Ghidorah by himself and starts getting trampled on, Godzilla and Rodan walk in like, "Hey you big jerk. You think you're tough smacking around a helpless caterpillar, lets see you take on the big boys."


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bat115 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA Author

Cosette: Godzy... that's cute, lol. Wish I still had my Godzilla toys.

NateSean: You were right! I don't think I ever knew how they created that. well, I might have known at one time... I do have quite the collection of old G-Fan magazines and starlogs, Fangoria, etc. I never even heard of a contrabass. I'll google it in a few. Sounds like the name of some kind of illegal fish.

Gon: it's hard for me to say my favorites. So much a part of my childhood. though, I do appreciate the newer ones from Biollante and up for trying to take Godzilla more seriously like in the original Gojira.

Eddie: Sure, King Kong came first and I do enjoy his movies... but I'd still give the edge to the Big G.

NateSean: Thanks for reminding me! I had forgot about the line "Godzilla, such language!" . been a while since I watched that one.

Thanks all for stopping by and leaving comments.


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Sa Toya 6 years ago from England

Everyone needs a bit of the G man in their lives. I loved him when I was a kid. I even loved the Rugrats take on him when I was younger too- Reptar I think it was.

My brother is 8 I made sure he was well aware of Godzilla's awesomeness!!!

Bat good hub- there should be a rebooting of the good old stuff...seriously!


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bat115 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA Author

Thanks for commenting, Sa Toya. Nice to know their others out there championing Godzilla like me!


jordan 6 years ago

i got godzilla doll he scare


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bat115 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA Author

hi jordan, do you mean he is a scary doll? thanks for stopping by


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Dgenr8 6 years ago

Bat115, Godzilla is awesome. When I was a kid used to fake being sick, (Thermometer, on the light-bulb to raise the temp), lie in bed, and watch Godzilla movies all day. Tell me, what are we gonna do with these kids today?

Great job, man!


eiga 6 years ago

tried to get my gf's lil bro to watch godzilla vs mothra. he turned it off to watch chowder. hate that show


August Ragone 6 years ago

NateSean,

While Godzilla's "voice" was indeed created by a resin-coated glove pulling along a Contrabass string, the Contrabass is not a Japanese musical instrument, but rather a European one.

"Contrabass (derived from the Italian contrabbasso) refers to a musical instrument of very low pitch; generally those pitched one octave below instruments of the bass register. While the term most commonly refers to the double bass (which is the bass instrument in the orchestral string family, tuned lower than the cello), many other instruments in the contrabass register exist."

I hope this helps!

Cheers,

August Ragone

Author EIJI TSUBURAYA: MASTER OF MONSTERS


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bat115 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA Author

Dgenr8, you probably got a better education staying home watching Godzilla than going to school! heh.

Thanks for stopping by.

eiga, sorry to hear that. Maybe you should try one of the newer G-flms... from the 90s and up. I have had some success with Godzilla Vs. Spacegodzilla with a couple little cousins recently.

August Ragone, wow, thanks for your comment. I have been an admirer of your work for so long. that's cool info.


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sabrebIade 6 years ago from Pennsylvania

I miss the big G too. We had the monster double features Saturday afternoons on TV here. Usually Godzilla followed by Gamera or Rodan. They overplayed "War of the Gargantuas" which for some reason I really didn't like.


JB 6 years ago

The 1998 Fraudzilla will be on abcfam this month while the good godzilla is nowhere to be found on the dial.


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bat115 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA Author

Sabreblade, Is "gargantuas" the one where the creature eats a woman and then spits her hair/scalp out into a lake?

JB, It's a travesty, isn't it?


Rstar22 6 years ago

Funny. I just happened to be listening to the soundtrack to Biollante when I found this page.

I love Godzilla and giant monsters. It's a shame the fandom and presence of Godzilla is so small today, especially in America. Luckily the dvd releases are making it a little more accessible to find Godzilla.

And just recently, Gamera was announced to be coming to dvd in America as well.

http://www.scifijapan.com/articles/2010/02/13/show...

So not all hope is lost.


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bat115 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA Author

Thank you for your comment, Rstar22, and thanks for that link. cool site. Gamera was another fave of mine.


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sabrebIade 6 years ago from Pennsylvania

Yes Bat, I think it is. Maybe THATS why I didnt like it!


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bat115 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA Author

For some reason that scene has stuck with me. I don't remember much else other than that and not liking it too much when I saw it that one and only time.


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Ben Zoltak 6 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

Haha, well done bat, made me laugh and smile. I was a Gamera kid anyway (that was the turtle right?) I loved that crazy flying turtle. Thanks for illuminating the creator here Toho I had no idea! You are right, kids need more Godzilla, there goes Tokyo!

Ben


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bat115 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA Author

Mr. Zoltak, Thanks for the kind words about my hub. Gamera is a pretty cool guy. I once had a pet turtle I named after him.


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Flightkeeper 6 years ago from The East Coast

Oh wow! I remember Godzilla from all those old movies. They were great! My favorite was the one with Mothra and those tiny twins. I don't know if any theatres around here even show those Godzilla movies. Keep the Godzilla hubs coming!


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fastfreta 6 years ago from Southern California

I must admit Godzilla was one of my favorite Saturday morning movie features. Love your writing, bat115. Looking forward to reading more.


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bat115 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA Author

Thanks for the comments flightkeeper and fastfreta!


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Green Lotus 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

Whoohoo bat. I grew up on the big guy too. WORTV in NYC used to run one "hit" movie all week so I must have seen them all 7 times each. My fave is the original Godzilla with Raymond Burr. (I remember the lady scientist crying when they tested the nuke devise on the fish tank). Later in life I did some movie trailers on the "new Godzilla" movie that were pretty funny. Sadly, the movie bombed, so Hollywood is skittish about bringing G back. Bollywood needs to get on the stick. Love your stuff BTW :)


dean 6 years ago

did godzilla fight gamera?


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bat115 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA Author

Thanks, Green Lotus, yeah, that fish tank scene always gets me too. I need to give Bollywood films a try. It's just hard tracking down any of those.

Dean, no they didn't. Their movies were made by different companies but that would have been cool to see.


paul 6 years ago

is that dean devlin?

nice article, i remember one of ninja turtles put on a godzilla show on kcop in the 90s


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bat115 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA Author

paul, thanks for the comment. I do recall that as well... it was around the time The Secret Of The Ooze came out. It was an all day Godzilla marathon on KCOP-TV 13 in Los Angeles on a President's Day. It was Raphael who hosted.

I could be wrong on all those... if anyone else remembers one of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles hosting a Godzilla Marathon, please leave a comment and if possible a link to where we can see the footage.


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jcwin228 6 years ago from Yonago, Japan

I love it. I love it all. I couldn't agree with you more, Bat. Great hub and great comments! I did know about the contrabass. Great discussions. These are as fun as my G hubs. I want to write more. Keep up the good work spreading the good news of Godzilla, Bat.


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Ben Zoltak 6 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

I agree with bat, but I would like to add, kids today also need some B.O.C. Godzilla:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Nziu_8m-AU&feature...


geo 6 years ago

godzilla is king of all monsters .great article


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jellydonut25 6 years ago from Buffalo, NY

Of COURSE kids more Godzilla in their lives...Take a look at Godzilla's Revenge, it might not be the best one out there but it is the only one that is SPECIFICALLY targeted 100% towards kids and what happens? two of the main human children get in a FIGHT and afterward, neither one of them goes home and gets a gun to come back and shoot the other one, but they stand up, brush off, get over it INSTANTLY and become friends...

if kids today were shown stuff like this, they'd realize it's OK to disagree with somebody and get into scuffles and fights instead of the PC-world where nobody can disagree wtih anybody and if you have the urge to fight something is wrong with you which leads to repression and violence...

long live Godzilla!


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bat115 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA Author

jcwin228 - Keep writing 'em and I'll keep reading. Hey everyone who is reading this... if you haven't checked out jcwin228's hubs, I urge you to do it now. you will learn a lot more about Godzilla than I provide here! Thanks for stopping by.

Ben Zoltak - I concur on that. Thanks too to you for stopping by again. lol

geo - Yep and hello again.

jellydonut25 - Those are good points. Thanks for stopping by.


Ziggy Moonbeam 6 years ago

twas a delight to read this ; I shall forward it to my Godzilla friends


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bat115 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA Author

Ziggy Moonbeam, You must have had cool parents! Thanks for stopping by.


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bat115 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA Author

um.. okay, MCDOWELLCharity29.


Chester 6 years ago

I remember watching monster movies on Friday nights in Louisville. Never on Saturdays.

may Godzilla bless you for writng this article.


burton beard 6 years ago

i hate people who

push their opinion on others. so what if i like godzilla?


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bat115 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA Author

Chester, That's cool, well, anytime is the right time for Godzilla! thanks for stopping by

burton beard, thats good to like Godzilla. A real Good thing. This hub is meant in good fun.


jane 6 years ago

i need godzilla in my life. where is he?


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bat115 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA Author

he's out there somewhere.....


Don 6 years ago

I loves me some Godzilla.


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bat115 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA Author

Awesome, Don, Awesome.


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The Moseph 6 years ago from FooLishville

HA! Cool. That's interesting, Bat! Godzilla vs. Megalon is the one I'm most attached to as well! As a kid, whenever my mom would go to our local K-Mart store to shop, I would head to the toy department and stare at all the cool plastic model kits. I remember seeing one of Godzilla with it's oddly glowing yellow head (never looked like that on film, but oh, well...). At the time, I had no real idea what Godzilla was like as I hadn't seen a single one of the films. Then came Godzilla vs. Megalon. It was the first one I ever saw in the series which probably explains my feelings toward it. That was it. I was hooked. The rest, as they say, is history.


Andrew Gold 6 years ago

Godzilla Toys are still being produced? in America? I am on my way to Toysrus as I type this.

This was a fun read bat115.


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bat115 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA Author

The Moseph, I know the model you speak of. a friend still has his. Its in bad shape but he will not part with it for anything.

Andrew Gold, THE Andrew Gold? they were there around Christmas time. thanks for stopping by.


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Stevennix2001 6 years ago

wow, i must admit, I'm not a huge godzilla fan. However, it does kind of surprise me that most kids don't know who he is. Then again, there hasn't been a good godzilla movie released in a while unless you count "Godzilla 2000."

However, lets hope the remake that WB and Legendary Studios fixes that problem in 2012.


tom fergus 6 years ago

jordan twining would love this, know him??


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bat115 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA Author

Stevennix2001, Thanks for stopping by!

Tom Fergus, that name sounds sooo familiar but I do not know him that I am aware of.


buck 6 years ago

i remember Raphael hosting Godzilla movies on easter. i feel soooooooo old. that was how i got here to your site.


eric floyd 6 years ago

forget the kids!!!!! us adults need the big g more.


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bat115 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA Author

buck, you being old is what brought you to my hub? well thanks for stopping by.

eric floyd, Yeah, I can agree with ya!


DANE 6 years ago

you should tell all the people about your big collection............


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bat115 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA Author

Big collection...... of what?


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reagu 6 years ago from Los Angeles

I love the Godzilla movies. And funny enough, I used to watch them on KTLA too.


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bat115 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA Author

reagu - Thanks for your comment. I have many childhood memories of KTLA. that was a great channel. We do not get it anymore in my area except for the morning show and 10 o clock news.


Teddy  6 years ago

Godzilla VS. Gamera is a movie I've long dreamed to see.


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bat115 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA Author

Teddy - No self-respecting Kaiju fanatic would disagree there!


Tim 5 years ago

1998 was a great year to be alive! Not because Roland Emmerich's remake delivered (I don't find it horrible, but I don't find it great either), but because Godzilla was literally everywhere! And I was a kid in a toy store. . . Literally! I'm just turning 18 now, so I was a little guy in '98! I was never introduced to Godzilla by the TV. In my case it was my brother. . . I fondly remember sitting on his tugging shagrug carpet, watching King Kong vs. Godzilla for the first time and loving it. My mom picked up on this, and showed me Godzilla: King of the Monsters she had recorded off of television, and then tracked down the other films for me (easier in '98 than it is now). However, the television did introduce me to something called the Heisei series. I had received a truck load of toys for Christmas in '97, and I remember not knowing who any of those monsters were. It was on AMC's "Monster Eye" in October of '98 that I finally saw a lot of the 90's movies, from vs. Ghidorah-vs. Destoroyah and was finally able to place names on my toys. It was kind of cool that way though, because I could speculate on where the monsters came from, or what their powers were. . . It was so much fun to be a kid and a Godzilla fan! I feel sorry for children who are missing out on the fun I had, and hope that they have something else their pationate about. Though, maybe children don't know what they're missing. I was at a local Wal-Mart once and overheard a kid proclaiming that he hated Star Wars :-(


Keith 4 years ago

Before anyone did anything, GODZILLA DID EVERYTHING!!!!!


Gene 4 years ago

I does love me some Deep fried Godzilla Cheesy movies.


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MikeR1 3 years ago from Denver, CO

I enjoyed watching the Godzilla movies growing up. I think with the addition of Baby Godzilla, the films added a fun side kick and one kids watching these movies could identify with.


Bobby 3 years ago

I'm 12 and love Godzilla. I don't know what you are talking about.


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bat115 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA Author

Nice to see this hub still has some life after all this time!! Thanks for the comments!


Hubzy 3 years ago

They will show them again when the new one comes out, Unless the networks are really stupid!


Godzilla rules 3 years ago

eddie, you wish that King Kong's better. Godzilla could burn him to a crisp.


hey, Bobby! 3 years ago

well typed, my fellow godzilla fan!


RayX 3 years ago

Where is the leaked footage?


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bat115 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA Author

check youtube


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JoanCA 3 years ago

There's going to be a Godzilla movie next summer? I hope it's good.


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bat115 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA Author

JoanCA Thanks for commenting! Yes, Wasn't the biggest fan of the director's previous films but I have my hopes! ha.


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samowhamo 3 years ago

I LOVE GODZILLA if Tyrannosaurus is the king of dinosaurs than Godzilla is the god of dinosaurs. By the way thank you for reading and commenting on my hub if you are interested I have more monster biography's especially one on the Japanese Godzilla.


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clopez26 3 years ago from Laurel, MD

Nice hub. Godzilla is the king of Kaiju. Even though Pacific Rim kinda sorta flopped this summer, it reignited people's interest in ridiculously awesome giant monsters. Can't wait for the new movie.


rob beek 2 years ago

Godzilla is king again. The new trailer is awesome!


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moonlake 2 years ago from America

Five kids in my family when I was young and we all loved Godzilla. Enjoyed your hub. Voted up.


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NateB11 2 years ago from California, United States of America

I agree, there needs to be more Godzilla these days, and I'm equally shocked the kid at the store never heard of Godzilla. Godzilla was one of my favorites growing up.


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bat115 2 years ago from Los Angeles, CA Author

UPDATED


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bat115 2 years ago from Los Angeles, CA Author

updated


Kim 2 years ago

Godzilla is BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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jtrader 2 years ago

I can see that you're a fan ;-)


Nathan 2 years ago

Ah this blog is still up. It was such a fun read all those years ago. Looks like Godzilla is back!!!


Nathan 2 years ago

What is everyone's thoughts on the new one?

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