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|1. Just who is this Godzilla
It's quite simple, really.
Godzilla is a Japanese pop-icon risen out of the mushroom
2. Well, what is it? Is he a male or a female.
Well, the way I see things,
there are two possible answers to this: The first being,
3. How many movies are there in all?
The answer to this is 22
coming out of Toho. Of course, there is a new one being made by TriStar,
4. A new movie that's AMERICAN? C'MON!
Of course! go find out more
at http://www.godzilla.com, silly!
5. But this isn't the REAL Godzilla FAQ!
Of course not! Who the hell
did you think I was, Chia Ning Kao? =P
The REAL Godzilla F.A.Q. [Frequently Asked Questions]
This Godzilla FAQ was originally
created by Chia-Ning Kao on May 7, 1996 and is used here without permission.
For years I have resisted the urge to make any changes to the FAQ, but
have recently decided to update it a bit. Specifically, I have added extra
information about the U.S. release of the later Godzilla films [which,
at the time this FAQ was originally written, were not available in the
U.S.]. Also, due to the ever changing nature of the Internet, many [if
not most] of the "on-line Godzilla resources" originally included in the
FAQ have gone the way of the world and, rather than try and update the
information on a regular basis, I have simply deleted that entire section.
Finally, I have updated some of the "rumors" mentioned in the FAQ to reflect
III. MOVIE LIST/INFO
This FAQ attempts to answer
many questions commonly asked about Godzilla as well as provide a pointer
on how to get Godzilla toys, information, movies, etc. This FAQ is not
to be taken as "the final word" or a definitive guide. This FAQ is always
a work in progress and suggestions, comments, corrections, monetary donations,
criticisms, etc. are all welcome. E-mail 'em all to firstname.lastname@example.org.
And now, on with the FAQ!
II. GENERAL INFORMATION
A: Godzilla is a HUGE, nearly
invincible dinosaur-like creature with incredible strength and a destructive
fire/atomic blast who visits Japan on a regular basis to destroy everything
in it's sight. Godzilla has starred in 22 movies produced by Toho Co.,
Ltd. (a major Japanese movie studio) from 1954 to the present.
Q: To the present?? The last Godzilla movie I remember is GODZILLA 1985!
A: GODZILLA 1985 was the last film released in the theaters in the U.S. Toho has released a new Godzilla movie every year from 1989 to 1995 (except 1990) in Japan. GODZILLA VS BIOLLANTE (1989) is the most recent movie available in the U.S. and was only released on video. Movies after GODZILLA VS BIOLLANTE were not OFFICIALLY released in the U.S. but note the emphasis on "officially". (Update by Conster) All of the Heisei era films with the exception of Godzilla Vs. Megagiras and GMK have been officially released in the States. THey are:
Godzilla Vs. Biollante
Q: So what movies were made after GODZILLA 1985??
A: See Section III, "Movie
Q: Where'd Godzilla come from???
A: Take your pick from the following:
a) Godzilla is a cross between a stegosaurus and tyrannosaurus rex that was frozen for millions of years until awakened by atomic testing
b) Godzilla is a survivor of a race of ancient creature who existed at a time when hot volcanic activity was prevalent
c) Godzilla is a "godzillasaurus" (a type of dinosaur) that survived into modern times and was mutated by atomic radiation
d) Godzilla is a radioactive mutated dinosaur who rises from the Pacific and has a supernatural element to him; namely, the souls of the war dead who were killed in WWII and now their anger drives Godzilla to attack Japan
The current Godzilla movie
goes with "d" but with the lack of continuity in the Godzilla universe,
you can make a strong argument for any of the possibilities.
Q: Aren't Godzilla movies kind of childish and dumb? I see them on "Mystery Science Theater 3000" all the time!
A: Actually, the first Godzilla
movie, GODZILLA, KING OF THE MONSTERS, was very serious in tone. As time
went on, the movies got sillier and sillier as Toho tried to target a younger
audience and production, SPFX, etc. got cheaper and cheesier. The new movies
have much more serious storylines and feature greatly improved SPFX. However,
I've personally noticed a disturbing trend toward kiddiness in recent Godzilla
films, namely with GODZILLA VS MOTHRA and GODZILLA VS MECHA-GODZILLA. The
recently released GODZILLA VS DESTROYER seems to reverse this trend but
I haven't seen the movie so I can't really say.
Q: In the recent films, Godzilla isn't a nice monster like he was in the 60s and 70s! Did he get mean or what?
A: Ummm, well.....y'see the
new films have kinda rewritten history. The new movies, beginning with
GODZILLA 1985 and on, treats all movies between GODZILLA, KING OF THE MONSTERS
and GODZILLA 1985 as if they never existed. Sorry.
Q: What do you mean "never existed"!!!
A: Toho has apparently created
two timelines. The only common thread is the first movie. The original
timeline picks up right after GODZILLA, KING OF THE MONSTERS and goes from
GODZILLA RAIDS AGAIN to TERROR OF MECHAGODZILLA and stops. The revised
timeline skips to GODZILLA 1985 and goes from there, i.e.:
/---> GODZILLA RAIDS AGAIN to
| TERROR OF MECHAGODZILLA
GODZILLA, KING OF THE MONSTERS--
\---> GODZILLA 1985 to
GODZILLA VS DESTROYER
\---> GODZILLA 2000
Q: Why did Toho create all these timelines?
A: After the release of TERROR
OF MECHAGODZILLA in 1975, Toho realized that dismal audience numbers for
recent Godzilla films and poor economic times made it impossible to continue
releasing make Godzilla films year after year. Nine years after TERROR
OF MECHAGODZILLA, a decision was made to make a new Godzilla movie to coincide
with the up-coming 40th anniversary of the movie that started it all, GODZILLA,
KING OF THE MONSTERS. It was decided that the new movie would return to
Godzilla's roots as a destructive force instead of the friendly monster
in recent movies so all movies after GODZILLA, KING OF THE MONSTERS would
be ignored. The new movie would be a direct sequel to the first. So in
1984, the movie that was retitled GODZILLA 1985 in the U.S. was released,
heralding a new era for Godzilla.
Q: What's all the hoopla about Godzilla Mothra King Ghidora All Attack?
A: It's the latest Godzilla
movie. 'Nuff said.
Q: Yeah but there wasn't this much buzz about the last couple of Godzilla films.
A: For starters, the producer,
screenplay writer and special effects supervisor from the most successful
Godzilla movie to date, GODZILLA VS MOTHRA, teamed up for GODZILLA VS DESTROYER.
Akira Ifukube, considered the finest Godzilla music composer, came out
of retirement to score GODZILLA VS DESTROYER. Plus this is the last Godzilla
film "ever" and Godzilla dies. (Editor's note: But Toho isn't going
to kill the goose that lays the golden egg. Godzilla just keeps coming
Q: What happens in GMK?? I wanna know!!
A: The plot
for GMK can be found at Conster's Museum of Godzilla or you can pick
up G-Fan for complete details.
Q: Does Godzilla really explode?
Q: I saw [insert movie name #1] and [insert movie name #2]! They're both the same!!
A: The title of Godzilla
films often varies from theater release to video release and sometimes,
video to video. For a list of movie titles, see Section III, "Movie List/Info".
Q: Why does Godzilla always look different each movie?
A: The suits used for each
movie varied. Sometimes, an older suit would be used for fight scenes and
water scenes. G-Fan #16 has an excellent feature on this subject.
Q: What are the best/worst Godzilla movies?
A: That's a question of personal
choice. GODZILLA, KING OF THE MONSTERS, DESTROY ALL MONSTERS, GODZILLA
VS THE THING and GODZILLA VS MECHA-GODZILLA are often cited as the best
Godzilla movies. On the other hand, GODZILLA'S REVENGE, GODZILLA VS MEGALON
and GODZILLA ON MONSTER ISLAND are often singled out as the worst. However,
it all comes down to individual preferences.
Q: What does the word "kaiju" mean?
A: Kaiju is translated literally
to "mysterious beast/animal". This is somewhat like monster but with a
supernatural overtone. Japanese monster movies are often called "kaiju
eiga". This is used for ALL Japanese monsters (even Gamera).
Q: Which is correct: Ghidrah or Ghidorah? Angurus or Angilas?
A: Well...both. There are
several correct spellings but I would venture to say "Ghidorah" and "Angilas"
to be the most popular.
Q: Aren't there two endings to KING KONG VS GODZILLA? I heard that King Kong wins in the U.S. version and Godzilla wins in the Japanese version.
A: The only difference in
the endings is that after King Kong swims out to sea, you hear Godzilla's
roar, then Kong's roar. The screen goes black and then "The End" appears
Q: What color is Godzilla?
A: Color varies depending
on the movie but it's generally acknowledged that Godzilla is a greyish-brown
Q: I think I saw a Godzilla figure at a toy store!
A: You did! You did! An American
company, Trendmasters, produced a line of Godzilla toys from action figures
to playsets to sponges. The line-up originally included Godzilla, Rodan,
MechaGodzilla, King Ghidorah, Mecha-King Ghidorah and Mothra. Sales for
the Godzilla line have far surpassed Trendmasters' expectations and many
other monsters have been added such as MOGERA, Gigan, Biollante, a charcoal-grey
Godzilla and more items were being added all the time.
Q: So how can I find the non-U.S. released movies?
A: English dubbed or subtitled
videos can be found from various video sources. [UPDATE: All of the newer
Godzilla movies have now been commercially released on video in the U.S..]
III. MOVIES LIST/INFO
GOJIRA NO GYAKUSHU (COUNTERATTACK
OF GODZILLA)....................1955, 82m
KINGU KONGU TAI GOJIRA (KING
KONG VS GODZILLA)....................1962, 98m
MOSURA TAI GOJIRA (MOTHRA
VS GODZILLA)............................1964, 89m
SANDAIKAIJU CHIKYU SAIDAI
NO KESSEN (THREE GIANT STRANGE
KAIJU DAISENSO (STRANGE CREATURE
GIANT WAR).......................1965, 94m
NANKAI NO DAIKETTO (SOUTH
SEAS' GIANT DUEL).......................1966, 87m
GOJIRA NO MUSUKO (GODZILLA'S
KAIJU SOSHINGEKI (STRANGE
CREATURE ALL ATTACK)....................1968, 89m
ORU KAIJU DAISHINGEKI (ALL
STRANGE CREATURES GIANT ATTACK)........1969, 70m
GOJIRA TAI HEDORA (GODZILLA
VS HEDORAH)...........................1971, 85m
CHIKYU KOGEKI MEIREI GOJIRA
TAI GAIGAN (EARTH DESTRUCTION
GOJIRA TAI MEGARO (GODZILLA
VS MEGALON)...........................1973, 82m
GOJIRA TAI MEKAGOJIRA (GODZILLA
VS MECHAGODZILLA).................1974, 84m
MEKAGOJIRA NO GYAKUSHU (COUNTERATTACK
OF MECHAGODZILLA)...........1975, 83m
GOJIRA TAI BIORANTE (GODZILLA
VS BIOLLANTE)......................1989, 104m
GOJIRA TAI KINGU GIDORA (GODZILLA
VS KING GHIDORAH)..............1991, 103m
GOJIRA TAI MOSURA (GODZILLA
VS MOTHRA)...........................1992, 103m
GOJIRA TAI MEKAGOJIRA (GODZILLA
VS MECHAGODZILLA)................1993, 108m
GOJIRA TAI SUPESU GOJIRA
(GODZILLA VS SPACE GODZILLA)............1994, 105m
GOJIRA TAI DESUTOROIA (GODZILLA
VS DESTROYER)....................1995, 103m
GOJIRA TAI MEGAGIRAS.............2000
GOJIRA MOSURA KINGU GIDORA
IV. MONSTER LIST/INFO
Godzilla movie abbreviations
GKOM - GODZILLA, KING OF
ANGILAS (GFM, DAM, GsR st, GvsGi, GvsMeg, GvsCM)
* (O) a species of ankylosaurus mutated by radiation
BARAGON (DAM ca GMK)
* (O) a triceratops-like
monster of unknown origin
* (R) a "black Mothra" created by the Zen of the Earth Lifeforce in response to the balance of nature being upset
* (R) a strange plant/animal creature created by combining human, rose and Godzilla DNA
* (R) a creature created by the mutative effect of the Oxygen Destroyer on sea life
EBIRAH (GvsE, GsR st)
* (O) a huge lobster of unknown origin
* (O) either an imaginary creation of a young Japanese boy or a ogre-like monster of unknown origin
GIGAN (GvsGi, GvsMeg)
* (O) a cyborg from the Hunter Nebula in Universe M
GIMANTIS (SOG, GsR)
* (O) a preying mantis mutated by a radiation storm
* (O) varies
* (R) a godzillasaurus, a type of dinosaur, mutated by atomic testing , in GMK an angry spirit incarnate hell bent on the destruction of man
GOROSAURUS (DAM, GsR st)
* (O) a dinosaur of unknown origin
* (O) a monster born of man's pollution of the environment
KING GHIDORAH (Ghi, Gvs0, DAM, GvsGi, TOM st, GvsKG)
* (O) a space monster that arrives on earth via meteor
* (R) the result of three genetically engineered pets brought from the future exposed to the radiation that originally created Godzilla
* (GMK) God of the sky, whose mission it is to stop the God of destruction
KING KONG (GvsKK)
* (O) origin unknown
KING SEESAR (GvsCM)
* (O) an ancient lion god who appears to protect the people of Japan
JET JAGUAR (GvsMeg)
* (O) a humanoid robot built by a Japanese scientist
MANDA (DAM, GsR st, TOM st)
* (O) the god of the ancient civilization of Mu
MECHAGODZILLA (GvsCM, TOM, GvsMG)
* (O) a robot created by alien invaders to conquer Earth
* (R) a robot created by the United Nations Godzilla CounterMeasures Center (UNGCC) to combat Godzilla
MECHA-KING GHIDORAH (GvsKG)
* (R) the remains of King Ghidorah outfitted with 23rd century cybernetics
* (R) A bloodthirsty predatory giant insect which is capable of supersonic flight
* (O) the monster god of the underwater city of Seatopia
MINYA (SOG, DAM, GsR)
* (O) a baby Godzilla of unknown origin
* (R) a new robot built by the UNGCC to replace the destroyed Mecha-Godzilla
MOTHRA (GvsThi, Ghi, GvsE, DAM, GvsM, GvsSG ca)
* (O) the protector and goddess for the island-dwelling Shobijin
* (R) the defender of an
ancient alien race called the Cosmos
* (R) An alien whose unsuccessful attempt to morph into Godzilla results in its demise.
RODAN (Ghi, Gvs0, DAM, TOM st, GvsMG)
* (O/R) a species of pteranodon mutated by radiation
* (R) a strange Godzilla-like creature created when Godzilla cells were sucked into a black hole
SPIEGA (SOG, DAM, GsR st)
* (O) a giant spider mutated by radiation
* (O) a dinosaur that survived from the past that falls under the control of a mad scientist
* (O) a monster of unknown
Bits N Pieces
A large pool on the Toho lot that has been used for many of the water scenes you see in Toho films has been turned into a parking lot!
Apparently, Toho will now
use computer graphics to do water scenes in future movies.
A translated interview with
former suitimation actors from an old issue of XENORAMA talks about a live
show the actors did where Godzilla fought and defeated Gamera. Ha, no surprise!!
More info to come...
It appears that Toho has
merged with Daiei, the studio that makes Gamera movies. Godzilla vs Gamera?
[UPDATE: Actually, Toho is simply the distributor for Daiei's films. Still,
it would be nice, wouldn't it?]
VI. DID YOU KNOW...
...that Gojira is a combination of "gorilla" and "kujira" (Japanese for whale)?
...that when GODZILLA, KING OF THE MONSTERS was filmed, it cost 62,893,455 yen (about the equivalent of $900,000) and was the most expensive movie ever made in Japan at that time? This would equal about $65 million today. For comparative purposes, GODZILLA VS SPACE GODZILLA cost $12 million to make.
...that many of the script elements in Godzilla vs Mothra were from the unfilmed movie "Mothra vs Bagan", with Battra replacing Bagan?
...that Japanese actor Kenji Sahara has appeared in 11 Godzilla films? See if you can spot his appearances in KING KONG VS GODZILLA, GHIDRAH THE THREE HEADED MONSTER, GODZILLA VS THE THING, SON OF GODZILLA, DESTROY ALL MONSTERS, GODZILLA'S REVENGE, GODZILLA VS THE COSMIC MONSTER, TERROR OF MECHAGODZILLA, GODZILLA VS KING GHIDORAH, GODZILLA VS MECHAGODZILLA and GODZILLA VS SPACE GODZILLA. Whew!
...that a damage tally for GODZILLA 1985 was estimated at 6 trillion yen? That's for all the military equipment used including the Super-X and maser tanks plus damaged and destroyed buildings in Shinjuku, equipment used to lure Godzilla to Mt. Mihara and rebuilding the Iihama Nuclear Plant.
...how Godzilla's roar was created? Akira Ifukube, the composer responsible for the music in several Godzilla movies, ran a glove over a contrabass string!
...that Godzilla films released in Germany before GODZILLA 1985 had their storylines altered so that many of Godzilla's opponents were either sent or created by Dr. Frankenstein? Apparently this was an attempt to add marquee value to Godzilla films.
...that GODZILLA VS THE SEA MONSTER was originally written for King Kong instead of Godzilla?
...that Godzilla appeared in disguise on an episode of "Ultra Q" and an episode of "Ultraman"? He was "Gomes" in the Ultra Q episode "Gomes vs Litra" and "Kira" in the Ultraman episode "Ultraman vs Kira".
...that Godzilla appeared in the Japanese show "Zone Fighter" five times? Godzilla was seen on "Invasion! The Attack of Garoga's Army", "In the Twinkling of an Eye", "Submersion", "Invincible! Godzilla Enraged!" and "Gruesome! Zone Fighter and Godzilla vs the Horrible Allies".
...King Ghidorah also appeared twice on "Zone Fighter"? King Ghidorah appeared on "The Arrival of King Ghidorah" and "The Revenge of King Ghidorah".
...even Gigan made an appearance once on "Zone Fighter"? He was seen in the episode "In the Twinkling of an Eye" along with Godzilla.
...that GIGANTIS, THE FIRE MONSTER was originally to be called "The Volcano Monsters"? This was supposed to be an Americanized version that would have new footage of the monsters in the U.S. and English-speaking actors but the project was abandoned in favor of GIGANTIS, THE FIRE MONSTER.
...that Marvel's Godzilla comic was not canceled by Marvel but by Toho?
...that the end of the Marvel Godzilla series was not the end of Godzilla in Marvel Comics? One of Godzilla's opponents, an evil scientist named Dr. Demonicus, captured him and mutated him to the point where he no longer resembles his Toho self (how convenient!). Dr. Demonicus has Godzilla attack Iron Man in Iron Man #192 and #193 and never refers to Godzilla as "Godzilla" but as "my old enemy".
...that Tri-Star originally wanted to pit Godzilla against King Ghidorah in the upcoming U.S. Godzilla movie? Tri-Star's agreement with Toho allowed them to use any monster except Mothra and King Ghidorah. Toho wanted the same amount Tri-Star paid for the rights to Godzilla, rumored to be $10 million!!
...that there was an attempt
in 1983 to make a U.S. Godzilla movie? Steve Miner, director of FOREVER
YOUNG, FRIDAY THE 13TH PART III, MY FATHER THE HERO acquired the rights
to Godzilla and commissioned Fred Dekker (who later directed ROBOCOP 3)
write a script. The script called for Godzilla to be a "protosaurus", a
kind of nuclear-powered dinosaur awakened by an accidental nuclear missile
launch by an orbiting satellite into the sea. Godzilla attacked San Francisco
looking for it's baby who was found dead after battling a Soviet sub. The
carcass of the baby was being studied in a military lab in the Presidio.
Miner tried to obtain financing for the movie for over 2 years but unfortunately,
his rights to Godzilla expired.
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And of course, Toho Co.,
Ltd. for making all the great (and not-so-great) films starring the No.
1 monster of all time! If I forgot anyone, I deeply apologize! Send me
an e-mail if I forgot someone!
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STUPID! STUPID! STUPID!
That said, as it had to be,
let's see what we can do about prolonging
Part 1: Your Pet's
Until recently, Godzillae
have been found exclusively on Monster
In the United States, of
late, this has become easier due to huge
You should always provide
a hide box in your pet's habitat. This will
Part 2: Who to Feed Your Pet.
In their natural habitat,
Godzillae eat tankers, the Tokyo Tower,
Bill and Hillary Clinton,
Al and Tipper Gore, the Cleveland and
YSite owner's note: Not to
mention Rush Limbaugh, Ollie North, the
Part 3: Mothras
In the course of your involuntary
association with your pet, you may
1. A huge glowing egg somewhere
in the immediate vicinity--be very
2. Two huge giant caterpillers
roaming through the subway tunnels.
3. A sonic boom followed
by the stuff of Lepidoterists' nightmares,
4. Finding your pet wrapped
in miles and miles of sticky,
What to do about Mothras:
Do you really want to do anything about
Part 4: Godzilla Do's and
DON'T trust the Japanese
Defense Forces to keep your pet under
DON'T attempt to help your
pet when shedding. The remocal of even one
DON'T operate a computer
anywhere in the vicinity of your pet's
DON'T attempt to control
your pet's behavior with the use of tactical
DO take your pet to a showing
of Jurassic Park, since he will get few
DO allow your pet to mix
wiht the rest of your pet collection. Dogs
DON'T attempt to control
your pet's behavior with an oxygen destroyer.
Part 5: Breeding Your Pet
You will have very little
to say about when, where, how, or with whom
Part 6: General Behavior
Generals in the presence
of a Godzilla tend to scream wildly for the
As your pet ages, you may
notice changes in behavior. At his youngest,
Based upon materials compiled