History of Godzilla

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Godzilla Godzilla was conceived as a metaphor for nuclear weapons.As the film series expanded, some stories took on less serious undertones portraying Godzilla as an antihero while other plots still portrayed Godzilla as a destructive monster; sometimes the lesser of two threats who plays the defender by default but is still a danger to humanity.

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List of daikaiju and kaiju creatures which appear in the Godzilla series and other Toho films and related. They are as follows:Image result for Godzilla

 Godzilla a fictional giant monster originating from a series of tokusatsu films of the same name from Japan. It first appeared in Ishirō Honda’s 1954 film Godzilla. Since then, Godzilla has gone on to become a worldwide pop culture icon, appearing in numerous media including video games, novels, comic books, television shows, 29 films produced by Toho and two Hollywood films. The character is commonly alluded by the epithet “King of the Monsters”; a phrase first used in Godzilla, King of the Monsters!, the Americanized version of Honda’s original 1954 film

Godzilla has been featured alongside many supporting characters. It has faced human opponents such as the JSDF, and other giant monsters, from recurring characters likeKing Ghidorah, Gigan and Mechagodzilla to one-shot characters like Biollante, Destoroyah and the MUTOs. Godzilla is also shown to have allies, such as Mothra, Rodan and Anguirus (though these characters were initially portrayed as Godzilla’s rivals), and offspring, such as Minilla and Godzilla Junior.

Anguirus one of the few creatures that had a thorough hatred for war-like predatorsImage result for Anguirus

Mothra   She is typically portrayed as a colossal sentient caterpillar or moth, accompanied by two miniature humanoids speaking on her behalf. Image result for Mothra

King Ghidorah -King Ghidorah’s design has remained largely consistent throughout its appearances (an armless, golden-scaled winged dragon with three heads and two tails), its origin story has varied from being an extraterrestrial demon,[5][1] a genetically engineered monster from the future,or a guardian of ancient Japan.The character is usually portrayed as an archenemy of Godzilla and Mothra, though it has had one appearance as an ally of the latter.Image result for King Ghidorah

Mechagodzilla   In subsequent iterations, Mechagodzilla is depicted as a man-made weapon designed to defend Japan from Godzilla. In all incarnations, Mechagodzilla appears as a robotic doppelgänger and arch-enemy of Godzilla, boasting a vast array of weaponry.Image result for Mechagodzilla

Mecha-King Ghidorah   Although King Ghidorah’s design has remained largely consistent throughout its appearances (an armless, golden-scaled winged dragon with three heads and two tails), its origin story has varied from being an extraterrestrial demon,a genetically engineered monster from the future, or a guardian of ancient JapanImage result for Mecha-King Ghidorah

 

Godzilla Junior -Godzilla Junior first appears in Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II as an egg. Presuming it to be a Pteranodon egg, a scientific team unearths it from Adona Island and ships it to Japan for study. The egg displays strange psychic properties, even imprinting itself upon the biologist Azusa Gojo, before finally hatching to reveal an infant Godzillasaurus. When Godzilla later appears, having sought out Baby through an unexplained psychic link, Baby leaves with Godzilla, later settling on Birth Island. Junior is killed during its second battle against Destoroyah atHaneda Airport, where Godzilla and Destoroyah soon fight. After Godzilla melts down, Junior is revived and grows into a new Godzilla.Image result for Godzilla Junior

 

Fire Rodan -Rodan was seen as an embodiment of the same danger originating from the Soviet Union.Rodan’s debut appearance was the first and only time the character was given a chestnut color, and its face was given a menacing face with a jagged fanged beak, which would disappear in later incarnations as the character became more heroicImage result for Fire Rodan

 

Mechagodzilla 2 (Super-Mechagodzilla)  Mechagodzilla is created as a weapon of destruction by the alien Simians, who intend to conquer Earth before their own home world gets destroyed by an expanding black hole. First appearing in a pseudo-flesh outer covering and masquerading as the real Godzilla, Mechagodzilla attacks Japan and overpowers Godzilla’s ally Anguirus. Godzilla appears and destroys the pseudo-flesh disguise, forcing Mechagodzilla to reveal itself in full. Their initial battle results in a tie, as Godzilla is severely wounded and Mechagodzilla is forced back into the Simian’s base for repair. Mechagodzilla is deployed again, but is overpowered through the combined efforts of Godzilla and King Caesar. Godzilla ultimately defeats Mechagodzilla by decapitating it and blowing its body apart.Image result for Mechagodzilla 2

SpaceGodzilla it was born through Godzilla cells (transported into space either by Mothra or Biollante’s spores) being exposed to the radiation of a black hole. SpaceGodzilla heads for earth and traps Little Godzilla in a crystalline prison, before landing in Fukuoka and forming a crystal fortress which drains the city of power and transfers it to SpaceGodzilla. It is ultimately stopped through the combined efforts of Godzilla and M.O.G.U.E.R.A.Image result for SpaceGodzilla

King Caesar’s name and appearance are based on Shisa, which are artistically embellished stone lion statues common in Okinawa, where the film Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla took place. They are an Okinawan variation on the Chinese guardian lion (石獅; Shishi, meaning “Stone Lion”), which in turn originates from Buddhist tradition in India, where lions are native. Shisa only loosely resemble actual lions on account of being based on second-hand descriptions by people who’d never seen one in personImage result for King Caesar'

DestoroyahGodzilla, though this idea was scrapped, as Godzilla had already fought several doppelgängers (Biollante, Mechagodzilla and SpaceGodzilla). It was however decided to maintain references to the original film by bringing back the Oxygen Destroyer, the weapon that killed the first Godzilla.] The character was initially going to be named “Barubaroi”, though this was rejected on account of it sounding too similar to Berber, and thus could have been considered offensive.The Barubaroi designs were much more squid-like than the finalized Destoroyah look, though they shared Destoroyah’s trait of surpassing Godzilla in height.Image result for DestoroyahGodzilla,

Rainbow Mothra   Mothra is usually accompanied by tiny twin female fairies, which Shinichi Sekizawa termed Shobijin, meaning “little beauties”. The original draft for Mothra called for four fairies, though Sekizawa reduced the number to two, as twins were comparatively rare in Japan, thus adding to the characters’ mystique.

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OrgaOrga is a Millennian that mutates after absorbing Godzilla’s DNA. Orga is a hunch-backed monster with  Meganulon are prehistoric insects which resemble gigantic earwigs, they are green-gray in color and have two large pincer claws on each arm.Image result for OrgaOrga

Megaguirus   The Meganulon from the 1956 movie Rodan were very big and bulky, with dragonfly faces a thick, rubbery gray hide; most prominent are his massive three-clawed hands, which he uses to walk like a gorilla (though only in the movie; in all of his video game appearances, Orga walks normally)Image result for OrgaOrga

Meganula A mutated version of the fictional meganulon, Megaguirus is regarded as the queen of the species; according to Toho, she is 50 meters (164 feet) long, has a wingspan of 80 meters (262 feet) and weighs 12,000 metric tons (13,227 short tons).

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Monster X      Although Monster X is a similar species to King Ghidorah, the two are not the same and have separate trademarks, owing to the drastically different abilities between them. Monster X is a powerful opponent capable of using various attacks to overpower his foes. He can fire gravity beams from his eyes, utilise telekinesis to levitate, fly and throw enemies around, and summon vast amounts of energy to transform. As Keizer Ghidorah, he can fire gravity beams from all three of his heads, choke foes using his necks, and drain energy from his opponent by biting them. Keizer Ghidorah also displays very large amounts of durability, being capable of defending against Godzilla’s attacks seemingly relentlessly, and only being severely damaged by the nuclear monster’s Red Spiral RayImage result for Monster X

 

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               Image result for GODZILLA  TILL NOW Image result for GODZILLA  TILL NOWCultural ambassador

To encourage tourism in April 2015 the central Shinjuku ward of Tokyo named Godzilla an official cultural ambassador. During an unveiling of a giant Godzilla bust at Toho headquarters, Shinjuki mayor Kenichi Yoshizumi stated “Godzillia is a character that is the pride of Japan.” The mayor extended a residency certificate to an actor in a rubber suit representing Godzilla, but as the suit’s hands were not designed for grasping it was accepted on Godzilla’s behalf by a Toho executive. Reporters noted that Shinjuku ward has been flattened by Godzilla in three Toho movies.

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From 1954 through 2004, there have been 28 Godzilla films produced by Toho Studios in Japan. There have been several American productions: adaptations including Godzilla, King of the Monsters!King Kong vs. Godzilla and Godzilla 1985,

 

 

 

English titles) Year Director Monster co-star(s)
Godzilla

 King of the Monsters!

1954 Ishirō Honda  
Godzilla Raids Again

(Gigantis, The Fire Monster)

1955 Motoyoshi Oda Anguirus
King Kong vs. Godzilla
1962 Ishirō Honda King Kong, Oodako
Mothra vs. Godzilla

 

1964 Ishirō Honda Mothra (larva and adult)
 Godzilla  Vs Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monste 1964 Ishirō Honda King Ghidorah, Rodan, Mothra (larva)
Invasion of Astro-Monster

Godzilla vs. Monster Zero)

1965 Ishirō Honda Rodan, King Ghidorah
Ebirah, Horror of the Deep

(Godzilla versus The Sea Monster)

1966 Jun Fukuda Minilla, Kamacuras, Kumonga
Ebirah, Horror of the Deep

(Godzilla versus The Sea Monster)

1966 Jun Fukuda Ebirah, Mothra (adult), Daikondura
Son of Godzilla 1967 Jun Fukuda Minilla, Anguirus, Rodan, Mothra (larva), Kumonga, Gorosaurus,Varan, Baragon, Manda, King Ghidorah
Destroy All Monsters 1968 Ishirō Honda Minilla, Anguirus, Rodan, Mothra (larva), Kumonga, Gorosaurus,Varan, Baragon, Manda, King Ghidorah
All Monsters Attack

(Godzilla’s Revenge)

1969 Ishirō Honda Minilla, Gabara
Godzillavs. Hedorah

(Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster)

1971 Yoshimitsu Banno Hedorah
Godzilla vs. Gigan

 

1972 Jun Fukuda Gigan, King Ghidorah, Anguirus
Godzilla vs. Megalon 1973 Jun Fukuda
Megalon, Gigan, Jet Jaguar, Anguirus
Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla

(Godzilla vs. the Bionic MonsterGodzilla vs. the Cosmic Monster)

1974 Jun Fukuda Mechagodzilla, Anguirus, King Caesar
Terror of Mechagodzilla

(The Terror of GodzillaMonsters from an Unknown Planet)

1975 Ishirō Honda Mechagodzilla, Titanosaurus
The Return of Godzilla

 

1984 Koji Hashimoto Shockirus
Godzilla vs. Biollante

 

1989 Kazuki Omori King Ghidorah, Mecha-King Ghidorah, Dorats, Godzillasaurus
Godzilla vs. Mothra

 

1992 Takao Okawara Mothra (larva and adult), Battra (larva and adult)
Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II

 

1993 Takao Okawara Mechagodzilla, Super Mechagodzilla, Godzilla Junior, Rodan, Fire Rodan
Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla 1994 Kensho Yamashita SpaceGodzilla, Moguera, Godzilla Junior, Mothra
Godzilla vs. Destoroyah

(Godzilla vs. Destroyer)

1995 Takao Okawara Destoroyah, Godzilla Junior
Godzilla 2000: Millennium

(Godzilla 2000)

1999 Takao Okawara Orga
Godzilla vs. Megaguirus

 

2000 Masaaki Tezuka Meganulon, Meganula, Megaguirus
Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack

 

2001 Shusuke Kaneko Baragon, Mothra (larva and adult), King Ghidorah
Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla

 

2002 Masaaki Tezuka Mechagodzilla (as Kiryu)
Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.

 

2003

 

Masaaki Tezuka

 

Mechagodzilla (as Kiryu), Mothra (larva and adult), Kamoebas

 

Godzilla: Final Wars

 

2004

 

Ryuhei Kitamura Gigan, Monster X, Keizer Ghidorah, Minilla, King Caesar, Rodan, Anguirus, Mothra (adult), Manda, Kamacuras, Hedorah, Ebirah, Kumonga, Zilla
Shin Godzilla

 

2016 Hideaki Anno
Shinji Higuchi
None

 

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Titles year Director Monster co-star(s)
Godzilla, King of the Monsters! † 1956 Terry O. Morse
Ishirō Honda
None
King Kong vs. Godzilla † 1963

 

Ishirō Honda
Thomas Montgomery

 

King Kong, Oodako

Monster Zero
 X

 

1970

 

Ishirō Honda

 

Rodan, King Ghidorah

 

Godzilla 1985 † 1985 R. J. Kiser
Koji Hashimoto

 

Shockirus

 

Godzilla

 

1998

 

Roland Emmerich

 

Baby Godzilla

 

 

Godzilla

 

2014 Gareth Edwards MUTO (male and female)
Godzilla 2

 

2019 TBA

 

TBA

 

Godzilla Vs King Kong

 

2020

 

TBA King Kong

† Japanese films that featured additional footage shot by small American studios exclusively for their North American releases.
X Co-production between Japanese studio Toho and American studio UPA.

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Box Office Performance

Below is a chart listing the number of tickets sold for each Godzilla film in Japan including the imported Hollywood films. The films are listed from the most attended to the least attended. Almost all of the 1960s films were reissued, so the lifetime number of tickets sold is listed in small print underneath the initial release ticket numbers.

# Film Year Tickets sold
1 King Kong vs. Godzilla 1962 11.2 million

·         Film has lifetime gross of 12.55 million

2 Godzilla 1954 9.61 million
3 Godzilla Raids Again 1955 8.34 million
4 Shin Godzilla 2016 4.87 million
5 Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster 1964 4.32 million

·         Film has lifetime gross of 5.41 million

6 Godzilla vs. Mothra 1992 4.2 million
7 Godzilla vs. Destoroyah 1995 4 million
8 Godzilla 1998 3.9 million
9 Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II 1993 3.8 million
10 Invasion of Astro-Monster 1965 3.78 million

·         Film has lifetime gross of 5.13 million

11 Mothra vs. Godzilla 1964 3.51 million

·         Film has lifetime gross of 7.2 million

12 Ebirah, Horror of the Deep 1966 3.45 million

·         Film has lifetime gross of 4.21 million

13 Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla 1994 3.4 million
14 The Return of Godzilla 1984 3.2 million
15 Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah 1991 2.7 million
16 Destroy All Monsters 1968 2.58 million
17 Son of Godzilla 1967 2.48 million

·         Film has lifetime gross of 3.09 million

18 Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack 2001 2.4 million
19 Godzilla 2014 2.18 million
20 Godzilla vs. Biollante 1989 2.01 million
21 Godzilla 2000: Millennium 1999 2 million
22 Godzilla vs. Gigan 1972 1.78 million
23 Godzilla vs. Hedorah 1971 1.74 million
24 Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla 2002 1.7 million
25 All Monsters Attack 1969 1.48 million
26 Godzilla vs. Megaguirus 2000 1.35 million
27 Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla 1974 1.33 million
28 Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. 2003 1.1 million
29 Godzilla: Final Wars 2004 1 million
30 Godzilla vs. Megalon 1973 0.98 million
31 Terror of Mechagodzilla 1975 0.97 million

 

                                           Music

Blue Öyster Cult released the song “Godzilla” in 1977.

 

 

 

                                                Awards

 

  • 1954 Japan Movie Association Awards – Special Effects (Godzilla 1954)
  • 1965 Japan Academy Award – Best Score (Mothra vs. Godzilla)
  • 1966 Japan Academy Award – Special Effects (Invasion of Astro Monster)
  • 1986 Japan Academy Award – Special Effects and Newcomer of the Year (The Return of Godzilla)
  • 1986 Razzie Awards – Worst Supporting Actor and Worst New Star (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)
  • 1993 Japan Academy Award – Best Score (Godzilla vs. Mothra)
  • 1994 Japan Academy Award – Best Score (Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II)
  • 1995 Best Grossing Films Award – Silver Award (Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla)
  • 1996 Best Grossing Films Award – Golden Award (Godzilla vs. Destoroyah)
  • 1996 Japan Academy Award – Special Effects (Godzilla vs. Destoroyah)
  • 1996 MTV Movie Awards – Lifetime Achievement*
  • 1998 Golden Raspberry Awards – Worst Supporting Actress and Worst Remake or Sequel (Godzilla 1998)
  • 1999 Saturn Awards – Best Special Effects (Godzilla 1998)
  • 2001 Saturn Awards – Best Home Video Release (Godzilla 2000)
  • 2002 Best Grossing Films Award – Silver Award (Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack)
  • 2004 Hollywood Walk of Fame
  • 2007 Saturn Awards – Best DVD Classic Film Release (Godzilla 1954)
  • 2014 22nd Annual Japan Cool Content Contribution Award (Godzilla 2014)

(*) In 1996 Godzilla received an award for Lifetime Achievement at the MTV Movie Awards. Creator and producer Shōgo Tomiyama accepted on his behalf via satellite and was joined by “Godzilla”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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