Top 20 Craziest Kaiju: Number 12

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Godzilla

 

from Gojira
(Japan-1954; dir. Ishirô Honda)
and 27 other Toho films

Gojira poster

I can’t believe that Godzilla was the only surviving member of its species… But if we continue conducting nuclear tests… it’s possible that another Godzilla might appear somewhere in the world again.

The true “King Of The Monsters”, and one of the most unique in cinematic history: a gigantic, indestructible, atomic-powered mutant dinosaur who breathes nuclear fire and displays a variety of trademark features. These include very distinctive dorsal fins that glow when he is about to let loose with his fire-breath, a one-of-a-kind roar and, in several of his incarnations, ears! On first consideration you may feel that including a famous giant lizard on this list of the weird and unusual isn’t warranted; after all, huge reptiles are the most common form of giant monster. But Godzilla’s blend of attributes was, and still is, rather special. His extreme size (which gets even more extreme in the 1990s), his invulnerability (despite his death in the first movie) and his strong metaphorical complexities all mark him as vastly different from what had come before and even what was to come. It’s in the derivation of his name: “Gojira” is a compound of two Japanese words, one meaning “whale” and the other “ape”; “whale” for size and “ape” for the inspiration gained from King Kong and for the fact that, unlike his direct reptilian ancestor — the Rhedosaur from The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms — Godzilla is bipedal. Godzilla has been re-designed many times over the years, but remains recognisably the King. And what other reptile monster do you know that was, like Godzilla (in one of his incarnations certainly) modelled on the designer’s cat?

Godzilla fire 1954

Godzilla 1960s

Godzilla vs Megalon poster

Godzilla 1990s

Godzilla 2000 poster

Godzilla 2000

Godzilla GMK

Godzilla Tokyo SOS

Godzilla Final Wars

This statue of Godzilla was erected in the Ginza district of Tokyo to commemorate the King’s “passing” in the 1995 film Godzilla vs Destroyer:

Godzilla statue

This is one of Rob’s favourite pictures of Godzilla, “Godzilla Rising” by Bob Eggleton:

Godzilla Rising

Godzilla Bob Eggleton

Artist: Chris Scalf

Trailer for the original Gojira (1954):

And a trailer for Godzilla Final Wars:

Coming soon: Kaiju Search-Robot Avery’s Top 20 Craziest Kaiju Countdown Number 11!

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7 Responses to Top 20 Craziest Kaiju: Number 12

  1. Avery says:

    There’s plenty of reasons he is the ‘King Of The Monsters’.One of which,would definitely be his undeniably unique design that makes him recognized across the globe.It definitely displays a lot of creativity on the film maker’s part,and earns him his spot on this list.

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  4. Eric C. says:

    Oh hell yeah! Now I’m a Godzilla fan, not those hardcore ones..no just one of those who likes to see guys in rubber suits wrestle each other in a fake, but realistic looking city and turning it into tooth picks. Yep that is a classic, to me the look of Gojira/Godzilla is ironic around the world as one person put it and that this monster has portrayed as a villaian, hero, anti-hero, father, and sometimes environementalist (Godzilla vs. Hedorah). And sending messages about the horrors of nuclear war to pollution and beyond. So rock on Godzilla and hope to see you soon.

  5. Backbrain says:

    And you may see him before too long, if the planned Imax Godzilla movie — featuring Hedorah the Smog Monster — continues as planned…

  6. Ezilla82 says:

    I have notice that production before. I’ve heard some difficulties making it, but can’t wait to see it.

  7. Scott Denny says:

    GODZILLA HAS NO EQUAL IN CINEMA.HE IS NOT ONLY THE GREATEST MONSTER OF ALL TIME BUT A FRIEND TO EVERYONE AS HE REMINDS THE WHOLE WORLD OF THE DANGERS OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS AND WAR.THE CURRENT MOVIE HERE IN 2014 SHOWS WHAT GODZILLA STANDS FOR.TO UNDERSTAND FULLY WHAT GODZILLA MEANS SHOWS WHAT DEVASTATION TO MANKIND THE POWER OF NUCLEAR ENERGY.BETTER IS NOT ALWAYS BEST……

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