Godzilla is a huge monster-mutant, the main character of comics, cartoons, computer games and movies. This fictional character appeared in the Japanese mass culture. It is believed that the explosion of a hydrogen bomb caused a mutation of a prehistoric lizard. The growth of Godzilla according to different data is from 50 to 160 meters.
For the first time the monster appeared on television screens in 1954, since then a whole series of films have been shot about it. On Godzilla, even Hollywood producers drew attention, releasing spectacular blockbusters about the rival of his monster, King Kong.
By 1998, the monster appeared in 29 films, becoming a real legend and one of the most recognizable characters in the history of cinema. The Japanese series about him received even his own star on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood.
Today Godzilla is perceived as an integral part of modern Japanese mass culture. But, by and large, we know little about this monster. Let the hero and the fantastic, but his real and original appearance is distorted by some myths. Godzilla is a negative character.
When people hear the name of Godzilla, they imagine a huge monster destroying the city and destroying the unfortunate Japanese. The image seems to be a puppet, related to the mannered films of the 1970s. But in the films of that era, Godzilla was often a good character. A positive mutant story began in 1964 in the movie “The Hydra, a Three-Headed Monster.” In it, Godzilla united with the butterfly Motra and the pterosaur Rodan to resist the three-headed alien monster Guidore. In a pair of ribbons, Godzilla acted as a protector of the planet Earth, confronting sea monsters, alien beasts and even a robotic version of himself. Mutant even teamed up with Ultraman in the series “Zone Fighter”. And only in the new series of films about Godzilla, which began in 1984, he again appeared as the destroyer of the city and a negative character.
Godzilla is a mutated Tyrannosaurus Rex.
This myth appeared, thanks to the American version of the film “King Kong vs. Godzilla”. There is a scene in which an elderly scientist claims that Godzilla is a cross between Tyrannosaurus Rex and a stegosaurus. And although in earlier films such a monster origin still figured, he was never directly associated with this kind of dinosaur. With the very first film in 1954, Isiro Honda and the master of special effects Edzi Cobaraya formed the image of Godzilla based on the features of several dinosaurs. And in the 1991 film Godzilla v. King Hydora, it appeared that the monster is actually a new kind of dinosaur. She was christened “godzillazavr”. The creature lived on a secluded island in the Pacific Ocean, being a Japanese version of the Loch Ness monster. Godzillazavr later mutated due to the impact of the atomic bomb, turning into a huge green monster.
Godzilla is invulnerable.
Actually, Godzilla can only be considered almost invulnerable. This creature has immunity to conventional human weapons, thanks to the special regenerating gene G1. This allows Godzilla to instantly heal his wounds. Nevertheless, in the movies, the monster died at least four times. In the original film, it disintegrated at the molecular level, thanks to the weapons “Destroyer of oxygen.” This tool was invented by the scientist Serizawa. In the film “Godzilla 1985” the heart of the monster stops after the cadmium rocket hits the throat. And before that, he managed to survive a nuclear missile strike in the upper atmosphere. In “Godzilla vs. Destroyer” the monster overheats its body and melts. And in the 2001 film Godzilla, Motra, King Hydor: Monsters Attack, the monster swallowed the admiral in a small submarine. A man from the inside launched a rocket that exploded, ripping the flesh of the lizard. Heat from the wound on Godzilla’s back poured out and he tore himself apart. And although the monster died, his heart continued to beat on the bottom of the bay.
Godzilla was rude and primitive.
In the early films, Godzilla was portrayed as a rough brutal being, a real natural disaster. There were no reasonable motives for his behavior. But in 1964 Godzilla talked with Motra and Rodan in “The Gidor, a Three-Headed Monster”. Butterfly tried to convince the two other monsters to unite and fight together with Hydora. Initially, Godzilla refuses to join this union. Monster quite reasonably states that people have always tried to hurt him – why should he help them? True, Godzilla forgot to mention that people still had an excuse to fight against him, given his destructive activities. After that, the behavior of the monster became more human, which was reflected in the late films of the era of Showa in the 1960-1970’s. At different times, the monster collaborated with other monsters, developing battle strategies. In “Godzilla against a sea monster,” the creature even felt sympathy for the woman, and in “Godzilla vs. Monster Zero” it even danced. In the film “Godzilla vs. Gaigan” (Godzilla on the island of monsters) he talked with another monster, Agirus. In the film at the mouth of the monsters painted a bubble with their words. In a later period, Heisei in the 1980-1990s, Godzilla is depicted already as a living being, therefore, more cunning. He experiences obvious emotional attachments to his descendants, and the level of communication with people increases at times.
Godzilla defeated King Kong in the Japanese version of King Kong vs. Godzilla.
This myth flatter monster fans, but most true connoisseurs of the series, like those who have access to Wikipedia, know that this is not true. But over the years, people believed that Godzilla is stronger than King Kong. Film producer John Beck in his version of the film for the American audience made many changes. The film, in fact, was completely different from the Japanese version. However, the ending did not change. And King Kong and Godzilla fell into the sea in a fight, but only a huge monkey emerged to the surface. The myth that Godzilla still came out the winner in the Japanese version of the film, created the magazine “Spacemen”. Soon this statement began to spread and other publications on monsters. In the famous game-quiz Trivial pursuit in the 1980s, the correct answer was Godzilla’s victory in the Japanese version. And only in the 1990s, with the development of the Internet, the myth was dispelled. Now the real Godzilla fans still prefer to tell the real version, than to cultivate such a pleasant delusion.
Godzilla attacked only Japan.
In films, as a rule, a monster really hit upon Japan. But a couple of times he did sally to other places. So, in “Destroy All Monsters” in 1968, the monster hits New York, crossing the Pacific Ocean. And in “Godzilla against the Destroyer” the monster attacks Hong Kong. And do not forget about the famous Hollywood blockbuster in 1998, when Godzilla again attacked New York.
Godzilla has a biological son – Minilla.
In the world of kaizu there are several hated characters, one of which is Minilla or Minya. This character appears in the film Son of Godzilla. Producers with the help of Minillas in the 1960s tried to win the love of the children’s audience, which was then very interested in a series of films about the monster. Minilla was an attempt to make a cute and friendly clan of Godzilla. However, the attempt was terribly vulgar and erroneous. Minilla looks like a ridiculous fruit of the love of a good ghost, a Zephyr man, and an extraterrestrial. The resemblance to Godzilla is very remote. And the most interesting thing is that in four films with Minilla, Son of Godzilla, Destroy All Monsters, Godzilla’s Revenge and Godzilla: Final Wars, nowhere does it explicitly state that this character is a biological descendant of a lizard-like creature, the protagonist of the series . Such a version is allowed, but given the physical differences, this variant is not contested. Just supposed the relationship of Minilla and Godzilla. A smaller beast follows a large and similar image spewing smoke.But this is clearly not enough to confirm the relationship of the characters.
Godzilla is green.
Since the first discovery of the dinosaurs in the 19th century, they have often been depicted in green. In the end, they were giant lizards, and most of the lizards familiar to Europeans and Americans were just this color. Such an idea was so ingrained in people’s minds that when the Americans began to import films about Godzilla in the 1950s and 1960s, the monster began to be depicted in green. And when about him the studio of Hanna-Barbera in the late 1970s shot the film, then the creature painted everything in the same green color. Around the same time came a comic from Marvel, where Godzilla was the usual color for dinosaurs. However, the monster was never depicted in green in any of the early films. And in Japan in general until 1999, no one portrayed Godzilla in this color. He always had a dark gray color. But in the movie “Godzilla: Millennium” in 1999, the monster has already received green skin. With this change, he moved into a new era. Now, it seems, the question of the color of Godzilla is finally solved.
Godzilla breathes fire.
This question may seem semantic, but for Japanese survivors of nuclear bombings during the Second World War, some of the characteristics of a terrible monster are important. He not only mutated due to radiation, but also knows how to emit radioactive energy. In the first films, it was more like poisonous steam or smoke, but by the mid-1960s a ray appeared. Such weapons Godzilla has preserved so far. Usually the beam is bright blue, with rare exceptions, and the monster’s dorsal plates flicker with the same light. Interestingly, in American production, all in the same Hanna-Barbera cartoon, the Marvel comic, and in the marketing posters for films in local dubbing, Godzilla’s breathing was portrayed as fiery, bright red. Some regarded this image as an attempt to distance themselves from the monster’s connection with the American nuclear bombings of Japan. However, it is more likely that according to producers, Americans should like the classic green fire-breathing dragon more than a dark green creature shooting with blue rays.
Godzilla is a female being.
This myth appeared because Godzilla had a son. But only female reptiles can lay eggs. Godzilla’s descendants were called Minilla and Godzilla the younger. But in the movies, the monster was always called a man. The sex is also confirmed by the fact that Godzilla is called the King of monsters, and not the Queen. The myth appeared, thanks to the 1998 American film Godzilla, where the main monster, asexually, laid eggs. Nevertheless Godzilla is officially considered the owner of the male sex. The presence of Godzilla eggs implies that there were female specimens of this kind at some point in time. It is likely that they exist in this fictional world, but in the films they were not mentioned. And in different non-cinematographic scenes with the participation of Godzilla (computer games, goods) there are references to the females of Godzilla, Bijra and Gojirin.
Godzilla was the same height as King Kong.
In the film, in which the two monsters seized, the monkey’s growth was 45 meters. In the version of the Showa era, King Kong had a maximum of 20 meters of growth. And the maximum fixed growth of Godzilla is 108 meters, the minimum is about 50 meters.
All the films about Godzilla are connected by continuity.
Some fans believe that the tapes consistently narrate one story. However, this is not so. There are some films that clearly have their own prehistory, while others generally do without Godzilla. Some fans are adherents of the point of view that only films of separate epochs can be considered continuous (Showa, Heisei, Shinsei). However, this is also wrong. For example, each of the films of the 2000s has its own prehistory, not being related to either its era or previous ones. Sometimes only the connection with the original ribbon of 1954 can be traced.
Год Godzilla costumes were made from rubber.
Many people believe that the costume of the monster was rubber, but in fact the material was created from foam. At first the layout was formed on the basis of the actor’s costume, then the glued pieces of foam were applied to these samples. So there was a statue of Godzilla. After its formation from the foam outside, it was covered with contact adhesive. Then the structure was put on leather with wooden elements. Finally, the suit was sealed with a few layers of liquid latex, painted. And in the era of Sowa, the head of the monster was molded from clay. In the last films Godzilla is already an object of computer graphics.
Godzilla can not fly.
In the film “Godzilla against Hadora” the monster was given the opportunity to fly, thanks to the nuclear beam. But in the future this skill was not used anywhere and was not mentioned.