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The History and Evolution of Godzilla | Cynical Justin

The History and Evolution of Godzilla | Cynical Justin
what is

Godzilla

too many

Godzilla

may simply be a man in a monster suit storming through a miniature version of Japan or maybe the monster that headlined a massive cinematic universe and established itself as the king of the monsters what many people don't know is the creatures

history

and significance to the culture surrounding it throughout the years

Godzilla

has evolved to symbolize many different concepts and ideas so we'll be discussing

Godzilla

's origins from a metaphorical hydrogen bomb to its rise as the king of the monsters and end with the current day as a criticism of Japan's government so let's start with the film that began at all the original Toho film directed by Ishiro Honda Gojira

Godzilla

's

history

began in 1945 with the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki easily one of the most catastrophic events to ever face Japan the first bomb wiped out approximately 90% of the city of Hiroshima and killed an estimated 80,000 people immediately on impact the second bomb in Nagasaki would go on to kill an estimated 40,000 people and would lead to a Japanese surrender in World War two due to the power of a new and most cruel bomb however many of the people of Japan would not know the true horrors and devastation the bombs created because of the censorship brought upon the country by the United States after the surrender in 1945 the forces occupying Japan at the time were more concerned with censoring anything involving the atomic bombs in...
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an interview with The Criterion Collection Japanese film critic taro Sato would go on to say things like factual reports about Hiroshima and Nagasaki were very strictly censored only sentimental treatments of the subject were allowed such as eternal song of Nagasaki and the bells of Nagasaki it wasn't until seven years later 1952 and the Japanese were finally able to approach the tragedy and showcase it and its horrors on the big screen the first film to feature the events was a docudrama directed by kaneto shindo by the name of children of hiroshima the film was released only a few months after the occupations end and detailed the effects of radiation exposure and the people of Hiroshima that had to suffer through it the film would be followed by another simply titled Hiroshima this film was funded by the Japanese teachers union in an attempt to show a more harsh more detailed and more realistic version of the bombing Toho Studios was looking to make a film called in the shadow of glory with their newly found freedom of expression the film was to be both a Japanese and Indonesian production on the Japanese occupation of Indonesia producer Toma Yuki Tanaka was tasked with flying over to Jakarta the capital of Indonesia after the country denied Japanese filmmakers visas because of the anti-japanese sentiment unsuccessful with his attempt tanaka got back on a flight to Japan and on his flight the producer was looking out into the Pacific and recalled of the incident in...
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Bikini Atoll this site would then become an idea that we would soon come to recognize as gu zerah in 1954 a Japanese tuna fishing boat by the name of the Lucky Dragon number five was sent with a task of fishing at Midway Atoll however the boat would end up near the Marshall Islands where unbeknownst to the crew the United States would test a hydrogen bomb on Bikini Atoll the very same day the boat would feel the radioactive effects of the bomb and be covered in a thick ash the crew labelled as she no eye or death ash the ash brought along with it illness and pain to the crew that were hospitalized upon arrival back in Japan the entire crew would sustain injuries that would live on with them for the rest of their lives as a reminder of the event that occurred on that day all but one crew member the radio operator by the name of okie chiku boy Yama that would unfortunately succumbed to his injuries and passed away only a few months after the incident this event would later become a major political issue in Japan which felt that they had been attacked by the United States for a third time this bird the popular anti-nuclear movement in Japan that would lead to the United States paying Japan for reparations because of the damage they had done Tomoyuki tanaka would take this event and eventually shape it into the film audiences have grown to adore by the name of Gojira before becoming the iconic monster everyone knows today the creature took on many different looks most notably...
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that of a combination of a gorilla and a whale this combination of the Japanese names for the animals birth the name Gojira however the creature would be changed to have a more dinosaur esque look its original dinosaur design was meant to be used for stop-motion much like one of the film's inspirations King Kong however the design would once again changed to finally resemble the iconic design we all know and love today many elements of the design were meant to resemble the event that occurred on Bikini Atoll earlier that year particularly the creatures head which had been designed to appear as a mushroom cloud in certain shots another example being the scales on the creatures body which were meant to resemble the burnt skin of the crew members aboard the Lucky Dragon the creature was the physical manifestation of the atomic bombings and the effect it had on the people of Japan it represented the evils of mankind and the destruction left behind by its footprint

Godzilla

wasn't meant to be shown as an antagonistic humanity but rather a byproduct of humanity's belligerence this is why the creature mimics the destruction brought upon the bombings in Japan in the film

Godzilla

's presence brings radioactivity with it this not only harms the people but also specifically the tuna in the film after the bombing at Bikini Atoll Japan was left with the shortage of tuna because of the damage done to the wildlife around the area due to the radiation however the scenes of...
scorched fields and a burning Tokyo are what resonated with Japanese audiences than most the all-too-familiar scorched fields and the blazing buildings were things that many of the Japanese had witnessed in Hiroshima and Nagasaki they knew the metaphors being told with this massive destructive merciless force that could not be stopped and people lived in fear of the monster resembles all the hardships of Japan during and after World War two and is a reminder of the consequences of humanity's actions by the film's end humanity is the antagonist as much destruction as

Godzilla

brought in the film it's never a question of if the creature is gonna die but when when the creature is faced with humanity it is clear which will prevail it's no surprise that when the creature is surrounded by human it meets its downfall the film was a massive box-office success in Japan making an estimated 125 million yen or approximately $2,250,000 off of a budget of 62 million yen or approximately 175,000 dollars this success would later lead to attention from around the world specifically the United States in 1956 the rights to Gojira would be handed to American film producer Joseph E Levine Levine would go on to rename the film into

Godzilla

king of the monsters as well as we edit and dub Honda's original the re-edited version of the film would only contain 40 minutes of the original film meaning that out of the original run time of 98 minutes 60% of it was cut out specifically...
references to Nagasaki contaminated food such as the tuna and bomb shelters were all cut it appeared that the United States once again was censoring the truth of the damage done and the devastation brought upon the people of Japan by the ruinous bombs with the re-edits came along the addition of popular American actor Raymond Burr to give an American perspective to a strictly Japanese experience in the film burr is reporting on the events of

Godzilla

as they occur with poorly edited scenes of him falsely interacting with the characters spliced in unsurprisingly the film was a disaster and was critically panned the film was no longer about the metaphorical horrors of the hydrogen bombs but rather a popcorn flick that marketed on the fact that there was a giant monster terrorizing humanity it's a gargantuan creature of the sea searches up on a tidal wave of destruction during vengeance

Godzilla

monster there is only one mention of the hydrogen bombs and it was to explain why

Godzilla

was on a rampage the original film would not receive an official Western release until May of 2004 when it received a limited theatrical release through Alto Pictures the film would later receive a DVD released through classic media in 2006 making it readily available for the Western world to watch for the first time in roughly 52 years a few years later in 2012 the film will be digitally restored by The Criterion Collection leaving the film remastered and leaving the United States with issue...
o Honda's original vision with the massive success of the original Gojira in Japan Toho Studios began production on another

Godzilla

film titled

Godzilla

raids again this film would feature the second kaiju introduced into the series anger Asst keeping with the dinosaur design of the kaiju the creature resembled an ankylosaurus in the film the two kaiju are rivals and fight until the creatures end up in Osaka where

Godzilla

kills angrist with its atomic breath the film ends with

Godzilla

being buried by an avalanche created by missiles shot into a mountain by the hero of the film beginning with this film

Godzilla

would quickly move away from the symbolic nature of its creation and instead dive into a period of action known to many as the Showa period seven years after

Godzilla

raids again

Godzilla

returned to the big screen against one of its biggest inspirations King Kong returning to direct the film would be Ashura Honda who would go on to direct several of the sequels in the Showa period this film would mark the first time

Godzilla

would be shown in color as well as the first in many verses films the original concept for the film was King Kong meets Frankenstein after several changes due to issues with the rights to Frankenstein's monster and other issues with stop animation Frankenstein's monster was dropped and substituted with

Godzilla

however certain aspects of the monsters stayed within the film such as his ability to gain strength through electricity...
these tropes were given to King Kong due to bad script changes even though the monster was swapped out for

Godzilla

since

Godzilla

was still viewed as an antagonist at the time and King Kong was considered as more popular in Japan Toho officially gave King Kong the win in the film this film would mark the beginning of

Godzilla

's slow transition into a more child-friendly product evolving it to slowly become more of a protagonist although King Kong would not return for any more

Godzilla

sequels it was featured in another Toho produced film called King Kong escapes where Kong faces a robot version of itself the film was made in 1967 and was directed by none other than issue row Honda as for Frankenstein's monster it would also be featured in a Toho produced movie called Frankenstein vs. Barragan the film featured a Japanese reimagining of the Frankenstein's monster that was simply titled Frankenstein and is created by a scientist and Nazi Germany Barragan would not make an appearance in another Toho film until destroy all monsters in 1968 implying that Frankenstein does indeed exist in the world of

Godzilla

Frankenstein versus Barragan would receive a loose sequel in the form of War of the Gargantuas in 1966 both films are also directed by issue row Honda following its match up with king kong

godzilla

would go on to face another kaiju that was created during its slumber of seven years after

Godzilla

raids again Mothra the film was both a sequel to King Kong vs....

Godzilla

and Mothra z' debut film Mothra the film would take a fairly unconventional approach to the existing

Godzilla

films by introducing characters specifically matharis fairies that changed the pace and the attitude of the typical

Godzilla

film the film once again uses

Godzilla

as the antagonist and Mothra as a protagonist specifically a defender of Japan by the end of the film

Godzilla

defeats Mothra but not before having laid two eggs that spawn two larvae that also face-off against

Godzilla

and are victorious the following film introduces gira otherwise known as Ghidorah in the film deidre the three-headed monster this film marks an important point in the Showa period for multiple different reasons firstly much like Mothra vs.

Godzilla

before it it introduced a creature created during

Godzilla

's downtime into the world of

Godzilla

this creature would be the iconic Rodin secondly it introduced one of the all-time fan favorites into the series deidre which would become the main adversary against

Godzilla

and third this film marks the first time

Godzilla

's truly used as a protagonist and would continue to do so for the rest of the Showa period this film features a fight with

Godzilla

and Rodan which eventually turns into giedrius against

Godzilla

Rodin and Mothra still in its larval form the series then continued on with other films featuring many of the same Kaidu invasion of the Astro monster would have an alien race take control of Ghidorah and put it up...
against

Godzilla

and Rodan Ibrahim the deep would have

Godzilla

take the part of King Kong who was supposed to have the main role and make it face ebrucaba kaiju and then came son of

Godzilla

which introduced

Godzilla

son dubbed Manila this is where

Godzilla

's turned into a more child-friendly monster really started to accelerate with

Godzilla

now being marketed towards children the films from this point on heavily added comedic or quirky scenes that the original vision for

Godzilla

would have never done showing just how far this monster had come in the span of eight films in 1968 the ninth and the apparent final

Godzilla

film was released destroy all monsters featured several kaiju from the previous films to battle once more for a final epic fight the film takes place in the future where all the monsters have been collected and put onto an island called monster land due to some aliens chaos ensues and then the film concludes with a battle of the monster land monsters against gira it was at this point that the series was meant to end because of the significant decline in ticket sales as well as producer Tomo Yuki Tanaka stating that all the ideas had run out however only a year after destroy all monsters release all monsters attack was released to the public this was the point where the

Godzilla

film started to become specifically geared towards children this film featured an unconventional plot where a child has to overcome bullies as well as some bank robbers later in...
the film he does this by fantasizing about befriending Manila on the newly dubbed monster island Manila can change size and speak to the child in this film the child gets empowered after watching Manila deal with his own bully on Monster Island and thus confronts the bullies in real life and is victorious the obvious message here being

Godzilla

's head that I could learn to fight ball battle know not to take drugs the following film

Godzilla

vs. Hedera has

Godzilla

faced off against a monster that is made out of the world's pollution this film features many messages about saving the planet while showing imagery such as garbage in water accompanied by a song titled save the earth but despite its message of pollution probably the main takeaway from the film came from how

Godzilla

decided to chase hetra after it started flying away this scene has easily become one of the most iconic scenes in

Godzilla

's

history

due to it simply being one of the most ludicrous scenes in

Godzilla

's

history

but this was just the beginning of the hilarity

Godzilla

vs. gigan was not a very significant entry into the series other than to present another popular reoccurring enemy in the form of gigan however the film would mark the final time

Godzilla

would be played by actor Haru o Nakajima thus making it as if the monster had lost the final piece of what made

Godzilla

what it was aside from that the film itself seemed to have been plagued by a lazy production there were many shots...
taken from other films specifically destroy all monsters and much of the soundtrack was recycled from prior Toho films such as the previously mentioned Frankenstein conquers the world and King Kong escapes for the next guide you installment Toho wanted to have a superhero like that of ultraman faced off against a new kaiju by the name of Megalon so they held a contest where an elementary school students design for the new superhero would win the hero would eventually be titled Jet Jaguar however after some screen testings it was decided that the film could not be carried by Jet Jaguar alone it was settled that the addition of both

Godzilla

and Gigan would be put into the film the film titled

Godzilla

vs. Megalon was filmed in a very short three weeks and because of that reuses many clips from

Godzilla

vs. gigan to compensate however this film features a scene that compensates for it all despite this the film was critically panned for its lazy and sloppy filmmaking particularly the special effects which were clearly low effort to many the next film

Godzilla

vs. Mecha

godzilla

would be a return to earlier works in the franchise for its 20th anniversary the film begins reminiscently to that of the original

Godzilla

film with a king of the monsters attacking humanity once again however this creature would actually turn out to be mecha

godzilla

a robotic being created by ape-like aliens the 15th and final film in the Showa period would be a direct sequel called terror of mecha...

godzilla

and it would also be the last time issue of Honda the director of the original film and many after would direct a

Godzilla

film the film would feature the return of mecha

godzilla

alongside a new creature called Titanosaurus in the film

Godzilla

must face off against both without any aid like it received in the prior installment

Godzilla

is victorious and the film ends with

Godzilla

heading back into the sea a fitting ending as

Godzilla

would not return to the big screen for nearly a decade the Heisei period would begin in 1984 with the return of

Godzilla

also simply known as

Godzilla

in Japan the film ignores the events of all the Showa period except for the original which this film is a sequel to and now with

Godzilla

's

history

as a defender of the earth behind it it once again returns to its origin as a ruthless monster set out on destruction after the failure of the prior installment specifically terror of mecha

godzilla

Toho decided to return to the drawing board with the monster after many ideas of what exciting fights

Godzilla

could have it was eventually decided that

Godzilla

would return to its original purpose as a metaphor for the atomic bomb and nuclear radiation this metaphor was even kept in the American version because of Raymond Burr who played Steve Martin in

Godzilla

king of the monsters he expressed his feelings of the metaphor for

Godzilla

needing to be taken seriously the original script involved

Godzilla

to instead be a metaphor for the...
Three Mile Island accident that occurred during the 25th anniversary of

Godzilla

in 1979 this incident was caused by a nuclear meltdown that occurred in Dauphin County Pennsylvania however for unknown reasons this script was rejected a few years later in 1983 American director Steve miner proposed to make a

Godzilla

film to Toho Toho accepted however the film was rejected by American movie studios due to the high cost of wanting to shoot the movie in stop-motion as well as in 3d because of this the film was never made and it was probably for the best however before production for minors film ended production for a strictly Japanese

Godzilla

began this project would evolve into the film we all know today the return of

Godzilla

the original plan was for Ichiro Honda to return to direct what would become the sequel to his masterpiece Gojira Honda declined as he was working with legendary filmmaker Akira Kurosawa on his films Kagemusha and ran Honda would also go on to remark that he believed the series should have ended after the death of edgy Tsuburaya the original special-effects two the production would continue to be troubled as the composer Akira if a cuvette who had been composing for the

Godzilla

franchise since the original also declined to join because of

Godzilla

's decline in quality and increase in height instead of being 50 meters tall as

Godzilla

had usually been a tight was now being increased to 80 meters this was so

Godzilla

would appear taller in light of...
the skyscraper filled Tokyo tera Yoshi Nakano the special effects director for the film urge for

Godzilla

to have a design of sadness so that this

Godzilla

was not associated with the

Godzilla

marketed towards children but one regarded as terrifying by audiences just as the original design had done this film featured the first time where animatronics would be used in a

Godzilla

film it was specifically used for close-ups of

Godzilla

's head where it would do things such as tilt its head or move its lips where wires would have been needed prior the plot is fairly simple featuring a new more menacing

Godzilla

that terrorizes Tokyo once more one notable difference is the inclusion of American and Russian tension from the Cold War for example omits

Godzilla

's second attack on Tokyo it destroys a Russian submarine Russia assumes it was the Americans that destroy the submarine and threatens nuclear war the film was successful however gave little in terms of revenue to Toho and left a sequel for the film up in the air because of this producer Tomoyuki Tanaka suggested that

Godzilla

returned from a force of nature to simply fighting monsters once again Tanaka created another contest in which people could submit their story ideas for a sequel the winner would be dentist Shinichiro Kobayashi who wrote a script that dropped the focus of nuclear weapons and instead went into a direction of biotechnology a few years later and

Godzilla

vs. Bo lantee was created considering the aid...
of Kobayashi the film took a very different approach to the typical

Godzilla

film firstly the film featured a more spy ask feel to it this is because Kobayashi was more interested in James Bond films than he was

Godzilla

films the antagonist was also unconventional in the fact that he was created using

Godzilla

's DNA not to mention the film also featured a fair amount of imagery particularly with a dead daughter of the scientist in the film the film did significantly less well than his predecessor despite its positive reviews for its fresh unconventional filmmaking that was unseen in the

Godzilla

film because of this it was decided that an enemy from

Godzilla

's past in the Showa period would return to face off against

Godzilla

once more the selected monster was none other than

Godzilla

's archrival King Ghidorah

Godzilla

versus King Ghidorah would be the first film to feature

Godzilla

's past and its

evolution

into the

Godzilla

of this timeline

Godzilla

originated as a dinosaur that was mutated by radiation exposure from the atomic bomb in world war ii and became the king of the monsters through it however the film did not come without its fair share of controversy this is because many people found the portrayal of World War Two in the film to be a fairly poor taste and damaging to American Japanese relationships it was also notable that none of the

Godzilla

films past this point received US releases until the rise in popularity of the DVD medium despite this...
the film was considered a success and because of it Toho decided it would be a good idea to bring back another monster from

Godzilla

's past for it to fight once again for the fourth installment in the Heisei period Toho decided to bring back one of the most beloved kaiju of the series Mothra the original plan was for Mothra to return in its own film against a creature named Bagon the film was changed to include

Godzilla

as it was more recognized outside of Japan and Toho didn't believe a standalone Mothra film would do well internationally because of this in 1992

Godzilla

vs. Mothra was released the film took many ideas from the original standalone Mothra script and took the antagonist of the film and reworked it from Bagon to Batra a menacing version of Mothra the film was a massive success and became the highest grossing film of the Heisei period and if adjusted for inflation the entire franchise this is also the last

Godzilla

film made before the death of Ashura Honda who I'd been heavily criticizing the returning series it was reported that he visited the set for the film shortly before passing Toa proposed to end the series once more in honor of the passing of issue o Honda as well as to avoid competition with the American

Godzilla

film that was in production at that time but the original plan was her a remake of one of the most successful installments in the series gods versus King Kong however gained the rights to King Kong proved to be costly and all other...
ideas involving King Kong were scrapped since Toho saw the success in the returning monsters from the Showa period battling against

Godzilla

once more it was decided that the returning Monster would be Mecha

godzilla

to fight again in

Godzilla

vs. Mecha

godzilla

- not only that but it would feature the returns of

Godzilla

son and Rodan the film was heavily promoted with the returning monsters the children's program called

Godzilla

land and noting the film as a cure if a coup Bay's final performance as a composer even though this would not be the case it was planned for

Godzilla

to be killed off at the end of the film however the ending was saved as another installment would be made using this ending as a way to promote the film the film was yet another success and planted the seeds for the final installment of the Heisei period before the final installment would come another film named

Godzilla

vs space

Godzilla

was released the film calls back to the second in the Heisei series

godzilla

vs. BL ante this is because it is stated that BL auntie's DNA which has a mixture of

Godzilla

's DNA was brought into outer space by Mothra and is morphed from radiation in a black hole to create space

Godzilla

convoluted creations story aside the film was also a success the film aimed to branch out into other mediums specifically TV with the introduction of a more child-friendly design for

Godzilla

son instead of the dinosaur s look given to it in the prior installment it was a...
children's show titled little

Godzilla

's underground adventure however this never came to be even though this installment and the prior were considered successful they were both critically mixed and showed lower numbers compared to that of the extremely successful

Godzilla

vs. Mothra because of this Toho decided it was finally time to put

Godzilla

to rest in 1995 Toho announced to the world that

Godzilla

would officially die in the next feature the announcement of

Godzilla

's upcoming death made global news as many people around the world were saddened by the end of the monsters 42-year reign as the king of the monsters but in 22nd film

godzilla

vs. the destroyers release December night in Japan the 42 year old monster will finally meet his end

Godzilla

will dodge it reached a point where a

Godzilla

statue was being constructed at he bio were several people mourned after the film's release the original plan for the film involved the spirit of the 1954

Godzilla

possessing

Godzilla

son

Godzilla

jr. while this idea was scrapped it was considered fitting that the original film take presidents in the final film through this

Godzilla

once again regained its metaphorical implications in

Godzilla

vs. destoroyah in this film

Godzilla

's past would come back to haunt it in the form of three other creatures evolved from the death of the original

Godzilla

through the oxygen destroyer

Godzilla

in this film is a literal ticking time bomb it is stated in the film that...

Godzilla

's heart acts like a nuclear reactor and is going through a meltdown so now it's not only a metaphor for the atomic bombs but a physical manifestation of it the film begins with

Godzilla

not attacking Tokyo but rather Hong Kong this is where it is discovered that

Godzilla

is strangely glowing red as it attacks then the facts about

Godzilla

's heart are uncovered and it is discovered that

Godzilla

explode it could potentially destroy the world with it by the end of the film

Godzilla

faces destoroyah after it killed

Godzilla

jr.

Godzilla

is unsuccessful in doing so and the military actually manages to defeat the foe

Godzilla

then starts to melt down and die however the military in the film is able to freeze

Godzilla

enough to the point where the damage is minimal the radiation is still enough to render Tokyo completely uninhabitable just like the original

Godzilla

's presence did but the radiation goes away as

Godzilla

jr. comes back to life as a fully grown

Godzilla

this suggested that the monster would embark on its own series but this would not happen and fans of the series would have to wait four years for the king to return to the big screen in Japan once again before

Godzilla

would make its comeback in Japan in American

Godzilla

film would make an appearance Henry G stay pristine a producer that worked on distributing

Godzilla

films to the US received permission from Toho to pitch in American

Godzilla

film who then pitched the idea to Sony producers...
Carrie woods and Robert freed they proposed the idea of an American

Godzilla

film to Columbia Pictures and were rejected the idea was then proposed at Tristar which originally rejected it but would later be accepted after meeting with the CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment Peter Guber Tristar vice-chairman ken Limburger was sent out to Tokyo and received the rights to the monster from Toho in 1992 the same year

Godzilla

vs. Mothra was released in Japan the same year Tristar announced that it would be making a trilogy of

Godzilla

films that would stay true to the original Japanese films specifically retaining the anti-nuclear theme that the American version of the

Godzilla

films up to that point had made an effort to avoid many of the people behind the Japanese

Godzilla

films were excited to see what the United States could do with the property expressing their high expectations for the film even issue a Honda before his passing would state that he was excited for the project as he was still very upset with the direction the Heisei period

Godzilla

films had been taking before pre-production for the film began many different scripts were created for the American version of the monster one version of the script involved

Godzilla

being created from Atlanteans rather than being mutated from the atomic bomb and would have

Godzilla

face off against an alien kaiju with the ability to shape-shift called the Griffin clear similarities two cameras Heisei origins aside the scripts seemed...
to be the one Tristar would choose to begin production with this was until Jan de Bont the person who wrote the script requested Tristar for a budget of 100 to 120 million dollars he was denied even though the final product would end up having a budget of 125 million dollars Tristar later found a director for the film by the name of roland emmerich he and producer Dean Devlin signed on to make the film before the release of the latest film Independence Day Emmerich signed on to the project only asking that he absolute creative control over the project as he wanted to discard much of

Godzilla

's

history

alter its appearance and change many of its signature features he believed the design Toho made for

Godzilla

didn't make any sense and decided that he didn't want it to look like a monster but rather make it into an animal Emmerich would go on to state I didn't want to make the original

Godzilla

I wanted nothing to do with it I wanted to make my own with this in mind he gave it the ability to run and altered his design to resemble more than iguana this is probably because Emmerich would change

Godzilla

's origin as a dinosaur that is exposed to radiation - an iguana that was exposed to radiation from nuclear testing the nuclear origin being the only part of

Godzilla

's origin that stayed because that was all of

Godzilla

's origin he wanted to use with their script ready the film went into pre-production where it was confirmed that

Godzilla

was going to...
be made with CGI despite having made an animatronic

Godzilla

suit the film was heavily marketed in the United States with a teaser trailer showing the foot of

Godzilla

crushing the skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus Rex in a museum most likely a nod at one of the 1998 films direct influences Jurassic Park Taco Bell would also help in the marketing of the film by creating an ad featuring the new

Godzilla

ironically with the roar of the t-rex in Jurassic Park I think I need a big involved the film was released on may 20th of 1998 and was universally panned there were several reasons why the movie was hated but one of the most notable reasons is its resemblance to the lost world Rasik park the new

Godzilla

's appearance and motions were all strikingly similar to that of the t-rex in the lost world

Godzilla

also lays some eggs in the film that once hatched baby

Godzilla

creatures attack in a manner very similarly to the velociraptors of the original Jurassic Park it was clear where the influences had come from and fans were more eager to see the famous Japanese monster that they had grown to love rather than the abomination of a creature audiences witnessed not only was the beloved monster mishandled but the general filmmaking was also stilted and noticeably rushed this was because Tristar rushed Emmerich into making the film ready for Memorial Day weekend to ironically compete with the box-office success of the lost world drastic park Emmerich would later go on to state that he...
regretted being a part of the film's production but also that he thought the film was better than the critics were making it out to be he would also go on to state that he never took the movie seriously and that he was never a big

Godzilla

fan producer Dean Devlin took the issue much more seriously and much less like a sore loser he stated how he thought many decisions made for the film were big mistakes and that he took full responsibility for the poor writing of the film even the original Japanese filmmakers were so disappointed with the product that they bought the rights to the new

godzilla

changed its name from

godzilla

to simply Zilla and killed the abomination off in 2004's

godzilla

final wars in a very quick simple manner regardless the film was a box-office success but Tristar decided against continuing the plan of a trilogy after its critical reception despite the ending leaving the possibility for a sequel instead the Japanese

Godzilla

would soon be making its return with a distaste for the new American

Godzilla

and the fans of the Toho

Godzilla

wanting the monster to return from the dead after its death in 1995 Toho decided to start production on a new

Godzilla

film named

Godzilla

2000 millennium only two months after the release at the Tristar version

Godzilla

would once again be renovated however to much lesser degree than before

Godzilla

would return to anatomic origin but the anti-nuclear theme would be much less prevalent in this film its appearance...
was changed once more and its height scaled down it is presumed that the film once again rebooted the series meaning that it ignored all the films but the original the films seemed to have taken a few elements from the Tri Star version by implementing CGI versions of the monster into the film as well as many green screen shots the film was released in the United States and feeders and caused a lot of confusion for audience members that assumed it was a sequel to the Tristar film despite this the film did well in the box office but it was decided that

Godzilla

would once again return to directed DVD in the United States the next film in the series

godzilla

vs. megaguirus was also considered a reboot to the franchise the same filmmaking of CGI and green screen effects were in the film and the narrative of the film was still fairly weak the film did significantly less well than the film that came before it and it was met with a significantly mixed to negative reception as critics were getting tired of the formula

Godzilla

films had run into even the antagonist of the film had its origins in 1956 is Rodin and then gained shades of BL ante as it was a monster created with the aid of

Godzilla

's DNA with the reception the film received and the simple monster vs monster formula becoming old to audiences Toho once again decided to reboot the franchise with

Godzilla

Mothra and King Ghidorah giant monsters all-out attack the film would once again give

Godzilla

a new look that was...
much more similar to that of the original design its origins were also slightly augmented as it still had as atomic beginnings but now is also an apparent manifestation of those killed by the Japanese Army in the Pacific War focusing on trying to present more of an anti-war angle rather than an anti-nuclear one the other monsters in the film would also receive updated designs as God Zillah would now be the feature antagonist rather than King Ghidorah as it had usually been these designs would leave Ghidorah Mothra and Barragan smaller weaker and left without some of their signature abilities the updated

Godzilla

design was to make it look stronger as all three monsters would face off against it

Godzilla

would eventually defeat all three monsters but would go on to be defeated by the spirits of the three defeated monsters as well as the main character's father being completely disintegrated aside from its still beating heart promising yet another return with all the star power featured in the film it was no surprise that it was successful but even with the success of the film Toho once more decided to reboot the series with

Godzilla

against mecha

godzilla

this would be the third time

Godzilla

would faced its robotic adversary however this time it would come with the twist considering the film was once again a reboot it took the original

Godzilla

and put it up against the new one this was done by taking the skeleton of the original

Godzilla

and making them the foundation...
for mecha

godzilla

while the narrative may have been nonsensical the film also did very well and would be followed up with a direct sequel rather than restarting the series once again the fifth film in the Millennium period would be Tokyo SOS which essentially features the same battle but with the addition of Mothra who is angered by the use of

Godzilla

's bones explained in the previous film the film ends with a death of Mothra but with the hatching of two new larvae just like their original meet up in Mothra vs

Godzilla

mecha

godzilla

also drags itself and

godzilla

to the bottom of the ocean the film didn't have much to it but it was still successful and paved the way for the final installment of the Millenium period with its chaotic nature after 28 total

Godzilla

films to this point and fifty years of

Godzilla

Toho decided that the 29th installment of the franchise was going to be the biggest feature yet

Godzilla

final Wars this film brought back several different monsters specifically from the Showa period such as the likes of Rodin anger is king Caesar can Icarus koo manga Ibrahim had aura and even Manila

Godzilla

son made a return in the film it wasn't all-out Rumble where

Godzilla

single-handedly beats several monsters from its past once for one last hurrah the final fight would put

Godzilla

against its nemesis King Ghidorah once more where

Godzilla

would prevail and once again return to rest with its son in the ocean the film is the most expensive in the...
toh series to date costing nearly 20 million in u.s. dollars disappointingly the film underperformed and was the lowest grossing film of the millennium period as well as the least attended since terror of Mecha

godzilla

the film did well critically and even led to

Godzilla

receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame after this film

Godzilla

would be allowed to rest for another decade before it would be revived once again with Toho's

Godzilla

resting for 10 years waiting for a resurgence and tristar's rights to the monster having expired in 2003 legendary pictures decided it was time to revive the American

Godzilla

the original plan in 2004 was for the director of

Godzilla

vs. Hedera yoshimitsu bono to direct a 40 minute short sequel for

Godzilla

vs. Hedera in IMAX in 3d the team behind the short would go out to Toho in Tokyo where they negotiated their license to be able to create the film however a Koerner optical a visual effects companies signed to assist in the production of the film was facing financial trouble which could have resulted in the cancellation of the project in search of assistance then proposed director Keith Melton met with legendary pictures in 2008 in 2010 it was confirmed that legendary pictures had acquired the rights to

Godzilla

from Toho keeping only Yoshimitsu bono Kenji oku Hira and Brian Rogers Bano and oku Hira as executive producers and Rogers as a producer bana would go on to state that while the film would no longer be a sequel to...
his

Godzilla

film he still wanted and planned to make it in the future with production of the film now known to the public legendary it was quick to state that the monster would retain its original

history

and not resemble the iguana like creature of the 1998 American

Godzilla

film it was rumored that Guillermo del Toro director of films such as The Devil's Backbone and Pan's Labyrinth would be directing the film del Toro later denied the rumor and it was soon discovered that gareth edwards director of only one feature film prior would be taking the director's seat many writers were assigned the task of working on

godzilla

most notably David Callahan who worked on the original script and Frank Darabont who worked on a final rewrite for the film Darabont wanted to return

godzilla

to once again be a force of nature and changed the atomic theme of the film instead of being mutated by the atomic bomb in the film the military is trying to kill the monster with an atomic bomb therefore

Godzilla

became a manifestation of the wrath of nature a creature dealing out punishment to humanity for the harm done to the world however

Godzilla

was left scripted as an antihero as the introduction of two other monsters would take the role of antagonist and humanity specifically a character played by the lead actor Aaron taylor-johnson would play the protagonist the tone for the film was set to have a similar feeling to that of Steven Spielberg's jaws specifically by avoiding the...
appearance of

Godzilla

to build up anticipation another Spielberg film Close Encounters of the Third Kind would also prove to be a massive influence on the film once again

Godzilla

would be made from CGI however it would be much more well executed this time around with the lack of the monsters appearance up until the end and having scenes shot at night

godzilla

felt as if it had a physical presence in the world of the film unlike the 1998 version before the film was released in 2014 Toho received an early screening of the film who praised it and gave it a positive review the film was released on may 16th of 2014 and opened to positive reviews and box office success many of the critics that went in to see the film stated how

Godzilla

had remained true to his Japanese origins but had also become a monster of its own in the United States the success of the film led to the creation of the 2017 film Kong Skull Island the purpose of the film being to set up King Kong once more for a rematch of

Godzilla

and King Kong's classic bout in 1962 there is also a sequel for the 2014

Godzilla

currently in production and scheduled for release in 2019 currently titled

Godzilla

king of the monsters it is speculated that the iconic monsters of the Showa period particularly Mothra Rodin and King Ghidorah will also have prominent roles in the film these films are all part of legendaries monster verse rebuilding the cinematic universe of

godzilla

and other monsters should the film's...
continued to be successful it is likely that

Godzilla

will receive more films in the future as well as formally introduced certain monsters like Mothra and Rodan in their own standalone films it is also possible that longtime box-office rival Gamera could eventually make its way into the monster verse and give fans a long-awaited showdown between the two however this is all speculation and during this downtime for the American

Godzilla

the Toho

Godzilla

would once again be revitalized and make it back once more in December of 2014 after the success of Legendary's

Godzilla

and the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster as well as the Tohoku earthquake and tsunamis still fresh in Japan's mind Toho decided to let the beloved monster come out of its slumber after a decade of sleep it was announced that production would soon start and the film would have no relation to Legendary's monster verse it was announced the director of the acclaimed Neon Genesis Evangelion anime series Hideki ah no as well as Shinji Higuchi would be Co directing the new film Ana would also be working on the screenplay for the film while Higuchi would work as a special effects director initially anno declined to work on the film in 2013 after having made even Gillian 3.0 you cannot redo and falling into another depression later on in 2015 it was announced that the film would be called shin

Godzilla

shin in Japanese meaning new true God and apparently in some cases evolved this incarnation of...

Godzilla

would be even taller than the legendary

Godzilla

making it the tallest

Godzilla

to date this

Godzilla

was also confirmed to retain soup nation as had become staple in the Toho

Godzilla

films this suit would be enhanced with CGI to make the monster more animated in terms of movement this incarnation of

Godzilla

would be a drastic turn from the original as the themes of the film were changed to match with the recent natural disasters of Japan specifically the tsunami and earthquake that devastated Japan only a few years prior the horrific event of a 9.0 magnitude earthquake which is the most powerful earthquake Japan has ever faced that would make a colossal tsunami that led to further destruction the event would also cause the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster which resulted in a nuclear meltdown that caused radiation to spread throughout the area while the direct radiation did not cause any casualties it is believed that an estimated 1600 deaths occurred because of the poor evacuation and will continue due likely to deaths resulting from cancer gained through the radiation an investigation on the incident found that the accident could have been easily foreseen and that the plant had not taken basic safety requirements for such an event the events caused nearly 16,000 casualties left over 6,000 injured and left approximately two point five thousand people missing Shin

Godzilla

in the film serves the purpose of being a metaphor for the three events by creating very...
similar damage simply through its presence the film also presents a commentary on the Japanese government and according to some a satire on Japanese politics this is because many of the people in the film that are portrayed as government officials are shown being more occupied with superficial things such as organizing meetings rather than directly handling the issue such issues also were presented with the triple disaster in Japan where many people frowned upon the decisions made by the Japanese government making the disaster the most costly in all of

history

Godzilla

's presence in the film is purely antagonistic yet at the same time the people in the film such as those in the government show to be more stifling in people's survival the film was met with critical acclaim in Japan and was the second highest grossing film of the year only second to your name which is currently the fourth highest-grossing film of all time in Japan the film also had a limited theatrical showing in the United States this was the first time the Toho

Godzilla

had been shown in American theaters ever since

Godzilla

2000 with the film's massive success and open-ended conclusion it would appear that the film will likely get a sequel however co-director Shinji Higuchi confirmed that a sequel for the film cannot be made until 2020 as Toho must wait for legendary to release its two other films however a CG enemy

Godzilla

film titled

Godzilla

monster planet is scheduled for release on November...
17th of 2017 it is supposedly the first film in a trilogy and will be released theatrically in Japan and worldwide on Netflix after the theatrical release in conclusion

Godzilla

has shown itself to be timeless the legendary monster has been and continues to be a staple and icon of cinema it is one of few franchises that has crossed the bridge from simply being a massive monster to becoming a cultural phenomenon it is a monster that evolves with its time and cement its legacy with each installment it makes it started as a metaphor for the nuclear devastation and radiation from the atomic bombs dropped on Japan and has gone on to birth an entire genre featuring the likes of other monsters it would battle for countless people's entertainment it was an action star it was a role model for kids it was a cultural divider and a unifier a symbol for the devastation brought in the earthquake and tsunami in Japan

Godzilla

managed to be an embodiment of the spirit of Japan the hardships the destruction the victories and much more that has allowed

Godzilla

to remain just as meaningful as a day it was conceived and its reign as the king of the monsters will continue to influence people all over the world as its relevance and pop culture only continues to grow in the minds of moviegoers and in the minds of filmmakers the name

Godzilla

does not simply carry the weight of the monster behind it but it carries the countless names of people that have put their valuable time into the films...
it carries the catalyst of imagination that has influenced so many and it carries the embodiment of a country the heart and soul of Japan so what is

Godzilla

Godzilla

may mean many different things to many different people but no matter who you ask no matter when you ask and no matter what you ask people will recognize the name of the monster that has struck so many people's hearts and minds