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Godzilla character
Godzilla
Classification: Mutant Godzillasaurus
Alias : Gojira
King of the Monsters
Gigantis the Fire Monster
First appearance: Godzilla (1954)
Last appearance: Godzilla: Final Wars (2004)
Height: 50[1]-100[2] meters (164 - 328 feet)
Weight: 20,000[3]-60,000[4] tons
Created by: Tomoyuki Tanaka
Ishiro Honda
Eiji Tsuburaya
Portrayed by: Shōwa Series:
Haruo Nakajima[5][6][7][8][9]
Katsumi Tezuka[5][6][8]
Ryosaku Takasugi[6]
Seiji Onaka
Shinji Takagi
Isao Zushi
Toru Kawai
Heisei Series:
Yoshitaka Kimura
Kenpachiro Satsuma
Shigeru Shibazaki
Millennium Series:
Tsutomu Kitagawa
Mizuho Yoshida

Godzilla (ゴジラ Gojira?) (also known as The King of the Monsters and Gigantis, the Fire Monster) is a kaijū (fictional Japanese monster) from the Godzilla series of science fiction films. He was first seen in the 1954 film Godzilla and, to date, has appeared in 28 films, all of which were produced by Toho Co. Ltd. Being one of the most iconic characters in film history, Godzilla has also appeared in numerous comic books, video games, novels, and in popular culture. Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... Godzilla may refer to: a series of mainly Japanese films, see Godzilla (film series). ... Godzilla is a series of giant monster films starring Godzilla, a Japanese creation usually portrayed by a man in a rubber suit. ... Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Gojira ), sometimes referred to as Godzilla in recent years, is a landmark 1954 Japanese science fiction film, produced and distributed by Toho Company Ltd. ... Godzilla: Final Wars (2004) is the 50th anniversary film in the Godzilla series of films. ... Tomoyuki Tanaka may refer to: Tomoyuki Tanaka is the name of the Japanese film producer responsible for the Godzilla movies Tomoyuki Tanaka is the name of the Japanese musician commonly known as Fantastic Plastic Machine This is a disambiguation page, a list of pages that otherwise might share the same... Ishirō Honda (本多 猪四郎 Honda Ishirō, May 7, 1911 in Yamagata Prefecture - February 28, 1993) was a Japanese film director. ... Eiji Tsuburaya (1901 - 1970) Special effects director Eiji Tsuburaya ) (born Eiichi Tsuburaya円谷 英一 ) on July 7, 1901 – died January 25, 1970, in Sukagawa, Fukushima) was the Japanese special effects director responsible for many Japanese science-fiction movies, including the Godzilla series. ... Haruo Nakajima (born January 1, 1929 in Yamagata, Japan) is a Japanese actor. ... Godzilla is an example of Kaiju. ... Godzilla is a series of giant monster films starring Godzilla, a Japanese creation usually portrayed by a man in a rubber suit. ... Science fiction film is a film genre that uses speculative, science-based depictions of imaginary phenomena such as extra-terrestrial lifeforms, alien worlds, and time travel, often along with technological elements such as futuristic spacecraft, robots, or other technologies. ... The year 1954 in film involved some significant events. ... Gojira ), sometimes referred to as Godzilla in recent years, is a landmark 1954 Japanese science fiction film, produced and distributed by Toho Company Ltd. ... The English-language version of Tohos famous logo, used from the early 1960s to the late 1990s. ... Facing The Avengers in Godzilla #23 (1979). ... This is a list featuring all the Godzilla games made through the years. ... As an enduring and iconic symbol of post-World War II Japanese cinematic history,[1] Godzilla, the King of the Monsters, has been referenced and parodied numerous times in popular culture. ...


In 1998, TriStar Pictures produced a remake set in New York City. The film's name was simply Godzilla; however, the character had been completely redesigned and only had superficial characteristics in common with the original Godzilla. The remake was met with mixed critical reception by long-time Godzilla fans and critics alike. The American remake monster was later identified by Toho as Zilla in Godzilla: Final Wars. The TriStar Pictures logo from 1993 to the present TriStar redirects here. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Godzilla is an American science fiction film directed by Roland Emmerich and starred Matthew Broderick, Jean Reno, Maria Pitillo, Hank Azaria, Michael Lerner and Kevin Dunn. ... The English-language version of Tohos famous logo, used from the early 1960s to the late 1990s. ... For other uses, see Zilla (disambiguation). ... Godzilla: Final Wars (2004) is the 50th anniversary film in the Godzilla series of films. ...

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Appearances

Godzilla is the primary villain, hero, or anti-hero in all of the Godzilla films, though there are numerous different incarnations of the monster. The silver screen is not the only place Godzilla has appeared; there have been literary sources that have expanded the universe of Godzilla. Bad guy redirects here. ... For other uses, see Hero (disambiguation). ... In literature and film, an anti-hero is a central or supporting character that has some of the personality flaws and ultimate fortune traditionally assigned to villains but nonetheless also have enough heroic qualities or intentions to gain the sympathy of readers or viewers. ... The term silver screen derives from the type of projection screen used at the start of the motion picture industry and specifically refers to the actual silver (Ag) content embedded in the material (a tightly woven fabric, either natural, such as silk, or a synthetic fiber) that made up the... Expanded Universe material (e. ...


Films

Godzilla made his first appearance in the original 1954 film Godzilla. In the film, as a result of American testings of the hydrogen bomb, Godzilla is awakened and mutated. Throughout the film, Godzilla rampages through Japan and destroys various cities, while scientists try to figure out a solution to kill the monster. In the end of the film, Dr. Daisuke Serizawa (Akihiko Hirata) uses an oxygen destroyer that he created and opens it underwater, dissolving himself and Godzilla.[5] An "Americanized" version titled Godzilla, King of the Monsters! was also released and contained original scenes from the film with re-shot footage of Raymond Burr's character and his narration.[6] Gojira ), sometimes referred to as Godzilla in recent years, is a landmark 1954 Japanese science fiction film, produced and distributed by Toho Company Ltd. ... The mushroom cloud of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, Japan, in 1945 lifted nuclear fallout some 18 km (60,000 feet) above the epicenter. ... Dr. Daisuke Serizawa is a fictional character in the 1954 Japanese film called Gojira. ... The Oxygen Destroyer was a fictional weapon that appeared in Godzilla (1954 film). ... Godzilla, King of the Monsters! is a 1956 American black-and-white science fiction film adapted from the 1954 Japanese film Godzilla, which had previously been shown subtitled in the United States in Japanese community theaters only, and was not known in Europe. ... Raymond William Stacey Burr (May 21, 1917 – September 12, 1993) was an Emmy-nominated actor and vintner, perhaps best known for his roles in the television dramas Perry Mason and Ironside. ...


Godzilla returned in Godzilla Raids Again, though it was a different Godzilla. This is the first film in which Godzilla battled another monster, named Anguirus, who was defeated. Eventually, the military fires missiles at a mountain Godzilla was near and buries him deep beneath an avalanche, which soon turned into an iceberg.[7] In King Kong vs. Godzilla, Godzilla breaks out of the iceberg when an American submarine becomes lodged in it. Meanwhile, King Kong is transported to Japan, and breaks out of the raft that was holding him. A fight later ensues between the two monsters, and Kong eventually retreats, while the JSDF try to stop them. However, their attempts are futile, and they decide to transport Kong to Godzilla in hope that they will fight each other to their deaths. The fight later brings them underwater, and Kong manages to emerge from the water, swimming back to his native island.[8] Godzilla's next appearance was in Mothra vs. Godzilla, which sees Godzilla fighting Mothra. The same Godzilla returns from Kurada Beach (presumably his hiding place after he was defeated by Kong), and fights Mothra near the end of the film. Soon, Mothra dies because of using her strength to fight Godzilla. However, Mothra's egg hatches and the two larvaes wrap Godzilla in a cocoon, plunging him into the ocean.[9] Starting with Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster, Godzilla took on the heroic personality which he would wear for the remainder of the series. (Indeed, a translated conversation between Godzilla, Mothra and Rodan in said film reveals that Godzilla's ire towards humans is merely due to what he perceives as unprovoked attacks towards him). He would team up with Mothra, Rodan, and Anguirus along with other monsters to battle Ebirah, Kumonga, Kamacuras, Hedorah, Gigan, Megalon, and, most frequently, King Ghidorah in different films. He even gained a son in the form of Minilla. The series ended with Terror of Mechagodzilla in 1975. The Toho sentai series Zone Fighter is notable in that it features Toho Kaiju from the films, such as Gigan, King Ghidorah, and Godzilla himself. Produced during the 70s, Toho has gone on record stating that the events depicted in the Zone Fighter television series are actually part of the Showa era, taking place between Godzilla vs. Megalon and Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla. Godzilla no Gyakushū , lit. ... Anguirus ) is the second daikaijū (big monster), who appeared only a year after Godzilla in the 1955 Toho film Godzilla Raids Again. ... King Kong vs. ... King Kong is a fictional kaiju, greatly based on the titular character from the 1933 film King Kong. ... JSDF is an abreviation for Japanese Self-Defense Forces. ... This article is about the 1964 film. ... For the web browser software of the same name, see Mothra (web browser). ... Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster, released in Japan as San Daikaijū: Chikyū Saidai no Kessen lit. ... For the web browser software of the same name, see Mothra (web browser). ... Rodan ), is a fictional monster, introduced in Rodan, a 1956 release from Toho Studios, the company responsible for the Godzilla series. ... For the web browser software of the same name, see Mothra (web browser). ... Rodan ), is a fictional monster, introduced in Rodan, a 1956 release from Toho Studios, the company responsible for the Godzilla series. ... Anguirus ) is the second daikaijū (big monster), who appeared only a year after Godzilla in the 1955 Toho film Godzilla Raids Again. ... Ebira ), is an fictional enormous shrimp that was first featured in the 1966 movie, Godzilla vs. ... This article or section contains a plot summary that is overly long or excessively detailed compared to the rest of the article. ... Kamacuras ), is a fictional gigantic praying mantis that has appeared in the Toho produced Godzilla series. ... This article or section contains a plot summary that is overly long or excessively detailed compared to the rest of the article. ... Gigan ) is a daikaiju from the Godzilla series, introduced in the 1972 film Godzilla vs. ... Megalon ) is a fictional kaiju (giant monster) featured in the 1973 Japanese tokusatsu film Godzilla vs. ... For the Japanese rap group, see King Giddra For the Daniel Dumile moniker, see King Geedorah King Ghidorah ), sometimes spelled Ghidrah or Ghidora or even Ghidra, is a daikaiju featured in several of Toho Studios Godzilla films and (in derivative forms) in their Mothra Trilogy. ... This article is about the monster from Godzilla films. ... Terror of Mechagodzilla, released in Japan as Mechagodzilla no Gyakushū , lit. ... Zone Fighter, known in Japan as Ryūsei Ningen Zone , lit. ... Godzilla vs. ... Godzilla vs. ...


In the Heisei era (the VS era), Godzilla not only returns after more than a decade's absence, but marks a transition between the Shōwa era (the reign of Hirohito) to the Heisei era (the reign of Akihito). This would be the first of many times the Godzilla film series would see a continuity reboot. In The Return of Godzilla, all Godzilla films through Godzilla Raids Again and Terror of Mechagodzilla would be retconned, with The Return of Godzilla being a direct sequel to the original film and featuring a brand new Godzilla. The Godzilla of the Heisei era would be portrayed in a less anthropomorphic manner than the Showa Godzilla, depicted as a violent, insatiable force of nature rather than a campy superhero. However, despite being a threat to humanity, Godzilla would continue to fight other monsters, battling Biollante, King Ghidorah, Mothra, Battra, Rodan, Mechagodzilla and Spacegodzilla over the course of the series, and aquired an heir in the form of Godzilla Junior. Heisei Godzilla would eventually meet his demise in the final film of the series, Godzilla vs. Destoroyah, melting down after defeating the titular villain, with Godzilla Junior mutating to full-size to carry on his legacy. In daikaiju eiga the Heisei period refers not to the reign of the current emperor of Japan but to all daikaiju eiga made between 1985 and 1999, starting with The Return of Godzilla and ending with Gamera vs Irys Categories: Stub ... The Shōwa period (Japanese: 昭和時代, Shōwa-jidai, period of enlightened peace) was the time in Japanese history when Emperor Hirohito reigned over the country, from December 25, 1926 to January 7, 1989. ... Emperor Shōwa ) (April 29, 1901 – January 7, 1989) was the 124th Emperor of Japan according to the traditional order of succession, reigning from December 25, 1926 until his death in 1989. ... Heisei (Japanese: 平成) is the current era name in Japan. ... For Prince Komatsu, see Prince Komatsu Akihito. ... The Return of Godzilla, released as Godzilla ) in Japan and released as Godzilla 1985 in America, is a 1984 daikaiju eiga (Japanese giant-monster movie). ... Godzilla no GyakushÅ« , lit. ... Terror of Mechagodzilla, released in Japan as Mechagodzilla no GyakushÅ« , lit. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Biollante ) is a daikaiju from the Godzilla film series. ... For the Japanese rap group, see King Giddra For the Daniel Dumile moniker, see King Geedorah King Ghidorah ), sometimes spelled Ghidrah or Ghidora or even Ghidra, is a daikaiju featured in several of Toho Studios Godzilla films and (in derivative forms) in their Mothra Trilogy. ... For the web browser software of the same name, see Mothra (web browser). ... Battra ) is a fictional giant black moth appearing in Godzilla vs. ... Rodan ), is a fictional monster, introduced in Rodan, a 1956 release from Toho Studios, the company responsible for the Godzilla series. ... Mechagodzilla ) is a fictional character from various films in the Godzilla series, introduced in Godzilla vs. ... SpaceGodzilla ), is a modified clone of Godzilla featured in the VS Series of Godzilla films. ... Godzilla Junior ), also known as Baby and Little One, is the adoptive son of Godzilla featured in the last few movies of the VS Series. ... Godzilla vs. ...


The Millennium series is unique because rather than creating a single continuity that all the films would follow, the series would instead comprise a number of discrete narratives, each using only the original Godzilla film as a backdrop. The Millennium series would consist of Godzilla 2000, Godzilla vs. Megaguirus, Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack, Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla, Godzilla: Tokyo SOS and Godzilla: Final Wars. Each film would feature its own incarnation of Godzilla. Throughout the series, Godzilla would fight both new opponents such as Orga and Megaguirus, as well as classic opponents such as Mothra and Mechagodzilla. The majority of the films in the series (with the exception of Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack) featured a revamped Godzilla design. This new "Millennium Godzilla" had a wilder appearance, with spikier skin, more massive, jagged dorsal fins, and a fiercer, more reptilian face than the Godzilla featured in the Heisei series. Due to the disconnected nature of the Millennium series, the character's portrayal varied more than it did in the Showa and Heisei series, with some films depicting him as a sympathetic or heroic character (Godzilla 2000, Godzilla vs Megaguirus, Godzilla: Final Wars), and others depicting him as pure antagonist (Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack, Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla, Godzilla: Tokyo SOS.) The name Godzilla 2000, is another name for Godzilla 2000: Millennium. ... Godzilla vs. ... Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack is a movie in the Godzilla series. ... Godzilla Against MechaGodzilla, released in Japan as Godzilla vs. ... was created as a sequel to 2002s Produced by Shogo Tomiyamaa; directed by Masaaki Tezuka; assistant director Hideaki Murakami; music by Michiru Oshima; screenplay by Masaaki Tezuka; cinematography by Yoshinori Sekiguchi; special effects director Eiichi Asada; special effects cameraman Kenichi Eguchi; design artist Shinji Nishikawa; suits designed by Shinichi... Godzilla: Final Wars (2004) is the 50th anniversary film in the Godzilla series of films. ... Orga ) is an enormous, mutated alien kaiju featured in the 1999 movie, Godzilla 2000: Millennium. ... This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedias deletion policy. ... For the web browser software of the same name, see Mothra (web browser). ... Mechagodzilla ) is a fictional character from various films in the Godzilla series, introduced in Godzilla vs. ...


Overall, Godzilla has starred in 28 films. His last film was Godzilla: Final Wars with the next Godzilla film coming around five to ten years from now, which will mark the 60th anniversary movie. Godzilla: Final Wars (2004) is the 50th anniversary film in the Godzilla series of films. ...


Television

In Japan Godzilla was an oft-seen guest star on the tokusatsu series Zone Fighter. He fought along side the titular hero against other kaiju, including Gigan and King Ghidrah. Toho has gone on the record saying that the events in Zone Fighter are part of the Godzilla series, taking place between Godzilla vs Megalon and Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla. Zone Fighter, known in Japan as Ryūsei Ningen Zone , lit. ... Godzilla vs Megalon (Gojira Tai Megalon) is a 1973 film. ... Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla (also known as Godzilla vs the Bionic Monster, Godzilla vs the Cosmic Monster, and Gojira tai Mekagojira in the original Japanese) is a 1974 film. ...


Godzilla made his American series debut in the 1978 Hanna-Barbera Saturday morning show The Godzilla Power Hour, in which he gained a sidekick, Godzooky, described as his nephew. In addition to his trademark atomic breath, (retooled as flame breath), he was also given the power to shoot laser beams out of his eyes. He was routinely summoned by his human friends using a signaling device or by the cry of Godzooky. Godzilla cartoons were paired with cartoons featuring Jana of the Jungle. The series ran, both as part of the hour and with the Godzilla segments airing as a separate half-hour show, until 1981. Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... Cartoon Network Studios, formerly known as Hanna-Barbera Cartoons, Inc. ... The Godzilla Power Hour was a 60-minute Saturday morning animated series co-produced between Hanna-Barbera Productions and Toho in 1978 and aired on NBC in the US and TV Tokyo in Japan. ... Jana of the Jungle was an American animated television adventure series produced by Hanna-Barbera as part of The Godzilla Power Hour for NBC in 1978. ...


In the Hanna-Barbera cartoon, Godzilla's roar was not the same as his trademark roar. Instead, it was provided by Ted Cassidy. Theodore Crawford Ted Cassidy (born July 31, 1932 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - January 16, 1979 in Los Angeles, California) was an American actor who played Lurch (in which role he was able to demonstrate his genuine skill on the harpsichord) and Thing on The Addams Family. ...


The second cartoon series, which aired on Fox Kids, was based on the events of the 1998 American movie. Godzilla: The Series featured a juvenile Godzilla from the 1998 American remake which had grown to full size. In a similar fashion to earlier animated works, Godzilla traveled around the world with a group of humans called H.E.A.T, including scientist Nick Tatopoulos (which the new Godzilla believed to be its parent), battling monsters. The offspring not only had the abilities and physical forms of his parent, but the creators of the show gave him even more powers and attitude more resembling the Japanese Godzilla. There were even references to the Japanese Godzilla series. Godzilla makes an appearance in the flash video clip of the song The Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny by Lemon Demon for a brief period. This article discusses Fox Kids in United States. ... For other uses, see Zilla (disambiguation). ... Godzilla is an American science fiction film directed by Roland Emmerich and starred Matthew Broderick, Jean Reno, Maria Pitillo, Hank Azaria, Michael Lerner and Kevin Dunn. ...


Literature

Main article: Godzilla (comics)
Main article: Godzilla (Marc Cerasini series)

Godzilla has been featured in the occasional comic book, most often in American production (from Marvel Comics in the mid-1970s and from Dark Horse Comics in the 1980s and 1990s. Japanese Godzilla comics do exist, however. Facing The Avengers in Godzilla #23 (1979). ... Godzilla is a novel seris by Marc Cerasini based on the film characters. ... Motto: (traditional) In God We Trust (official, 1956–present) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City Official language(s) None at the federal level; English de facto Government Federal Republic  - President George W. Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence - Declared - Recognized... This article is about the comic book company. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


The Marvel series told original stories and attempted to both fit into the official Toho continuity and avoid referencing it too directly. It also integrated Godzilla into the Marvel Universe, making use of many of its main regular characters such as the Avengers. It was published from 1977 to 1979, neatly fitting between the Showa Period movies and the "VS Series" of the Heisei Era. This series described the adventures and confrontations of Godzilla while he wandered in various regions of the United States, from Alaska to New York City. This article is about the shared universe setting used by many Marvel Comics titles. ... The Avengers are a fictional superhero team appearing in comic books published by Marvel Comics. ... The Shōwa period (Japanese: 昭和時代, Shōwa-jidai, period of enlightened peace) was the time in Japanese history when Emperor Hirohito reigned over the country, from December 25, 1926 to January 7, 1989. ... Heisei (Japanese: 平成) is the current era name in Japan. ...


The general situations of the series were fairly similar to those of the Showa Period movies, but other than Godzilla himself all characters were new creations, albeit in sometimes strangely familiar roles - for instance, Red Ronin somewhat resembles Jet Jaguar and Mechagodzilla in its story role. Likewise, the JSDF are absent but S.H.I.E.L.D. pretty much fills its role in the story, complete with a Behemoth IV Helicarrier in an eerie foreshadowing of the Super X. Red Ronin is a gigantic robotic construct (a mecha) in the Marvel Comics universe. ... Jet Jaguar ) is a fictional robot that appears in the Godzilla film Godzilla vs. ... Mechagodzilla ) is a fictional character from various films in the Godzilla series, introduced in Godzilla vs. ... The Japan Self-Defense Forces ), or JSDF, are the military forces in Japan that were established after the end of World War II. The force has not been engaged in real combat but has been engaged in some international peacekeeping operations. ... S.H.I.E.L.D. (originally an acronym for Supreme Headquarters, International Espionage, Law-Enforcement Division, changed in 1991 to Strategic Hazard Intervention, Espionage and Logistics Directorate) is a fictional counterterrorism and intelligence agency in the Marvel Universe that often deals with superhuman threats. ... The Helicarrier, an aircraft carrier specifically designed to be itself capable of independent powered flight in addition to the conventional functions of aircraft carriers, is the signature capital ship of the fictional intelligence/defence agency S.H.I.E.L.D., usually shown in Marvel Comics-published comic book magazines. ... For the American classic motorcycle, see Excelsior Super X. The Super X ) was a fictional Japanese military aircraft featured in the 1984 film The Return of Godzilla. ...


Marc Cerasini has also written five Godzilla related novels during the late 1990s.


Concept and creation

Name

Godzilla's appearance gradually changed throughout the early-1960s and mid-1970s. From top-left to bottom-right: King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962) (top left), Ebirah, Horror of the Deep (1966) (top right), All Monsters Attack (1969) (bottom left), and Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974) (bottom right).

The name "Godzilla" is a rough romanization of Gojira (ゴジラ?), a combination of two Japanese words: gorira (ゴリラ lit. "gorilla"?) and kujira (クジラ lit. "whale"?). At one planning stage, the concept of "Gojira" was described as "a cross between a gorilla and a whale," alluding to Godzilla's size, power and aquatic origin. A popular story is that "Gojira" was actually the nickname of a hulking stagehand at Toho Studio.[10] The story has not been verified, however, because in the more than 50 years since the film's original release, no one claiming to be the employee has ever stepped forward, and no photographs of him have ever surfaced. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1378x1109, 102 KB) Summary A collage of screenshots portraying Godzillas evolution throughout the Showa series from the 60s to the 70s. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1378x1109, 102 KB) Summary A collage of screenshots portraying Godzillas evolution throughout the Showa series from the 60s to the 70s. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from 1960 to 1969. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ... King Kong vs. ... // Events Dr. No launches the James Bond film series, the longest-running motion picture franchise of all time, running more than 40 years. ... Toho, 1966 Original title: Gojira Ebira Mosura Nankai No Daiketto Translation: Godzilla, Ebirah, Mothra: Large Duel in the South Seas Director: Jun Fukuda Special effects: Eiji Tsuburaya Originally intended for King Kong Godzilla was substituted. ... // Events Top grossing films North America Thunderball Dr. Zhivago Whos Afraid of Virginia Woolf? That Darn Cat! The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming Academy Awards Best Picture: A Man for All Seasons - Highland, Columbia Best Actor: Paul Scofield - A Man for All Seasons Best Actress: Elizabeth Taylor... All Monsters Attack, released in Japan as Godzilla Minilla Gabara: ÅŒru KaijÅ« Daishingeki , lit. ... // Cannes Film Festival opens, but closes in support of a French general strike without awarding any prizes. ... Godzilla vs. ... See also: 1973 in film 1974 1975 in film 1970s in film years in film film // Events February 7 - Blazing Saddles is released in USA May 1 - George Lucas creates the first draft of what would eventually become Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. ... Gojira may mean any of the following: Godzilla, the kaiju known as ゴジラ (Gojira) in Japanese, spanning a series of 29 films. ... Gojira may mean any of the following: Godzilla, the kaiju known as ゴジラ (Gojira) in Japanese, spanning a series of 29 films. ...


There is disagreement as to exactly how the creature's name should be pronounced. While purists often use the Japanese pronunciation [godʲʑira] listen , most favor the anglicized rendering of its name, [gɑd'zɪlə] (with the first syllable pronounced like the word "god", and the rest rhyming with "vanilla"). Back in the 1950s when Godzilla was created—and Japanese-to-English transliteration was less familiar—it is likely that the kana representing the second syllable was misinterpreted as being pronounced [dzi]. Had the more conventional Hepburn romanization system been used, Godzilla's name would instead have been rendered as "Gojira".[citation needed] Image File history File links Godzilla. ... Japanese writing Kanji 漢字 Kana 仮名 Hiragana 平仮名 Katakana 片仮名 Manyogana 万葉仮名 Uses Furigana 振り仮名 Okurigana 送り仮名 Rōmaji ローマ字 For other meanings of Kana, see Kana (disambiguation). ... Japanese writing Kanji Kana Hiragana Katakana Hentaigana Manyōgana Uses Furigana Okurigana Rōmaji The Hepburn romanization system ) is named after James Curtis Hepburn, who used it to transcribe the sounds of the Japanese language into the Latin alphabet in the third edition of his Japanese–English dictionary, published...


Design

Godzilla's character has been tweaked and reinvented many times over the separate continuities of the Toho films. To date, there have been eight distinctive versions of the character - 12 if Hanna-Barbera's Godzilla, Marvel's Godzilla, Dark Horse's Godzilla, and Tristar's Godzilla are taken into account as well. However, these non-Japanese incarnations of Godzilla are not widely recognised as being canonical. Its iconic design is composed of a mixture of various species of dinosaurs; specifically, he is based on a Tyrannosaurus Rex, augmented with the dorsal fins of a Stegosaurus and the forelimbs of an Iguanodon.[citation needed] Cartoon Network Studios, formerly known as Hanna-Barbera Cartoons, Inc. ... The Godzilla Power Hour was a 60-minute Saturday morning animated series co-produced between Hanna-Barbera Productions and Toho in 1978 and aired on NBC in the US and TV Tokyo in Japan. ... This article is about the comic book company. ... Facing The Avengers in Godzilla #23 (1979). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... TriStar Pictures is a subsidiary of Columbia Pictures, itself a subdivision of Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group, which is owned by Sony Pictures. ... For other uses, see Zilla (disambiguation). ... Binomial name Tyrannosaurus rex Osborn, 1905 Synonyms Manospondylus gigas Dynamosaurus imperiosus Dinotyrannus megagracilis Nanotyrannus lancensis? Tyrannosaurus (IPA pronunciation or ; from the Greek τυραννόσαυρος, meaning tyrant lizard) is a genus of tyrannosaurid theropod dinosaur. ... Species Marsh, 1877 (type) Marsh, 1887 Gilmore, 1914 Stegosaurus (IPA: ) is a genus of stegosaurid armoured dinosaur from the Late Jurassic period (Kimmeridgian to Early Tithonian) in what is now western North America. ... Species (Boulenger, 1881) (neotype) (Holl, 1829) nom. ...


Characteristics

Godzilla's appearance has changed over the years, but many of his characteristics have remained constant. One characteristic that has remained stable is his roar. It was first created by Japanese composer Akira Ifukube by rubbing a resin glove over the strings of a contrabass. Other characteristics that have remained constant across all the Japanese films have been: Godzilla being depicted as a gigantic dinosaur with rough, bumpy charcoal grey scales, a long powerful tail, and bone colored dorsal plates shaped like maple leaves. Although his origins vary somewhat from film to film, he is always described as a prehistoric creature, who first appeared and attacked Japan at the beginning of the Atomic Age. In particular, mutation due to atomic radiation is presented as an explanation for his great size and strange powers. Over the years Godzilla has possessed many powers and abilities to use against his foes. ... Orders & Suborders Saurischia Sauropodomorpha Theropoda Ornithischia Thyreophora Ornithopoda Marginocephalia Dinosaurs were vertebrate animals that dominated the terrestrial ecosystem for over 160 million years, first appearing approximately 230 million years ago. ... In this SEM image of a butterfly wing the scales are clearly visible, and the tiny platelets on each individual scale are just barely visible in the striping. ... Tail is used to describe the rear end of an animals body, especially when it forms a distinct, flexible appendage to the trunk. ... Dorsal Fin of the Orca A dorsal fin is a fin located on the backs of fishes, whales, dolphins and porpoises. ... A maple leaf with its distinctive shape. ... The Atomic Age was a phrase used for a time in the 1950s in which it was believed that all power sources in the future would be atomic in nature. ...

Godzilla unleashes his atomic breath as shown in Godzilla: Final Wars (2004).

Godzilla has also been shown to possess many special abilities granted to him as a result of his irradiation and subsequent mutation. He is generally considered to be the most fearsome and powerful of kaiju, earning the character his entitlement as "The King of the Monsters". Godzilla's most iconic power is his atomic breath. When he uses it, Godzilla's dorsal fins glow ominously, and then he releases a concentrated blast of radiation from his mouth, which can vary in intensity from a superheated vapour to a beam with concussive and explosive properties. This power is commonly mistaken for breathing fire. Godzilla is also depicted as being highly resistant to damage thanks to a tough hide and an advanced healing factor. He is known to have a high degree of physical strength (sufficient to throw monsters larger than himself great distances) and dexterity, often utilizing martial arts techniques in combat. Described as a transitional form between aquatic and terrestrial vertebrates by Doctor Yamane in the original film, Godzilla is able to survive in the ocean for extended periods of time and is adept a fighter underwater as he is on land. Image File history File linksMetadata Atomic_Breath. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Atomic_Breath. ... Godzilla: Final Wars (2004) is the 50th anniversary film in the Godzilla series of films. ... The year 2004 in film involved some significant events. ... A healing factor is a term used to describe the ability of some characters in fiction to recover from bodily injuries or disease at a superhuman rate. ... Hawaiian State Grappling Championships. ... A transitional fossil is a fossil specimen that combines features of two taxonomical divisions. ...


These particular abilities are portrayed consistently among Godzilla's many incarnations, though he also possesses a multitude of other skills, often employed as weapons of last resort that are only seen on rare occasions, such as his nuclear Pulse, magnetic powers, and even the ability to fly.


In popular culture

Godzilla's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Godzilla's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Godzilla is one of the most recognizable action/fictional symbols of Japanese popular culture worldwide and remains an important facet of Japanese films, embodying the kaiju subset of the tokusatsu genre. He has been considered a filmographic metaphor for the United States. The earlier Godzilla films, especially the original Godzilla, attempted to portray Godzilla as a frightening, nuclear monster. Godzilla was a representation of the fears that many Japanese held about the nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, as well as the fear of those types of attacks occurring again.[11] As the series progressed, so did Godzilla, changing into a less destructive and more heroic character as the films became increasingly geared towards children. But today, the character has fallen somewhere in the middle, sometimes portrayed as a protector of the Earth (notably Tokyo) from external threats and other times as a bringer of destruction. The usual explanation of Godzilla's character is that the reason he defends Earth from other kaiju is not because of any loyalty or affection towards humans, but because he perceives other monsters as threats to his territory, and in addition seems to possess a natural hostility toward those other monsters. Godzilla is also the second of only three fictional character to have won the MTV Lifetime Achievement Award, which was awarded on 1996.[12] As an enduring and iconic symbol of post-World War II Japanese cinematic history,[1] Godzilla, the King of the Monsters, has been referenced and parodied numerous times in popular culture. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1024 × 768 pixel, file size: 790 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) http://www. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1024 × 768 pixel, file size: 790 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) http://www. ... Buskers perform on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. ... Popular culture (or pop culture) is the widespread cultural elements in any given society that are perpetuated through that societys vernacular language or lingua franca. ... Godzilla is an example of Kaiju. ... Icons of tokusatsu in the late 1970s: Spider-Man, Kamen Rider Stronger, Kamen Rider V3, Battle Fever J, Ultraman Jonias, as well as the manga and anime icon Doraemon Tokusatsu ) is a Japanese word that literally means special effects. ... This article is about metaphor in literature and rhetoric. ... Gojira ), sometimes referred to as Godzilla in recent years, is a landmark 1954 Japanese science fiction film, produced and distributed by Toho Company Ltd. ... For other uses, see Hiroshima (disambiguation). ... Megane-bashi (Spectacles Bridge) Nagasaki   listen? (長崎市; -shi, literally long peninsula) is the capital and the largest city of Nagasaki Prefecture located at the south-western coast of Kyushu, Japan. ... This article is about Earth as a planet. ... For other uses, see Tokyo (disambiguation). ... KaijÅ« (怪獣) is a Japanese term that generically translates to monster. ... This article is about the original U.S. music television channel. ... An award is something given to a person or group of people to recognize excellence in a certain field. ...


See also

For other uses, see Zilla (disambiguation). ... Mechagodzilla ) is a fictional character from various films in the Godzilla series, introduced in Godzilla vs. ... Gamera ) is a giant, flying turtle-like creature from a popular series of daikaiju eiga monster movies produced by Daiei Motion Picture Company in Japan. ... Species (type) Gojirasaurus is a genus of dinosaur named after Gojira, the Japanese form of Godzilla. ... This is a list featuring all the Godzilla games made through the years. ...

References

  1. ^ Godzilla (1954)
  2. ^ Godzilla (Heisei)
  3. ^ Godzilla (1954)
  4. ^ Godzilla (Heisei)
  5. ^ a b c Takeo Murata (writer) and Ishirō Honda (writer/director). (2006). Godzilla [DVD]. Classic Media.
  6. ^ a b c d Al C. Ward (writer) and Ishirō Honda, Terry Morse (writers/directors). (2006). Godzilla, King of the Monsters! [DVD]. Classic Media.
  7. ^ a b Shigeaki Hidaka, Takeo Murata (writers) and Motoyoshi Oda (director). (2006). Godzilla Raids Again [DVD]. Classic Media.
  8. ^ a b c Shinichi Sekizawa, George Worthing Yates, Willis O'Brien (writers) and Ishirō Honda (director). (2005). King Kong vs. Godzilla [DVD]. Universal Pictures.
  9. ^ a b Shinichi Sekizawa (writer) and Ishirō Honda (director). (2006). Mothra vs. Godzilla [DVD]. Classic Media.
  10. ^ [1] Gojira Media. Retrieved 2006-09-23
  11. ^ [2] The Monster That Morphed Into a Metaphor, By TERRENCE RAFFERTY, May 2, 2004, NYTimes
  12. ^ Godzilla win's MTV's Lifetime Achievement Award. AOL.com. Retrieved on 2008-03-29.

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