Hosted by Remi Lavictoire, Tony, Ian Fults and Jonathan Colbon
Podcast length: 1:00:57
This week, we’re very pleased to by joined by Tony, our resident Godzilla expert.
Instead of one movie, we’re looking at the entire Godzilla series. The original film from 1954 was a dark and somber story about a monster that ravages Tokyo. Godzilla is believed to represent the fears that Japan faced in the wake of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Subsequent movies in the series saw Godzilla turn from foe to friend, and even protector.
In later phases of the series, Godzilla returned to being the more dispassionate force or nature more in keeping with his origin.
Toho Studios, creator of Godzilla, introduced other memorable Kaiju such as Rodan, Mothra, King Ghidorah and Megalon, giant monsters who would be foes in some movies and allies in others.
There’s plenty of subtext when you dig into the Godzilla story, the origin story revolving around Atomic warefare. In later films, Godzilla would tackle other issues such as environmental pollution with Godzilla vs. The Smog Monster. Tony postulated that King Kong vs. Godzilla was an allegory for drug use. Go watch it again, and you’ll see the link!
With the array of stunning visual effects that we’ve come to expect, it might be difficult to watch a guy in rubber suit stomp through a scale model plastic Tokyo. Throw in some badly done voice dubbing and you’ll find movies that by today’s standards are laughable. Some of the monsters were hokey and poorly executed, particularly Minilla (Son of Godzilla), which was largely designed to appeal to children.
We also discussed why the 1998 version of Godzilla failed. The 1998 created was a big departure from the original Godzilla design, missing the scaly skin indicative of radiation poisoning, making Godzilla into a lizard instead of a Dinosaur. And to boot, they made Godzilla a female who lays eggs. No doubt this was done to make room for possible sequels.
Most North American viewers will have seen the 1998 version and maybe a few of the oldies on TV growing up. If you want to get the proper Godzilla experience, start with the 1954 original version. Then try “Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster” from 1964, and then jump to “Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack” from 2001 and finish off with “Godzilla: Final Wars” from 2004.
Skip the 1998 version, it’s simply not Godzilla.
At this writing, Godzilla 2014 is being released and we’re cautiously optimistic it’ll do the big guy proud.
Godzilla 1954: The DVD Shelf Movie Reviews [Episode 22] – This is a great video review of the original 1954 movie. At 52:05, you’ll hear the Robert Oppenheimer speech about the Atomic Bomb that was used in the first Godzilla trailer.
Blue Oyster Cult – Go Go, Godzilla! http://grooveshark.com/s/Godzilla/3OX13l?src=5
North Korean Giant Monster http://youtu.be/eCKSR0JArUQ
Sci Fi Movie Podcast Godzilla