History Film / GodzillaVsMegalon

20th Apr '16 12:49:01 PM Movienut376
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* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: At the climax of the ending fight, [[spoiler:Gigan flies off after taking a couple of shots of Godzilla's atomic breath, while Megalon, after getting double-teamed by Godzilla and Jet Jaguar, flees to one of Seatopia's underground doorways, which Seatopia detonates immediately after.]]
24th Mar '16 1:17:46 PM eroock
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->"''This is the film most baby-boomers saw in U.S. movie theaters and on TV. Fans had to rely on badly cropped VHS and DVD bootleg copies to enjoy the film thereafter.''"
-->-- Loving script from the back of the first U.S. DVD release.

'''''Godzilla vs. Megalon''''' (''Gojira tai Megaro'') was the 13th entry in the Franchise/{{Godzilla}} series. It was the first film in the series to have someone other than veteran suit performer Creator/HaruoNakajima in the role of Big G, with Shinji Takagi taking over the rubber suit. Interestingly enough, this wasn't going to be a Godzilla film. To cash in on the [[Franchise/UltraSeries Kyodai Hero]] craze, Toho held a contest in 1972 to make a tokusatsu hero that would appear in its own film. The winning entry was from an elementary student, who called his creation "Red Arone". Toho changed the name to Jet Jaguar, and he was set to star in ''Jet Jaguar vs. Megalon'', but, unfortunately, was found not to be able to carry the film. Tomoyuki Tanaka suggested adding Godzilla and Gigan to the film. In order to make up lost time, the film was shot in three weeks and, all in all, production time lasted six months. The film bombed at the Japanese box office, and Jet Jaguar didn't get the intended series.

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-->-- Loving script from the back of the first U.S. DVD release.

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* OpeningNarration: Ted Thomas' deadpan delivery of "In the first part of 1971, on a small island near the Aleutians..." in the English version is unforgettable and has become a bit of a meme to a few.

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* OpeningNarration: OpeningMonologue: Ted Thomas' deadpan delivery of "In the first part of 1971, on a small island near the Aleutians..." in the English version is unforgettable and has become a bit of a meme to a few.
24th Jan '16 1:31:12 PM Kooshmeister
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* AntiVillain: The Seatopians, and by extension Megalon. Their bizarre decision to send Megalon to attack ''Japan'' for nuclear weapons testing (!) aside, you can't help but feel they're a ''little'' entitled to be ticked at the surface world routinely exploding nukes, threatening their underground civilization with constant earthquakes.
13th Oct '15 10:51:00 PM SpaceHunterM
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* MinimalistCast: The number of characters with on-screen, speaking roles can be counted on two hands.
13th Oct '15 10:43:06 PM SpaceHunterM
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* TemptingFate: Rokuro tells Jinkawa he feels more secure driving vehicles on land instead of water. Cue him getting kidnapped by the Seatopians minutes later.
13th Oct '15 3:26:51 PM ultimomant
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'''''Godzilla vs. Megalon''''' (''Gojira tai Megaro'') was the 13th entry in the Franchise/{{Godzilla}} series. It was the first film in the series to have someone other than veteran suit performer Haruo Nakajima in the role of Big G, with Shinji Takagi taking over the rubber suit. Interestingly enough, this wasn't going to be a Godzilla film. To cash in on the [[Franchise/UltraSeries Kyodai Hero]] craze, Toho held a contest in 1972 to make a tokusatsu hero that would appear in its own film. The winning entry was from an elementary student, who called his creation "Red Arone". Toho changed the name to Jet Jaguar, and he was set to star in ''Jet Jaguar vs. Megalon'', but, unfortunately, was found not to be able to carry the film. Tomoyuki Tanaka suggested adding Godzilla and Gigan to the film. In order to make up lost time, the film was shot in three weeks and, all in all, production time lasted six months. The film bombed at the Japanese box office, and Jet Jaguar didn't get the intended series.

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'''''Godzilla vs. Megalon''''' (''Gojira tai Megaro'') was the 13th entry in the Franchise/{{Godzilla}} series. It was the first film in the series to have someone other than veteran suit performer Haruo Nakajima Creator/HaruoNakajima in the role of Big G, with Shinji Takagi taking over the rubber suit. Interestingly enough, this wasn't going to be a Godzilla film. To cash in on the [[Franchise/UltraSeries Kyodai Hero]] craze, Toho held a contest in 1972 to make a tokusatsu hero that would appear in its own film. The winning entry was from an elementary student, who called his creation "Red Arone". Toho changed the name to Jet Jaguar, and he was set to star in ''Jet Jaguar vs. Megalon'', but, unfortunately, was found not to be able to carry the film. Tomoyuki Tanaka suggested adding Godzilla and Gigan to the film. In order to make up lost time, the film was shot in three weeks and, all in all, production time lasted six months. The film bombed at the Japanese box office, and Jet Jaguar didn't get the intended series.



* RingOfFire: Megalon manages to trap Godzilla and Jet Jaguar in one until Jet Jaguar flies them out.
* ShootTheHostageTaker: When Gigan grabs Jet Jaguar and tries to use him as a shield, Godzilla blasts him in the face with his atomic breath without missing a beat.



** The three tanks being blowtorched make their fourth appearance since ''Film/MothraVsGodzilla''.

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** The three tanks being blowtorched blow torched make their fourth appearance since ''Film/MothraVsGodzilla''.
30th May '15 12:12:57 AM SmytheOrdo
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* RecursiveTranslation: Robert Dunham, who played the Seatopian Leader, read his lines in English on set, was dubbed into Japanese, and then those lines were translated back into English. [[HongKongDub It shows]].

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* RecursiveTranslation: Robert Dunham, who played the Seatopian Leader, read his lines in English on set, was dubbed into Japanese, Japanese (by GoroNaya), and then those lines were translated back into English. [[HongKongDub It shows]].
27th May '15 6:20:57 AM TheGoldnguy
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'''''Godzilla vs. Megalon''''' (''Gojira tai Megaro'') was the 13th entry in the Franchise/{{Godzilla}} series. It was the first film in the series to have someone other than veteran suit performer Haruo Nakajima in the role of Big G, with Shinji Takagi taking over the rubber suit. Interestingly enough, this wasn't going to be a Godzilla film. To cash in on the [[Franchise/UltraSeries Kyodai Hero]] craze, they held a contest in 1972 to make a hero. The winning entry was from an elementary student, who called it Red Arone. Renamed Jet Jaguar, he was set to star in ''Jet Jaguar vs. Megalon'', but he was found not to be able to carry the film. Tomoyuki Tanaka suggested adding Godzilla and Gigan to the film. In order to make up lost time, the film was shot in three weeks and, all in all, production time lasted six months. The film bombed at the Japanese box office, and Jet Jaguar didn't get a series.

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'''''Godzilla vs. Megalon''''' (''Gojira tai Megaro'') was the 13th entry in the Franchise/{{Godzilla}} series. It was the first film in the series to have someone other than veteran suit performer Haruo Nakajima in the role of Big G, with Shinji Takagi taking over the rubber suit. Interestingly enough, this wasn't going to be a Godzilla film. To cash in on the [[Franchise/UltraSeries Kyodai Hero]] craze, they Toho held a contest in 1972 to make a hero. tokusatsu hero that would appear in its own film. The winning entry was from an elementary student, who called it Red Arone. Renamed his creation "Red Arone". Toho changed the name to Jet Jaguar, and he was set to star in ''Jet Jaguar vs. Megalon'', but he but, unfortunately, was found not to be able to carry the film. Tomoyuki Tanaka suggested adding Godzilla and Gigan to the film. In order to make up lost time, the film was shot in three weeks and, all in all, production time lasted six months. The film bombed at the Japanese box office, and Jet Jaguar didn't get a the intended series.
24th May '15 7:40:42 AM DarkDeceiver
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* ContestWinnerCameo: Jet Jaguar arose out of a contest held by Creator/{{Toho}} in late 1972.
4th May '15 11:30:26 PM erforce
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For everything its predecessor did wrong, ''Godzilla vs. Megalon'' did it that much worse. Stock footage abounded, the special effects were dodgy at their zenith, and much of the plot was contrived. Nevertheless, the film was the subject of a heavy marketing push, and saw decent theatrical success in the United States, where it was released to cash in on the success of the 1976 ''Film/KingKong'' remake. Megalon was nevertheless well-liked, and a series of video games redeemed Jet Jaguar in the eyes of many fans.

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For everything its predecessor did wrong, ''Godzilla vs. Megalon'' did it that much worse. Stock footage abounded, the special effects were dodgy at their zenith, and much of the plot was contrived. Nevertheless, the film was the subject of a heavy marketing push, and saw decent theatrical success in the United States, where it was released to cash in on the success of the 1976 ''Film/KingKong'' remake.''Film/KingKong1976''. Megalon was nevertheless well-liked, and a series of video games redeemed Jet Jaguar in the eyes of many fans.



** Germany got "KingKong Dämonen aus dem Weltall", or "King Kong - Demons from Space", in which Jet Jaguar was renamed King Kong to most likely cash in on the previous theatrical success of ''Film/KingKongEscapes'' [[note]](which bared the subtitle "Frankenstein's Son" to cash in on the previous success of ''Film/FrankensteinConquersTheWorld...''[[/note]]. Of course, Masato Shimon's song remains intact despite this.

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** Germany got "KingKong "Film/KingKong Dämonen aus dem Weltall", or "King Kong - Demons from Space", in which Jet Jaguar was renamed King Kong to most likely cash in on the previous theatrical success of ''Film/KingKongEscapes'' [[note]](which bared the subtitle "Frankenstein's Son" to cash in on the previous success of ''Film/FrankensteinConquersTheWorld...''[[/note]]. Of course, Masato Shimon's song remains intact despite this.
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