History Trivia / Godzilla

24th Sep '16 3:29:43 PM AnoneMouseJr
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* {{Cancellation}}: Of the 5 Random House Godzilla novels written by Marc Cerasini only 4 came out. The 5th and final book was to end in a final showdown with Godzilla and a totally new monster. [[http://www.change.org/petitions/random-house-release-marc-cerasini-s-godzilla-and-the-lost-continent-novel Though there are]] some petitions to [[http://www.thepetitionsite.com/825/512/686/release-marc-cerasinis-godzilla-and-the-lost-continent-novel/ get it out.]]
** Both of the animated series suffered this fate; though [[WesternAnimation/GodzillaTheSeries the 1998 movie series]] at least lasted fairly long; up until April 22nd, 2000 (as it started on September 12th, 1998, that's a year and a quarter). The Hanna-Barbera version, however, only lasted about a year and two months, starting on September 9th, 1978 and ending its run on December 8th, 1979.


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* FollowTheLeader: The original movie more or less ''birthed'' the Kaiju genre, as other film studios other than Toho tried their hand at making monster movies, often with varying results. Some of the more notable ones are ''The X from Outer Space'', ''Gappa: The Triphibian Monster'', ''Film/{{Gorgo}}'', ''Film/{{Reptilicus}}'', and ''Yonggary: Monster from the Deep''.
** ''Franchise/{{Gamera}}'' is one of the most well-known attempts at following Godzilla's success, mostly because the [[Film/GameraGuardianOfTheUniverse Heisei]] [[Film/Gamera2AdventOfLegion revival]] [[Film/Gamera3AwakeningOfIrys trilogy]] managed to prove that Gamera was capable of rivaling Godzilla, an astonishing and unheard of achievement for Kaiju movies.
** One of the more controversial Kaiju movies to take cues from Godzilla is ''Film/{{Pulgasari}}'', the only Kaiju movie so far to come from UsefulNotes/NorthKorea. The director, Shin Sang-ok, and his wife, Choi Eun-hee, were kidnapped by North Korean intelligence who were following orders from Kim Jong-Il, and forced to make seven films, with ''Pulgasari'' being one of them. Notably, the staff from Toho actually provided the special effects for the film, and the then-current suit actor for Godzilla, Kenpachiro Satsuma, was the suit actor for the title monster. Thankfully, both the director and his wife successfully fled the country unharmed.


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** ''Godzilla vs. Hedorah'' used the ''Monster Zero'' suit for the scene where Hedorah drenches Godzilla in muck. The flying Godzilla prop was the same prop used when Godzilla was held in the Xilians' energy bubble, also from ''Monster Zero''.
** The ''Son of Godzilla'' suit was used in ''Godzilla vs. Gigan'' for the scenes where Godzilla and Anguirus race through the ocean. Unfortunately, the ''Son'' suit looks absolutely nothing like the main suit used for ''Gigan''.
*** And the suit used in ''Gigan'' had also been used in the three previous films and was in pretty dire shape. You can see it falling to pieces during the second half of the film.
** The laser cannon used on Planet X to bring Godzilla and Rodan out of stasis in ''Invasion of Astro-Monster'' was one of the atomic heat ray cannons from the 1961 ''Mothra''.
* RecycledTheSeries: Twice. TheSeventies' WesternAnimation/TheGodzillaPowerHour and TheNineties' WesternAnimation/GodzillaTheSeries.
18th Aug '16 1:04:10 PM Tre
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** ''Rebirth of Mothra 3'' is an odd case, but much like ''The Return of Godzilla'', it ''technically'' averted this trope for some time. Despite owning the rights to the entire ''Rebirth of Mothra'' trilogy and releasing the first two movies on DVD, Sony never released the third movie. However, it did air on the SciFiChannel for a few years, and was also available on Crackle for some time. It wasn't until 2014, when, in light of ''Film/{{Godzilla 2014}}'', Sony started releasing the Godzilla movies they owned on Blu-Ray, and they announced that the entire ''Rebirth of Mothra'' trilogy would be getting a triple-feature Blu-Ray release, thus averting this trope entirely.

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** ''Rebirth of Mothra 3'' is an odd case, but much like ''The Return of Godzilla'', it ''technically'' averted this trope for some time. Despite owning the rights to the entire ''Rebirth of Mothra'' trilogy and releasing the first two movies on DVD, Sony never released the third movie. However, it did air on the SciFiChannel [[Creator/{{Syfy}} Sci-Fi Channel]] for a few years, and was also available on Crackle for some time. It wasn't until 2014, when, in light of ''Film/{{Godzilla 2014}}'', Sony started releasing the Godzilla movies they owned on Blu-Ray, and they announced that the entire ''Rebirth of Mothra'' trilogy would be getting a triple-feature Blu-Ray release, thus averting this trope entirely.
12th Jul '16 3:49:23 PM DinoMaurus
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5th Jun '16 5:37:24 AM roman55
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*** Also at it's early stages ''Final Wars'' was to be a DistantFinale to the Heisei films. With the Godzilla being the adult Junior and Destroyah being his ultimate opponent at the end.



** Toho had planned to end the Heisei series with a battle between Heisei Godzilla and the ghost of the original Godzilla, which would have ended in Heisei Godzilla's death and Godzilla Jr. becoming his successor. Since the series already had two copies of Godzilla - [=MechaGodzilla=] and [=SpaceGodzilla=] - they instead created a new constantly-evolving multi-headed monster called Barubaroi, which was ultimately replaced with Destroyah. All that survives of the original project are a couple of SuperDeformed [=FunKo=] models of Ghost Godzilla.

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** Toho had planned to end the Heisei series with a battle between Heisei Godzilla and the ghost of the original Godzilla, which would have ended in Heisei Godzilla's death and Godzilla Jr. becoming his successor. Since the series already had two copies of Godzilla - [=MechaGodzilla=] and [=SpaceGodzilla=] - they instead created a new constantly-evolving multi-headed monster called Barubaroi, which was ultimately replaced with Destroyah. All that survives of the original project are a couple of SuperDeformed [=FunKo=] models of Ghost Godzilla.Godzilla and some Japanese model kits that ran with the idea of the original Godzilla's skeleton being the "Ghost Godzilla".
23rd May '16 10:12:33 AM goji96
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** The worst example would be ''Film/TheReturnOfGodzilla'', despite the movie getting a theatrical release in America. The English version of the movie received a release on VHS that has since gone out of print... and that's about it. For some unknown reason, no company has bothered to license ''The Return of Godzilla'' and release either the Japanese version, the American version, or both on DVD or possibly Blu-Ray.

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** The worst For a long time, ''Film/TheReturnOfGodzilla'' was the most infamous example would be ''Film/TheReturnOfGodzilla'', among fans, with no stateside disc release despite the movie getting a theatrical release in America. The English version of the movie received a release on VHS that has since gone out of print... and that's about it. For some unknown reason, no company has bothered to license ''The Return of Godzilla'' and release either After that, the Japanese US distribution rights were tied up until the terms of Toho's original contract with New World Pictures expired, apparently sometime in late 2014/early 2015. Kraken Releasing are finally bringing out a DVD/Blu-ray release, but thanks to licensing issues related to added music in New World's version, the American version, or both on DVD or possibly Blu-Ray.US theatrical version won't be included, which means that this trope still stands if you want to see Raymond Burr's contribution to the film.
21st May '16 2:19:24 PM Doug86
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** An old and fairly detailed rumor claims that, when Toho was trying to bring Godzilla back during the late '70s, they decided to cash in on the supernatural/Satanic craze that most horror movies were into at the time (like ''[[Film/TheOmen1976 The Omen]]'' and ''Film/TheExorcist'') with ''Godzilla vs. the Devil'', a joint production between Toho and UPA Productions. Mankind's sins begin to take physical form, creating monsters that resemble a spider, a fish and a bird. Godzilla arrives and defeats the demons, but Satan appears to battle Godzilla himself. [[http://tohokingdom.com/articles/art_toho_busters.htm However, this has long since been debunked]]. [[AscendedMeme Years later]], IDWPublishing announces a miniseries entitled ''Godzilla in Hell''...

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** An old and fairly detailed rumor claims that, when Toho was trying to bring Godzilla back during the late '70s, they decided to cash in on the supernatural/Satanic craze that most horror movies were into at the time (like ''[[Film/TheOmen1976 The Omen]]'' and ''Film/TheExorcist'') with ''Godzilla vs. the Devil'', a joint production between Toho and UPA Productions. Mankind's sins begin to take physical form, creating monsters that resemble a spider, a fish and a bird. Godzilla arrives and defeats the demons, but Satan appears to battle Godzilla himself. [[http://tohokingdom.com/articles/art_toho_busters.htm However, this has long since been debunked]]. [[AscendedMeme Years later]], IDWPublishing Creator/IDWPublishing announces a miniseries entitled ''Godzilla in Hell''...
27th Apr '16 8:26:52 PM Arawn999
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** Toho had planned to end the Heisei series with a battle between Heisei Godzilla and the ghost of the original Godzilla, which would have ended in Heisei Godzilla's death and Godzilla Jr. becoming his successor. Since the series already had two copies of Godzilla - [=MechaGodzilla=] and [=SpaceGodzilla=] - they instead created a new constantly-evolving multi-headed monster called Barubaroi, which was ultimately replaced with Destroyah.

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** Toho had planned to end the Heisei series with a battle between Heisei Godzilla and the ghost of the original Godzilla, which would have ended in Heisei Godzilla's death and Godzilla Jr. becoming his successor. Since the series already had two copies of Godzilla - [=MechaGodzilla=] and [=SpaceGodzilla=] - they instead created a new constantly-evolving multi-headed monster called Barubaroi, which was ultimately replaced with Destroyah. All that survives of the original project are a couple of SuperDeformed [=FunKo=] models of Ghost Godzilla.
27th Apr '16 8:23:20 PM Arawn999
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** ''Godzilla Raids Again'' was heavily edited into ''Gigantis: The Fire Monster'' by Paul Schreibman and Edmund Goldman of Warner Brothers, though Schreibman later admitted this was a mistake. Their original plan was to make an even ''more'' heavily-edited version called ''The Volcano Monsters''.



*** King Kong, and Zilla - The two american kaiju were hinted to be in the game in an interview. However they never made to the final cut of the game; King Kong due to rights issues with Universal and Zilla due to lack of popularity.

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*** King Kong, Kong and Zilla - The two american American kaiju were hinted to be in the game in an interview. However they never made to the final cut of the game; King Kong due to rights issues with Universal and Zilla due to lack of popularity.


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** Toho had planned to end the Heisei series with a battle between Heisei Godzilla and the ghost of the original Godzilla, which would have ended in Heisei Godzilla's death and Godzilla Jr. becoming his successor. Since the series already had two copies of Godzilla - [=MechaGodzilla=] and [=SpaceGodzilla=] - they instead created a new constantly-evolving multi-headed monster called Barubaroi, which was ultimately replaced with Destroyah.
12th Feb '16 2:47:13 AM Arawn999
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* FlipFlopOfGod: Whether or not the monster from ''Film/{{Godzilla 1998}}'' was renamed Zilla. In interviews with [[http://web.archive.org/web/20050203181104/http://www.pennyblood.com/godzilla2.html Pennyblood]] and [[http://www.henshinonline.com/archive.html Keith Aiken of Henshin Online]] in 2004 nd 2005, [[WordOfGod Shogo Tomiyama and Ryuhei Kitamura]] confirmed that they'd renamed the American Godzilla "Zilla" because the 1998 film had reduced him to a mere animal and not a deity-like entity. In 2013, Matt Frank of IDW stated that Toho does not distinguish between Godzilla (1998) and Zilla as characters, and Chris Mowry - also of IDW - treated the two versions of the character as one-and-the-same [[http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/monstroushotzone/news/?a=80739 in an interview]] regarding ''ComicBook/GodzillaRulersOfEarth''. However, Keith Aiken later [[http://31.media.tumblr.com/712098e787d5e3d1204cccadb9a294fc/tumblr_nbosoeA8nq1rl1vlfo1_500.png stated via Twitter]] that his interview with Tomiyama and Kitamura had been misquoted,[[note]]Making no mention of his review in November 2005 where he himself conflates them.[[/note]] and Toho does ''NOT'' consider the monster in Godzilla (1998) to be Zilla, but that Zilla is a "variation of the 1998 Godzilla".

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* FlipFlopOfGod: Whether or not the monster from ''Film/{{Godzilla 1998}}'' was renamed Zilla. In interviews with [[http://web.archive.org/web/20050203181104/http://www.pennyblood.com/godzilla2.html Pennyblood]] and [[http://www.henshinonline.com/archive.html Keith Aiken of Henshin Online]] in 2004 nd and 2005, [[WordOfGod Shogo Tomiyama and Ryuhei Kitamura]] confirmed that they'd renamed the American Godzilla "Zilla" because the 1998 film had reduced him to a mere animal and not a deity-like entity. In 2013, Matt Frank of IDW stated that Toho does not distinguish between Godzilla (1998) and Zilla as characters, and Chris Mowry - also of IDW - treated the two versions of the character as one-and-the-same [[http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/monstroushotzone/news/?a=80739 in an interview]] regarding ''ComicBook/GodzillaRulersOfEarth''. However, Keith Aiken later [[http://31.media.tumblr.com/712098e787d5e3d1204cccadb9a294fc/tumblr_nbosoeA8nq1rl1vlfo1_500.png stated via Twitter]] that his interview with Tomiyama and Kitamura had been misquoted,[[note]]Making no mention of his review in November 2005 where he himself conflates them.[[/note]] and Toho does ''NOT'' consider the monster in Godzilla (1998) to be Zilla, but that Zilla is a "variation of the 1998 Godzilla".
5th Nov '15 9:54:32 PM SpaceHunterM
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*** Outside the U.S., the last three Heisei films were virtually unheard of in Europe until DVD, and even today, dubs in almost all of the major languages after ''Godzilla vs. Mothra'' are nonexistent.
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