History Trivia / Godzilla

18th Feb '17 10:17:47 AM Joe32
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* PlayingAgainstType: King Ghidorah, usually a villain, is TheHero in GMK.[[note]]Originally, Varan was going to have Ghidorah's role in the film but was shunted out bnd replaced by Ghidorah due to name value. [[/note]] That's not the only occasion where a monster has [[HeelFaceTurn switched]] [[FaceHeelTurn moralities]], but given that he otherwise varies between being a force of nature and outright evil, it's very notable.

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* PlayingAgainstType: King Ghidorah, usually a villain, is TheHero in GMK.[[note]]Originally, Varan was going to have Ghidorah's role in the film but was shunted out bnd and replaced by Ghidorah due to name value. [[/note]] That's not the only occasion where a monster has [[HeelFaceTurn switched]] [[FaceHeelTurn moralities]], but given that he otherwise varies between being a force of nature and outright evil, it's very notable.
18th Feb '17 5:02:35 AM PanLeopard
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** ''Film/Cozzilla'' , the ''weird'' Italian edit of ''Godzilla: King of the Monsters!,'' was only ever shown on Italian cinema and tv, and has never been released otherwise. The only existing copies are '''horribly''' worn out vhf recordings of the trimmed down TV version
15th Jan '17 8:30:56 AM Morgenthaler
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* CriterionCollection: The first Godzilla Film made the cut, featuring both the original and American releases of the film, as well as a lovely restoration on Criterion's part.
24th Oct '16 10:34:14 PM AnoneMouseJr
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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The fifth novel, ''Godzilla and the Lost Continent'', and further sequels, in which Cerasini had plans involving the Mysterians, Titanosaurus and the Gargantuas (who would have had a non-Frankenstein based origin). Also, Kumonga was supposed to appear in ''Godzilla 2000'', but was cut due to it being seen as too repetitive after the Kamacuras arc.
23rd Oct '16 9:44:32 PM Gamingboy1
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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''.

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* FollowTheLeader: The original movie more or less ''birthed'' the Kaiju genre, genre (although certainly it owes a debt to previous American giant-monster movies), 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''.
20th Oct '16 12:41:23 PM AnoneMouseJr
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!! 1996 [[Literature/{{Godzilla}} novel series]]

* ExiledFromContinuity: King Kong, Frankenstein and all of the human characters from Toho's films were off-limits. The only exception was Stephen "Steve" Martin of ''Godzilla, King of the Monsters'', mentioned in ''Godzilla Returns'' as having been present for Godzilla's 1954 attack and later having died in 1994. Brian Shimura also owns a copy of his book ''This Is Tokyo'', based on Martin's experiences.
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".
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