Film / All Monsters Attack

All Monsters Attack (Gojira Minira Gabara Ōru Kaijū Daishingeki), or Godzilla's Revenge as it's more commonly known, is the tenth film in the Godzilla series.

The start of the Matsuri sub-period that lasted until 1975, this film was fully aimed at a youth demographic. Instead of playing in first run theaters, it instead played at the Toho Champion Festival, an biannual summer/winter matinee program intended for schoolchildren.

It uses extensive stock footage of various previous movies. Because of its mostly irrelevant nature, it remains one of the easiest targets for criticism and sometimes hatred from the fanbase at large. It is the last Godzilla movie that Eiji Tsuburaya, special effects master of the series would be involved in before his death.

Rather than focusing on Godzilla, the film is the story of latchkey kid Ichiro, that between his parents being busy, school bullies, the bad neighborhood he lives near, chooses to escape his troubles by imagining himself going on adventures with Godzilla's son Minya on Monster Island. Through these journeys into imagination and watching Godzilla fight his battles and try to help his son figure out how to deal with his own bully, a warty ogre called Gabara, Ichiro learns how to stand up for himself and fight, which comes in handy when he's kidnapped by bank robbers. After outwitting them and beating his bully, the film ends with Ichiro's childhood possibly going into a better direction by having gained the respect of his peers.

This film contains examples of:

  • Adult Fear: Your child has been kidnapped by two robbers, and you and your spouse is at work when this happens. Thankfully, Ichiro's mother decided to stay home when that incident was over with.
  • All Just a Dream: All the monster sequences within Ichiro's imagination, which serve as life lessons for how to deal with human bullies and bandits.
  • At Arm's Length: Gabara does this to Minya, then electrocutes him.
  • Breather Episode: The film was always intended as a light children's feature to kickstart the Champion Festival matinee program and was never put up or dubbed by Toho themselves for export.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Really Gabara? You're gonna attack the father of the kid monster you just got your ass handed to, when said father is a capable fighter and judo throws you over his shoulder? This action also fits as Too Dumb to Live.
  • Celebrity Paradox: Young Ichiro is a fan of Godzilla, as a character. This is evident of being one of Ishiro Honda's entries, meaning Honda is one himself.
  • Clip Show: the bulk of the movie's monster scenes are lifted directly from the previous three films, with no effort put into disguising this (for example, each of those films used a different Godzilla suit, so his appearance constantly changes with no explanation when footage from all three is edited together).
  • Crashing Dreams: At one point, Ichiro gets separated from Minya and wrapped up by the vines of a Man-Eating Plant. He then wakes up to find he's being kidnapped.
  • Extremely Short Timespan: The main storyline only takes place within less than a day of Ichiro's life.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: "Godzilla's Revenge knows no limit, no end, no stopping!" The U.S. theatrical trailer promises Godzilla's supposed revenge, but... This type of advertising happened after the film's failed east coast run as Minya - Son of Godzilla, which was all too honest about the content of the film.
  • Non-Indicative Name: At no point does Godzilla seek any sort of revenge, making the "Godzilla's Revenge" title a little confusing.
    • None of the official titles paint a very accurate picture of the film in general.
  • Oddball in the Series: See Breather Episode above. It is shortest film of the entire franchise, running a brisk 70 minutes, and the only one set outside a universe in which Godzilla or some other monster exists.
  • Revenge of the Sequel: The English version's title makes no sense, since Godzilla doesn't even seek revenge.
  • Shock and Awe: Gabara's primary powers
  • Suddenly Voiced: Minya, who sounds like some mix of Goofy and Barney Rubble in the English dub. He was voiced by a woman in the original Japanese.

Alternative Title(s): Godzillas Revenge