Western Animation: The Godzilla Power Hour
Up from the depths, 30 stories high, breathing fire, his head in the sky ! Godzilla, Godzilla, Godzilla... and Godzooky.
The giant radioactive dinosaur from the Japanese films headlined this animated Action Series
, co-produced by Hanna-Barbera
in United States in 1978, and TV Tokyo in Japan. The series is an animated adaptation of the Japanese Godzilla films produced by Toho. The series continued to air until 1981, for a time airing in its own half-hour timeslot until its cancellation.
had four human friends and a mischievous nephew, Godzooky. The series follows the adventures of a team of scientists on the research vessel called the Calico, which is headed by Captain Carl Majors. The rest of the crew include scientist Dr. Quinn Darien, her nephew Pete, her research assistant Brock, and the ship's first mate, Carl. The group often call upon Godzilla by using a special communicator when in peril, such as attacks by other giant monsters or impending natural disasters. Godzooky is also able to howl to summon Godzilla.
The supporting segment, Jana of the Jungle
, has its own entry.
See Godzilla: The Series
for The Nineties
This series contains examples of:
- A God Am I: Axor, a mutant cobra-eque kaiju, uniquely demands to be worshipped by humans as a god. By shooting mind-control rays over them (or any creature for that matter) will become his slave.
- Aliens Speaking English: Often.
- All There in the Manual: Exactly how did Godzilla & Godzooky first meet the Calico and its crew, anyway? Only the original production notes for the show ever divulged that information: because the Calico saved Godzooky from being entangled in some seaweed.
- And Knowing Is Half the Battle: There would be a brief exposition on a scientific instrument or phenomenon in each episode, thus providing an educational segment for the show.
- Animated Adaptation
- Annoying Younger Sibling: What Godzilla sometimes regards Godzooky as, and will roar at him to silence him.
- Atlantis: Actually hidden from the rest of the world in a manner similar to Brigadoon.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Godzilla himself, natch, as well as most of the creatures he was pitted against. Godzooky probably also counts, as he's so big his head is larger than most doorways and he tends to tower over his human companions. It's revealed in the episode The Firebird that the main reason the Calico rarely uses what appears to be a set of optional hydrofoils to reach fairly impressive speeds is because he's so damn heavy he puts a lot of strain on the ship.
- Badass and Baby: Godzilla and Godzooky.
- Belly of the Whale: Carl, Brock, and the ship get eaten by the Magnetic Monster.
- Beneficial Disease: What Godzooky gives to Pete, thereby making him immune to Axor's Mind Control.
- Bigfoot, Sasquatch and Yeti: The Watchuki tribe
- Blob Monster: The Breeder Beast, a protoplasmic blob that could metabolize any matter to grow bigger... and bigger...
- Brainy Brunette: Dr. Quinn Darien
- The Captain: Capt. Carl Majors, although he really shares the leader position with Quinn
- Continuity Nod: The penultimate episode "Island of Doom" plays the closest to the original Godzilla film, as Godzilla is attacked by the island's defense forces and has to rampage his way across to save the Calico's crew.
- Convection Schmonvection: Episode one. The team brazenly walks right into the lava tubes of a recently-erupted volcano.
- Cool Ship: The Calico, much like Jacques Cousteau's Calypso, but it has a swift hydrofoil mode.
- Cousin Oliver: Godzooky. Technically averted as the character is there from the start, but definitely a Cousin Oliver when the franchise as a whole is taken into consideration. And, yes, that includes the Son of Godzilla.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Godzilla effortlessly takes down a paramilitary organization known as 'COBRA', no not that COBRA.
- Destructive Saviour: Subverted. Godzilla tries not to demolish anything.
- Does Not Know How To Say Thanks: The entire reason why Godzilla's helping mankind. After the crew of the Calico come to Godzooky's aid, the giant Kaiju is grateful and repays them with his continued protection.
- Evil Twin: In one episode, a Mad Scientist clones the crew. In another episode, an alien shapeshifter, the Energy Beast, impersonates Godzilla.
- Expy: Godzooky resembled Minya from the actual Godzilla movies and has often been confused for the same character by casual viewers.
- The Magnetic Monster appears to have been a shout out to Gamera's origin.
- The Fire Bird is a stand-in for Rodan.
- The Eartheater is a stand-in for Baragon.
- The Stone Creatures are a possible stand-in for Larva Mothra.
- The Breeder Beast is a stand-in for Hedorah.
- The Great Watchuka is a possible homage to King Kong.
- And the Calico and her crew are obviously based on Jacques Cousteau and his ship the Calypso.
- Energy Absorption: The energy beast fed on power from a hydroelectric dam to grow bigger and stronger. Also, in a different episode, a turtle fed on on magnetic fields in order to increase in size and power.
- Enthralling Siren: Morphea and her sisters.
- Eye Beams: Godzilla has laser vision in addition to fire breath in this version (probably because lasers are easier to animate)
- Fantasy Kitchen Sink
- Flaw Exploitation: Why Godzilla cannot use his full power against the Cyborg Whale, for fear of harming Brock and Pete, who are trapped inside.
- For Science!: Captain Majors sometimes chides Dr. Darien for letting her curiosity lead her into danger. However, her scientific skills end up saving the day more often than not.
- Genius Bruiser: There are times when Godzilla himself employs ingenuity, without instruction, and figures out the most practical way to deal with a problem, such as averting a nuclear reactor meltdown.
- Giant Flyer: The Fire Bird, as well as several giant insects.
- One can conclude that this is what Godzooky would become when he grows up.
- Gigantic Adults Tiny Babies: What the show implies, Godzooky will eventually become. Given time, he will become as large and as powerful as Godzilla.
- Godzilla Threshold: Crossed once an episode.
- Good Is Not Soft: Godzilla maybe benign in this incarnation, but the human cast are never complacent around him, sometimes nervous, knowing full well the monster can crush them out of existence at any given moment, even if he didn't mean to.
- Greek Mythology: The sirens and their pet chimera.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Carl and Brock (who, with the ship, have been swallowed whole, along with a lot of other random objects) are prepared to sacrifice themselves to save the world from the Magnetic Monster. They make it through okay, though.
- Hot Scientist: Dr. Darien
- Human Popsicle: The frozen German submarine. Interestingly, since these Germans are from the First World War (and therefore not Nazis), they turn out to be perfectly decent folks once finally they realize they're in the future and the war is long over. Then a giant squid attacks!
- Humongous Mecha: The Colossus of Atlantis
- Ignored Expert: In a double shout-out, the one Atlantean scientist who tried to warn his people their city would sink was named Kara-El.
- Incredible Shrinking Godzilla: He even gets small enough in "MicroGodzilla" that bacteria in a petri dish become potential foes.
- In Harm's Way: Godzooky often does this trying to prove how courageous he is.
- Just in Time: Practically a Catch Phrase on the show.
- Kaiju: Of course.
- Kid-Appeal Character: Godzooky.
- The Kid with the Remote Control: Though the real signal device belonged to Captain Majors, Godzooky (Pete's pet super-lizard) could substitute when required.
- Life Drain: The alien Energy Beast sucked some energy straight from Godzilla and used this to mimic his appearance.
- Living Statue: The Golden Guardians
- Loyal Animal Companion: Godzooky is very attached to Pete, and as such, follows him around everywhere.
- Making a Splash: How Godzilla makes his big entrance.
- Mind Control: Axor, the Monster of Storm Island
- Monster of the Week: Trope Codifier, perhaps?
- Mood Whiplash: Starts out with a kick-ass theme song until "...and Godzoookeeee..." turns it into a kiddie tune.
- Nephewism: A double dose — Godzooky, nephew of Godzilla, as well as Pete, Dr. Darien's nephew.
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: In addition to shooting laser beams from his eyes much like Superman's heat vision, Godzilla's trademark atomic breath is altered so he breathes simple fire.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: Godzilla for the most part. No matter what the threat, he always triumphs no matter what.
- Off Model: Godzilla himself, not surprisingly.
- Oh, Cisco!
- Papa Wolf: Attacking Godzooky when Godzilla looms overhead is the last thing you will ever do.
- Precursors: Some of the threats would come in the form of abandoned giant robots the ancient Atlanteans and Egyptians left behind and have since gone rogue.
- Reality Warper: The Dream Stone, although it really only gets used to bring the Golden Guardians to life. It gets smashed before we learn if it could do anything else.
- Reckless Sidekick: Godzooky.
- Science Hero: The whole crew, but mostly Dr. Darien.
- Sea Monster: The king of monsters himself can create whirlpools to drag his opponents down by simply swimming in a circle.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: The Cyclops
- Small Annoying Creature: Godzooky; somewhat subverted, as Godzooky was a good 30 feet tall if he was an inch.
- And, even though he's sweet-natured, Zooky is sometimes useful for intimidating human enemies since, you know, he's a thirty-foot tall flying dinosaur. In addition, if the captain can't use his signaller, Godzooky can summon Godzilla himself.
- Speaks Fluent Animal: Averted. Although Pete and Godzooky seem to communicate this way, Pete explains to a scientist they just rescued that it's less understanding Godzooky's grumbles and wails and more just knowing what he's thinking. The scientist catches on quick, noticing that Godzooky is about to take off from the Calico (against Pete's words) while Pete's back is turned.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Godzooky is frequently spelled as "Godzooki" and "Godzuki".
- Summon Bigger Fish
- Square/Cube Law: Godzooky should not be able to fly with those tiny wings.
- Tagalong Kid: Pete.
- Token Minority: Dr. Darien's assistant Brock.
- Unstoppable Rage: Often happens when a particular threat has really angered Godzilla, the humans and Godzooky may sometimes struggle to communicate with him, or keep him calm.
- Walk, Don't Swim: Inverted. No matter where the Calico was when they called Godzilla, the Kaiju king would come crashing out of the water, standing completely erect, the water swirling around his ankles.
- Weirdness Magnet: The Calico clearly is one.
- Writers Have No Sense of Scale: Due to a translation error in the American version of the first G-film, most Americans incorrectly believed that Godzilla was a LOT bigger than his actual canonical size at the time. Therefore the writers depicted him as being "30 stories high", which puts him in the region of a whopping 300-400ft in height. The Shōwa Era Kaiju King of monsters was actually topped at 160 feet. Its not until Heisei Era does the monster reach that size and scale.
- X Meets Y: Godzooky's characterization was Minya meets Scooby-Doo.
- Your Size May Vary: And vary it certainly does. Godzilla's size (and to a lesser extent Godzooky) shifts radically, sometimes within a single episode or even one scene. For instance, Godzilla's claw can wrap around a large ship, and only minutes later the team of scientists fit rather neatly on Godzilla's palm.