The giant radioactive dinosaur from the Japanese films headlined this animated Action Series, co-produced by Hanna-Barbera and Toho for NBC 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.Here, Godzilla 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' Godzilla 'toon.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gigantic Adults Tiny Babies: What the show implies, Godzooky will eventually become. Given time, he will become as large and as powerful as Godzilla.
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.
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!
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.
H-B also wanted Godzilla to fight other classic monsters from the franchise's Shōwa Era. Toho refused. H-B were forced to come up with their own monsters. They also wanted Godzilla's son, Minilla to star to make the show more 'family-orientated'. Toho refused. So the cartoon's creators had to come up with Godzooky instead as a distant relative.
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.