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Godzilla is a huge mutant monster, the protagonist of comics, cartoons, computer games and movies. The growth of Godzilla, according to various sources, ranges from 50 to 160 meters.
The monster first appeared on television in 1954, and since then a whole series of films have been shot about it. Even Hollywood producers drew attention to Godzilla, having released spectacular blockbusters about the rival of their monster, King Kong.
By 1998, the monster had appeared in 29 films, becoming a true legend and one of the most recognizable characters in cinema history. The Japanese TV series about him even got its own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Today Godzilla is perceived as an integral part of modern Japanese mass culture. But, by and large, we know little about this monster. The hero may be fantastic, but his real and original appearance is distorted by some myths.
Godzilla is a negative character. When people hear the name of Godzilla, they imagine a huge monster destroying cities and destroying the unfortunate Japanese. The image seems to be puppet, referring to campy films of the 1970s. But in films from that era, Godzilla was often a good character. The positive story of the mutant began in 1964 in the film "Gidora, the three-headed monster". In it, Godzilla teamed up with the butterfly Mothra and the pterosaur Rodan in order to confront the three-headed alien monster Gidora. In a couple of tapes, Godzilla acted as the protector of planet Earth, confronting sea monsters, alien beasts, and even a robotic version of himself. The mutant even teamed up with Ultraman on the "Zone Fighter" series. And only in the new series of films about Godzilla, which began in 1984, he again appeared as the destroyer of the city and a negative character.
Godzilla is a mutated Tyrannosaurus Rex. This myth originated from the American version of King Kong vs. Godzilla. It features a scene in which an elderly scientist claims Godzilla is a cross between Tyrannosaurus Rex and a stegosaurus. Although this origin of the monster was still featured in early films, it has never been directly associated with this kind of dinosaur. The very first film in 1954, Isiro Honda and special effects master Eji Tsobaraya shaped Godzilla based on the features of several dinosaurs. And in the 1991 film Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah, it was suggested that the monster was actually a new species of dinosaur. She was dubbed "Godzillazaur". The creature lived on a secluded island in the Pacific Ocean, being the Japanese version of the Loch Ness monster. Godzillazaurus later mutated due to the impact of an atomic bomb, turning into a huge green monster.
Godzilla is invulnerable. In fact, Godzilla can only be considered almost invulnerable. This creature has immunity to common human weapons, thanks to the special regenerative gene G1. This allows Godzilla to instantly heal his wounds. Nevertheless, in the films, the monster died at least four times. In the original film, it disintegrated at the molecular level thanks to the Oxygen Destroyer weapon. This tool was invented by the scientist Serizawa. In Godzilla 1985, a monster's heart stops when a cadmium missile hits its throat. And before that, he managed to survive after a nuclear missile strike in the upper atmosphere. In Godzilla Vs Destroyer, the monster overheats its body and melts away. And in the 2001 film Godzilla, Motra, King Ghidorah: Monsters Attack, a monster swallowed the admiral in a small submarine. The man from within launched a rocket that exploded, ripping apart the lizard's flesh. Heat energy poured out of the wound on Godzilla's back and he tore himself apart. And although the monster died, his heart continued to beat at the bottom of the bay.
Godzilla was crude and primitive. In early films, Godzilla was portrayed as a rude brutal creature, a real natural disaster. There were no reasonable motives for his behavior. But in 1964, in Ghidor, the Three-Headed Monster, Godzilla spoke to Motra and Rodan. The butterfly tried to convince the other two monsters to team up and fight Ghidorah together. Initially, Godzilla refuses to join this union. The monster quite reasonably states that people have always tried to hurt him - why should he help them? True, Godzilla forgot to mention that people still had a reason to fight against him, given his destructive activities. After that, the behavior of the monster became more human, which was reflected in the later films of the Showa era in the 1960s and 1970s. At various times, the monster collaborated with other monsters, developing battle strategies. In Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster, the creature even felt sympathy for a woman, and in Godzilla vs. Monster Zero, it even danced. In the movie "Godzilla vs. Gaigan" (Godzilla on the Isle of Monsters), he conversed with another monster, Agirus. In the film, a bubble with their words was painted at the mouth of the monsters. In a later period, Heisei in the 1980-1990s, Godzilla is portrayed already as a living being, therefore, more cunning. He experiences obvious emotional attachments to his descendants, and the level of communication with people increases significantly.
Godzilla defeated King Kong in the Japanese version of King Kong vs. Godzilla. This myth flatters the fans of the monster, but most of the true connoisseurs of the series, as well as those with access to Wikipedia, know that this is not so. But over the years, people believed Godzilla was stronger than King Kong. Film producer John Beck made many changes in his version of the film for the American audience. The film was, in fact, completely different from the Japanese version. However, the ending has not changed. Both King Kong and Godzilla fell into the sea in battle, but only a huge monkey emerged to the surface. The myth that Godzilla came out the winner in the Japanese version of the film was created by the magazine "Spacemen". Soon, other monster publications began to circulate this claim. In the famous quiz game Trivial pursuit in the 1980s, the correct answer was Godzilla's victory in the Japanese version. And only in the 1990s, with the development of the Internet, the myth was dispelled. Now, true Godzilla fans still prefer to tell the real version than cultivate such a pleasant delusion.
Godzilla only attacked Japan. In films, as a rule, the monster really fell on Japan. But a couple of times he made sorties to other places. So, in "Destroy All Monsters" in 1968, a monster crashes into New York, crossing the Pacific Ocean. And in Godzilla vs. Destroyer, a monster attacks Hong Kong. And don't forget about the famous Hollywood blockbuster of 1998, when Godzilla attacked New York again.
Godzilla has a biological son - Minilla. There are several hateful symbols in the kaiju world, one of which is Minilla or Minye. This character appears in the movie "Son of Godzilla". Producers, with the help of Minilla in the 1960s, tried to win the love of children's audiences, who were then keenly interested in the monster series. Minilla was an attempt to make a cute and friendly clone of Godzilla. However, the attempt turned out to be terribly vulgar and erroneous. Minilla looks like a ridiculous fruit of the love of a kind ghost, a Marshmallow man, and an alien. The resemblance to Godzilla is very distant. And the most interesting thing is that in the four films with Minilla, "Son of Godzilla", "Destroy All Monsters", "Revenge of Godzilla" and "Godzilla: Final Wars", nowhere is it clearly stated that this character is a biological descendant of a lizard-like creature, the main character of the series ... This version is acceptable, but given the physical differences, this option is controversial. The relationship between Minilla and Godzilla is simply assumed. The smaller animal follows the larger one and spews smoke in a similar manner. But this is clearly not enough to assert the kinship of the heroes.
Godzilla is green. Since the first discovery of dinosaurs in the 19th century, they have often been depicted in green. They were, after all, giant lizards, and most of the lizards familiar to Europeans and Americans were that color. This idea was so ingrained in people's minds that when Americans began importing Godzilla films in the 1950s and 1960s, the monster began to be portrayed as green. And when the Hanna-Barber studio shot a film about him in the late 1970s, the creature was painted all the same green. Around the same time, a Marvel comic came out, where Godzilla was the usual color for dinosaurs. However, the monster was never portrayed as green in any of the early films. And in Japan, in general, until 1999, no one depicted Godzilla in this color. He always had a dark gray color. But in the 1999 film Godzilla: Millennium, the monster got green skin. With this change, he entered a new era. Now, it seems that Godzilla's color issue has been finally settled.
Godzilla breathes fire. This question may sound semantic, but for the Japanese survivors of the nuclear bombing of World War II, some of the characteristics of the terrible monster are important. He not only mutated due to radiation, but also knows how to emit radioactive energy. In the early films, it looked more like poisonous vapor or smoke, but by the mid-1960s, a beam had appeared. Godzilla has retained such a weapon to this day. Usually the beam is bright blue, with rare exceptions, and the monster's back plates flicker with the same light. Interestingly, in American production, all in the same Hanna-Barbera cartoon, Marvel comics, as well as in marketing posters for films in local dubbing, Godzilla's breath was portrayed as fiery, bright red. Some interpreted the image as an attempt to distance itself from the monster's connection to the US nuclear bombing of Japan. However, it is more likely that, according to the producers, Americans should like the classic green fire-breathing dragon more than the dark green creature that shoots out blue rays.
Godzilla is a female creature. This myth came about because Godzilla had a son. But only female reptiles can lay eggs. The offspring of Godzilla were called Minilla and Godzilla Jr. But in the movies, the monster has always been called a man. The gender is also confirmed by the fact that Godzilla is called the King of Monsters, and not the Queen. The myth appeared thanks to the 1998 American film Godzilla, where the main monster, being asexual, laid eggs. Nevertheless, Godzilla is officially considered a male owner. The presence of Godzilla eggs implies that there have been females of this species at some point in time. It is likely that they exist in this fictional world, but they were not mentioned in the films. And in various non-cinematographic plots with the participation of Godzilla (computer games, goods) there are references to the females of Godzilla, Bijra and Gojirin.
Godzilla was the same height as King Kong. In the film, in which these two monsters clashed, the monkey was 45 meters tall. In the Showa era version, King Kong had a maximum height of 20 meters. And the maximum recorded growth of Godzilla is 108 meters, while the minimum is about 50 meters.
All films about Godzilla are connected by continuity. Some fans believe that the tapes consistently tell the same story. However, this is not at all the case. There are some films that clearly have their own backstory, while others do without Godzilla himself at all. Some fans adhere to the point of view that only films of certain eras (Showa, Heisei, Shinsei) can be considered continuous. However, this is also wrong. For example, each of the films of the 2000s has its own backstory, not being associated with either its era or previous ones. Sometimes there is only a connection with the original 1954 tape.
Godzilla's costumes were made of rubber. Many people think the monster's costumes were made of rubber, but the material was actually made from foam. First, the model was formed on the basis of the actor's costume, then glued pieces of foam were applied to these samples. This is how the Godzilla sculpture appeared. After it was formed from the foam, the outside was covered with contact adhesive. The structure was then clad in leather with wooden elements. Finally, the suit was sealed with several layers of liquid latex and painted. And in the Showa era, the head of a monster was molded from clay. In recent films, Godzilla is already an object of computer graphics.
Godzilla can't fly. In the movie Godzilla vs. Hedorah, the monster was given the ability to fly thanks to a nuclear beam. But in the future, this skill was not used anywhere or mentioned.