Thursday, April 2, 2009

Giant Monster Movies: Godzilla

The King of Monsters, the Japanese atomic firebreather Gojira (Godzilla) first appeared in director Ishiro Honda's 1954 film Gojira. The creature's name was derived from combining the Japanese words "gorilla" and "whale". When the film was recut by the distributor for American audiences, his name was changed to "Godzilla" (reportedly a result of a translation error). In the more than 50 years since his debut, Godzilla has appeared in 28 Toho Studios films, plus numerous cartoons, comics, video games, and books.

Here's his filmography, pulled from our master list of
Giant Monster Movies:

Giant Monster Movies: Godzilla
Gojira (Godzilla) (1954)
Godzilla Raids Again (1955)
Godzilla, King Of The Monsters (1956) (Raymond Burr)
King Kong vs Godzilla (1962)
Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964)
Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964)
Invasion of Astro-Monster (1965)
Godzilla vs. The Sea Monster (1966)
Son of Godzilla (1967)
Destroy All Monsters (1968)
All Monsters Attack (1969)
Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971)
Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972)
Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973)
Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974)
Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975)

The Return of Godzilla (1984)
Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989)
Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991)
Godzilla vs. Mothra: The Battle For Earth (1992)
Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II (1993)
Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla (1994)
Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (1995)

Godzilla (1998) (US)

Godzilla 2000: Millennium 1999
Godzilla vs. Megaguirus 2000
GMK: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack 2001
Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla 2002
Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. 2003
Godzilla: Final Wars 2004
Godzilla 2014 (in production)

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Master list: Giant Monster Movies
Giant Monster Movies: King Kong and other Giant Apes
Giant Monster Movies: Mothra
Giant Monster Movies: Rodan
Giant Monster Movies: Gamera
Giant Monster Movies: Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Creatures
Giant Monster Movies: Robots and Colossi

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This blog is for fans of classic giant monsters and monster-fighters from the movies, TV, and comics -- including King Kong, Godzilla, Gamera, Mothra, Rodan, King Ghidorah, Mechagodzilla, Dogora, Johnny Sokko and Giant Robot, Ultraman, Fin Fang Foom, Titano, The Host, and more. We also salute the classic genre and special effects films of Toho Studios Universal Studios, Hammer Films, not to mention the Frankenstein Monster, Count Dracula, the Wolf Man, the Mummy, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, giant robots, sci-fi, manga, and anime.