Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Giant Monster Movies: Rodan

The supersonic beast Rodan was unleashed on the world in 1956's Rodan (Toho Studios). Like studiomates Godzilla and Anguirus (Godzilla Raids Again), it was imagined as a type of prehistoric reptile mutated by radiation; the Japanese name for the monster, "Radon," is both a shortened version of "pteranodon" as well as suggesting its radioactive origins. Following the events of the original film, Rodan reappeared in several Godzilla films, as both ally and enemy.

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

Giant Monster Movies: Rodan
Rodan (1956)
Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964)
Invasion of Astro-Monster (1965)
Destroy All Monsters (1968)
Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972) - flashback
Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973) - stock footage
Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975) - flashback
Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II (1993)
Godzilla: Final Wars (2004)

Related links:
Giant Monster Movies
Giant Monster Movies: Godzilla
Giant Monster Movies: Mothra
Giant Monster Movies: King Kong
Giant Monster Movies: Gamera
Giant Monster Movies: Dinosaurs
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.