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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Rare Godzilla Photos And Trivia

From Monster Island News


Godzilla Passes Out - Mothra vs Godzilla (1964)

First Godzilla film without newly-shot American footage added for the American release. The scene in which Godzilla is attacked by
the American military only exists in the American cut, but this footage was shot by Toho during the original Japanese shoot. - IMDB

Baragon Gets Hit With A Sexual 
Harassment Suit - Frankenstein Conquers 
the World (1965)

The film's story originated from an unused 1962 screenplay entitled King Kong versus Frankenstein, written by King Kong (1933) special effects technician Willis H. O'Brien. In the story, Dr. Frankenstein's grandson was to have created a 20 ft tall monster from the remains of animals and the monster would end up fighting Kong. The story never got past the screenplay, thought concept art depicting Kong and the Frankenstein monster exist. The screenplay was given to John Beck who in turn sold it to Toho who made Kingu Kongu tai Gojira (1962) and Frankenstein Conquers the World (1965). Willis O'Brien was never paid for his contribution. - IMDB



Okay Godzilla ... Back On The Truck -  Gojira vs. Mosura (1992)

This film's origin went back to 1990 with the concept Mothra Vs. Bagan. The film would include battles all across Asia in places like Shanghai and Bangkok. However, when Gojira tai Biorante (1989) failed, Toho blamed the fact that an unfamiliar monster was used and this project was put on hold to give Godzilla another shot with Gojira tai Kingu Gidora (1991).


Snatch The Paycheck From My Hand ... Aw You Too Slow - Godzilla vs Megalon (1973)

Jet Jaguar was the earliest example of a fan-service in a Godzilla film, the result of a contest Toho had in mid-to-late 1972 for children to come up with a new hero for them to use (to capitalize on the many tokusatsu and anime superhero and super robot shows that were all the rage at the time). The winner of the contest was an elementary school student, who submitted the drawing of a robot called Red Arone, which superficially resembled both Ultraman and TranZor Z (1972) (both of which were very popular at the time). The robot was renamed "Jet Jaguar" and was set to star in a film vehicle for him, titled "Jet Jaguar vs. Megalon," which pitted him against Megalon (a previously unused Godzilla enemy design). - IMDB

Um ... A Little Help - Godzilla vs. 
Mechagodzilla (1974)

When Universal Studios, responsible for both the The Six Million Dollar Man (1974) and the The Bionic Woman (1976) threatened to sue Cinema Shares Releasing over the title (Godzilla Vs. the Bionic Monster), the movie was quickly retitled Godzilla vs. the Cosmic Monster.









The Monster That Ate Tokyo ... And It Shows - Gojira (1954)

The name Gojira is a combination of the Japanese words for gorilla (gorira) and whale (kujira). The monster was so named because his original design was that of a gorilla-whale monster, which is recounted by people who worked on the film. 'Shigeru Kayama' (who was hired by Tomoyuki Tanaka to write the original story) recounted in a book of memoirs he published in Japan, that Tanaka told him the creature would be a sea monster that was "a cross between a whale and a gorilla". After producer Tanaka saw the American monster film The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953), he got the idea to turn Godzilla into a dinosaur monster. - IMDB

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