Where Did Godzilla Come From? Curious Monster Movie Facts For Kids | Kidadl
All of the godzilla movies have been huge box office successes and have left audiences thinking of the king of the monsters.
godzilla is a fictional ‘kaiju’ character and also a media franchise owned by toho. godzilla is the English version of the Japanese word ‘gojira’ (ゴジラ), which is a combination of two Japanese words, gorira (ゴリラ), ‘gorilla’, and kujira (クジラ), ‘whale’.
The word gojira symbolizes its immense strength and aquatic origin. Godzilla is the oldest movie franchise and has been continuously producing movies since 1954. In total, this franchise has produced 36 movies. Haruo Nakajima was the first person to play the role in the original 1954 godzilla movie.
In previous years, the godzilla movie featured political and social backgrounds relevant to japan at the time. Although the first Godzilla had political and social overtones, the later films are not limited to that. later films also rely on complex internal mythological themes, dark undertones, action movies with aliens and giant monsters, and child-friendly themes. To appease the North American audience, the film was presented as ‘godzilla, king of the monsters’. It was a huge hit in the states and to this day, the Godzilla franchise remains one of the people’s favorites. The Godzilla movies have become a major icon of Japanese pop culture and the film industry. Godzilla movies are especially popular due to their vivid special effects. after reading all about the king of monsters, where does the name america come from and where do the titans come from?
what creature is godzilla?
godzilla king is a fictional kaiju (monster) character originating from a series of Japanese films.
godzilla is a gigantic prehistoric dinosaur-like creature. he is often considered indestructible and is referred to as the “king of monsters”. Godzilla was originally supposed to be a giant mutant octopus created by a nuclear test, but later the filmmakers decided to turn him into a hybrid tyrannosaurus rex-like creature. Over the years, his appearance changes a bit from movie to movie, but he’s still a dinosaur-like creature that stands on its hind legs, much like a human.
According to the movies, godzilla is over 250 million years old. for a long time he has been portrayed as a nearly indestructible and unstoppable force. godzilla could survive the atomic bombs used during the second world war. he is seen as the alpha predator with an atomic breath. Apparently, when Godzilla was created, the radiation from the nuclear weapons tests he absorbed caused him to transform into his current monstrous self. in 1971 godzilla vs. hedorah, godzilla directs his atomic breath against the ground to be able to fly. Godzilla’s atomic breath isn’t the only way you can use his atomic abilities. he can also focus the atomic power coursing through his veins and create atomic pulses that radiate out of his body and cause destruction. this makes godzilla no less destructive than nukes.
godzilla’s sex is undetermined. in the Japanese movies, the pronouns are “it”, but in the English versions, he is called with male pronouns. In a later movie, he is seen having a child, but it is unclear whether Godzilla is the father or the mother. His partner is not mentioned anywhere in the series.
even after being the king of the monsters, godzilla has a fatal weakness that few know about. For Godzilla, otherwise undying, his weakness lies in the fact that he has two brains. We might wonder why having two brains is such a fatal flaw, but the problem lies in the position of the second brain. his second brain is located where his tail meets his torso. This second brain is responsible for controlling Godzilla’s movements and locomotion. this is his weak spot which can be targeted to paralyze godzilla and then kill him.
what island did godzilla come from?
godzilla used to be a prehistoric theropod dinosaur-like creature called godzillasaurus. he was called the ‘king of the dinosaurs’ before he became the ‘king of the monsters’. used to live on the island of lakes in the Japanese peninsula. after transforming into godzilla, he left the island and went to live in the ocean.
In a spin-off of the godzilla story, a series called ‘godzilla’s island’ was produced. Godzilla is shown here living on an island in the South Pacific. This island is the tropical paradise where all the monsters of the earth live. godzilla also comes from this island. Other Godzilla Island habitats include Godzilla Junior, Mothra, Mothra Leo, Rodan, Fire Rodan, King Ghidorah, Mecha-King Ghidorah, Mechagodzilla (the Heisei version), Anguirus, Gigan, Hedorah.
what led to the birth of godzilla?
Godzilla’s birth story is unique. it is really very interesting. but in reality, the truth is that godzilla was not born. he was created.
Before World War ll, Godzilla used to be a prehistoric theropod dinosaur-like creature living on the island of Lagos in the pacific. He was called ‘Godzillasaurus’. He lived with other prehistoric animals, on Lagos Island, hidden from the human eye. During the Pacific War, the Japanese and American soldiers had strife on Lagos Island. Halfway through it, the island shook with a monstrous roar and a giant dinosaur emerged from within the trees. Terrified of the monstrous animal, the American soldiers open fire on Godzillasaurus. This enraged Godzillasaurus and he trampled all the American soldiers. Though he wasn’t left unhurt. The Japanese saluted him and left the island. Godzillasaurus was left alone on the island to heal himself. After about a decade the Japanese were testing nuclear weapons in that region. Due to the radiation poisoning from the atomic bombs, all organisms present on Lagos Island perished and died, except one. Godzillasaurus, the ‘King of Dinosaurs’. He survived, but at a cost. Due to the atomic radiation, he gets transformed into the monster we know him as. This is how he became indestructible and got his atomic breath. After Godzilla was transformed he went to live in the ocean. 1974 Godzilla Vs. Mechagodzilla, Godzilla was repeatedly struck by lightning which turned him into a magnetic Godzilla.
why is godzilla called godzilla?
As mentioned above, Godzilla is the English version of the word ‘Gojira’ (ゴジラ), which is the Japanese word for Godzilla from the original 1954 Godzilla movie. It also means “a giant whale”. this was done by the film studio’s foreign sales department when it was introduced to the American audience. this also symbolizes the combination of giant size, immense strength, and provenance in the depths of the ocean. the radiation supercharged indestructible monster is truly worthy of the name.
With the godzilla series spanning over 30 movies, there are many different versions of godzilla. Godzilla’s alliances and motivations change from movie to movie as filmmakers try to reimagine his character every few years. In some movies, Godzilla is seen as the protector of humans and in other movies, he is seen as the destruction of humanity. sometimes he fights alone while other times he has company. sometimes he strikes terror in tokyo and new york while at other times he protects the earth.
godzilla 1954 was initially created as a villain. He can be seen rampaging through Tokyo and other Japanese cities. King Godzilla was seen as a threat to humanity in Japan. he brought destruction wherever he went, partly due to his size and partly due to his intentions. In movies where Godzilla takes on antagonistic roles, he is often portrayed as the symbol of the horror of nuclear weapons. here are some movies where godzilla attacks different sides, with different purposes. *spoiler alert*
In the movie Shin Godzilla, Godzilla evolves throughout the movie, gradually gaining strength. he is the antagonist against which the humans fight.
‘godzilla vs mothra’
This shows godzilla, mothra and battra engaging in a threesome contest to fight/protect the earth.
‘godzilla vs kong’
In this movie, both godzilla and king kong are shown to be equally powerful. the outcome of the final battle has the people divided into various groups. Some say Kong won, some say it’s a tie, and some say Godzilla should have won (because of Kong’s weird lightning power).
‘the return of godzilla’
In this movie, Godzilla is seen again as a giant monster that terrorizes Japanese fishermen and the people of Tokyo.
‘godzilla, mothra and king ghidorah: giant monster all-out attack’
This film, like the original, is influenced by World War II. here godzilla is the antagonistic beast that is possessed by the victims of the second world war and leads an all out attack against the humans.
toho made godzilla a hero in the 60s.
in 1964 ghidorah, the three-headed monster (a direct sequel to mothra vs. godzilla)
The arrival of King Ghidorah posed a threat to Japan. godzilla helped mother fight ghidorah. Even though she did it out of shame, she still did the good deed.
Like all titans in the monster universe, godzilla is a natural force whose inherent purpose in the world is to maintain order. he is responsible for keeping all the other monsters at bay.
godzilla movies in which godzilla is an antihero (although he is not the bad guy in these movies) and attacks him are, ghidorah: the three-headed monster, invasion of astro-monster, destroy all monsters, godzilla vs biollante , godzilla vs king ghidorah, godzilla vs space godzilla, godzilla vs destroyah, godzilla 2000, godzilla 2014, godzilla vs megaguirus, godzilla: final wars, the beast from 20,000 fathoms.
There can be many reasons why godzilla attacks and who he attacks. It can be concluded that Godzilla is not exactly a fan of humans, although he is willing to work with them as he fights against a common enemy.
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