Godzilla! They don’t get bigger than this!


Godzilla made his first appearance in Ishirō Honda’s 1954 film Godzilla and has since been featured is 27 other films; not to mention becoming a worldwide popular culture icon! He has inspired, toys, video games, books, comics and an animated television series; Hanna-Barbera’s The Godzilla Power Hour. Godzilla’s name was apparently a combination of the Japanese words for gorilla and whale. Godzilla is a pre-historic creature whose size and power are the result of mutation from atomic radiation. His abilities are impressive! Besides his massive size, strength and incredibly functional tail; he can release an atomic blast, has amphibious qualities that allow him to breath on both land and water, and impressive healing abilities. While fighting Godzilla employs martial arts techniques and is shown to possess intelligence and occasionally emotion. One of Godzilla’s most unique qualities is his trademark mighty roar! Over the course of his film appearances he was portrayed as both a destructive menace and a hero. Of course, even as a hero the results were nonetheless of a destructive nature! While Godzilla’s appearance has changed over the years there is no mistaking Tokyo’s greatest monster. Below is a list of Godzilla’s Toho film appearances.

Godzilla Filmography

#1 Godzilla (Godzilla, King of the Monsters!, Gojira) (1954) Directed by Ishiro Honda
#2 Godzilla Raids Again (Gigantis, the Fire Monster) (1955) Directed by Motoyoshi Oda
#3 King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962) Directed by Ishiro Honda
#4 Mothra vs. Godzilla (Godzilla vs. the Thing, Godzilla vs. Mothra) (1964) Directed by Ishiro Honda
#5 Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (Ghidrah, the Three-Headed Monster) (1964) Directed by Ishiro Honda
#6 Invasion of Astro-Monster (Monster Zero, Godzilla vs. Monster Zero) (1965) Directed by Ishiro Honda
#7 Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster (Ebirah, Horror of the Deep) (1966) Directed by Jun Fukuda
#8 Son of Godzilla (1967) Directed by Jun Fukuda
#9 Destroy All Monsters (1968) Directed by Ishiro Honda
#10 All Monsters Attack (Godzilla’s Revenge) (1969) Directed by Ishiro Honda
#11 Godzilla vs. Hedorah (Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster) (1971) Directed by Yoshimitsu Banno
#12 Godzilla vs. Gigan (Godzilla on Monster Island) (1972) Directed by Jun Fukuda
#13 Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973) Directed by Jun Fukuda
#14 Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (Godzilla vs. Cosmic Monster, Godzilla vs. Bionic Monster) (1974) Directed by Jun Fukuda

#15 Terror of Mechagodzilla (The Terror of Godzilla) (1975) Directed by Ishiro Honda
#16 The Return of Godzilla (Godzilla 1985) (1984) Directed by Koji Hashimoto
#17 Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989) Directed by Kazuki Ohmori
#18 Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991) Directed by Kazuki Ohmori
#19 Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle for Earth (Godzilla vs. Mothra: Battle for The Earth) (1992) Directed by Takao Okawara
#20 Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II (1993) Directed by Takao Okawara
#21 Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla (1994) Directed by Kensho Yamashita
#22 Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (Godzilla vs. Destroyer) (1995) Directed by Takao Okawara
#23 Godzilla 2000: Millennium (Godzilla 2000) (1999) Directed by Takao Okawara
#24 Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (Godzilla x Megaguirus) (2000) Directed by Masaaki Tezuka
#25 Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (2001) Directed by Shusuke Kaneko
#26 Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla (Godzilla x Mechagodzilla) (2002) Directed by Masaaki Tezuka
#27 Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (Godzilla x Mothra x Mechagodzilla: Tokyo SOS) (2003) Directed by Masaaki Tezuka
#28 Godzilla: Final Wars (2004) Directed by Ryuhei Kitamura

2 Responses to “Godzilla! They don’t get bigger than this!”

  1. Victor De Leon Says:

    Can’t get enough of the big G. I think I’ll watch Giant Monsters – All Out Attack tonight. I love that entry. I dig the funky way G’s eyes are done. Great post!

  2. After Godzilla started turning into a strictly-for-young-kids series (big-G looked more and more like the cookie monster in the early 70’s) and a long break, there were some really good films in the 90′ and 2000’s.

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