Godzilla is a 30-minute animated series co-produced between Hanna-Barbera Productions and Toho Ltd. in 1978 and aired on NBC in the United States and TV Tokyo in Japan. The series is an animated adaptation of the Japanese Godzilla movies produced by Toho. The series continued to air until 1981, for a time airing in its own half-hour timeslot until its cancellation.
The series follows the adventures of a team of scientists on the Calico, a hydrofoil research vessel, headed by Captain Carl Majors. The rest of the crew include scientist Dr. Quinn Darien, her nephew Pete, and her research assistant Brock. Also along for the ride is Godzuki, the "cowardly cousin" of Godzilla and Pete's best friend, who has a lighthearted role in the show. Godzuki can attempt to fly using the small wings under his arms. Whenever Godzuki tries to breathe fire, he usually just coughs up smoke rings.
The group often call upon Godzilla by using a special communicator when in peril, such as attacks by other giant monsters. Godzuki is also able to howl to summon Godzilla. Godzilla's size in the animated series shifts radically, sometimes within a single episode or even one scene. For instance, Godzilla's claw can wrap around a large ship, and only minutes later the team of scientists fit rather neatly on Godzilla's palm. In addition, Godzilla's trademark atomic breath is altered so he breathes simple fire. He can also shoot laser beams from his eyes much like Superman's heat vision.
Hanna-Barbera was unable to use Godzilla's trademark roar, so they cast Ted Cassidy to voice the character, similar to his role in the live-action series The Incredible Hulk.
In regards to the origin of the series, Joseph Barbera came up with the idea of licensing Godzilla. He explained in a 1990's interview "My job back then was to dig up new characters, new ideas, new shows, and I had wanted to do Godzilla for awhile. I liked the monster thing, and the way it looked, and I thought we could do a lot with it. So I contacted Henry Saperstein, who was a very good friend and we got talking about it. Then there was an executive at the network who wanted to get into the act, and urged us to lighten the story line up. So, I came up with the character Godzooky, who was like his son. The show had a sort of father-son relationship, which we had done before on shows like Augie Doggie and Jonny Quest.
Barbera also explained why the show had little violence and deviated from the source material. "The problem with the show was simply this: When they start telling you in Standards and practices, "Don't shoot any flame at anybody, don't step on any buildings or cars," then pretty soon, they've taken away all the stuff he represents. That became the problem, to maintain a feeling of Godzilla and at the same time cut down everything that he did. We managed to get a fair show out of it. It was OK. Godzooky kind of got the kids going.
Jeff David - Captain Carl Majors
Brenda Thompson - Quinn
Hilly Hicks - Brock
Al Eisenmann - Pete
Don Messick - Godzuki
Ted Cassidy - Godzilla
Series Monsters And Villains
The Fire Bird (Episode 1)
The Earth Eater (Episode 2)
The Stone Creatures (AKA The Guardians of Ramal, Episode 3)
The Megavolt Monsters (Episode 4)
The Seaweed Monster (Episode 5)
The Energy Beast (Episode 6)
The Colossus of Atlantis (Episode 7)
The Cyclops Creature (Episode 8)
The Chimera (Episode 9)
The Minotaur (Episode 9)
The Sirens (Morphea is the only one named, Episode 9)
The Magnetic Monster (Episode 10)
The Breeder Beast (Episode 11)
The Watchuka (Episode 12)
Great Watchuka (Episode 12)
Diplodocus (Episode 13)
Carnivorous Plant (Episode 13)
Time Dragon (Episode 13)
Godzooky Clone (Episode 14)
Voltrang's Clone Monster (AKA The Giant Squid, Episode 14)
Giant Fly (Episode 15)
Giant Octopus (Episode 16)
Axor (Episode 17)
The Power Dragon (Episode 18)
The Cyborg Whale (Episode 19)
Magma Lizards (Episode 20)
Moon Monster (AKA 'Gravity Goliath', Episode 21)
The Golden Guardians (Episode 22)
Flying Manta Ray (Episode 23)
Spider Crab (Episode 23)
Jellyfish (Episode 23)
Sea Turtle (Episode 23)
Tropical Fish (Episode 23)
Sharks (Episode 23)
Squids (Episode 23)
Electric Eels (Episode 23)
Giant Black Widow (Episode 24)
Venus Flytrap (Episode 24)
Ants (Episode 24)
Giant Beetle (Episode 24)
Giant Antlion (Episode 24)
Bees (Episode 24)
Dragonfly (Episode 24)
COBRA group (a fictional terrorist group armed with modern weapons technology, not to be confused with the group of the same name from the G.I. Joe franchise) (Episode 25)
The Ice People of Frios (Episode 26)
Godzilla originally aired in the following formats on NBC:
The Godzilla Power Hour (September 9, 1978 – October 28, 1978)
The Godzilla Super 90 (November 4, 1978 – September 1, 1979)
Godzilla (September 8, 1979 – December 1, 1979)
The Godzilla/Globetrotters Adventure Hour (December 8, 1979 – September 20, 1980)
The Godzilla/Dynomutt Hour (September 27, 1980 – November 15, 1980)
The Godzilla/Hong Kong Phooey Hour (November 22, 1980 – May 16, 1981)
Godzilla (May 23, 1981 – September 5, 1981)
The Godzilla Power Hour consisted of half-hour episodes of Godzilla and Jana of the Jungle. A total of 13 original episodes were produced in 1978, with the first eight airing as part of The Godzilla Power Hour. In November 1978, the show was expanded to 90 minutes with the addition of Jonny Quest reruns and retitled The Godzilla Super 90.
For the second season beginning in September 1979, the show was separated from its package programs and aired in its own half-hour timeslot as simply Godzilla. The original plan was to keep it as part of another 90 minute arc. Only it was to be paired up with episodes of The Shmoo and The Thing. The planned title was Godzilla Meets the Shmoo and The Thing. However these plans dissolved, and the show was simply aired on its own in its own half hour timeslot. Hanna-Barbera would pair episodes of The New Fred and Barney Show with the Shmoo and the Thing instead as Fred and Barney Meet the Shmoo. A month later, new episodes of Godzilla and The Super Globetrotters were packaged together as The Godzilla/Globetrotters Adventure Hour which ran until September 1980.
On September 27, 1980, after 26 half-hour episodes, the show went into reruns and Godzilla was once again teamed up with other Hanna-Barbera characters: The Godzilla/Dynomutt Hour ran until November 1980, followed by The Godzilla/Hong Kong Phooey Hour which ran until May 16, 1981. On May 23, the show returned to the half-hour format as Godzilla and the last regular showing aired on September 5, 1981 (to be replaced by The Smurfs, which would last three times as long). Throughout the 1980s until the late-1990s, the series rested in limbo (with the exception of a limited videocassette release of two episodes). Since 1993, it has been rebroadcast on TNT, Cartoon Network and Boomerang.
The Oxygen Destroyer (オキシジェン・デストロイヤ, Okishijen Desutoroiyā) was a fictional weapon of mass destruction used to kill Godzilla in the 1954 Godzilla film, Gojira.
It was the invention of Dr. Daisuke Serizawa, who feared the power of the device that he created.
The weapon was first revealed to Emiko Yamane by Daisuke Serizawa when they were in his lab. He demonstrated it on a tank of fish, which were instantly reduced to skeletons.
Fearing that it would lead to another arms race, the doctor sacrificed himself as he detonated his device underwater, killing both Godzilla and the chance that his device would become a weapon.
Godzilla vs. Destoroyah
The Oxygen Destroyer would carry on a larger role, and was later revealed to have awoken prehistoric creatures that mutated into the monster Destoroyah in the 1995 film Godzilla vs. Destoroyah. That film also noted that "if it had been used on the ground, it's quite obvious that Tokyo would've become a cemetery."
The chemical reaction initiated by the weapon (which is the actual part that destroys the oxygen) also powers one of Destoroyah's attacks, a beam of micro-oxygen, in the shape of a double-helix, with the destructive power of the Oxygen Destroyer itself.
Godzilla Against MechaGodzilla
In Godzilla Against MechaGodzilla, the Oxygen Destroyer didn't dissolve Godzilla's skeleton, and Kiryu's blueprints incorporated the original Godzilla's skeleton within it to make the design process and construction less strenuous.
The device works by releasing a chemical stored within it's spherical center. Once released, the chemical (dubbed Micro-Oxygen) reacts violently with the water, isolating oxygen molecules and splitting them. The molecules are then liquified. This means that any organism exposed to the chemical will first suffocate from the lack of oxygen, and then disintegrate. Depending on the amount of the oxygen destroying chemical released, the body of the victim will either be eaten down to the bone or destroyed completely. When used to its full potential, the Oxygen Destroyer will leave no remains.
Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (Stock Footage)
Godzilla Against MechaGodzilla (Stock Footage)
It should be noted that even though many weapons have been created to kill Godzilla, the Oxygen Destroyer is the only man-made weapon to accomplish this task.
The Oxygen Destroyer prop is the oldest remaining Godzilla prop known, first being used in 1954 and recently seen in 2013, being displayed at the Godzilla Encounter, making the prop over 59 years old at the time.
Bagan (バガン, Bagan) is a super kaiju created by Toho Studios that first appeared in the 1993 Godzilla video game, Super Godzilla, but was intended to appear in many films, all of which were scrapped.
The Return of Godzilla
The first version of Bagan, from the first draft of The Return of Godzilla, was a shape-shifter. It started out as an ape-like creature but after being wounded it became a dragon-like creature. Each time it changed it healed itself. It dives into the sea and becomes fish-like. Bagan runs into Godzilla, but finding that it can't defeat him in any single form, it makes a towering, combined form. But after this, it can no longer change shape, meaning it can no longer heal itself, allowing Godzilla to defeat it.
Mothra vs. Bagan
In Mothra vs. Bagan, Bagan is an ancient creature that protects the land of China. He was frozen in the Himalayas long ago but now, due to global warming, the beast breaks free. He sees the damage humans have done to the land and begins to attack them, but Mothra intervenes. As the fight between the two monsters takes them to Singapore, Mothra's egg hatches and the larva arrives to help its parent. Despite their combined attempts to stop the creature, Bagan kills the adult Mothra and moves on. The larva cocoons itself and becomes an adult Mothra, attacking and defeating Bagan in Hong Kong. Unfortunately, after Godzilla vs. Biollante did not perform as well at the box office as Toho had hoped, they decided not to risk making another movie with another new monster, and so Mothra vs. Bagan was canceled.
Godzilla vs. Bagan
In Godzilla vs. Bagan, Bagan was intended to fight the King of the Monsters himself, Godzilla. Not much else is known, other than the Gotengo was also supposed to fit into the story somehow. Unfortunately, Godzilla vs. Bagan never got past the development stage.
The only known powers for the first, Return of Godzilla version of Bagan are shape-shifting and ability to heal himself.
In the storyboards for Mothra vs. Bagan, Bagan is shown to be blowing a hole in one of Mothra's wings with an energy beam from his mouth. He is also shown to be firing some sort of lightning bolt from his main, nasal horn, and growing what seems to be some type of energy-wings out of his back.
The version of Bagan that appeared in Super Godzilla possessed insanely high physical strength and durability. He could slash with his powerful claws ("Slasher Claw"), perform a Diamond Storm (in which he would shoot white, star-like objects from his horns), fire a white Plasma Beam from his mouth and generate a Force Field to block incoming attacks. Bagan's attacks were, bar none, the strongest used by any enemy in the game. In addition, he had the most health out of any enemy in the game and Godzilla's attacks would inflict barely any damage, making it necessary to transform into Super Godzilla to defeat Bagan and complete the game.
The Return of Godzilla (1st Draft) (Scrapped)
Mothra vs. Bagan (Scrapped)
Godzilla vs. Bagan (Scrapped)
Video Game Appearances
Godzilla Movie Studio Tour
Bagan received a starring role as the final boss in the video game Super Godzilla. Supercharged by cells from Godzilla and King Ghidorah that his alien commanders had spliced into him, Bagan is easily the most powerful foe in the game, generally seen as impossible to defeat as normal Godzilla, and still seen as a difficult fight as Super Godzilla.
Bagan is the only known monster to be more physically massive and greater in weight than the final form of Biollante, who weighs in at a lesser 220,000 tons.
Bagan was mentioned by Simon Strange in an interview for Godzilla: Unleashed. He was one of several monsters considered for the game, but was dropped in favor of more obscure monsters (Varan being explicitly stated).
In M.U.G.E.N, Bagan is playable. He is one of the customizable characters in the game. There are two versions.
A video, supposedly consisting of cut footage of Bagan from Godzilla: Final Wars, was uploaded to YouTube on June 19th, 2012. The footage turned out to be a hoax, showing off the monster called Reizaus from the show Super Fleet Sazer-X.
"Bagan" is Indonesian for blueprint or draft. This is interesting considering that Bagan was planned for several movies but scrapped.
Mothra vs. Bagan (Film Concept)
Mothra vs. Bagan was a film proposed in 1990 by Tomoyuki Tanaka. It would have been Mothra's first film since Destroy All Monsters and would have introduced the monster Bagan, who had previously appeared (in a vastly different form) in the scrapped first draft of The Return of Godzilla. The film would have, on an interesting note, included the character of Miki Saegusa (who had appeared only in Godzilla vs. Biollante at that point). However, due not only to the poor box office performance of Godzilla vs. Biollante, but also to the unlikely success of the film over seas, the film (which would have also been very expensive to make) was cancelled. However, much of the plot was recycled for Rebirth of Mothra. Some thing to note is that Desghidorah grows wings near the end, similar to Bagan.
Thousands of years ago, a giant monster terrorized ancient China. The kaiju, known as Bagan, rose to destroy threats to the Earth. Although the ancient people of China were able to defeat the creature, legend passed down through the ages claimed that the "primordial dragon" would rise again to defend the planet again. In the present day of 1990, the glacier containing Bagan melts from rising global temperatures, and the monster sets its sights of eliminating humanity, now Earth's greatest threat. However, standing in Bagan's way is Mothra, a giant insect monster left behind by an ancient civilization to defend humanity. Mothra confronts Bagan in Singapore, but is soon overwhelmed. Some distance away, in Borneo, a gigantic egg begins to stir, and it soon hatches an infant Mothra, which crawls to help its mother. The three monsters then engage in a series of battles that span the globe. Unfortunately, as the monsters fight in Bangkok, the adult Mothra is killed by Bagan. The larva quickly retreats and spins a cocoon, transforming into an adult Mothra. The two monsters then meet again, this time in Bangladesh, and begin the final battle. Bagan, though, has become even more powerful, and has now grown wings that allow the beast to fly. Fortunately, after a long battle, Bagan is defeated by the younger Mothra and humanity is saved.
Dagahra (ダガーラ, Dagara) is a pollution-consuming kaiju created by Toho Studios that first appeared in the 1997 Toho film, Rebirth of Mothra II.
In days long past, a powerful and ancient civilization ruled the land of the rising sun. Known as the Nilai Kanai, these people were technologically and mystically advanced, holding power over science and magic unknown before or after. Yet, their's was not a perfect society. Like the humans of today, they polluted their waters and corrupted their skies with toxins. Rather than change their ways, they chose to play at being gods, and created a being to dispose of their wastes. Known as Dagahra, this creature would consume the pollution that the Nilai Kanai produced, thus cleansing the waters. Dagahra did consume pollution, as it was constructed to, but produced a toxic side effect: barems. Releasing thousands of the acidic sea stars from its body, Dagahra destroyed its creators, then fell into a deep slumber below the waves.
Several thousand years later, Dagahra was reawakened by a new insurgence of pollution into its domain. Awakening to fulfill its purpose once again, the toxic monster emerged from its lair, consuming man's waste and releasing its deadly spawn. Soon, the oceans ran red with its lethal sea-stars. Then, it emerged itself, spreading destruction to the land dwellers that feed it so much waste.
Yet, it was met by a powerful entity, known as Mothra Leo. Battling Leo with all of his might, Dagahra fought the noble Mothra to a standstill. Yet, when he dragged Leo below the water, the advantage was his, and he encrusted the noble warrior with his toxic spawn. As Dagahra forced his foe from the water and onto a recently revived Nilai Kanai pyramid, he closed in to finish the job. Yet, his ancient creators sought to foil him from beyond the grave, as ancient traps activated and bombarded the toxic one with bolts of rainbow lightning. Forced to retreat, Dagahra circled the pyramid, seeking a way to continue his assault on the heroic Leo.
But, just as the tide seemed in his favor, the water spirit Ghogo released his power into the damaged Mothra, reviving him and allowing Leo to rise from defeat and battle against Dagahra. This time, Dagahra was at a disadvantage, as Ghogo's magic gave Leo a powerful boost in energy, as well as the ability to follow Dagahra under the waves to continue his assault. Try as he might, Dagahra couldn't fight off the empowered Leo. Then, his foe did something startling. Splitting apart, Leo dove into Dagahra's stomach. The toxic one was wracked with agony as his enemy literally carved his internal organs apart. As his last dying scream echoed through the depths, Leo dragged his venomous carcass from the water. Purified by the Nilai Kanai temple and Leo's combined power, Dagahra returned to seawater, and was dispersed by Leo. Thus ended the reign of the toxic beast Dagahra, the product of humanity's foolish pride.
Dagahra can fly at the speed of mach 10.
Dagahra can fire an Irabushan Beam from his mouth.
Dagahra is able to fire Crimson energy beams from his dorsal fins.
Dagahra can rotate and fire Energy Rings from his body.
Dagahra is able to create a tornado of Barems and lightning by quickly rotating himself underwater.
The two cannons on Dagahra's shoulders can fire either energy beams or a concentrated mixture of Barem and crystallized toxins.
Dagahra is an adept swimmer that can move underwater at 150 knots.
Dagahra can fire lightning at foes.
Dagahra is the only villain monster of the Rebirth of Mothra series to not be a Ghidorah.
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The byproduct of Dagahra’s feeding on garbage, the Barem made a return before the demonic creature did. Crimson tides began to be reported all across the ocean as the Barem spread wide and far, all the while Dagahra assaulted the coastline and the Nilai Kanai pyramid. Attacking anybody unfortunate enough to get too close, the Barems burned innocent lives with their acidic secretions. When Dagahra was finally destroyed by Rainbow Mothra, the Barem he produced began to die. The species went extinct, leaving the oceans a safe place once again.
Acid: The Barem are capable of secreting a deadly acid that can burn flesh, and with sufficient quantity, deal heavy damage to even larger monsters.
Rebirth of Mothra 2 (1997)
Desghidorah (デスギドラ, DesuGidora) is the first antagonist monster of the Rebirth of Mothra series.
Sixty-seven million years ago, in the Cretaceous period, a demonic three-headed space dragon, Desghidorah, attacked Mars and turned it into a barren wasteland, literally sucking the life out of the planet. This creature, not content to allow just one planet in this solar system to suffer its wrath, advanced to the nearby planet of Earth. Desghidorah began its assault on the planet, but it didn't expect retaliation. A race of intelligent beings called the Elias populated the planet, and they fought against the three-headed demon. The guardians of the Elias, a race of giant moths named Mothra, engaged Desghidorah in battle. The war between the giant insects and the space monster was long and brutal. Finally, the despised dragon was defeated, buried, and sealed in a secret location. Earth, however, was nearly ruined by the great war. The dinosaurs and many other species of animals went extinct, and the civilization of the Elias was almost obliterated. In the end, only three beings of this ancient species survived; their names were Moll, Lora, and Belvera. Moll and Lora became the avatars of Mothra, but Belvera, corrupted by the loss of her species, became evil. She sought to one day release Desghidorah upon this world once more.
By the year 1997, deforestation and pollution were at a fever pitch. A logging company was clearing out the lush and beautiful Hokkaido forests, when the workers stumbled upon a strange buried structure with ancient writing. One of the workers discovered a small pendant at the center of the object and removed it, which caused the earth to suddenly quake. He gave the pendant to his daughter as a present, but Belvera quickly located the little girl and stole the pendant, the "Seal of Elias," from her. Seeking out their sinister sister, Moll and Lora arrived to recover the seal. Belvera fought against her siblings for control of the seal, but Belvera and her reptilian steed, Garu-Garu, prevailed and escaped. Moll and Lora's transport, Fairy, was unable to fly, and the twin fairies were grounded. They explained to the humans that the seal had been holding Desghidorah captive for many years, and with it, Belvera would attempt to control the terrible monster.
At the site where the ancient artifact was uncovered, the ground shook violently, and Desghidorah's tomb began to rise into the sky. The man who discovered the seal was placed under the control of Belvera, who used him to demolish the tomb by driving a bulldozer carrying a load of dynamite directly into the jagged structure. Her plan was a success, and after it absorbed a massive amount of energy from the surrounding forests, Desghidorah announced its triumphant return to a terrified world. The violent beast continued to draw the life out of the forest, for it was planning to soon gain enough energy to take to the skies on crimson wings.
The Elias watched in horror, and they knew what they must do, Mothra was the only being that could stand a chance against this soaring savage, so they called upon their guardian to come forth and do battle with the wicked creature once more. Mothra was protecting her newly laid egg, but when she was summoned, she flew to Japan to fight the three-headed demon. Mothra attacked Desghidorah, and the two engaged in mortal combat, Mothra, however, was old and weak after giving birth, and Desghidorah was far too vicious for her to handle. Desghidorah relentlessly attacked Mothra, causing great harm to the benign protector. Sensing his mother's dismay, the egg that Mothra left behind began to hatch, even though it hadn't grown thoroughly enough. The baby began his journey to assist his mother, and when the larva arrived on the scene of the battle, it attacked Desghidorah using its energized silk. This new rival momentarily confused the grotesque gargantuan, but it swiftly located the young creature and bit into his soft flesh. It sadistically lifted the now defenseless young creature in its horrible mouths, and beat the tiny monster against the ground as blood spewed from its wounds. The infant was thrown aside as his mother came to his defense. Desghidorah and Mothra battled fiercely, but she was again repelled. The larval Mothra camouflaged himself and continued his attack. When Desghidorah discovered his location, Mothra entered the fray once again. She lured Desghidorah into a waterway, and caused him to destroy a dam. Mothra grabbed her infant and fled the scene as Desghidorah was washed away by the fury of the surging water.
Mothra flew out to the sea to safety, but she was far too weak to go any further. She dropped her child into the water and crashed into the surf, not far ahead of him. The baby attempted with futility to keep her afloat, but she sank below the surface to a watery grave. Her Elias companions wept for her, but her infant was ready to incite swift and brutal revenge on his mother's murderer. He swam away and formed a chrysalis and began to metamorphosize.
Desghidorah, now unopposed, continued to absorb the life out of Hokkaido, creating a massive cloud that covered the island. Eventually, it gained enough energy, and, from its stone-like back, it sprouted two mighty wings. Desghidorah was finally ready to take on the world in full force.
The Mothra Larva sought out an ancient, powerful tree and by using its energy, transformed into an even more powerful adult Mothra. The new Mothra once again engaged Desghidorah in battle, this time defeating him and once again imprisoning him within his ancient mountain prison, never to be seen again.
Desghidorah can emit Hell's Flame from the mouth of his middle head.
Desghidorah spits fireballs from the mouths of all three of his heads.
Desghidorah is able to perform a Shock Pulse.
Desghidorah can unleash a powerful shockwave released from all over his body.
Desghidorah can send a red electric surge through his bites.
Desghidorah is able to do a Fiery Prye Road by causing the ground to split open & release flames from within the earth.
Desghidorah flies at the speed of Mach 23.
Desghidorah can release hurricane winds from his wings.
Desghidorah's wings bare a striking resemblance to Destoroyah's.
Desghidorah has many resemblances to Keizer Ghidorah - four-legged, and (in its first form) apparently flightless.
Desghidorah's roar was later reused for the Ultraman Tiga monster Gatanozoa.
Minilla (ミニラ Minira) is a Kaiju (Japanese giant monster) from the Godzilla series of films and is the first of several young Godzillas. He first appeared in the Showa film Son of Godzilla and also appeared in Destroy All Monsters, All Monsters Attack, Godzilla vs Gigan and the Millennium film Godzilla: Final Wars. Also called Minya.
The son of the famous Godzilla, Minilla was born on Sogell Island, when his egg was prematurely cracked open by a group of mutant giant praying mantis' called Kamacuras. Godzilla soon arrived, killed two of the Kamacuras, and rescued Minilla. Godzilla proceeded to train Minilla and defended him against further attacks from the final Kamacuras and the giant spider Kumonga. Godzilla and Minilla were placed in hibernation when a group of scientists completed a weather experiment, resulting in the freezing of their island. The mutant dinosaurs revived when the snow melted, and eventually relocated to Monster Island, as seen via stock footage in Godzilla vs. Gigan.
In Destroy All Monsters (which takes place in 1999), Minilla, Godzilla and many other Earth monsters live on a new island called Monsterland. Together they battled the three-headed space dragon King Ghidorah at Mt. Fuji. They killed Ghidorah and saved planet Earth. After that, Minilla and the other monsters returned to Monsterland.
Godzilla's exact relationship to Minilla has never been clarified. It is uncertain whether he was of a derelict egg of the same or a similar species or if Godzilla was somehow Minilla's biological parent; (human character dialogue might suggest that Godzilla had been to Sogell Island prior to the events of Son of Godzilla).
Minilla is the first juvenile Godzilla to be featured in the film series. A later young Godzilla appears as Godzilla Junior during the Heisei series, in the last three films of the Heisei series of Godzilla films.
Minilla resembles a smaller, pudgy version of his father. His snout is slightly upturned and his eyes are larger and placed further forward on his head, giving him a more human-like appearance. The dorsal fins on his back are small and unformed, and he also lacks the charcoal grey color of his father. His coloring is a lighter, fleshy grey color.
Powers and abilities
Minilla is much more friendly with humans than any of his contemporaries, and once (in All Monsters Attack) appeared in the dreams of a troubled boy in order to give an example of how to deal with bullying and other childhood issues. He is also very playful, enjoying such games as kicking large boulders and jumping over or riding on Godzilla's tail. While he is usually fearful of other monsters, he occasionally shows courage when defending his human friends, although more often than not he is outmatched by other monsters. The All Monsters Attack appearance is also notable in that it is the only instance of Minilla speaking, which makes sense since he only appears in dreams.
He is most notable for his ability to breathe atomic smoke rings, though he did learn to use a real atomic ray in Son of Godzilla. Minilla also has the ability to communicate with Godzilla over great distances by broadcasting a brainwave pattern over radio frequencies. This ability interferes with other radio transmissions in its vicinity. In All Monsters Attack Minilla is depicted as having the ability to shrink down to human size. This was originally meant to be indicative of the fantasy element of the film, in which Minilla only appears in the dreams of a young boy. This power is depicted again, in the real world, in the Millennium film Godzilla: Final Wars.
Minilla reappeared in a slightly altered form in Godzilla: Final Wars which, as part of the Millennium series, was not directly connected to any of his previous appearances. His role, however, was unchanged; very human-friendly, especially towards children. He also interceded on behalf of humanity to Godzilla, prompting Godzilla to end his war with the human race.
Son of Godzilla
Destroy All Monsters
All Monsters Attack
Godzilla vs. Gigan (Stock footage)
Godzilla: Final Wars
Minilla's only playable video game appearance has been on the Sega Dreamcast game Godzilla Generations. A secret character that is unlocked after completing the game with the American Godzilla, Minilla is the shortest of the playable characters and also the weakest in terms of defense. His speed is average, and his breath weapon, atomic smoke rings, is not very powerful, as several uses are required to defeat even the Super X.
Minilla appears as the story's goal in "Godzilla", a 1990 Game Boy puzzler. In the game, he is trapped in a large maze. He awaits rescue by his father Godzilla, the player's character. The only point in which Minilla appears is during the ending sequence.
In the M*A*S*H* episode "Springtime," Radar O'Reilly asks a nurse played by Mary Kay Place if she would like to accompany him to a screening of "Firstborn of Godzilla" and remarks, "I saw the original—before Godzilla got married."
Oodako (オオダコ, Ōdako) is a giant octopus kaiju created by Toho Studios that first appeared in the 1962 Godzilla film, King Kong vs. Godzilla. It returned in War of the Gargantuas. Oodako is also known as the "Daidako" (Giant Octopus) and "The Giant Devilfish". Oodako also appeared in the alternate ending for the movie Frankenstein Conquers the World.
Toho's official name for the creature is simply "Giant Octopus", as shown in promotional material for Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.. Oodako is a fanmade nickname which translates to giant octopus, like Ootokage for the giant lizard and Ookondoru for the giant condor.
King Kong vs. Godzilla
In King Kong vs. Godzilla, Oodako crawls ashore on Farou Island and attacks a village hut in an attempt to get the special soma berry juice that the natives store there. The natives, along with members of a pharmaceutical company, attempt to defeat Oodako with spears and shotguns, but to no avail. King Kong then appears behind a giant wooden fence, crumbling it with his bare hands and throwing the pieces at Oodako. Kong grabs Oodako, but the octopus holds tightly on to Kong's head. After a short struggle, Kong pulls the monster off and throws it to the ground. He then throws two boulders at Oodako's head. Oodako flees back to the beach and presumably returned to the sea, Kong beating his chest and roaring in victory.
Frankenstein vs. Baragon
In the alternate ending for Frankenstein Conquers the World, after Frankenstein defeats Baragon, Oodako comes from the sea and fights Frankenstein. Frankenstein battles fiercely, but can't compete with Oodako's numerous and powerful tentacles. Oodako drags Frankenstein in to the water, seemingly to his death.
War of the Gargantuas
In War of the Gargantuas, Oodako attacks a fishing boat, but is defeated by the Green Gargantua, Gaira.
King Kong vs. Godzilla
War of the Gargantuas
Frankenstein vs. Baragon (Alternate Ending)
Kumonga (クモンガ, Kumonga) is a giant spider kaiju created by Toho Studios that first faced Godzilla in the 1967 Godzilla film, Son of Godzilla. He is also known as Spiega, a name given to him for English language audiences.
According to the journal of the now deceased Dr. Matsumia, Kumonga was a type of very large spider to dwell in the jungle of Sogellel Island. However, exposure to the radioactive storm created by the UN’s failed weather experiment transformed Kumonga into a 45-meter tall monster.
Kumonga in the Showa SeriesIn the Showa era, Kumonga was a giant spider that lived in Sogell Island. It first appeared when it trapped and poisoned Kamacuras. Then it trapped Godzilla's son, Minilla in webbing and closed in for the kill. However, Godzilla arrived and defended his son. Kumonga attacked and nearly succeeded in killing Godzilla, but Minilla helped his father and using their atomic rays, they burned Kumonga's body, severely injuring it. However, Kumonga was not dead and the scientists placed Kumonga on Monsterland, where it lived with many other monsters including Gorosaurus, Varan, and Manda. In 1999, aliens known as Kilaaks, captured and mind-controlled the monsters of the island. The kaiju were released in cities throughout the world. But in the end, the humans broke the mind-control and freed the monsters. The monsters were then sent to attack and destroy King Ghidorah. Kumonga took part in the fight by trapping King Ghidorah in the thick webbing.
After King Ghidorah was defeated, Kumonga and the other monsters returned to Monsterland and lived peacefully to this day.
Kumonga was featured in the 2004 movie, Godzilla: Final Wars, not that different in appearance, as one of the many mind-controlled monsters of the Xilians. It appears in a desert in Arizona where it destroys a trailer. Then suddenly, the Xilians teleport the spider and the other monsters around the world. They tell the humans that they took the monsters away to save Earth. However, the humans find that the Xilians were controlling the monsters and the Xilians release all the monsters again to finish destroying the cities they were attacking. When Godzilla is freed from the south pole and fights the alien-controlled kaiju, defeating Gigan and Zilla. Through the alien leader's command, Kumonga is released in New Guinea to battle him. Godzilla approached the monstrous arachnid and let loose a roar to announce his presence. At first, Kumonga was able to trap Godzilla in thick webbing, but Godzilla managed to grab a strand of webbing that was still attached to Kumonga and swung it around in circles before letting go of the webbing. Kumonga soared over the horizon and was not seen again. It is unknown if he dies or not.
Kumonga can shoot a thick webbing and a stinger from his mandibles. Kumonga has prehensile pedipalps that can be used to grab small prey. The Showa version was able to survive multiple hits from Godzilla's atomic ray. The Millennium Kumonga's web was able to expand on contact with air from a single thread into a net for incapacitating foes. It also has long legs ending in sharp points which can be used to skewer opponents or crush through materials like in a scene in the movie Godzilla Final Wars.
Son of Godzilla
Destroy All Monsters
All Monsters Attack (stock footage)
Godzilla vs. Gigan (stock footage)
Godzilla: Final Wars
Video Game Appearances
Godzilla vs. 3 Major Monsters
Godzilla Trading Battle
Godzilla: Unleashed (Scrapped due to timing and budget)
King Caesar (キングシーサー Kingu Shisa) is a fictional Kaiju from the Toho produced Godzilla series. King Caesar's appearance was inspired by the Shisa, a beast that looks like a combination between a dog and a lion. It first appeared in the 1974 Showa film Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla. It then appeared thirty years later in the 2004 Millennium film Godzilla: Final Wars.
King Caesar is a combination of a dog and a lion, and possibly some type of reptile. He has large clumps of light brown fur growing on different areas of his body. His skin is made up of brown scales. King Caesar has a row of gems on his head that make up a crown like shape. In order to awaken King Caesar, a direct descendent of the royal Azumi family must sing his activation song. Years later when King Caesar appeared in Godzilla Final Wars he did not need a song to awaken.
Within the context of the character's fictional universe, King Caesar possesses remarkable speed, athleticism, durability and fighting prowess. King Caesar also had the ability to shoot energy back at his opponents if they shoot energy attacks into his eyes. He used this twice with great effectiveness against Mechagodzilla before the robot wisely changed tactics and used missiles instead.
The Millennium incarnation in particular displayed great lower body strength, and was able to leap high in the air and roundhouse-kick the much heavier and spiked Anguirus like a soccer ball. In the video game Godzilla: Unleashed, King Caesar was able to absorb sunlight and release it as a beam weapon; this ability was never shown in the film continuity.
In Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla, King Caesar was the guardian of the Azumi family. He could be awakened by fulfilling a prophecy and an ancient song.
The Simians knew about Caesar and that it would awaken to prevent them from attempting world domination. When their Mechagodzilla was repaired after being damaged, the aliens sent the cyborg to conquer the Earth once more.
King Caesar was awakened and he confronted the robot. At the beginning, Caesar was able to successfully fight back by reflecting the cyborg's laser beams through his own eyes and then reflecting the projectiles back at his adversary. However, Mechagodzilla was too strong even for the guardian and almost defeated Caesar.
However, Godzilla arrived to aid King Caesar. Still, Mechagodzilla was more powerful than both of them and horribly outmatched the duo. Godzilla, who had been struck by lightning repeatedly prior to this battle, converted that electrical power into an electro-magnetic attraction ability, essentially becoming a living super electro-magnet during the fight and used it to pull Mechagodzilla towards him when the latter attempted to flee when it began to run low on power and ammunition. Godzilla held his robotic clone in place, allowing Caesar to ram the giant robot repeatedly. Godzilla finished off the machine by ripping off its head, and fell into the sea when Mechagodzilla's body exploded. King Caesar then returned to the rock formation from where he emerged. The alien base built into the mountain then self-destructed, sealing the entry and allowing King Caesar to rest peacefully until he would be needed again.
In Godzilla: Final Wars, King Caesar was one of the many controlled monsters of a race of alien beings known as the Xiliens. He appears in Okinawa (in a twist of irony, as he was its protector in the Showa series). King Caesar stomps through a factory, crushing everything in his path. Suddenly, an enormous flying object arrives on the scene and removes the giant monster.
The same thing happens to all the other monsters that were attacking the cities throughout the world. The Xiliens come and tell Earth that they saw that the planet was under attack and destroyed the towering titans to save Earth and that a meteor is falling to Earth, threatening all life.
However, it is discovered that the Xiliens were controlling the various monsters and that the meteor did not exist. The Xiliens then release the monsters to finish destroying the cities. However, the crew of the Gotengo freed Godzilla and lured him to the places where the controlled monsters were so he could fight them.
King Caesar, Anguirus and Rodan are pitted against Godzilla at Mt. Fuji. He successfully defeats all three monsters. King Caesar, Anguirus and Rodan are then left in a heap at the base of the mountain. Godzilla did not kill his fallen foes as a nod to their status as allies of Godzilla during the Showa era. This is in contrast to the remaining majority of the monsters seen in the film, all of whom, aside from Zilla, were enemies of Godzilla during the Showa era, and were slain either by Godzilla, the Gotengo, or the mutants who were part of an anti-monster task force near the beginning of the film.
Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla
Terror of Mechagodzilla (Stock Footage)
Godzilla Final Wars
King Caesar appears in the video games Godzilla Trading Battle, Godzilla: Unleashed as a playable character, sporting a look with similarities to both Showa and Millennium era designs. He is able to fire solar heat beams from his eyes.
Manda (マンダ) is a fictional Kaiju (Japanese giant monster) created by the Japanese film making company, Toho. Manda is a serpentine creature similar to a Japanese dragon with four small legs and prominent horns. Manda does not have any special weapons, but can wrap his body around an enemy and crush them in the manner of a constrictor snake. Manda can also swim very fast and breathe underwater. His first appearance is in Atragon (1963).
In Atragon, Manda is a sea-dwelling dragon that lives in the sea and is the guardian of Mu, an underwater kingdom. Manda is one of the primary antagonists along with the Empress. When the submarine warship Gotengo attacks, Manda fights it and wraps his body around the ship, trying to crush it. But the Gotengo discharges electricity on Manda and shocks him. Manda unwraps itself and tries to swim away, but the Gotengo pursues him, later firing its Absolute Zero Cannon to freeze Manda.
Manda reappears again on Monster Island (along with several other kaiju including Godzilla, Rodan and Anguirus) in Destroy All Monsters. Aliens called Kilaaks come to Earth and take control of Manda and the other monsters, making them attack cities worldwide until the humans manage to free the monsters from alien mind control. After this the monsters are sent to fight King Ghidorah, although Manda does not fight in the battle, merely watching from the sidelines with Varan and Baragon. After Ghidorah is killed, Manda and the other monsters return to Monster Island.
The Manda prop used in Destroy All Monsters had no horns or whiskers on his face and the long fuzz running down his back was gone.
In the Millennium series, Manda is the first monster to be killed in Godzilla: Final Wars, playing a minor role, once again as an adversary of the Gotengo. The Gotengo attacks Manda who is wrapped around its hull. The super-submarine manages to shake him off and sails into an underwater volcano to see if it can lure Manda inside. The plan works, but Manda is merely injured and continues to pursue the Gotengo. The submarine then whips around and fires its Zero Cannon which hits Manda, causing him to freeze instantly, after which Gotengo uses its drill to easily pierce the frozen Manda, causing the monster to shatter and die. In this movie Manda (along with Zilla and Kamacuras while flying) is computer generated.
Destroy All Monsters (1968)
All Monsters Attack (1969, stock footage)
Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975, stock footage)
Godzilla: Final Wars (2004)
He also appeared in Godzilla: Monster War.
Manda is used as the name for a giant snake, and boss of the Snake Summons in the Naruto manga series.