Past, Present, and Future... Godzilla and Me
For as long as I can remember Godzilla has been one of my favorite movie monsters. So it goes without saying that I am eagerly anticipating the new American remake coming out later this year. Seriously, I've watched the trailers probably 15-20 times each at full volume... I'm pretty sure my long-suffering wife is growing weary of hearing that familiar roar.
|Although she was kind enough to make this Godzilla birthday cake for me!|
I simply couldn't get enough of that giant atomic fire-breathing lizard stomping all over Tokyo and laying the smack-down on anyone or anything foolish enough to cross him. What child wouldn't want yearn to be something that big and powerful? My cousins and I built, destroyed, and rebuilt miniature cities while fighting epic battles. Later we tried to make our own films using models and blocks (and nearly set the garage on fire trying to get a little bit of extra realism using some old fireworks we weren't supposed to have).
|My childhood summed up in 4 panels...|
In middle school I discovered that Toho was still making Godzilla movies. I was disheartened to find that there were no plans to release these in the states and so I had to get my fix from bootleg VHS tapes that were being sold at a local electronics store. Ah, the memories...
Godzilla Through the Years
One would think that Godzilla is just a big dinosaur-like monster that has undergone little, if any change at all since his 1954 debut. However, while the basic concept of the big atomic reptile of mass destruction has remained the same, the design and character of Godzilla has evolved quite a bit through the years whether is be through mere design, characterization, or underlying message.
I thought I would share a simple post about Godzilla's cinematic history. But I guess I got a little carried away... I found that I just couldn't stop writing or looking for images and videos to add to the post and it just kept getting bigger and bigger. I toyed with the idea of having a Godzilla-sized post (appropriate, right?) but I feared the thing wouldn't load fast enough (or at all) if I posted it all at once.
And so this will have to suffice for part 1 of a series of posts devoted to that giant mutant lizard of mass destruction... Stay tuned for more!