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Transcript of GODZILLA
Japan 1945: The Terror of
the Atomic Bomb
In August 1945, near the end of World War II, the United States dropped two atomic bombs in Japanese cities Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
As the series progressed, so did Godzilla, changing into a less destructive and more heroic character as the films became geared towards children.
Godzilla has rough, bumpy charcoal grey scales, a long powerful tail, and jagged bone-coloured dorsal plates.
Godzilla is a prehistoric monster or dinosaur who first appeared and attacked Japan at the beginning of the Atomic Age.
His size and powers are attributed to mutations from atomic radiation.
Background and Appearance
Godzilla is a recognizable action/fictional symbol of Japanese popular culture worldwide.
The earlier "Godzilla" films, especially the original "Godzilla" from 1954, portrayed Godzilla as a frightening, nuclear monster.
These bombs gave off deadly amounts of radiation and killed 90,000-166,000 people in Hiroshima and 60,000-80,000 people in Nagasaki.
The original Godzilla
Atomic bomb mushroom cloud over Nagasaki
Godzilla represented the fears that many Japanese held about the nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the possibility of recurrence.
1954: Godzilla is born
Godzilla 1954 trailer
King Kong vs. Godzilla
In this movie angry Godzilla goes on a rampage through Tokyo and Mothra must save the city.
Son of Godzilla
Godzilla protects his newborn son from a group of Giant Mantises in this movie.
This movie represents WWII: King Kong (America) vs. Godzilla (Japan).
Godzilla vs. Mothra
Since then, the character has fallen somewhere in the middle, sometimes portrayed as a protector of the Earth (notably Japan) from external threats, and other times portrayed as a destroyer.
In this movie Hedorah, the smog monster, is born due to pollution on Earth. Godzilla must save Japan by defeating this toxic villain.
Godzilla vs. Hedorah
Godzilla's atomic breath is his most powerful and distinctive weapon.
When Godzilla uses his atomic breath, his dorsal plates glow and then he releases a concentrated blast of radiation from his mouth.
Godzilla is strong and dextrous, using martial arts techniques in combat.
Godzilla is able to survive in the ocean for extended periods of time and is as adept a fighter underwater as he is on land.
Coming Soon: Summer 2014