Thursday, May 13, 2010

Godzilla In The News 05/13/10 - A Great Godzilla Retrospect, Godzilla Goes A Dancing?, And Bambi Didn't Have A Chance

Written By: Ken Hulsey

Another Godzilla filled news day and here I am once again running short of time.

For starters, I was contacted by writer Jeff Gilbert, who turned on to a great Godzilla retrospect that he had just penned for Fright Site on MSN.

Jeff covers the Godzilla phenomena from top to bottom, then goes through each G film one by one.

It's quite lengthy, but well worth the read.

Here is a quick look, followed by a link to the rest of the article:

GODZILLA, a gigantic radioactive dinosaur, the result of man playing God with bombs, is the Dean Martin of Destruction...the Frank Sinatra of Squash...the Englebert Humperdink of Hell-Raising. His friends are bigger than the national deficit. He can get a Frisbee™ off an eighty-story roof without a ladder. His breath can light BBQ charcoal -- even wet ones. In short, there is no giant monster bigger, more popular, or more bankable than Godzilla.

Since his stunning, self-titled big screen debut in 1954, Godzilla’s block of work makes up the longest running film series in movie history, boasting more screen credits than sequel-happy Nightmare on Elm Street’s Freddy Krueger, Friday the 13th’s Jason Voorhees and Halloween’s Michael Myers combined. (Even in all his reincarnations, Dracula is a distant second.) Pretty impressive for an atomic-born monster who is as culturally recognizable and significant as such worldwide corporate brands McDonalds™, Coca-Cola™ and Jesus®.

Created by Japanese film director Ishirō Honda as a metaphor for the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, Godzilla became the poster child for anti-war sentiments and, ultimately, one million rubber toys. In fact, so immersive is his brand, Big G's likeness continues to be used on everything from toothbrushes and lunch boxes, to cartoon, clothing, comics, food (those Pizzilla™ snack-treats are friggin’ tasty, man), and is the never-ending subject of countless parodies, homages and more books than a Mt. Fuji-sized library.

Born May 7, 1911 and died on February 28, 1993, Ishirō, according to Wikipedia™, is best known for his tokusatsu films (superhero flicks that relies on tons of special effects), including several entries in the Godzilla series, including the original Godzilla (1954), along with King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962), Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964), All Monsters Attack (1969) and many others until 1975. He also directed such tokusatsu films such as Rodan, Mothra (1956) and (1961). His last feature film was Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975). There should be a 200-foot statue of him right smack in the middle of Tokyo.

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Well, it looks like Godzilla has survived his fight with The Jolly Green Giant...wew! That was close!

The publicity looks as if it has done him good though, he's scored a spot on "Dancing with the Stars".

God, I really hate that show, but if Godzilla is going to be on it.......ugh.......I'll have to watch it.

Statue of Liberty and Godzilla join forces on Dancing with the Stars
The Spoof (satire) - susan allen-rosario

Lady Liberty and the popular icon Godzilla have been selected to appear as partners in the July edition of Dancing with the Stars.

"We chose July to tie the show in with other Independence Day celebrations," a spokesperson for the show explains Why Godzilla?

"He was the only star big enough to be her partner, besides, she think he's cute. They are already rehearsing together and they look great."

Inside sources however say there have been a few problems.

"Lady Liberty keeps dropping her torch and even set the stage on fire once and Godzilla ate someone in the audience."

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That last one was satire folks........Godzilla really isn't going to be on "Dancing with the Stars."

Is "Bambi vs Godzilla" the best short film ever? Well, duh, it sure is!

Size matters
Honolulu Weekly - Adrienne LaFrance

There’s really only one rule when it comes to great short films: They can’t be long. In other words, shorter is better. Take Marv Newland’s famous 1969 short Bambi Meets Godzilla, which runs about a minute and a half from start to finish. With more than 50 seconds of opening credits and nearly 30 seconds of closing credits–which are totally worth sitting through, by the way–the story itself is only about 13 seconds long.

“It’s just Godzilla crushing Bambi, but it’s probably one of the most popular short films ever,” says Gerard Elmore, executive director of the Ohina Short Film Showcase. “It’s just unique and so funny.”

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Boy, those sure were fun! I gotta get better organized. Imagine what I could do if I had more the ten minutes to do these?

See Also: Godzilla (And Friends) In The News 05/11/10 - How Does King Kong vs Godzilla Rank Among Monster Battles? More Gamera And Kamen Rider DVD Stuff / Godzilla (And Friends) In The News 05/06/10 - Rina Akiyama Rides The Metro To Promote Kamen Rider And Return Of Godzilla Actor Kei Satô Passes / Godzilla 2012 (And Gamera) In The News 05/06/10 - A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Rumors / Godzilla (And Friends) In The News 05/03/10 (Part 2) / Godzilla (And Friends) In The News 05/03/10 / Godzilla In The News 04/21/10 - Big G Influences Fashion And Music, Plus The Top 5 G Films According To CNN / Godzilla In The News 04/19/10 - Obama Worried Jolly Green Giant/Godzilla Conflict Could Destabilize Region / Godzilla 2012 In The News 04/15/10 - The Angry Edition! / Godzilla 2012 In The News 04/12/10 / Godzilla 2012 In The News 04/08/10 / Godzilla 2012 In The News 04/04/10 - Happy Easter! / Godzilla 2012 In The News 04/01/10 / Godzilla 2012 In The News 03/31/10

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Burbank, CA – March 29, 2010 – Legendary Pictures announced today that they will develop and produce a new film based on Toho Company’s famed GODZILLA character. Through the terms of the agreement, Legendary Pictures has acquired the rights to produce a movie inspired by Toho’s Godzilla, a franchise the Japanese company created and has nurtured for over fifty years.

Toho’s GODZILLA franchise boasts one of the most widely recognized film creatures worldwide, resulting in a series of books, television programs, video games and more than 25 films worldwide. Legendary intends to approach the film and its characters in the most authentic manner possible. The company will, in the near future, announce a filmmaker to helm the film for an intended 2012 release. The film will fall under the company’s co-production and co-financing deal with Warner Bros. Toho will distribute the film in Japan."

"Godzilla" is coming back -- this time, with Legendary Pictures taking the lead, co-producing and co-financing with Warner Bros. for release in 2012.

Legendary announced Monday it had obtained rights to the iconic monster character from Japan's Toho Co., which has overseen more than 25 "Godzilla" films. Toho will release the pic in Japan.

Legendary said it's planning to announce a director shortly.

In addition to Legendary, producers on the new film will be Dan Lin, Roy Lee and Brian Rogers. Yoshimitsu Banno, Kenji Okuhira and Doug Davison will exec produce.

"Godzilla is one of the world's most powerful pop culture icons, and we at Legendary are thrilled to be able to create a modern epic based on this long-loved Toho franchise," said Thomas Tull, Chairman and CEO of Legendary. "Our plans are to produce the Godzilla that we, as fans, would want to see. We intend to do justice to those essential elements that have allowed this character to remain as pop-culturally relevant for as long as it has."

Legendary noted the film will fall under its co-production and co-financing deal with Warner Bros. Legendary's productions with Warners have included "The Dark Knight," "300" and "The Hangover."

Speculation about a new "Godzilla" has been active since last summer. The Bloody Disgusting web site reported in August that the project was in development.