I grew up watching Channel 50’s Creature Feature and Channel 7’s 4 pm Monster Week movies, many of which featured Ultraman, Rodan, Gamera, Gargantua, and, of course, Godzilla. Too, I have read one book about our semi-friendly big green atomic lizard, and when far from sobriety I can do a pretty fair imitation of Gojira’s call, so I am something of an expert.
This is why I know there have been many misleading reports on the changing nature of Godzilla, specifically his height, which many are saying has been strictly increasing through the years. These reports are false, as this in-depth statistical analysis proves.
Take a look-see at this:
The list of movies are here, and a very misleading graph of Godzilla’s changing size is here. That graph, like many, seem to show Godzilla growing linearly in time. But this only proves people aren’t born with innate statistical knowledge, the kind which Yours Truly has spent many weeks accumulating.
It was unclear whether to include Roland Emmerich’s 1998 version of the movie. His monster, which shared the same name as the others in the franchise, turned out—who saw this coming?—to be a misunderstood girl which wanted only peace. Sheesh. My memory of the movie’s ending is vague, but I believe the last shot was of a group hug of green-ribbon-wearing cast members.
Various reports put Gareth Edwards’s 2014 Godzilla from 120 to 150 meters, the tallest yet. And why so tall? Maybe because there’s no longer a guy in a rubber suit.
As far as I can glean from the trailer, the plot of this entry has Gojira destroying San Francisco, and, most peculiarly, a group of earnest folks try to stop him. Once more a movie which spent so much money on computer effects that nothing was left for decent writing.
Most of the early movies were directed by Ishiro Honda, who was content to leave Godzilla’s size alone, maybe because making the costumes was expensive. A very modest increase in 5 meters came in 1984, nine years after Honda’s last movie. Then, after flagging sales, another boost, this time to a full 100 meters in 1991, in a movie directed by Kazuki Omori.
The shrinking back to 55 meters came in 1999 (Takao Okawara), probably because of the acute embarrassment felt by all over Emmerich’ blunder the year before. This return to normalcy lasted five films, before Ryuhei Kitamura in 2004 had Godzilla grow again to 100 meters.
There is no trend, but if directors let Godzilla grow any taller, it’s certain that there would be nothing to stop the monster from destroying what he pleases.
I doubt the newest will be as scary as the original, and modified with Raymond Burr voice-over, from 1954. I mean the people, not the monster. That was one frightening intense one-eyed scientist with his oxygen-sucking pill that he used to kill Godzilla—and sacrifice himself. Boy!