Gojira (1954)
Directed by Ishiro Honda
Released by Toho Studios.

I can not tell you how many times I have started this column just to end up trashing it.

I have to admit, I am not really a writer.

I am a cartoonist… a draw-er of funny pictures.

I honestly can not even begin to guess why our new blog host overlords asked me of all people to join…

Growing up in the 70’s one of the best parts of the summer was the theme weeks on the Afternoon Movie on television. Of all the different theme weeks they would have, the best by far was always “Giant Monster Movies”. It was during that weeks that I first learned of such wonderful creatures as Godzilla, Gamera, Rodan and even the Gargantuas.

Godzilla might not have been the first Kaiju to cross the big screen, but since his first appearance in Toho studios 1954 movie Gojira he has taken his place as the “King of Monsters”.

Watching Godzilla on TV as a kid, I never realized that I was not really watching the true movie. It would not be until after the turn of the century that I would discover that Perry Mason, I mean Raymond Burr, was not supposed to be there at all. While the Raymond Burr/American version will always hold a special place in my life for igniting the fire that would turn me into a full blown geek, the original version is by far a superior version.

The American version strips the movie down and makes it into nothing more then a basic 1950’s monster movie where they fight a giant monster that is in the end defeated and everyone lives happily ever after.

The original version is not a monster movie. It is a warning of the horrors of nuclear bombs and testing. The defeat of Godzilla is not a reason to celebrate, but rather a point of concern. “If we continue on the path we are on, how long will it be before we face another monster in our world”.

Where the adult me loves this movie for the message. The nods to the horrors of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the passing of the old ways in Japan, and so many other things. I am so glad that the child in me was allowed to spend those summer days just enjoying a monster movie.


Yeah… This wasn’t the best column. I promise to try to get better, I have been doing some reading on writing.
Hope you stick around!