-Bob Eggleton got hooked on Godzilla by
going to small mom & pop theaters that showed Godzilla movies when he was young. He began drawing lots of
Godzilla and monsters. He would collect the magazine Monster World, a
subsidiary publication of Famous Monsters of Filmland, and now he is
doing covers for Famous Monsters. He has also some art for Dark horse's
and IDW's Godzilla comics.
-Bob Eggleton had a one second or less scene in
Against MechaGodzilla. He was one of the people in a screaming, running crowd.
Filming the scene was kind of an awful experience, though, because of how hot is
was. The weather was 101 degrees, but since it was a Spring environment in the movie,
everyone had to wear jackets and long pants. His jacket literally fell apart
during the 10-hour shoot that only amounted to maybe 10 seconds in the movie.
-August Ragone talked about how the Japanese view
Godzilla, and it's very surprising. Godzilla is a big cultural icon
that crosses generations, but not in Japan. The Japanese consider Godzilla passť
and kids in Japan do not know who
Godzilla is, so the Japanese media had to educate them whenever a new movie
opens. Most Godzilla fans in Japan are men 40 and up, but mostly in their 50s - 60s. The 2014 movie doesn't open
until July in Japan, but Toho is hoping that the American movie will bring
interest in Godzilla back to Japan. (Editor's note: This is kind of insane. To
me, this seems like it would almost be comparable to if kids in America didn't know who Batman
-When Bob first watched the film Monsters
in 2010, he had hoped that director Gareth Edwards would be picked for the
Godzilla movie. And it happened!
-August had seen Godzilla and monster movies when he was
younger in drive-ins. The first Godzilla movie that he saw was Godzilla Vs.
The Thing, according to his mom. He loved Godzilla, but what really melted his brain was Ultraman.
-Godzilla movies got saturated on TV and August's
favorite day of the week was Tuesday. After school he would run to get the new
TV Guide to see when the next monster and Godzilla movies would play.
When Bob was young He would spend Saturday afternoons watching Godzilla movies
instead of going out and playing.
-Godzilla Raids Again was originally released in
the U.S. by Warner Bros. as Gigantis the Fire Monster. George Takei and
Keye Luke actually did
most of the English dub of most of the characters, just by altering their voices. They had to
fill lip flaps with words so there is the infamous scene of a guy saying, "Ah, banana
oil." The movie was overly-narrated, too, with everything that happened on
screen being narrated. It was basically an audio book.
-Because of the bad handling and dubbing of
Japanese Kaiju films, August did some experimenting at film festivals by showing
Japanese monster movies with their original Japanese audio to people who were
not hardcore Kaiju fans. In 1995-96, Gamera was popular because of
MST3K, so when Gamera: Guardian of the Universe came out, the
people in the audience were expecting to make fun of the movie. August was with
them and said that those people didn't know what they were in for.
The audience started with the jokes and whatnot, but once the movie got to one
of the first scenes with the fishermen running for their lives in the pouring
rain and being snatched away by an unknown monster, they stopped giggling. For
the rest of the movie The audience stopped talking and just watched
the movie and ended up cheering for it at the end. This is what a big difference seeing a movie in the original language and
with the original performances can make.
-The 2014 Godzilla seems to borrow a lot from
1999's Gamera 3:
Revenge of Iris. (Editor's note: The '90s Gamera trilogy is really awesome.
You should watch it if you haven't seen it yet.)
-There will be a new Gamera movie coming out next
year for Gamera's 50th anniversary. This will be a reboot for another possible
series of Gamera movies.
-New World Pictures was going to turn Godzilla 1985
into a comedy, but Raymond Burr refused to have it happen and stood his ground.
There is a little leftover in the from the original dubbing script.
-Anchor Bay had the rights to release the New
World catalog and released most of them. They had Godzilla 1985 and was
bombarded with letters to release it. They wanted to release it with the full
treatment with the original cut with a Japanese commentary, but Toho said no.
Anchor Bay is standing firm with their grandfathered rights from New World,
though. This is why Godzilla 1985 has never been released on DVD.
was able to get the original Godzilla and wanted to do video rights through Criterion,
but again Toho refused.
Toho was eager to release Kurosawa's films, but not Godzilla.
-Producer Henry G. Saperstein bought the rights
for Gojira, Godzilla Vs. The Thing,
Monster 0, and War of the Gargantuas. He had a long grandfather clause to approve
licenses for Godzilla in the U.S. On his dying bed, he
approved releasing the movies on DVD and Toho was furious. Classic Media bought
United Pictures of America, Saperstein's company, but had to renegotiate everything
so they could release the movies on DVD.
-The original camera negatives of old Godzilla
movies were lost or no one knew where they ended up. The Terror of
MechaGodzilla was severely cut down to
get it to a G rating in the U.S., which was the only print to have been known to
exist for a ling time. The original cut was finally found in a vault in New York
-For Criterion's release of Godzilla, Criterion
couldn't get the original
camera negative as Toho didn't have it. Toho had sold it long ago, but the print
disappeared and no one knew where it was. Criterion was able to find a private
collector with an uncut 16mm fine grain print.
-King Kong Vs. Godzilla
had to be reassembled from different sources because the original negative was
cut down from 96 minutes to 60 minutes.
-Toho retired Godzilla with the release of Final
Wars. Final Wars bombed, so Toho
decided to license out Godzilla instead of making their own. In the 2014 movie, Godzilla is
to be hired as an actor and the entire Japanese box office will belong to Toho.
Because of how bad the 1998 movie was, Toho took a watch dogs stance on the new
-Godzilla Vs. The Smog Monster is a
surrealistic movie from director Yoshimitsu Banno. Because of how the movie
turned out, he was told he would never direct another picture again.
He wanted to do a sequel of Godzilla Vs. The Smog Monster, and got the
rights from Toho to do it through an American company, which eventually resulted
in this new 2014 Godzilla of which he is a co-producer of.
-Many news websites picked up on a story of Japan complaining
about the 2014 Godzilla
being too big and fat, but it's a completely fake story. Even in the interview of special
features for the
Blu-ray release of the 2014 Godzilla, August was asked what he thinks of the stories
coming out of Japan that Godzilla was too fat, which he said isn't true. So even the people working for
Legendary on the Godzilla movie bought into the fake story.
-The Godzilla in Giant All Out Monsters Attack was
supposed to learn forward
like a dinosaur, but they couldn't get the wires to hold the actor, so he's just standing straight
up and looks like he has a pot belly. The head was also supposed to go down like
a reptile, but the head broke so Toho had to make due.