Godzilla’s Continuing Adventures On The Small Screen


Part One: The Hanna-Barbera Cartoon

“Up from the depths, 30 stories high, breathing fire, his head in the clouds. Godzilla, Godzilla, Godzilla….and Godzooky!” These were the infamous words that greeted Godzilla fans every Saturday morning from 1978 until 1981. Hanna-Barbera Studios’ Godzilla cartoon was an interesting take on the King of the Monsters, and is a chapter in Godzilla’s history most serious fans would like to forget. The series premiered on September 8th, 1978 on the NBC television network. Producers William Hanna and Joseph Barbera wanted to cash in on the popularity of the then current movies series (Godzilla vs. Megalon had been released in 1976 and Terror of MechaGodzilla received a March 1977), and contacted Henry Saperstein’s UPA Productions to arrange the licensing agreement. Getting the clearance from Toho, the go ahead was given early 1978 to produce the original 13 episodes. Originally intended to pick up where the movie series left off, NBC stations across the country felt that following the exploits of Godzilla’s big screen adventures would not appeal to their Saturday morning audiences, and that the cartoon should be more “child friendly.” Thus the decision was taken to change the format of the show. The plots …

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Daiel: A History of The Greater Japan Motion Picture Company

Originally published in Japanese Fantasy Film Journal Issue #12 - 1979 Daiei's career has not been an uneventful one. Nor has its former president, Masaichi Nagata, been idle in affecting the studio's uneven course. In this issue we present our look at the Daiei film factory beginning with Nagata's earliest dealings prior to the studio's formation up to the company's
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The Emerson Letters

The MacDonald Papers - MacDonald Scrapbook Transcription: Letter 1 - Ralph Waldo Emerson to Francis MacDonald · April 21st, 1848 London, 21 April 1848 Dear Sir, You must forgive my seeming negligence in attending to your request. No day was fixed And in London my time has been overfilled with every day's demands. I was glad, (Back of Letter) in
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An Interview with Yuko Moriyama

Yuko Moriyama
Yuko Moriyama starred in the 1991 film, Zeiram, as the intergalactic bounty hunter, Iria--a character that set a standard by which all Japanese sci-fi heroes would come to be measured. In 1994, she reprised this role in Zeiram 2, effectively bringing the character that she helped to make famous to a new level. Since then, the character of Iria has
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An Interview with Godzilla: Kenpachiro Satsuma

Kenpachiro Satsuma began his career as a suitmation actor playing opposite Haruo Nakajima in Godzilla vs. The Smog Monster. He has played the King of the Monsters in seven films beginning with Godzilla 1985 until Godzilla’s death in Godzilla vs. Destroyah. Along with Mr. Nakajima he was the first Japanese special guest to grace American shores during G-CON’96, and has
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Japan, Godzilla and the Atomic Bomb


A Study into the Effects of the Atomic Bomb on Japanese Pop Culture

From Desperation to Inspiration

tanakaDuring the flight back to Tokyo Tomoyuki Tanaka sat in his seat a worried man. Ordinary looking, having inherited the short stocky build characteristic of many Japanese men, he had just celebrated the passing of his forty-fourth birthday, and was about to celebrate his tenth year as a producer at the Toho Motion Picture Company. Until now he had done quite well for the studio, having produce a number of hits. But this time things had not gone so well. “On the plane ride back to Tokyo, I was desperate,” Tanaka recalled.“ I was sweating the whole time.” The year was 1954, and the film he intended to make was to have been In the Shadow of Glory, co-produced in cooperation with the Indonesian government. The plans for the film, however, fell through when Tanaka could not get work permits for the film’s stars. Having a budget for a war film, but having no film to shoot, Tanaka agonized at the prospect of losing face in the eyes of his company. But it was during that plane ride that, as Guy Tucker argues, …

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