GODZILLA: PLANET OF THE MONSTERS Now Streaming Worldwide on Netflix
Following a Japanese theatrical release last November, the anime film GODZILLA: PLANET OF THE MONSTERS (GODZILLA 怪獣惑星, Gojira Kaijuu Wakusei) is now streaming worldwide on Netflix. Netflix is offering the film with Japanese, English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian audio tracks and optional English, Spanish, French, Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese subtitles.
The following text is courtesy of Netflix, with some additional content from Toho and Polygon Pictures…
A Netflix Film
Ever since it was first released as a feature film in 1954, Godzilla has come to be a colossal cultural icon loved by millions around the world. The 2016 release of SHIN GODZILLA (シン・ゴジラ, Shin Gojira), directed by Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi, reinvigorated the franchise, bringing a completely novel and realistic depiction of the iconic monster story, which earned 82.5 million dollars at the box-office and captured the imagination of new and old fans alike.
In 2017, Godzilla continued to surprise everyone along a new evolutionary path as a feature-length animated film. GODZILLA the animated movie takes the franchise into the uncharted territory of a future world in which Godzilla has dominated the earth for the past 20,000 years with mankind as diaspora, culminating in a fateful final confrontation.
Directing is Kobun Shizuno, whose theatrical releases DETECTIVE CONAN: THE DARKEST NIGHTMARE (名探偵コナン 純黒の悪夢（ナイトメア）, Meitantei Konan Junkuro no Akumu (Naitomea), 2016) and DETECTIVE CONAN: THE CRIMSON LOVE LETTER (名探偵コナン から紅の恋歌（からくれないのらぶれたー）, Meitantei Konan Kara Kurenai no Renka (Kara Kurenai Nora Buretaa), 2017) grossed over ¥63.3 billion each, the highest box office successes yet for that famed franchise. He is joined by another proven talent on the cutting edge of computer graphics, Hiroyuki Seshita, director and supervising director of KNIGHTS OF SIDONIA: BATTLE FOR PLANET NINE (シドニアの騎士 第九惑星戦役, Shidonia no Kishi Dai-kyuu Wakusei Seneki, 2015), AJIN: DEMI-HUMAN (亜人, Ajin, 2016) and BLAME! Penning both the story and screenplay is Gen Urobuchi of PUELLA MAGI MADOKA MAGICA (魔法少女まどか☆マギカ, Maho Shojo Madoka Magika, 2011) and PSYCHO-PASS (サイコパス, Saiko Pasu, 2012-2013), a writer known to his large and loyal fan base as a master of meticulous and unpredictable storytelling laced with powerful ideas.
Finally, handling the production is 3-consecutive Emmy award winning Japanese 3DCG animation studio, Polygon Pictures, which produced KNIGHTS OF SIDONIA (シドニアの騎士, Shidonia no Kishi, 2014) and STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS on U.S. television earning Outstanding Special Class Animated Program at the 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.
Prepare for the earth-shattering roar of a brand new GODZILLA, unlike anything heard or seen before.
The final summer of the 20th century… when mankind learns it is no longer the sole ruler of planet Earth.
The planet is beset by the emergence of colossal creatures that roam the earth, and king among them is “Godzilla”. For a half a century, these beasts engage in ferocious battle with each other and mankind. But humans, unable to compete, prepare for exile from their home planet. In the year 2048, a select few humans are chosen by the central government’s artificial intelligence infrastructure to set out on an interstellar emigration vessel, the Aratrum, on an 11.9-lightyear journey for the planet Tau-e in the Cetus constellation. But when they arrive after 20 years of space travel, the remnants of mankind find the environmental conditions on Tau-e to be much different than expected, and basically uninhabitable by humans.
On youth on board the emigration vessel, Haruo, had seen his parents killed by Godzilla before his eyes when he was only 4 years old. Ever since, he has thought of nothing but returning to Earth to defeat Godzilla. With the doors to emigration now closed, Haruo and other crew spearhead a “return to Earth” decision despite severely attenuated and hazardous conditions on board for such a long trip back.
Somehow, the Aratrum makes the return journey in one piece, but the home they return to has become an alien planet. 20,000 years have elapsed, and a new ecosystem has emerged with Godzilla atop the food chain. Can mankind take back its native planet? Will Haruo get his revenge?
A Netflix Film
Part 1: PLANET OF THE MONSTERS
Streaming Date: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 (Worldwide)
Production Year: 2017
Genres: Action & Adventure, Anime, Adult Animation, Anime Action, Anime Features, Anime Sci-Fi, Japanese Movies, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Action Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Running Time: 89 Minutes
Directors: Kobun Shizuno, Hiroyuki Seshita
Executive Producer: Yoshihiro Furusawa
Producer: Takashi Yoshizawa
Original Story / Screenplay: Gen Urobuchi (Nitroplus)
Series Composition: Gen Urobuchi, Sadayuki Murai
Character Design: Yusuke Kozaki
Assistant Director: Hiroyuki Morita
Technical Director: Naohiro “Tady” Yoshihira
Production Design: Naoya Tanaka, Ferdinando Patulli
CG Character Design: Yuki Moriyama
Modeling Director: Mitsunori Kataama
Art Director: Yukihiro Shibutani
Color Design: Hironori Nochi
Sound Director: Satoshi Motoyama
Japanese Voice Cast
Haruo Sakaki: Mamoru Miyano
Metphies: Takahiro Sakurai
Yuko Tani: Kana Hanazawa
Martin Lazzari: Tomokazu Sugita
Adam Bindewald: Yuki Kaji
Mulu-Elu Galu-Gu: Junichi Suwabe
Eliott Leland: Daisuke Ono
Rilu-Elu Belu-be: Kenta Miyake
Umberto Mori: Kenyu Horiuchi
Halu-Elu Dolu-do: Kazuya Nakai
Endurph: Kazuhiro Yamaji
English Dub Staff
Directors: Laura Post, Shannon Wilson
Production Manager: Mary Kay De Guzman
ADR Engineers: Ally Hustings, Erik Karsen Puhm, Tony McVann
Dubbing Studio: Post Haste Digital
English Voice Cast
Haruo Sakaki: Chris Niosi
Metphies: Lucien Dodge
Yuko Tani: Cristina Vee
Martin Lazzari: Edward Bosco
Mulu-Elu Galu-Gu: Taylor Henry
Eliott Leland: Danny Boston
Rilu-Elu Belu-be: Rich Brown
Young Haruo: Rachelle Heger
Roy Lee Pitts III
Paul St. Peter
Production Company: Toho Co., Ltd.
Production Studio: Polygon Pictures
Distributor: Toho (Japan), Netflix (Worldwide)
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About Toho Co., Ltd.
Founded in 1932 and headquartered in Tokyo, Toho Company, Ltd. is one of the leading entertainment conglomerates in Japan. Toho is best known worldwide as the producer of the Godzilla films, as well as most of the films by the world-renowned director, Akira Kurosawa. Besides film production, Toho also distributes Japanese films (earning the highest box office receipts for decades in Japan) as well as foreign films through its subsidiary, owns first class movie theaters throughout Japan, produces legitimate plays and musicals, and has more than 100 entertainment-related subsidiaries.
About Polygon Pictures
Founded in July 1983, PPI is one of the largest digital animation studios in Japan and produces cutting-edge entertainment content in keeping with their mission to “do what no other has done, in unparalleled quality, for all the world to see and enjoy.” Including their Malaysian subsidiary studio, Silver Ant PPI Sdn. Bhd., and visual software development company, J Cube Inc., they have brought together over 400 creators from around the world. Together as the Polygon Family, they devote their days to producing digital content for all types of media.
Polygon’s notable works include TRANSFORMERS PRIME and STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS (both Daytime Emmy award winners), Tron: Uprising (Annie award winner), KNIGHTS OF SIDONIA (Director: Kobun Shizuno), RONJA, THE ROBBER’S DAUGHTER (Director: Goro Miyazaki), AJIN: DEMI-HUMAN (Supervising Director: Hiroyuki Seshita, Director: Hiroaki Ando) and more. By fusing unrivaled technical and production planning know-how with the internationally recognized quality of Japanese animation, PPI aims to become a leading company in the content business.
For more information on GODZILLA: PLANET OF THE MONSTERS, please see the earlier coverage here on SciFi Japan:
- GODZILLA: PLANET OF THE MONSTERS Press Notes From Toho
- GODZILLA: PLANET OF THE MONSTERS Update
- GODZILLA: PLANET OF THE MONSTERS – More Large Pics from Toho