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November 3rd is Godzilla Day!

Postby lhb412 » Wed Nov 02, 2016 8:57 pm

It's already November 3rd in Japan, marking 62 years since the original '54 film premiered!

With the massive success of Shin Godzilla in Japan, movement on the Legendary sequel, and the animated film currently in production it seems Godzilla's future is brighter than I ever could have imagined.
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Re: Godzilla's 62nd Birthday!

Postby Benjamin Haines » Thu Nov 03, 2016 12:20 pm

It's really remarkable how much the franchise has bounced back since the Millennium Series.

Twelve years ago, Godzilla: Final Wars was a box office bomb and the third consecutive entry to see diminishing ticket sales as Hollywood releases dominated the Japanese market. Now, Shin Godzilla is currently the second-biggest movie released in Japan in 2016 ahead of every Hollywood import. We already have confirmation that Toho will follow it up next year with the first-ever animated Godzilla movie.

This time ten years ago, Classic Media was getting ready to make their Godzilla Raids Again and Mothra vs. Godzilla DVDs available through their now defunct Godzilla On DVD website ahead of their April 2007 retail release. Now we've got every Heisei and Millennium entry on dual-language BRD in North America plus several of the Showa films.

Oh, and a decade ago, we were all amused by Yoshimitsu Banno's ongoing efforts to get "Godzilla 3-D To The Max" produced in the United States. Nothing about that project made it seem like it would ever happen, from the proposed plot that had Godzilla flying again and winking at the camera to the bizarre pitch that it was supposed to be just 40 minutes long. Flash forward several years to an era when movie studios are hungry for established brand properties that can be adapted to film, and after Chris Nolan's The Dark Knight got all of Hollywood chasing IMAX ticket premiums and James Cameron's Avatar set the same trend with 3-D, and it ended up being the perfect environment for Banno to bring Godzilla to Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures. While the finished 2014 film certainly isn't the same thing Banno was pitching in 2005, I don't think anybody back then could have guessed that his efforts would eventually turn into Godzilla's triumphant Hollywood comeback 16 years after GINO. Far from being doomed to infamy and no sequels, the newly established Hollywood Godzilla series is being groomed into a full-fledged cinematic universe, one shared with King Kong and classic Toho monsters!

I've watched a lot of Godzilla movies recently before and after the release of Shin Godzilla but I suppose I'll pick out another one tonight to commemorate the day.
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Re: Godzilla's 62nd Birthday!

Postby lhb412 » Thu Nov 03, 2016 1:43 pm

Yeah, I marathoned several before seeing Shin Godzilla, so I'm wondering just what to watch tonight.

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Decided on Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah because a) it was on my 'to watch' list to prep for Shin but I never got around to it, and b) for Godzilla's birthday what's more appropriate than a movie where 'The Birth of Godzilla' is a major plot-point?
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Re: Godzilla's 62nd Birthday!

Postby lhb412 » Sat Nov 05, 2016 1:13 am

Godzilla receives birthday wishes from some guy named Mike Dougherty:

https://twitter.com/Mike_Dougherty/stat ... 84?lang=en
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Re: Godzilla's 62nd Birthday!

Postby Mexigojira » Sat Nov 05, 2016 4:02 pm

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Re: November 3rd is Godzilla Day!

Postby lhb412 » Sun Oct 29, 2017 10:48 pm

Bumping up for Godzilla's 63rd this week. In Japan there'll be all sorts of celebrations both to honor Godzilla's birthday and to promote Godzilla's first animated film premiering in just a few weeks.

Haven't decided what movie I'll watch for the occasion. Maybe I'll watch Shin again?
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Re: November 3rd is Godzilla Day!

Postby tbeasley » Fri Nov 10, 2017 12:21 pm

I don't know if it's official but Maser Patrol posted this cool logo -
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A nice updating of the 50th logo -
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Re: November 3rd is Godzilla Day!

Postby lhb412 » Sun Nov 12, 2017 2:57 pm

^I love it! Using the anime Godzilla silhouette!

I'd love if Toho recreated that logo every year with the latest incarnation of Godzilla.
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