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What if Tsuburaya lived longer?

Postby Gojizilla » Sun Sep 07, 2014 6:26 pm

Let's say that instead of dying at 68 in 1970, Tsuburaya-san lived to 78 in 1980: how would Toho's special effects films have differed? What sort of projects would Tsuburaya Productions have made in the 70s? What direction would the Ultra series have taken? Let's be really speculative; let's say he lived to 88 in 1990, would he have, if given enough time and money, have implemented CGI and the latest Hollywood technology?
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Re: What if Tsuburaya lived longer?

Postby DannyBeane » Sun Sep 07, 2014 7:48 pm

Gojizilla wrote:Let's say that instead of dying at 68 in 1970, Tsuburaya-san lived to 78 in 1980: how would Toho's special effects films have differed? What sort of projects would Tsuburaya Productions have made in the 70s? What direction would the Ultra series have taken? Let's be really speculative; let's say he lived to 88 in 1990, would he have, if given enough time and money, have implemented CGI and the latest Hollywood technology?

I don't think Smog Monster, Gigan, or Mechagodzilla would have been anywhere near as bloody. I also think Godzilla would have looked more like shoshingeki-goji than the puppy faced Megar-goji. There probably would have been less explosions throughout those films in general.
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Re: What if Tsuburaya lived longer?

Postby lhb412 » Sun Sep 07, 2014 8:02 pm

Besides limiting the bloodletting I don't know if much would change with the films. I think Tsuburaya would concentrate more on his studio and his role at Toho would be a vague supervisory position. It'd mainly be the history of Tsuburaya Pro. that would be different.
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Re: What if Tsuburaya lived longer?

Postby H-Man » Mon Sep 08, 2014 1:54 am

I think things wouldn't have changed very much. By the mid-sixties, Tsuburaya was already devoting most of his time to Tsuburaya Productions. Even after DAM was a moderate success (and while he was still alive), Toho decided to try making cheaper, child-oriented Godzilla movies. I wonder if Toho would have tried more Honda/Tsuburaya movies with American talent into the seventies. I wonder too if Honda and Arikawa would have similarly lost interest in their work if Tsuburaya had lived for another decade. But would the Godzilla movies have been much different? I don't think so.
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Re: What if Tsuburaya lived longer?

Postby Shin_Edda_Robo!!!!! » Mon Sep 08, 2014 2:02 am

I like Nakano's use of EXPLOSIONS

I don't think Tsuburaya would have been able to compete with Nakano's work on Submersion of Japan.
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Re: What if Tsuburaya lived longer?

Postby Dr Kain » Sun Apr 26, 2015 12:20 pm

There wouldn't have been stock footage up the wazoo.

However, Tsuburaya didn't really work on Ebirah or Son, so he was already leaving the Godzilla scene.
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Re: What if Tsuburaya lived longer?

Postby klen7 » Mon Apr 27, 2015 9:23 am

Dr Kain wrote: so he was already leaving the Godzilla scene.

I think that's key.
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Re: What if Tsuburaya lived longer?

Postby Shin_Edda_Robo!!!!! » Mon Apr 27, 2015 1:12 pm

Dr Kain wrote:There wouldn't have been stock footage up the wazoo.

However, Tsuburaya didn't really work on Ebirah or Son, so he was already leaving the Godzilla scene.


Tsuburaya has much bigger budgets than what was normally given to Nakano. Nakano's biggest budgets (and thus sfx work) were generally disaster films like Submersion of Japan, Conflagration, and The Return of Godzilla.

That being said, Tsuburaya is no squeaky clean guy when it comes to stock footage. Atragon and Monster Zero had a fair amount of it, and it was a big budget production.


I must add, Tsuburaya's final sfx outing is really damn good. War Of The Japan Sea from 1969 had really impressive sfx.

I don't think they were as good as Koiichi Kawakita's in his Zero movies though.
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