Although there has been birthdays to celebrate and lives that have been lost in this month in Godzilla history, I thought why not add some other things that we as fans, don't often mention. Although they have no connection to the Toho universe, and are American products directed at children, Im sure all of us here have watched these cartoons growing up and enjoyed them as an extension of Godzilla fandom.
As kids, school would start for some of us and the summer would come to a close, TV sets would premier a new cartoon to bring us joy and comfort to the cold seasons ahead.
On Sept 9th 1978, Hanna-Barbera's Godzilla hit television sets across the country. Airing only 26 episodes ending in 1979, this cartoon is remembered fondly in my mind as a great afternoon show.
Another show premiered this month 20 years after the Hanna-Barbera show, Godzilla premiered on Fox on Sept 12, 1998. It follows the story of the offspring of the Godzilla in the film. It aired only 40 episodes and went until the year 2000.
I think both have a special place in every Godzilla fans heart. As kids we can appreciate these entries without any canon to the movies and still enjoy them. I think they are important to bring them up once in awhile and remember them as just have fun with them.
If any of you have other info on the history of Godzilla for Sept., please share with the rest of us. For the meanwhile, which was your favorite cartoon, and why? What did you love about the shows.
I rewatched some of the 98 cartoon recently and I'd have to give it to that one. While the Hanna Barbera godzilla was something I enjoyed when I was younger and watched it, I don't think there's much to the show. Both are fun, but the 98 show works better imo.
I watched the 98 cartoon a couple years ago. I thought it was pretty good.
“Banana oil.”- George Takei, Gigantis: The Fire Monster
September 22nd also marks the birthday of Shinji Higuchi, the prolific special effects director of the Gamera Trilogy and Shin Godzilla--As well as co-director of Shin Godzilla and leading director for the Attack on Titan films. He was also an assistant director for special effects on The Return of Godzilla.
^sweet, thank you. I love all of those kaiju movies and think they are the pinnacle of Japanese monster movies. I however have never seen Attack on Titan 1 & 2. But I do intend to see them.
Also of note:
September 11th is Goro Mutsumi's birthday - Best known as the villain Kuronuma from Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla and his more sadistic (and likely more well known) Mugal from Terror of MechaGodzilla.
He also dubbed Russ Tamblyn's Paul Stewart character for the Japanese release of War of the Gargantuas, as well as played the role of Commander Hell in War of the Planets. (Another Jun Fukuda film.)
He's done lots of anime voice work as well.
He's alive and kicking today at the age of 83. Here's one of my favorite pictures of him working with Ishiro Honda on the set of Terror of MechaGodzilla.
^Those 2 movies are great! I think both films shine for both directors. For Fukada GVMG was crazy! Two Godzilla's on the same screen fighting only to reveal one to be a giant robot! A monster armed head to toe(literally) that just pummels Godzilla around! Then TOMG for Honda where we get to see Titanosaurus and MG fight against Godzilla. Along with the return of Mugal and the rest. With a lot of great actors to boot. Im very surprised it didn't do well in the box office. Im getting off topic. Every aspect of that movie screams Honda! From the Shakespearin love ending to the fight between the monsters.
I think that should be another topic for another forum. Which Toho alien race was the deadliest? if they invaded whose planet who would take over who? Your entry brought it up.
Pulling riggzamortis86's month of September back up with another birthday I just discovered today: J. Peter Robinson.
Robinson turns 72 today (Sept. 16th) and composed additional music for Sony's American cut of Godzilla 2000. About 40% of Takayuki Hattori's score for Godzilla 2000 was either edited or replaced by music from J. Peter Robinson. Some of Robinson's material was reused from the 1998 TV movie Gargantuan, but the rest was scored specifically for Godzilla 2000.
His most acclaimed piece in the film is his rendition of Ifukube's Godzilla theme--Something I wish Legendary would do, because Robinson's version was one of the best in years:
Sweet, thank you again! Next Month ill have to do more research like this to keep October interesting.
Robinson's birthday was new to me. I actually have a list of "Important Godzilla Genre Days" I've kept up with off and on for the last few years. Unfortunately October is a very sparse month.
well ill think and find something about October. every month after is nuts! but October does have some other fun things to add to the fandom of monsters and sci-fi alike.
I have a few nuggets for October. Not much, but a couple. Feel free to PM when the time comes.
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hate it when they do this. anyone else seeing this anywhere else on this site on any other posts?
haha, should have kept it there. Now I sound like some crazy idiot.
thank you Gman
Yesterday was Shinji Higuchi's Birthday! He's 52.
Higuchi worked as a special effects assistant on The Return of Godzilla in 1984. Later he worked with his friend Hideaki Anno as a storyboard artist at the animation company Gainax--There he helped produce Neon Genesis Evangelion.
He would later team up with director Shusuke Kaneko to direct the special effects for the groundbreaking Gamera trilogy in the mid-to-late 1990s. After that he produced the series MM9 (Monster Magnitude 9) and went on to direct his own movies such as The Sinking of Japan.
In 2015 he released his live action Attack on Titan films for Toho. He then teamed up with his old friend Hideaki Anno to co-direct 2016's Shin Godzilla, which earned both him and Anno a Japanese Academy Award for Directing.
Happy Birthday Shinji Higuchi!
that's cool! I didn't realize he worked on Return and Shin. 2 of my favorite G films.
Yes, I believe he was not credited for his work on Return.
That is true, Higuchi was an uncredited "creature unit assistant" on The Return of Godzilla. He assisted the creators of the 84Goji suit, helped Kenpachiro Satsuma in and out of the suit, and swung Godzilla's tail. He didn't actually get the opportunity to work alongside Teruyoshi Nakano on that film, but the two of them did collaborate on a theme park a few years later.
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