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Awesome Practical Effects in Godzilla 1998

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Daikaiju Danielle

MemberMothra LarvaeJan-21-2014 7:30 PM

Hey Daikaiju Fans!

As the release date for Godzilla 2014 comes closer, and closer to view, I feel it is an appropriate time to remember what drove Gareth to make this reboot: Godzilla 1998.

Although this movie shows more CGI than practical effects, this movie used costumes as well as a giant remote-controlled Zilla! :) I am curious to see if similar effects will appear in the new movie!

This video shows the practical effects in action:


Warning: the narrator refers Godzilla as a "she".

"Daddy's home- cake every night,"

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MemberBaragonJan-21-2014 8:10 PM

um.... do not EVER compare this movie to ZILLA NOT GODZILLA 1998 it is actually 1954s gojira that inspired gareth not zilla Ps(zillahater is gonna give you allot of shit for this decussion just warning you)

"i dont know what weapons will be used in world war 3 but i know what wil be in world war 4...sticks and stones"Albert Eienstien


MemberMothra LarvaeJan-21-2014 8:13 PM

No matter how some feel about zilla on this forum, it was actually an interesting documentary. However, the narrator calls New York, Gotham as well as calling Zilla a she. It was still interesting. No matter what you think of the movie, the effects were great for 98'.


MemberMothra LarvaeJan-21-2014 8:44 PM

@PETEDJO6 NO, the CGI for Godzilla 98 was crap, Jurassic Park it´s from 93, and it had way better VFX than Godzilla 98.


MemberMothra LarvaeJan-21-2014 8:54 PM

@King of zombies,

Agree, and disagree. JP had better effects overall, and that's because it used more (and life sized) practical effects. However, the CGI in Godzilla 98' (in my opinion) was better. Jurassic Park's special effects still hold up for the most part today, and is the exception more than the rule for the 90's. Total Recal, The Mask, and Starship Troopers were more "par" for the course in the 90's. 

Then you have the exceptions like JP, Godzilla, and Terminator 2.

Again, this is all my opinion.


AdminSpaceGodzillaJan-21-2014 10:02 PM

Hey Daikaiju_Danielle, I edited your OP to actually embed the video for you. Thanks for sharing this! I actually had not known they made a 14,000+ lb animatronic Godzilla for this, really interesting stuff! Also find it funny they used the last name of the designer as the main character's last name. 

Though I don't agree with their decisions to alter Godzilla so dramatically, I do understand "why" they thought it would be a good idea. Frankly, many people who weren't fans of Godzilla before, seemed to enjoy the movie more. It's only the real "fans" of the classics who found this film degrading. 

Hyped for: Alien: Romulus | Badlands (Predator 6) | Cloverfield 4


MemberMothra LarvaeJan-21-2014 10:13 PM

This video.. is.. what? I mean cool effects and all, but the way the protray the real Gojira.. makes the original seems like a flop.



MemberMothra LarvaeJan-22-2014 6:14 AM

You'll all hate me for this, but I don't hate the redesign, in terms of asthetics. I liked it as a kid & I still like it today, what I won't forgive is the complete disregard for established characters traits (no breath weapon, no missile immunity ect). I think that, had the film-makers not been total idiots & included those traits, the design would have gone over far better. 

Please be aware that I'm not defending the movie, it's still an abysmal heap of s***

Daikaiju Danielle

MemberMothra LarvaeJan-22-2014 8:14 AM



What I meant to say was that Gareth wanted to make the new movie to show American audiences what a real Godzilla looks like. :) Sorry for the misunderstanding!

"Daddy's home- cake every night,"

Daikaiju Danielle

MemberMothra LarvaeJan-22-2014 8:15 AM

@Chris Picard


Thank you so much, Chris! Even though the film is far from a Godzilla movie, I still somewhat enjoyed it as a monster flick. I don't consider it a Godzilla movie; more like a remake of The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms. :)

"Daddy's home- cake every night,"


MemberMothra LarvaeJan-22-2014 5:44 PM

SOOOOOOO let me get this straight.  Matthew Broderick's last name in the movie is the same as the Godzilla 98's designer..... glad @CHRISPICARD noticed that too.

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