30 incredible facts about Godzilla you must know before watching the movie

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As Godzilla: King of the Monsters is unleashing yet another reign of supernatural terror across the globe, here are 29 incredible facts about the giant beast that has emerged to be a cult sci- fi classic over the years-

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We know him as Godzilla, but the fictional Japanese character’s ‘local’ name is actually Gojira. Gojira is a blend of the Japanese words gorira and kujira, which literally translates as a gorilla whale. Interestingly, Gorira became Godzilla because the makers thought the indigenous name wouldn’t be too appealing.

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The name Gojira however would have been much apt perhaps if the makers decided to go with the actual envisioning of the monster as a giant, mutated octopus. Nevertheless, the king of the Monsters is much fearful in the present form as we see and know it today.

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A plain old dinosaur that had survived mutations and extinction to stand out as the ultimate king of the monsters, Godzilla is indeed the perfect fantasy creature for a spin around of sci- fi movies. No wonder, the Godzilla franchisee has been so successfully, specifically for one conceived a bit ahead of its time.

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The first ever movie in the now iconic Godzilla franchisee was released as far back as in 1954.

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The fact that Godzilla made its debut appearence within a decade of the first ever atomic bombings is a clear cut manifestation of it being a metaphor for the destruction caused during the Second World War.

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Godzilla is at least as monstrous in its iconic roar as in its gigantic appearance. The Godzilla roar was produced by rubbing a resin-coated glove up and down the strings of a Bass Violin String.

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The first ever Godzilla movie leaned more towards the genre of horror than its intended domain of kaiju movies.

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As a giant dinosaur that Godzilla eventually turned out to be, the scaly skin was a very obvious feature of the monster. Yet it turned out to be another metaphor for the bombing aftereffects- the keloid scar tissue inflicting the many survivors of the devastating attack.

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The Japan bombings weren’t the only real life inspiration for the Godzilla series. The monster attacking a fishing boat in a scene in the first movie was a depiction of a fishing boat drifting into fallout that induced a massive radiation poisoning.

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The first ever Godzilla movie was also revolutionary in that it introduced the concept of ‘suitmation’ ditching the more expensive stop motion animation technique.

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Even with its massive size, the first Godzilla suit weighed an even more massive 220 pounds that was eventually replaced with a more functional one.

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Godzilla was the most expensive Japanese film ever made of its time.

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Godzilla however isn’t just the star in his own universe. The monster has starred in a series of Marvel comics, 24 editions to be precise, and has also fought the Avengers at one point.

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Godzilla had also starred in a 1992 Nike ad playing basketball alongside Charles Barkeley and was later adapted into a comic book.

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Godzilla is also one of only 15 fictional characters inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame, as a commemoration of his 50th birthday in 2004.

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Godzilla is not your traditional dinosaur, so obviously don’t expect the giant to just emit a boring fire style breath. The radioactive breath emitted by the Godzilla can even vaporize a black hole. And you still talking about burning things down? That’s long passe!

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Godzilla is certainly one of the most humongous of beasts around, but the Godzilla franchisee is nothing less gigantic. The series spans a remarkable 28 films, while the closest competitor is the James Bond franchisee with 26 films in its kitty.

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Godzilla has been growing in size and stature throughout history. From a mere 50 meters tall (by beast standards) to a gigantic 318 meters tall in 2017, Godzilla has grown and evolved gigantically.

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However intense of a monster Godzilla might be, the beast does still have some vulnerabilities. And his terror of ice is one of the most prominent of all his weaknesses.

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Godzilla’s superpower also sometimes gets as weird as his weakness. In Godzilla vs. The Smog Monster, Godzilla in fact flies! Godzilla could also fly with his atomic breath as well!

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His enduring legacy as a beast of terror also led Godzilla to be conferred the MTV Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996.

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Japanese fans found the 2014 version of Godzilla a bit ‘too fat’!

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But the 2014 version wasn’t the only Godzilla that was not much liked by fans. The monster from the 1998 American Godzilla was nicknamed G.I.N.O.- Godzilla In Name Only.

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Godzilla also turned up in a cool avatar for an ad of the energy bar Snickers.

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However, Godzilla did never endorse Subway and the food chain was in fact sued by producer Toho for unlicensed use of the character.

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Even with speculations over his sexuality and life partner, Godzilla is also depicted to have a son. Minilla, though timid and depicted as ugly, is more of an endearing character than any ferocious beast.

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Whether it be the craze or an obsession of getting all he wanted, former North Korea Kim ruler Jong Il kidnapped a well-respected director and forced him to make his own version of Godzilla named Pulgasari.

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Godzilla has emerged to be such a cult classic of its times that many Americans identify the beast as a Japanese ‘person’. A 1985 New York Times/CBS News poll of 1,500 Americans revealed Godzilla was thought to be one of the most famous of Japanese persons on earth.

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Japan’s Kurihama Flower Park houses a three- storey Godzilla that doubles as a slide and counts as the ultimate fun ride!

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An iconic crossover with Godzilla and Batman pitted against each other was purportedly discussed but has not seen the light of day till date.

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