the many moods of godzilla

I just couldn’t resist doing this one! Also, my top 5 favorite trivia facts about the original 1954 film, courtesy of IMDB.

1. The name Gojira is a combination of the Japanese words for gorilla (gorira) and whale (kujira). The monster was so named because his original design was that of a gorilla-whale monster, which is recounted by people who worked on the film.

2. Because of the complexity of the production, the entire film was storyboarded. This is believed to be the very first time this was done for a Japanese film.

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The Many Moods of Godzilla is available as a print here.

3. It was not uncommon for a cup of Haruo Nakajima’s sweat to be drained from the Gojira suit.

4. The sound department tried numerous animal roars for Godzilla but felt they were unsuitable for an animal of such immense size. Akira Ifukube came up with Godzilla’s roars by rubbing a coarse, resin-coated leather glove up and down the strings of a contrabass (double bass), and reverberated the recorded sound. Also, Godzilla’s thunderous footsteps were made by beating a kettle drum with a knotted rope.

5. The film received a Japanese Academy Award nomination for Best Picture, but lost to Seven Samurai. However, the film did win the award for Best Visual Effects. It is the only Godzilla movie to receive a nomination for Best Picture.

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