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  • 2004 marks a big year for the King of the Monsters, with the Godzilla franchise celebrating 50 years. As a result, it’s not too surprising to see a number of conventions popup to celebrate the landmark. This article is a news roundup of the various, US based Godzilla 50th Anniversary festivals that are being run in celebration of the big year.

    October 12th update

    In commemoration of Godzilla’s 50th anniversary, another Godzilla event, the fourth of the year in the US, will take place from November 17th through the 23rd in San Francisco, California. The event, called GODZILLAFEST, will take place at the Castro Theatre, at 429 Castro street. A total of 20 films will show during the festival, including:

    November 17th, Wednesday (Matinee)
    Godzilla 2000: Millennium (English Dubbed)
    Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (English Dubbed)

    November 17th, Wednesday (Night)
    Godzilla, King of the Monsters (US Version, English Dubbed)
    Rodan (English Dubbed)

    November 18th, Thursday (Night)
    The War of the Gargantuas (English Dubbed)
    Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla (Japanese Version, English Subtitled)

    November 19th, Friday (Night)
    Godzilla (Japanese Version, English Subtitled)
    Godzilla, Mothra & King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (Japanese Version, English Subtitled)

    November 20th, Saturday (Matinee)
    H-Man (English Dubbed)
    Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (Japanese Version, English Subtitled)

    November 20th, Saturday (Night)
    Invasion of Astro-Monster (US/Japanese Version [hybrid], English Dubbed)
    Ebirah, Horror of the Deep (Japanese Version, English Subtitled)

    November 21st, Sunday (Matinee)
    Battle In Outer Space (English Dubbed)
    Destroy All Monsters (English Dubbed)

    November 21st, Sunday (Night)
    Mothra (Japanese Version, English Subtitled)
    Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (Japanese Version, English Subtitled)

    November 22nd, Monday (Night)
    King Kong vs. Godzilla (English Dubbed)
    Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (English Dubbed)

    November 23rd, Tuesday (Night)
    Son of Godzilla (Japanese Version, English Subtitled)
    Godzilla vs. Megalon (English Dubbed)

    Initially announced guests include actor Ed Keane (actor from Battle In Outer Space and Mothra), John Stanley (host of the Creature Features TV series in the San Francisco), Jerry Ito (actor from Mothra and The Last War) and Bob Wilkins (host of the late night horrorfest KTVU Channel 2 Oakland). More details, including times and perhaps a expanded guest list, are forthcoming. Actor Russ Tamblyn was also added to the growing list of guest stars. For those unfamiliar with Tamblyn, he will be best known to Toho enthusiasts for his starring role in the influential film The War of the Gargantuas (1966). The final announced guests included Hiroshi Koizumi (best known for his role as Doctor Shin’ichi Chujo in Mothra and Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S., among many other films), Akira Kubo (star of GorathMatango,Invasion of Astro-MonsterSon of GodzillaDestroy All MonstersSpace Amoeba and countless other Toho films) and suit actor Tsutomu Kitagawa (who played Ghidorah in Rebirth of Mothra III, and Godzilla for all six of the Millennium Godzilla films).

    Also, an exclusive, fully licensed, limited-edition green vinyl figure of Godzilla from the original 1954 Godzilla will be sold at the event, courtesy of Marusan, Toho Co. ltd. and Super 7. There will only be a 100 of these figures produced in total.

     

    July 7th update

    Keith Aiken, of Henshin!Online, has revealed an event taking place in New York at the Film Forum in order to ring in the King of the Monsters’ 50th Anniversary. Called They Came from Toho: Godzilla and the Kaiju Eiga, the event runs from August 27th- September 9th, 2004. A more in-depth schedule is as follows:

    Friday/Saturday, August 27/28
    (1 admission pays for 2 films):
    Godzilla (1954) – 2:45, 6:25, 10:05
    [Japanese version, subtitled in English]

    Destroy All Monsters (1968) – 1:00, 4:40, 8:20
    [English dubbed]

    Sunday/Monday, August 29/30
    (1 admission pays for 2 films):
    Mothra (1961) – 1:00, 4:35, 8:10
    [English dubbed]

    Ebirah, Horror of the Deep (1966) – 2:55, 6:30, 10:05
    [Japanese version, subtitled in English]

    Tuesday, August 31
    (1 admission pays for 2 films):
    Battle in Outer Space (1959) – 1:00, 4:15, 7:30
    [English dubbed]

    The H-Man (1958) – 2:40, 5:55, 9:10
    [English dubbed]

    Wednesday, September 1
    (1 admission pays for 2 films):
    Godzilla (1954) – 2:55, 6:20, 9:45
    [English dubbed]

    Invasion of Astro-Monster (1965) – 1:00, 4:30, 7:55
    [English dubbed]

    Thursday, September 2
    (1 admission pays for 2 films):
    Son of Godzilla (1967) – 1:00, 4:15, 7:30
    [Japanese version, subtitled in English]

    Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975) – 2:40, 5:55, 9:10
    [English dubbed]

    Friday/Saturday, September 3/4
    (1 admission pays for 2 films):
    King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962) – 1:00, 4:30, 8:00
    [English dubbed]

    Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964) – 2:45, 6:15, 9:45
    [English dubbed, subtitled in Spanish]

    Sunday/Monday, September 5/6
    (1 admission pays for 2 films):
    Godzilla, Mothra & King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (2001) – 5th 2:00, 6:00, 10:00 | 6th 6:00, 10:00
    [Japanese version, subtitled in English]

    Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (1995) – 4:00, 8:00
    [English dubbed]

    Monday, September 6
    (1 admission pays for 2 films):
    Godzilla Raids Again (1955) – 1:00
    [English dubbed]

    Rodan (1956) – 2:30
    [English dubbed]

    Tuesday, September 7
    (1 admission pays for 2 films):
    Godzilla 2000: Millennium (1999) – 1:10, 5:10, 9:10
    [English dubbed]

    Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (2000) – 3:10, 7:10
    [Japanese version, subtitled in English]

    Wednesday, September 8
    (1 admission pays for 2 films):
    Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991) – 1:00, 4:40, 8:20
    [Japanese version, subtitled in English]

    Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla (2002) – 2:55, 6:35, 10:15
    [Japanese version, subtitled in English]

    Thursday, September 9
    Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (2003) – 1:20, 3:20, 5:40, 7:40, 9:30
    [Japanese version, subtitled in English]

    The Film Forum theater is located at 209 West Huston Street, New York City, NY 10014. General admission is $10.00, or $5.00 for Film Forum members. Tickets can be ordered in advance at 212-727-8110 or online at http://www.filmforum.com/.

     

    May 30th update

    The Egyptian Theatre has announced a  “The Godzilla 50th Anniversary Tribute.” Their page related to the event can be seen here: http://egyptiantheatre.com/archive1999/2004/godzilla50.htm

    The event runs from June 24th- June 29th, 2004. An in-depth schedule is as follows:

    Thursday, June 24 – 8:00 PM
    Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla (2002)
    88 minutes [Japanese version, subtitled in English]
    Followed by discussion with director Masaaki Tezuka.

    Friday, June 25 – 7:00 PM
    Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (2003)
    91 minutes [Japanese version, subtitled in English]
    Followed by discussion with director Masaaki Tezuka.

    Friday, June 25 – 9:30 PM
    Double Feature:
    King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)
    91 minutes [US version, English dubbed]

    Godzilla Raids Again (1955)
    78 minutes [US version, English dubbed]

    Saturday, June 26 – 5:00 PM
    Ultraman Episode 10: The Mysterious Dinosaur Base (1966)
    25 minutes [US version, English dubbed]
    &
    Destroy All Monsters (1968)
    88 minutes [International version, English dubbed]
    Followed by discussions with art director Yasuyuki Inoue and model builder Akinori Takagi

    Saturday, June 26 – 8:00 PM 
    Double Feature:
    Invasion of Astro-Monster (1965)
    93 minutes [US version, English dubbed]

    Ebirah, Horror of the Deep (1966)
    83 minutes [Japanese version, subtitled in English]

    Sunday, June 27 – 2:00 PM
    Triple Feature:
    Rodan (1956)
    72 minutes [US version, English dubbed]

    Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964)
    85 minutes [US version, English dubbed and subtitled in Spanish]

    The H-Man (1958)
    79 minutes [US version, English dubbed]

    -Ticket prices for the triple feature are: $12.00 General Public, $10.00 Students/Seniors and $8.00 Cinematheque Members. 10 minute intermission between each film, with an introduction to screenings by art director Yasuyuki Inoue and model builder Akinori Takagi.

    Tuesday, June 29 – 7:00 PM 
    Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971)
    87 minutes [International version, English dubbed]
    Followed by discussions with art director Yasuyuki Inoue and model builder Akinori Takagi

    Tuesday, June 29 – 9:15 PM
    Double Feature:
    Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972)
    89 minutes [International version, English dubbed]

    Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991)
    100 minutes [International version, English dubbed]

    Regular ticket prices at the Egyptian Theatre are $9.00 for general admission, $8.00 for students and seniors, and $6.00 for “Cinematheque members” (go here for information on becoming a member).

     

    May 27th update

    Although G-Fest is an annual show, it’s not surprising to see the next iteration is celebrating the King of the Monsters’ 50th anniversary. Below is the press release for this event.

    G-Fest XI Convention Information

    Fans celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Godzilla will be gathering July 9 – 11, 2004 at the O’Hare International Airport Holiday Inn in Rosemont, IL for G-FEST XI. The special guest for G-FEST XI is special effects director Teruyoshi Nakano (Godzilla vs. HedorahThe Return of GodzillaTerror of Mechagodzilla).

    G-FEST XI will be screening Invasion of Astro-Monster (Monster Zero), Terror of Mechagodzilla, and Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla at the Pickwick Theater in nearby Park Ridge, Illinois.

    G-FEST XI will also have a giant dealers room, a super Godzilla display, model instruction, video room, Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Tournament, costume parade & contest, art contest, video contest and more.

    Weekend admission tickets are $29.00 for adults, $10 for youth (12 and under). Daily admission (at the door) is $15.00 for adults, $5.00 for youths. Children 5 and under are admitted FREE.

    For more information, log onto www.g-fan.com.

     

    April 25th update

    Keith Aiken over at Henshin!Online has reported on an event to be held at the Los Angeles, California Egyptian Theater, which is being dubbed “The Godzilla 50th Anniversary Tribute”. American Cinematheque is working hard (with Toho, Sony, and others) to screen a dozen, or more, of Toho’s classic Sci-fi entries during the period of June 25th – June 29th, 2004.

    A list of known films to be screened, so far, include:

    Guests scheduled to attend include: director Masaki Tezuka, whose portfolio of work includes Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (2000), Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla (2002), Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (2003) and more; production designer Yasuyuki Inoue who has an expansive portfolio which includes the model work for Godzilla (1954), Godzilla Raids Again (1955), Rodan (1956) and many more, not to mention designing Hedorah; production designer Akinori Takagi who also has an expansive portfolio which includes such things as designing the famous Type 66 Maser Beam Tank from War of the Gargantuas (1966), the Battleship Yamato from The Imperial Navy (1981) and the Super-X for The Return of Godzilla (1984).

    Ticket prices at the Egyptian Theatre are $9.00 for general admission, $8.00 for students and seniors, and $6.00 for “Cinematheque members” (go here for information on becoming a member). Several of the films shown will be packaged as “double features.”

    News // October 12, 2004
  • Rialto Pictures, a company that focuses on the restoration and re-releasing of classic films theatrically and on DVD, is currently poised to release the 1954 classic Godzilla, or Gojira, in theaters in the United States for Spring/Summer of 2004. The version shown will be the uncut Japanese version of the film, not the 1956 Godzilla King of the Monsters’ version with Raymund Burr. This article is a news roundup for the release of the uncut Japanese version of the original Godzilla film, set for the 50th anniversary of the production.

    May 9th update

    This weekend, starting Friday May 7th, Rialto Pictures’ release of Godzilla (1954) starts off its country wide tour with the Castro theater in San Fransico and the Film Forum in New York. As previously mentioned, and highly touted by Rialto, this release is of the uncut Japanese version. In time for the film’s limited release, the company has unleashed a modest advertising campaign (a newspaper advertisement for the film can be seen to the right), but Rialto has mostly been relying on positive critical praise to pack the theaters. So far, thankfully, critical acclaim for Ishiro Honda‘s masterpiece has been strong, and the film has maintained a 92% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

    However, Godzilla fans are likely already well versed in the merits of the first Godzilla film, which leaves the question: how was Rialto’s presentation of the movie?

    On Saturday May 8th, I attended the 7:00pm showing, which was almost a full house, of Godzilla at the Castro theater to see how Rialto’s release stacked up, and I can say, with some honesty, I was a little disappointed.

    I was warned in advance that the print used contained numerous scratches, but I wasn’t quite prepared for the amount that greeted me in the film’s opening scenes. Some of the early scene changes also appeared to be damaged on the print, as there was a split second of black or white added to the transitions. The audio, while generally good, also could have used some work, as pops could be heard during the course of the movie.

    The subtitles were good during the movie, newly commissioned and spot on, although they became a little hard to read when placed on a white background.

    In terms of changes made: none. The Rialto logo appears on the screen before the movie starts, with the original 1954 message thanking the Japanese Coast Guard for their cooperation. Everything on this print is intact, just not in pristine condition.

    Audience reaction to the film was strong though; as the Toho logo, Godzilla’s first appearance, and the ending were all meet with a theater wide applause. Oddly enough, the Oxygen Destroyer name got a few unintentional laughs, which is something that has been so ingrained in me at a young age I never really thought of the name as being a little over the top, but was the only sequence of the film that got riffed while even the more uneven effects shots were passed without score… something that might feel like a breath of fresh air after some of the reactions that Godzilla 2000: Millennium (1999) got during its theatrical screening in the US.

    So despite the less than top notch print, seeing the original Godzilla in the theaters was still a highly enjoyable experience, and I would suggest it to others, even if simply for the fact of getting an idea of how many Godzilla fans are in the vicinity.

    One thing that has been great to see, though, is the resulting publicity from the release. For example, to the right is an image to the cover story for a recent edition of SF Weekly with the cover story being “Returning Japanese” and focusing on the newly uncut release of the original 1954 film.

    As a side bonus, below is the Theater Listing for the original Godzilla during the Castro Theater’s run of the movie. It talks about the basic plot of the film, its impact in Japan and its film industry and also puts a lot of emphasis on the changes made when it was Americanized, such as the addition of Raymond Burr, removed footage and the added sequences in the film.

    The movie will be playing at the Castro Theater from May 7th to the 20th. Check your local listings to see when the movie might come into your area, although keep in mind the film is being given a very limited release.

    May 2 update

    Rialto Pictures is preparing for the imminent release of Godzilla (1954) through out select theaters in the United States. May 7th, Friday, marks the first release of the film, which will be screened at the Castro theater in San Francisco and Film Forum in New York.

    As previously mentioned, the film will be the uncut Japanese version, not the 1956 Godzilla King of the Monsters’ version with Raymund Burr, and will clock in at 98 minutes.

    In order to commemorate the impending release, various newspapers from areas set to show the movie have already started promoting the film. One example of this is the San Francisco Chronicle(Sunday, May 3rd Edition) which gave the film the front cover status on their Datebook section, pictured to the right. Featured inside the Datebook section is a nice four page article on the Big G by Allen Johnson and Patrick Macias, author of Tokyo Scope: The Japanese Cult Film Companion. The article focuses mainly on the merits of the 1954 film, and also harps on the Americanization of the 1956 version, but also contains a Godzilla “Time Line” to point out important events, either inspiration for the films or the films themselves, for the Godzilla series.

    There is a sharp focus on director Ishiro Honda in the Chronicle‘s article, including a salute to the dark theme of Godzilla as opposed to just making another “monster on the loose” potboiler, like the film’s inspiration: The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms. The article also applauds composer Akira Ifukube for his long running work in the series, in particular his score for the original Godzilla (1954). A quote from the composer, used in the article, appears to the left. Special Effects director Eiji Tsuburaya and suitmation actor Haruo Nakajima are also commended for their work on the 1954 classic.

         The film will be screened at 33 theaters in total, for the time being, which are:

    • May 7th-20th, 2004 (San Francisco, CA) Castro
    • May 7th-20th, 2004 (New York, NY) Film Forum
    • May 14th-20th, 2004 (Washington, DC) AFI National Film Theater
    • May 14th-27th, 2004 (Los Angeles, CA) Nuart
    • May 21st-27th, 2004 (Berkley, CA) Shattuck
    • May 21st-June 3rd, 2004 (Silver Spring, MD) AFI Silver
    • May 21st-June 3rd, 2004 (Philadelphia, PA) Ritz Theaters
    • May 21st-June 3rd, 2004 (New York, NY) Cinema Village
    • May 28th-June 3rd, 2004 (San Jose, CA) Camera Cinemas
    • June 11th-17th, 2004 (Cambridge, MA) Brattle
    • June 16th-18th, 2004 (Detroit, MI) Detroit Film Theatre
    • June 18th-July 1st, 2004 (Minneapolis, MN) Oak Street
    • June 18th-July 1st, 2004 (Dallas, TX) Angelika
    • June 25th-July 1st, 2004 (Portland, OR) Cinema 21
    • June 25th-July 1st, 2004 (San Diego, CA) Ken
    • July 2nd-8th, 2004 (Seattle, WA) Varsity
    • July 2nd-15th, 2004 (Chicago, IL) Music Box
    • July 16th-18th, 2004 (Detroit, MI) Detroit Film Theatre
    • July 16th-22nd, 2004 (Milwaukee, WI) Times
    • July 23rd-29th, 2004 (Atlanta, GA) Midtown Art
    • July 23rd-29th, 2004 (Austin, TX) Dobie
    • July 23rd-29th, 2004 (Indianapolis, IN) Key
    • July 23rd-29th, 2004 (Madison, WI) Orpheum
    • July 23rd-August 5th, 2004 (Pittsburgh, PA) Regent Square
    • July 28th-August 3rd, 2004 (Hartford, CT) Cinestudio
    • July 30th-August 5th, 2004 (Columbus, IN) Key
    • August 5th-9th, 2004 (Oklahoma City) Museum of Art
    • August 6th-12th, 2004 (Baltimore, MD) Charles
    • August 6th-19th, 2004 (Nashville, TN) Belcourt
    • August 13th-19th, 2004 (Lexington, KY) Kentucky
    • August 13th-19th, 2004 (Saint Louis, MO) Tivoli
    • August 27th-29th, 2004 (Cleveland, OH) Cinematheque
    • August 27th-29th, 2004 (Paducah, KY) Maiden Alley

    Please see Rialto’s site on the film, found here http://www.rialtopictures.com/godzilla.html, for more details.

    News // May 9, 2004
  • Once considered a chief rival of Toho, Daiei rode high in the middle of the 20th century before hitting hard times toward the end of the century. This blog covers the fall of Daiei Studios and how the company’s major properties, such as Zatoichi and Gamera, ended up at times on Toho’s doorstep.

    The “Golden Age of Japanese Cinema,” a glorious period from the 1950’s through the 1960’s when Japanese studio output was substantial and attendance sizes were even larger. By 1953, roughly the start of the “Golden Age,” Japanese cinema was ruled big six film studios: Nikkatsu, Shochiku, Daiei, Toei, Shintoho, and Toho.

    It’s from this period that numerous Japanese franchises were born, including Toho’s Godzilla and Daiei’s Zatoichi. Despite a good run in the early 1960’s for many of the film studios, the “Golden Age of Japanese Cinema” was already starting to show signs of weakening. Shintoho, a company comprised of ex-Toho employees in 1947 who literally called themselves “the New Toho,” filed for bankruptcy in 1961. The invasion of television in Japan was starting to show its effect on the top studios of the period.

    During the 1960’s, half of Japan’s theaters closed as audience sizes started to dwindle. By the late 60’s even Toho’s flagship franchise, Godzilla, was showing signs of slowing down, and Toho themselves announced that the series would end after one final “hurrah” with Destroy All Monsters (1968), which ended up being a huge success and the series continued. By 1969, audience sizes at theaters were down to 1/3 what they were during their peak in 1958. The cause was home entertainment, as televisions found their way into nearly every home in the country.

    Surviving in the 1970’s would prove a challenge to many of the large studios, as people were forgoing the theater experience in favor of the television programming of the time. Some of the studios were hit hard, such as Nikkatsu who went on to distribute “soft core” porn (pink eiga) in the 1970’s to stay afloat. However, arguably none were hit harder than Daiei. In 1971 Daiei filed for bankruptcy and several projects were shelved forever, including Gamera vs. Garasharp. The company eventually reorganized; however, Daiei would never reacquire its distribution wing.

    Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo

    This period would take its toll on two of Daiei’s leading franchises: Zatoichi and Gamera. Despite Daiei’s collapse in 1971, the Zatoichi series continued as Katsu Productions, Zatoichi actor Katsu Shintaro’s Production Company, joined with Toho to produce three Zatoichi films: Zatoichi at Large (1972), Zatoichi in Desperation (1972), and Zatoichi’s Conspiracy (1973). The alliance between Katsu Productions and Toho proved successful; as they went on to produce other series together include the Razor and Lone Wolf and Cub films. This new found friendship bore even more “fruit” for Toho though, as a deal with Katsu Productions landed them the distribution rights to the three previous Zatoichi films that they had produced with Daiei: Zatoichi the Outlaw(1967), Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo (1970) and Zatoichi at the Fire Festival (1970). Despite Daiei’s reformation, Toho has managed to retain the ownership to these three films and continues to do so to this day. In 1989, Katsu Productions would go it alone with their next Zatoichi film, simply called Zatoichi. For this they found distribution from Shochiku and was the last Zatoichi film to feature Katsu Shintaro before his death in 1997.

    The Gamera series, with the exception of an unsuccessful re-launch with Super Monster in the early 1980’s, was shelved after Daiei’s collapse in the early 1970’s, as Daiei’s output continued to shrink. In 1995, upcoming director Shusuke Kaneko would give the series a proper rebirth with Gamera: Guardian of the Universe (1995). The film was produced by Daiei, but distribution was handled by, the once rival company, Toho who had since become an entertainment giant and has managed a stranglehold on the theatrical market in the country, as Toho owns most of the theater houses in Japan. The film was a success and two sequels, again under director Shusuke Kaneko, would be created: Gamera 2: Advent of Legion (1996) and Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris (1999), both of which would be produced by Daiei and distributed by Toho.

    Sale to Kadokawa

    In July of 2002, Daiei would finally be bought out by the Kadokawa Shoten Publishing Company. Kadokawa stated that they will take over production and distribution of Daiei films under the name Kadokawa-Daiei Pictures. Kadokawa has worked with Toho in the past, with such efforts as Virus (1980) and the Ring (or Ringu) series which were produced by Kadokawa but distributed by Toho. The two media giants also had a joint production with the highly successful Onmyoji in 2001. Whether or not Kadokawa will handle the distribution of their films has yet to be seen, though, as their 2004 movie One Missed Call (2004) would go on to be distributed by Toho.

    This article was first published on January 28th, 2000.

    General // April 5, 2004
  • This page features the archived log of reports given while Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee had its initial release pending. This tracks the original release of the game on the Nintendo Gamecube.

    December 16, 2002
    The Japanese version of Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee, titled Godzilla: Giant Monster Fray (ゴジラ怪獣大乱闘), has shipped and is now available at Japanese retailers.

    Also, to follow up on the previous report, the Heisei Mechagodzilla can’t be unlocked in the Japanese version of the game, and is instead replaced by Kiryu.

     

    December 6, 2002
    Source:
     http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ngc/software/gzdj
    The Japanese version of Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee, titled Godzilla: Giant Monster Fray, will feature the Millennium Mechagodzilla (aka Kiryu) in place of the Heisei one featured in the US version. No word if the Heisei one can be unlocked in it, more info as it becomes available.

     

    November 2, 2002
    Source: Nintendo Power
    Nintendo Power’s November issue, #162, has a pullout Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee poster in it along with five pages of strategy on the game. The magazine also reviews the game with a panel of four testers. For those curious, the game received a 4 star average, with one reviewer giving it 5 stars, two reviewers giving it 4 stars, and another two reviewers giving it 3.5 stars.

     

    September 28, 2002
    The following is a transcript of a e-mail response from Kirby Fong, the producer of Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee.

    Question: First, I haven’t seen any Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee commercials yet. Am I watching the wrong channels, or have they not aired? If it’s the latter, any idea when we can expect them?

    Kirby Fong: “The commercial spot is being filmed now and should start airing about the same time the game ships.”

    Question: I hear that the Super-X was removed. Is there a possibility that you can give any insight on the matter?

    Kirby Fong: “We couldn’t get the Super X to work the way we liked with the time we had.”

    So the Super-X has been cut, and we can expect the commercials to air in a little over two weeks.

     

    September 27, 2002
    Source:
     Nintendo Power
    Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee preview in Nintendo Power! That’s the October issue, #161. The game also ranks number 5 on the players choice. The November issue of Nintendo Power is going to feature a full review of the game.

     

    September 12, 2002
    The following is a transcript of a e-mail response from Kirby Fong, the producer of Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee.

    Question: EB now has Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee listed for the 15th. Are they “jumping the gun,” so to speak, by making this statement or has the date in fact been moved?

    Kirby Fong: “I was told the new shelf date was the 15th. So EB should be correct.”

    Sounds like we will all be getting G:DAMM a little earlier!

     

    August 22, 2002
    A demo for Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee will ship with Big Air Freestyle for the Nintendo Gamecube. The demo will be an older version of the game; in fact, it’s the demo from E3, so quite a lot has changed since then.

    The demo is 2 player only, meaning one will need two controllers to play. The game with the demo will ship around 9/10/02, depending on one’s location. So one can get the demo about a month and a half before Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee comes out.

    If you want to purchase Big Air Freestyle, be sure to check out Amazon and purchase a copy.


    August 2, 2002

    Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee has been sent to Nintendo for testing! Kirby Fong has just informed me of the news, so things look real good for the game meeting its October release.

     

    July 21, 2002
    Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee trailer now online at IGN. The trailer gives many their first look at Anguirus in the game, as well as the opening cinematic.

     

    June 29, 2002
    Source:
     Nintendo Power
    Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee makes players choice! Godzilla ranks in at number 6 in the players choice section of Nintendo Power (Issue 158, July 2002). The players choice is a list of most wanted, or current released favorites. On top of the list is Meteroid Prime, some other games ahead of Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee were Super Mario Sunshine and Resident Evil.

     

    Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee (Gamecube) - News Roundup

    May 29, 2002
    The following is a transcript of a e-mail response from Kirby Fong, the producer of Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee.

    Question: I was wondering if you could reveal any of the other monster’s special attacks in the game (L + R), besides Gigan’s teleport and Megalon’s burrow?

    Kirby Fong: “We’re currently working on moves for the other monsters, but not all will have an L+R move. This does not mean that they are weaker or not as fun, they just don’t need them. A good example would be Godzilla, he does not have an L+R move, yet he is still very powerful and effective. Gigan and Megalon was an experiment and I think it worked well for them. We’ll have to see about the other monsters.”

    Question: Why did EGM list Rodan as a summonable way back when the first screens on this game where being released? Was he at some point a summonable and was then changed to a playable character?

    Kirby Fong: “There was some confusion on this, but Rodan is playable.”

    Question: Gamepro keeps rambling on about Godzilla 1954 being in the game, yet there has been nothing to indicate that this is true. Where is Gamepro getting this info from?

    Kirby Fong: “There is no G’54. It was misinformation given to the press.”

    Question: You said in a interview with Gamepro that: “We have the classic Godzilla that people have known for more than 50 years, along with 13 of his friends.” Does that included both Godzillas and 13 others? Or is that 14 in total? Also, at this point, I assume that that is not 14 playable, but just 14 kaiju that make an appearance in the game. To date I have only discovered 13, unless you count the Super-X, are there indeed more?

    Kirby Fong: “There are 13 total monsters. We would love to have more, but there is this thing called development time and budget and it just doesn’t allow us to have more. We originally had plans for more, but the level of detail Pipeworks has put into their characters models takes time to make. We didn’t want to short change the game. I personally rather have a few well done characters then a lot of crappy ones. Pipeworks has done an awesome job with the character and overall game for that matter…”

    Question: Is this copyright for the game final?

    “Godzilla®- Destroy All Monsters Melee © 2002 Infogrames, Inc. a subsidiary of Infogrames Entertainment, S.A. Manufactured and marketed by Infogrames, Inc. New York, NY. All Rights Reserved. Godzilla®, the Godzilla® character, Anguirus™, Destoroyah™, Gigan™, Hedorah™, King Ghidorah™, Mechagodzilla™, Mecha-King Ghidorah™, Megalon™, Mothra™, Orga™, and the Rodan™ designs are trademarks of TOHO Co., Ltd. The Godzilla® character and design are copyrighted works of Toho Co., Ltd. All are used with permission. Godzilla® is a registered trademark of TOHO Co., Ltd. © 1998 Toho Co., Ltd. © 1998”

    Kirby Fong: “Nothing is final until the game is on the shelves. Remember this…”

    Question: Will King Ghidorah in the game be the one from the Showa series (’64-72), Heisei series (’91), Mothra series (’98) or Millennium series (’01)?

    Kirby Fong: “This Q is a bit difficult to answer. It’s not really from any particular series. We’ve worked with Toho and I think it’s sort of a hybrid character. You know the best features from the set. Wait and see…”

    Question: Will Rodan in the game be the one from Rodan (’56), Showa series (’64-72), or the Heisei series (’93)?

    Kirby Fong: “Same as above.”

    Question: Is the current look of the logo on the E3 poster going to remain unchanged? Many have complained that the uneven lettering in Godzilla (GoDZiLlA) gives the title a campy feel. Many already associate Godzilla with campiness, but this seems to go out of the way to stress this point. What are your feelings behind it?

    Kirby Fong: “The Logo was designed by our marketing team, I doubt it will change. I have no comment on the Logo.”

    Question: How do Anguirus and Rodan fit into the plot? Are they being controlled by the aliens like the rest of the kaiju?

    Kirby Fong: “Yes…and no….. ;-)”

    Question: It has been told that if enough damage is sustained to a area, the military will send out the Super-X. My question is, do they have any other familiar vehicles at there disposal in the game, like the Maser tanks?

    Kirby Fong: “Eh, maybe? ;-)”

    Question: Unlockables (like secret characters, levels, options, increasing level sizes that are given by completing certain objectives) go a long way to increasing the replayability of a game, in particular fighting games. On a scale of 1-10, 10 being a lot of unlockables and 1 being a few, what would you rate Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee?

    Kirby Fong: “8, more if we have time.”

    Closing: Well thanks for your time. Also, I would like to thank you for finally giving us a Godzilla game worthy of the name, and that fans can be proud of.

    Kirby Fong: “Welcome and Thank you… -Kirby”

     

    May 29, 2002
    Cats out of the bag, all of the kaiju in the game have been discovered. Appears that Pipeworks decided to cut down the number of monsters that were going to be in the game so that they could concentrate on fine tuning the ones that are already in it (check the Characters section for the ones known to be featured).

     

    March 30, 2002
    Dan Duncalf, the President of Pipeworks, has agreed to answer another series of questions regarding the newly announced game. Below is a transcript of the e-mail responses.

    Question: According to a press release: “More than 14 monsters, each carefully modeled from the record-setting movie franchise, appear in the game.” This is in contradiction to your previous reply, is this referring to the number of playable kaiju in the game, or does it include the summonable monsters in the tally, like Rodan and Mothra?

    Dan Duncalf: “The ‘More than 14 Kajiu’ that are referred to, includes all references to monsters… playable, summonable, or other. And no, I won’t answer what is in the ‘other’ category.”

    Question: Are you a fan of Godzilla? If yes, were you a fan before or after work began on the game?

    Dan Duncalf: “As far as being a Godzilla Fan, Isn’t everybody? I mean, who doesn’t like a Giant Lizard that fights other evil monsters! Well, ok… So I wasn’t a starkraving G-Mad G-Fan attendee, but I had watched all the new GZ movies, and most of the old ones.”

    Question: After looking at various screen shots it seems that the action is similar to some of the scenes in seen in Masaaki Tezuka‘s Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (2001) , which was fast paced and had “elaborate” scenes with Godzilla, most notably when he jumps and tackles Megaguirus. The screen shots I am referring to is when Godzilla uppercuts (Super) Mechagodzilla, and when he is slamming his head into the pavement.

    Dan Duncalf: “We weren’t trying to copy that scene when we did those screen grabs. And I can’t really comment on the pace of the game either. You will just have to wait until E3, when attendees will be able to play for themselves.”

    Closing: Thanks for your time.

    Dan Duncalf: “I’m sorry that I could not give you any more information, but it is being tightly controlled so various magazines can get their exclusives. Keep checking our web site, and I imagine we will build a mailing list to keep people who are very anxious informed about when, and where new information will be available. Best Regards, — Dan”

     

    March 26, 2002
    Dan Duncalf, the President of Pipeworks (the company developing the game), was kind enough to answer a few questions regarding the newly announced game. Below is a transcript of the e-mail responses.

    Question: I have a few, brief, questions regarding Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee, if you don’t mind. First off, why isn’t the game mentioned on your company’s site (http://www.pipeworks.com)?

    Dan Duncalf: “Because until Friday, its been a secret. We will put up a couple of links for it in about a week.”

    Question: Any chance of divulging which characters are set to be featured in the game? EGM ran an article confirming that Godzilla (2000), Mechagodzilla (Heisei), Gigan, Anguirus, Godzilla (Heisei) and King Ghidorah are in. Early buzz from message boards also suggests that Destoroyah will be featured as well. Furthermore, the copyright on Infogrames site says “copyright Sony and Toho 1998”, is this hinting at the inclusion of the US Godzilla? Any chance of clarifying?

    Dan Duncalf: “Not at this time.”

    Question: EGM has stated that there will be 5 secret characters in the game, while Infogrames has stated that the game will feature 14 characters. Does this mean 9 regular characters, with a total of 14? Or 14 regular characters, with a total of 19?

    Dan Duncalf: “14 total.”

    I would like to thank Dan Duncalf for taking time out of his busy schedule to answer my series of questions.

     

    March 25, 2002
    Source:
     http://planetgamecube.com
    Infogrames’ press release surrounding the game has been released, revealing the game to the public for the first time.

    This article was first published on March 25, 2002.

    News // December 16, 2002