Godzilla ゴジラ [Distributed 1998]


Godzilla - Baby Godzilla
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Godzilla
Height: 60 meters
Mass: 500 tons
  Powers/Weapons: Can run at 480 kilometers per hour; adept swimmer; reproduces asexually; burrowing ability; extraordinary jumper; able to exhale a naturally produced flammable gas from its mouth
First Appearance: GODZILLA (1998)
Series:  (Distributed)  

Description

French Polynesia breeds numerous exotic reptiles of many shapes and sizes. Never intended, however, was the oddest creature ever to rise from this tropical paradise. Mankind's bane: nuclear weapons, pulsed with an intense glow, as if to defy the Heavens themselves, and what arose was something from the very pit of Hell. The creature was dubbed Gojira by a Japanese sailor, mindful of legend, as his fellow crew members were killed in a show of intense power.

The creature continued its trek from the Pacific to the Atlantic, ever seeking a nest with which to raise its brood, growing quickly inside the womb of the giant. An island was chosen, a perfect place in which to hide from the unseen and unknown amongst the concrete towers that rose hundreds of meters into the sky. Much to the creature's despair, the species that spawned Gojira inhabited this pristine breeding ground. Their native dialect skewed the monster's legendary name, and it was the name "Godzilla" that was cursed by the tongues of the city under siege. But man was as fierce and quick to destroy as he was to create, and he used fish as bait to lure the creature to his demise. The sting of the missiles and guns pierced through the creature and all it could do was flee. Through the mountains of steel it ran, but Godzilla too was clever. It ambushed a small fraction of the aggressors and made them pay for their crimes.

Godzilla, confused and exhausted, felt the pains of childbirth creeping throughout its womb. It laid its eggs. Godzilla's mortal enemy, teeming with hatred, searched for the creature, but could not find it. Godzilla burrowed deep through the subterranean tunnels of the metropolis, but ultimately the creature was brought to the surface again, lured by fish which its young would so surely need. The lesson from last time burned deep in its mind, it fled to the sea where it was pursued by the silhouettes of a dark submersible weapon. Godzilla's quick wit brought one of the torpedoes crashing into one of the submarines, but alas, its escape was thwarted when it took a direct hit by a torpedo.

The creature would remain "dead" to mankind as the young were sought out and destroyed by humans. Following the devastation, Godzilla rose from the streets, heartbroken at man's recklessness. It pursued the closest group of humans, yearning for revenge. This small group was clever enough, though, to lure Godzilla to the Brooklyn Bridge. Ensnared in the arches and cables, Godzilla could only roar helplessly as it was brutally murdered by 12 missiles. The creature, robbed of its revenge, could only stare at its aggressors as it fell into eternal slumber.

But elsewhere, deep in the bowls of the devastated nest, one offspring escaped. The legacy continued...



Baby Godzilla [Distributed 1998]
Baby Godzilla

Height : 1.8 meters
Length : 3 meters
Mass :

Powers / Weapons

None

Appearances

GODZILLA (1998)

Series // Distributed

Sound Effect

Description

In the very heart of Madison Square Garden, Godzilla burrowed into the stadium. Inside, the asexual creature began to lay around 200 eggs, establishing a nest for them. The nuclear menace made frequent return trips, dropping off fish as it did. Meanwhile, Godzilla's young grew inside the protective shells of their leathery eggs. Their strength increased and their form perfected.

Ultimately, the offspring would hatch, much to the horror of the onlooking humans who had recently discovered the nest. Their mother had prepared well for their arrival, as emerging from their eggs the infants found loads of fish nearby. The creatures gorged on the available food, slurping down the fish as they walked for the first time. Unfortunately for onlookers, the young Godzillas based their next meal not on sight, but smell. This proved lethal for the nearby humans whose bodies smelled of the surrounding fish.

Baby Godzilla [Distributed 1998]Although initially timid at these larger humans that smelled of food, their hesitancy did not last. The Baby Godzillas began to pounce and kill the unfortunate people nearby. This was a combination of a small contingent of French forces and locals to New York. They had come with a plan to detonate the eggs with explosives. However, once the creatures started attacking, that plan ended and instead shifted toward surviving.

The Baby Godzilla's first victim, however, was still trying to setup the explosives. Caught off guard, a Baby Godzilla jumped on top of him, killing him. Spotting this, another member of the French forces attempted to flee behind a door, only to have a Baby Godzilla knock the doors open and kill them. Two more brave troops, guns blazing, attempted to thwart the creatures' advance, only to die for their efforts.

In a horrific display, almost two hundred of Godzilla's young infested the building, searching for food. Several of them pursued the small group of survivors. Attempting to reach the broadcast room, the hungry creatures chased them to it. Once inside, the survivors broadcast a message asking for the destruction of the stadium. Showing footage of the babies, they noted that the key to ending their threat was destroying Madison Square Garden.

With their message sent, the small group of people fought their way out. To achieve this, they shoot down chandeliers in order to fend off the advancing lizards. The falling debris and shattering glass offered just enough distraction for them to escape from the Baby Godzillas. No sooner had the humans left the building did a terrible fate befell the young Godzillas. The military fired on the building, annihilating the terrible creatures in a conflagration.

However, among the crumbling and fiery building, one creature remained untouched. Late to hatch, this final Godzilla, the last of its species, emerged, ready to terrorize the world another day.


Powers / Weapons
None

None

The Baby Godzillas demonstrated no abnormal feats. Although they would grow to share the skills of their mother, such as the ability to burrow and reproduce asexually, at this adolescent stage they weren't developed enough yet.

The creatures could, though, move at a speed of between 60 to 80 kilometers an hour, or 37 to 50 miles per hour. At top speed, this is almost twice as fast as the human record and although not nearly as fast as a cheetah.


Background and Trivia
  • The Baby Godzillas were created through a combination of suitmation, robotics and CGI. The suits featured robotic heads and leg extensions for the actors. It was director Roland Emmerich who decided to cut all moving shots of the suits. This was done to avoid a disconnect between what a running CGI Baby Godzilla would look like versus seeing one of the suits run or walk in another scene. As a result, only stationary shots of the suits exist in the final film, save one moment where a suit is seen walking forward around the 93 minute mark. This decision by Emmerich is noted in the visual effects commentary track on the GODZILLA DVD. Also, as a result, in most scenes the legs were actually bolted to the ground to help with balance for the actor since they wouldn't be moving.
  • Baby Godzilla [Distributed 1998]For the CGI on the creatures, it was projected that 90% of the animation was done by Centropolis Entertainment. The remaining 10% was handled by Sony and VisionArt animators. The lighting and rendering for the CGI was handled by VisionArt. For reference lighting, the crew created a "trojan Baby Godzilla": a Baby Godzilla on wheels that was pushed through shots afterwards to get sample lighting. Cited on the visual effects commentary track from the GODZILLA DVD.
  • A full grown Godzilla could lay up to 200 eggs at a time, producing a huge amount of Baby Godzillas very quickly. This fact is noted in the Godzilla 1954-1999 Super Complete Works (ISBN: 4091014704).
  • During the commentary track by Volker Engel, Karen Goulekas, and Patrick Tatopoulos on the GODZILLA DVD, they note that the eggs were sprayed with hot glue, to give the web-like look. They also mention that a few of the eggs were made of fiber glass with a removable "plug". This allowed for them to be broken, repaired and then reused for later scenes or reshoots. Four such eggs were created in this way, noted as the "hero eggs" by the staff.
  • The Godzilla Chronicles Vol. 3 (ISBN: 4812405815) lists a height of 1.8 meters for the Baby Godzillas, and that their eggs were roughly 2.5 meters high. Meanwhile, the Godzilla 1954-1999 Super Complete Works (ISBN: 4091014704) notes their length as being 3 meters long.
  • The creature's speed is listed in the The Godzilla Chronicles Vol. 3 (ISBN: 4812405815). It gives the range of 60-80 kilometers per hour.
  • The fastest speed on record for a human is Usain Bolt's 100 meter run during the 2009 World Championships in Athletics. This was a speed of 44.72 kilometers per hour, or a little more than half the top speed of a Baby Godzilla. However, cheetahs have been clocked as high as 98 kilometers per hour, faster than a Baby Godzilla could run.
  • Although all of the Baby Godzillas have similar brown and grey coloring, when it came time to create toys for the film Trendmasters went in a different direction. This resulted in a red Razor Fang Baby Godzilla and a yellow Claw Slasher Baby Godzilla.