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The topic of American Godzilla in popular culture has shown to be rather common. The creature has been referenced and parodied numerous times in popular culture.

Comics and magazinesEdit

MAD Magazine (1998)Edit

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Front cover of the "Mad" magazine (issue?).

Godzilla (1998) is spoofed in the 370 issue of the magazine MAD.[1]

Tokyo: Storm WarningEdit

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Artwork from the "Tokyo Storm Warning" comic (issue?).

One of the monsters in the comic Tokyo Storm Warning is an evident homage to the American Godzilla.[2]

Video gamesEdit

Chrono Cross (1998)Edit

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A screenshot of the flying creature from "Chrono Cross".

A flying creature in this video game bears a striking resemblence to the head of the American Godzilla.

Colossal Kaiju Combat (unreleased)Edit

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Nemesis (Kaiju Combat) by Matt Frank.

A piece of conceptual artwork for the upcoming game Kaiju Combat was made by artist Matt Frank (the creator of the upcoming comic Godzilla: Rulers of Earth), and he labeled the artwork "Kaiju Combat Preview - Nemesis". Nemesis is the first boss in Kaiju Combat and the star of the book Project Nemesis by author Jeremy Robinson.[3] She bears some resemblence to the body of the American Godzilla.

Films and televisionEdit

Godzilla 2000: Millennium (1999)Edit

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A screenshot of Orga from "Godzilla 2000: Millennium".

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Concept art of Orga bearing a slight similarity to the American Godzilla design.

In the 1999 Japanese film Godzilla 2000, Orga's appearance is slightly influenced by the American Godzilla, especially his head.[4] Godzilla 2000/Godzilla 1999, with its more hunched down reptilian look and sharp  pointed dermal spikes/plates, also bears some slight similarities to the American Godzilla design. Just like the 1998 film, Godzilla, the Japanese 1999 film was also distributed by TriStar Pictures.
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Godzilla (1999) from "Godzilla 2000: Millennium".

Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (2000)Edit

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Poster of "Godzilla vs. Megaguirus".

The concept of the Japanese film Godzilla vs. Megaguirus bear some similarities to the cancelled sequel to the American 1998 film, Godzilla 2, where the American Godzilla battles giant monster insects in its second film appearance. Just like the more reptilian-looking Godzilla 2000 battled giant mutant insects (with a similar American Godzilla-look) in its second film appearance. Just like Orga, the insects look like if they came out of an American Godzilla film.

Transformers EnergonEdit

The Transformers toy/character of Cruellock is a direct design homage to the animated version of the American Godzilla.

ArmageddonEdit

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Screenshot of Cruellock from "Transformers Energon".

The American Godzilla made an appearance in Armageddon alongside other Godzilla toys during the opening sequence in New York, when a little dog attacked the Godzilla toys on sale. This was a friendly jab at the other big special effects movie of that summer, which was released a month and a half earlier.

Inspector GadgetEdit

In the film Inspector Gadget, the evil clone of the main character imitates Godzilla's head with the shadow of his hands during a scene. It's probably a nod to Godzilla (1998 film), the previous film of actor Matthew Broderick.
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SpoofEdit

Godzilla was featured in a spoof of the TAXI chase scene where Samuel L. Jackson is the passenger and Christopher Lloyd is the driver.

Spider-man 3 trailerEdit

The roar of the American Godzilla is also audible in the trailer for Spider-Man 3, when Sandman dives down from the sand truck.

Camp LazloEdit

The American Godzilla's roar is uttered by a garden snake in the very beginning of the Camp Lazlo episode Snake Eyes.

Phineas & FerbEdit

In a Phineas & Ferb episode a T-Rex is shown being over 100 ft tall and using the American Godzilla's trademark roar.

Iron Man: Armored AdventuresEdit

In Iron Man: Armored Adventures, Fin Fang Foom had the American Godzilla's distinctive roar during the fight with Tony Stark and Gene Khan.

Robot ChickenEdit

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A screenshot of the "Robot Chicken" episode "That Hurts Me".

In the Robot Chicken episode "That Hurts Me", the segment Godzilla Remade Again featured Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich remaking Godzilla (1998 film) once more; the segment goes on to show a scene of Baby Godzillas attacking, only to begin inexplicably roller skating and dancing in a rink. When the studio head bemoans the fact that he trusted Devlin and Emmerich to make a decent Godzilla-film, for the second time, and that they instead have produced an unmarketable "pile of crap", for the second time, Devlin and Emmerich give each other a high-five.[5]

Star Wars: Episode 2 - Attack of the Clones (2002)Edit

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Poster for "Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones" (2002).

In a poster for Star Wars: Episode 2 - Attack of the Clones (2002), there was a tagline saying "Size matters not. Except on IMAX screen". This could be seen as a reference to the 1998 film's famous tagline "Size Does Matter." The official webpage of the film has also parodied the slogan of the movie, "Size Does Matter." with "Plot Does Matter." The poster also shows San Francisco and the Golden Gate bridge (where Godzilla (1994 film) took place) and New York (where Godzilla (1998 film) took place).

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012)Edit

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In Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, Sean Anderson (played by Josh Hutcherson) screams "Godzilla!" at a massive female frill-necked lizard guarding its giant eggs.

Dinosaurs vs. AliensEdit

The roar of the American Godzilla can also be heard in the trailer for the motion comic Dinosaurs vs. Aliens.

Similar filmsEdit

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Several films like Anaconda (1997), Komodo, Curse of the KomodoSuperCroc and Gargantua (which was made by FOX to benefit from the Godzilla-hype) has used the typical American Godzilla-eye on posters, VHS, DVD, and Blu-ray covers. The film Pulgasari also has a similar glowing title to that of the 1998 film.[6]
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Reptilian (1999)Edit

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R/C controlled Yonggary, bootlegged under the name Godzilla. The "De-motivational" frames and text were added later.

The film Reptilian is inspired by Godzilla (1998 film). It's also the remake of an old kaiju film (Yonggary), and one of his DVD cover look a lot like a scene from the 1998 film and has the typical TriStar Godzilla green glow of the title.[7][8]

Toy productEdit

A R/C controlled toy version of Yonggary is falsely labeled "Godzilla".[9]

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Hysteria!Edit

The Histeria! episode "More Explorers" opened up with a cold opener in which a gigantic Big Fat Baby rises from the sea and goes on a rampage. The film is directly referenced right at the end of the segment by way of the caption "Smell does matter."

The SimpsonsEdit

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Homerzilla in the remake "Zilla"

In the episode "Treehouse of Horror XXVI" the film "Zilla", an american remake of the japanese film series "Homerzilla", is an obvious reference to the 1998 Godzilla, the american remake of the japanese film series of the same name. The name of the remake is clearly inspired by the japanese creature Zilla, who is inspired by the monster from the 1998 film, and in both remake, the titular monster is more dinosaur-looking in appearance than the japanese one. The scene where Godzilla grabs a truck in his mouth from the 1998 film is also parodied.

Inspired remakesEdit

Other remakes of movie monsters were released after the success of Godzilla (1998 film), like The Mighty Kong (an unofficial remake of King Kong) and Gargantua (an unofficial remake of Gorgo). A remake of the Danish film Reptilicus was also envisaged, but it was cancelled.[10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_film_spoofs_in_Mad
  2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tokyo_Storm_Warning
  3. http://kaijusamurai.deviantart.com/art/Kaiju-Combat-Preview-Nemesis-340966032?q=gallery%3AKaijuSamurai%20randomize%3A1&qo=0
  4. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orga
  5. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Godzilla
  6. http://supermons2.angelfire.com/godzilla_invades_america/copycatposters.html
  7. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reptilian_(film)
  8. http://supermons2.angelfire.com/godzilla_invades_america/copycatposters.html
  9. http://supermons2.angelfire.com/godzilla_invades_america/copycatposters.html
  10. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reptilicus
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The DVD cover of Reptilian

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