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American Godzilla film series character
BABY GODZILLA™
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Official name Baby Godzilla
Official nicknames
  • Baby 'Zillas
Fan nicknames
  • Baby Zilla
  • Zilla Baby
Species American Godzilla - Giant, mutated, irradiated sea/marine iguana (or Green Iguana)
Length 2-4 meters
Height 1-2 meters
Weight 200 kg
First appearance Godzilla (1998 film)
Latest appearance Godzilla: The Series
Created by Dean DevlinRoland Emmerich, Patrick Tatopoulos

Baby Godzillas, also known as Baby 'Zillas, are movie monsters that first appeared in the 1998 Roland Emmerich film Godzilla. The design by Patrick Tatopoulos is that of a hunched bent-over marine iguana. The movie's incarnation is a re-imaging of the Japanese Baby Godzilla. Possibly inspired by the Japanese Godzilla babies Minilla, Godzooky, and Godzilla Junior. The Baby Godzillas are the offspring of Godzilla (1998).

All known Baby Godzillas were killed by a missile strike to the Madison Square Garden, except for one. He appeared briefly at the end of the 1998 film and later starred in Godzilla: The Series he should originally have starred in the sequel Godzilla 2 and probably in Godzilla 3, but because of the rights to the character expired in 2003 the plans were unfortunately cancelled.

Film appearances

Godzilla (1998)

The Baby Godzilla makes its very first appearance in Godzilla (1998 film) when Nick Tatopoulos, Philippe Roaché and his secret agent's team discovers Godzilla's nest in the pretty much ruined Madison Square Garden, and the eggs starts to hatch. The newborn babies feast on all the fish that their gigantic parent had left for them, but as soon as the fish starts to run out, it appears feeding time isn't over as the humans discover they smell like fish, so the lizards turn on attacking the humans that have ventured into their lair. The humans are now trapped inside a large building full of bloodthirsty reptiles, but succeed to call in an airstrike and escape just in time as the Garden and the Baby 'Zillas are blown into pieces. The parent creature however, which the humans assumed was dead, is digging itself up through the ruins of the Garden just to discover that all of its offspring are dead, but without knowledge, one last surviving egg that appears in the end of the film starts to hatch right after its father had been killed by the humans on Brooklyn Bridge, and the new king to be titled Godzilla is born.

Godzilla 2 (Cancelled)

The Baby Godzilla would have made a brief appearance in the beginning of the cancelled sequel to the 1998 film, titled Godzilla 2 during its pre-production stages, before we would have been introduced to the Teen Godzilla, the next stage in the American Godzillas lifecycle.

Television

Godzilla: The Series (1998-2000)

The Baby Godzilla appears briefly at the beginning of the animated TV show Godzilla: The Series, and would come to star as the main character, Godzilla, throughout the entire series.

Video game appearances

Godzilla Online (1998)

The Baby Godzilla appears as a playable character in the online game Godzilla Online from 1998.

Book appearances

Godzilla: Attack of the Baby Godzillas (1998)

Godzilla: Monster Coloring, Mazes, and Games! (May 26, 1998)

Biology

Origin

The first Godzilla from French Polynesia was probably also the very first Baby Godzilla, it is yet unknown if it actually was the only one. The first Godzilla asexually laid over two-hundred eggs in Madison Square Garden in New York City, USA.

Behaviours

Baby Godzillas are predatory iguanas and very fast and agile hunters, just like their parent. They are intelligent and can learn new things very easily. Their appearance has some differences from the parent creature. They both live and hunt in groups around the nesting area.

When these Baby Godzillas hatched, they fed on fish that their parent had left for them. When they ran out of fish to eat, they began hunting for other sources of food. They also began eating humans who smelled like fish. Sadly all Baby Godzillas except one were easily killed by a missile strike from a US Military jet-airplane. It is not yet known how many eggs there were, but it is known that all eggs doesnt hatch at the exact same time, it is especially proved by the hatching of the last Baby Godzilla at the end of the 1998 film Godzilla.

Breath

Although Baby Godzillas arent known to posess any breath weapon like their parent or other adults of its species (this is probably because of the babies being too young and small to use any such an ability), the Baby Godzilla in the video game Godzilla Online is known to have some kind of venom breath weapon called Baby Breath.

The making of the Baby Godzillas

When Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin got to make the American remake Godzilla (1998 film) they wanted Patrick Tatopoulos, the designer of Godzilla (the father to the Baby Godzillas), to create the Baby Godzilla design, costumes and models.

The Baby Godzilla in the animated series however, which would become the prince named Godzilla who would later take his father's place as king, was designed by Fil Barlow and Helen Maier. The sounds of the Baby Godzilla were performed by Frank Welker, and here's a quote from Welker:

"I did baby Godzilla sounds. Screaming and screeching and yelling. Typical Godzilla-type stuff. The sound editor sent me a tape of the original scream. They were having trouble reproducing that sound. They felt the sound was probably an old metal table, however these guys created it in Japan. They were telling me, 'Is there any way you could get that kind of sound in there?' So I fiddled around and tried different things."[1]

Trademark registration

The logo mark for "BABY GODZILLA" was filed on June 17, 1998, and published for opposition on August 3, 1999. The logo mark was abandoned on April 27, 2002.[2]

Concept art

Production photos

Toys and merchandise

Baby X Baby Godzilla

Claw Slasher Baby Godzilla

Hammer Foot Baby Godzilla

Razor Fang Baby Godzilla

Monster Claw Baby Godzilla

Radiocontrolled Baby Godzilla

Carl's Junior Godzilla Meal

Baby Godzilla Bust

Other Merchandise

Legacy

Devlin and Emmerich's Baby Godzillas received some criticism due to the scene by scene recreation of Jurassic Park's raptor sequences, though the film-makers made it clear that it was not their intention to resemble that film.

Fan art

All appearances

Films

TV-shows

Video Games

Comics and Books

Cancelled Films

References

  1. http://www.awn.com/mag/issue5.01/5.01pages/millerwelker10.php3
  2. http://www.trademarkia.com/logo-75503991.html

See also

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