|American Godzilla film series character|
|Official name||Godzilla / Gojira|
|Species||American Godzilla - Giant, mutated, irradiated sea/marine iguana (or Green Iguana)|
|Height||60 meters (197 feet)|
|First appearance||Godzilla (1998 film) (1998)|
|Latest appearance||Godzilla: The Series (1998-2000)|
|Created by||Fil Barlow (re-designed the creature)|
|Based on||The creature Godzilla created by Dean Devlin, Roland Emmerich and Patrick Tatopoulos|
Godzilla (ゴジラ Gojira), also known as Godzilla Junior, Zilla Jr. and the Animated Godzilla, is a movie monster that first appeared at the end of the 1998 American film Godzilla and should have appeared as the star in the two now cancelled sequels, and it appeared for the last time as the star of the American TV-show Godzilla: The Series. The design by Patrick Tatopoulos is that of a hunched bent-over marine iguana. The creature was re-designed by Fil Barlow. The creature is a mutation of a sea iguana caused by nuclear radiation. The series' incarnation is a re-imaging of the Japanese Gojira monster, which is traditionally portrayed by a man in a latex rubber suit.
Godzilla's only surviving son who appears briefly at the end of the 1998 American Godzilla film and which is the star of Godzilla: The Series, differs from his parent in some ways. He is the same size as his parent and is extremely fast and manuverable. He also possesses many of the Toho Godzilla's notable abilities, including a fast healing factor, a much tougher hide, and the ability to fire a concentrated blast of radiation from his mouth, which is green in color and resembles a flamethrower. His dorsal fins and neck frills glow blue and his eyes flash yellow (in some episodes red) just before he uses it. Unlike his parent, who was asexual, this Godzilla is sterile.
Godzilla (1998)Godzilla Junior made his very first appearance in Godzilla (1998 film) where he was the last remaining egg and the last survivor of the American Godzilla species after the US military had destroyed its lair and its siblings in Madison Square Garden and killed its heartbroken father, Godzilla, on Brooklyn Bridge, after he found out the humans had killed his offspring and when he didn't know about his surviving son.
Godzilla 2 (Cancelled, 1999-2003)
Main article: Godzilla 2
Godzilla Junior would in this cancelled film have continued the American Godzilla species with new offspring called Teen Godzillas, and one in particular called the Runt. Junior would have served as the new star in the film trilogy after its recently deceased father.
Godzilla 3 (Cancelled, 2003)
Main article: Godzilla 3
No information about this film exists other than that it should have been the last film in the trilogy and would probably have re-introduced us to Godzilla Junior and it's last surviving offspring called the Runt.
Godzilla: The Series (1998-2000)
In 1998, Godzilla: The Series, a Saturday morning cartoon, not to be confused with the original series from Hanna-Barbera (which once had a partnership with Screen Gems, the predecessor company to Columbia TriStar Television, which produced the 1998 series), continued the story of Godzilla's surviving offspring from the 1998 film in a role reminiscent of the Japanese films of the late Shōwa Era or Heisei Era.
The series revolves around the only surviving offspring of the first Godzilla seen in the climax of the 1998 film. After the original monster was killed, Niko "Nick" Tatapolous the NRC scientist who first studied Godzilla convinces the military to conduct a search for any eggs that may have survived. Nick offers his assistance, and ends up falling into a small cavern containing amniotic fluid and one large egg. The egg immediately hatches, though the infant does not attack, and escapes by burrowing to safety after Nick scares it away.
Nick's wish to capture and study the infant is met with opposition by the military who wish to destroy it. With the help of Dr. Mendel Craven, Elsie Chapman, and Randy Hernandez, Nick sets a trap for the infant. Unfortunately, the trap was designed for something the size of a human; the hatchling had gone through a rapid growth spurt and is now 35 feet tall. He quickly destroys the trap and snatches Nick. However, before he can eat Nick, Godzilla detects the scent of his own kind on Nick and releases him. Nick realizes that the infant had imprinted on him, believing him to be his parent. Nick and his group also becomes the founders of HEAT, and in addition creating the HEAT Seeker boat vessel and the little robot N.I.G.E.L..
Over the next few weeks, HEAT studies Godzilla. They realize that he is sterile. Unfortunately, Monique Dupre, a French secret agent assigned to monitor HEAT's activities, tips off the military, who immediately attack and apparently kill Godzilla. HEAT has no time to mourn, as they have to go to Jamaica to investigate reports of people being attacked. They get ring side seats as giant squids attack the HEAT Seeker, but Godzilla, who had survived, now fully grown to 180 feet tall, and followed HEAT, quickly deals with the squids.
Not long after, HEAT discovers that another creature was responsible for the attacks, a giant, mutant, tar-eating crustacean called Crustaceous Rex (or "C-Rex"). After an intense fight, Godzilla manages to collapse a cliff on top of C-Rex, apparently killing it (but since it returned in the three-parter "Monster Wars", it seems the mutant was only buried and managed to escape). Major Hicks, an army commander and recurring character in the series, is persuaded by Nick that having "at least one mutation" on the side of humanity is a good thing, and orders his men to stand down and let Godzilla remain free.
Video game appearance
Godzilla: The Series (video game) (1999)Godzilla Jr. had his very first video game appearance in the Game Boy Color video game Godzilla: The Series (video game).
Godzilla: The Series - Monster Wars (2000)Godzilla Jr. had his second and last known video game appearence in the Game Boy Color video game Godzilla: The Series - Monster Wars.
Comic book appearance
Godzilla: The Series (webcomic) (1998-2000)The Animated Godzilla has so far only made one comic-appearance in Fox Kids Magazine - Godzilla: The Series.
The making of the Animated Godzilla
The very first idea of making a junior Godzilla came during the development of the 1998 film Godzilla when it was decided that a last Baby Godzilla egg (designed by Patrick Tatopoulos in 1997-1998) would have survived the Madison Square Garden air bombardment and would start to hatch. This was supposed to have been followed up in the now cancelled film Godzilla 2, as proved by the early 1999 script treatment by Tab Murphy. But when the sequel didn't come, the animated series came into light, and during 1997-1998 artists Fil Barlow and Helen Maier re-designed the Baby Godzilla, and made a slightly new American Godzilla design which was used for the Animated Godzilla.
There were several toy versions of Godzilla Junior planned by Trendmasters, and several prototypes were made, but the projects were cancelled because of the bad sales of merchandise connected to the 1998 film.
Godzilla: The Series - Carl's Jr. Figures
Godzilla: The Series - Ultimate Animated Godzilla
Godzilla: The Series - Deluxe Godzilla (Mega Monster with Sound)
Godzilla: The Series - Godzilla Thunder Sonic Figure
Godzilla: The Series - Style Guide
Audience and fan reaction
Godzilla Junior (as it came to be nicknamed by fans) was a very loved and popular character in the American Godzilla species after its appearances in the 1998 film and the TV-series. Fans have often made tributes to the character in the form of paintings, drawings and collages of him. Also, after Zilla appeared in the 2004 film Godzilla: Final Wars and caused the name change myth, created by fans who misinterpreted the appearance of the new character Zilla, the Godzilla Junior character was nicknamed "Zilla Jr."
- Artist Matt Frank (the creator of the upcoming comic Godzilla: Rulers of Earth) has created the artwork "The Lovely Couple", showing Godzilla (Junior) and Komodithrax. He also made another piece of art showing Godzilla Jr. battling Crustaceous Rex.