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Godzilla To Retire, After This Year's Finale

Mon Mar 08, 2004 4:27 am

Oh well, everything comes to an end, I have been watch Godzilla since a kid.

Godzilla Stomped Out

Five decades after Godzilla made his feature-film debut, the mutant lizard is being put out to pasture.

Size apparently does matter, especially at the box office, where the franchise was floundering. And so Japanese studio Toho Co., which created the rubber reptile, announced Thursday that it would retire the big fella after this year's finale.

According to studio execs, the company did all it could to revive the genre, but even the use of slick computer-generated graphics failed to attract new fans.

The latest flick, set to premiere in Japan this December followed by a U.S. release, marks the 50th anniversary of the iconic series and Godzilla's 28th appearance on the silver screen.

Godzilla: Final Wars will feature the genetically altered dino facing off against 10 foes, new and old, on a global stage, including encounters in New York, Paris, Shanghai and Sydney.

Radiation-breathing Godzilla, or Gojira, as he's known in the Land of the Rising Sun, first appeared in director Ishiro Honda's 1954 black-and-white classic, the toxic, bad-mannered product of an American nuclear weapons test.

The first film featured an actor in a rubber suit stomping through a miniature Tokyo, but even with the rudimentary F/X, Godzilla developed a cult-like following.

In fact, slick production values did nothing to help Hollywood's 1998 version of Godzilla, a critical and commercial flop that featured Matthew Broderick as a scientist brought in to stop the irradiated beast from destroying Manhattan. (French atomic-bomb tests were blamed for this resurrection.)

It was Godzilla's second visit to the Big Apple; he crumbled United Nations headquarters in 1968's Destroy All Monsters!

Japanese producers were so upset over the high-tech remake that they announced plans to revive their old-school analog version, which had been dormant since 1995's Godzilla vs. Destroyer. Alas, the city-stomping movie star proved past his prime, hence the mandatory retirement.

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RE: Godzilla To Retire, After This Year's Finale

Tue Mar 09, 2004 8:10 am

Can you give me the titles to all the 28 Godzilla movies???

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