Godzilla in the Ultra series


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Godzilla in the Ultra series


Godzilla and Ultraman are like brothers in that they were brought to life by Eiji Tsuburaya, the god of special effects. That’s why the suits of Toho monsters, including Godzilla, are frequently used in the early works of the Ultra series.


The most famous is probably the monster Jirasu that appeared in Ultraman (1966, TBS). The molding of the dinosaur Jirasu is exactly the same as Godzilla that appeared in “Invasion of Astro-Monster” and “Ebirah Horror of the Deep” except for the fact that it has frills and the body color of the head and abdomen. The critical frill was torn off during the battle with Ultraman, and on the black-and-white TV screen that was the mainstream at the time, the confrontation between the two was nothing but a dream matchup of Godzilla vs. Ultraman.


The monster Gomez that appeared in “Ultra Q” (TBS, 1966) is also based on the Godzilla suit used in “Mothra vs. Godzilla,” although it has been considerably modified. The monster bird Litra who fights Gomez is also a remodeled model of Radon used in “Ghidorah The Three-Headed Monster.” By the way, this model was used as Larugeus before it became Litra.


In addition, King Kong from “King Kong vs. Godzilla” was used as Goro, Manipulator Manda from “Atragon” was used as the monster dragon, and Magma from “Gorath” was used as Todora, but Baragon from “Frankenstein Conquers the World” has an even more impressive career.


This suit was remodeled into Pagos in “Ultra Q,” and remodeled as Neronga → Magura → Gabora in “Ultraman.” Finally, he was returned to Baragon again and appeared in “Destroy All Monsters.”


In addition to suits, there are many borrowed special effects scenes in “Ultra Q.” In “I saw a bird,” the scene of Fukuoka destruction from “Rodan” is diverted, in “Terror of the Sweet Honey” the scene of “Rodan” and the “Earth Defense Force” defense force is diverted, and in “Fury of the South Sea” the scene of the giant octopus from “King Kong vs. Godzilla” is diverted. In addition, there are many diversions of cries, and the cry of the monster Gorgos that appeared in “Ultra Q” is exactly the same as that of Godzilla.


While watching the Ultra series, it might be interesting to explore the roots of Toho special effects in it.

Source: ゴジラ大辞典, p 210