The Story of Godzilla’s Birth – Pt 12


The Story of Godzilla's Birth
「ゴジラ誕生語」The Story of Godzilla's Birth by Osamu Yamaguchi

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However, Abe’s Godzilla head design, which imitated the mushroom cloud of a hydrogen bomb, was not well received.


“Isn’t it necessary to be so particular about atomic and hydrogen bombs? You lose the feeling of being alive.”


“Besides, this will bring back unpleasant memories of the war in those who see the film.”


Rather than saying, “This is a monster,” it’s more like a “big man with a swollen face.”


In response to such an opinion, the design was redone. Still, the ridge-like unevenness seen on Godzilla’s head may be a remnant of that.


“After all, the model is a dinosaur.”


Tanaka, who is challenging “G work” as a producer, stared at a dinosaur picture published in the American magazine “Life.”


Watanabe and his staff immediately take out an encyclopedia and refer to it.


“In terms of size, it’s probably a plesiosaur (an aquatic reptile that flourished in the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods).”


“Then you don’t get scared.”


Part-time housewives and art college students are talking. A true group of amateurs. Tanaka wanted to collect ideas not only from those involved in the film industry, but from people in various positions.


“The base dinosaur could be a Tyrannosaurus or an Iguanodon, but the question is how to arrange it. I wonder if the dorsal fin of a Stegosaurus can be used.”


“Right. Using this as a model, I will try to make a monster that is many times more frightening and gigantic than this one.”

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▲ 阿部和助のデザイン画を検討するスタッフ

Staff examining Wasuke Abe’s design drawings

Producer Tanaka (right) and Director Honda are standing. Sitting on the left is Mr. Tsuburaya.

◀︎ ゴジラの原型を制作する造形の利光貞三

Teizo Toshimitsu, the sculptor who creates the prototype of Godzilla

Toshimitsu, a craftsman, had a reputation for his careful work.