The Story of Godzilla’s Birth – Pt 13


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

P 30


Teizo Toshimitsu, a sculptor (responsible for the production of clay prototypes and costumes), was proud of this. Toshimitsu had worked with Tsuburaya on “The Battle of Hawaii and Malaya” more than 10 years ago. One day, I happened to meet Enguzen Valley on a train, and a month later I received a telegram asking me to come immediately, and I had just joined the production of Godzilla.


“It’s impressive. But do you really need to make it look so angry?”


Staff review continues. Godzilla’s face initially had an expression of intense anger. He was the face of his anger at war.


“This is unnatural for a creature’s face.”


“This is a little too scary.”


“I wonder if you can’t bring out a more life-like horror.”


Those who say that have not yet formed a concrete image in themselves. Toshimitsu, who makes a 2 shaku (about 60 cm) clay prototype, is irresistible because such staff gather and say that it is so bad. Even so, as I remade it over and over again,


“Yeah, this is good.


Finally, the opinions were settled, and the expression of Godzilla was finally decided.


What remained undecided until the end was Godzilla’s body surface. The first Godzilla was a scaly fish. “The image is a little different. I wonder if it will be more fearful on the front.”


“Since it comes from the sea, wouldn’t scales work as well?”

P 31


▶︎ 最初の原型

▶︎ First prototype
A 2-shaku model of Godzilla made by Toshimitsu. The skin is scaly at first.

▶︎ 最終決定モデル

▶︎ Final decision model
The stout body shape has hardly changed, and it has become a powerful crocodile skin.