Do you remember the old 1978 Hanna-Barbera TV Godzilla cartoon that used to play during the Saturday morning children’s lineup?
What I really remember liking was that it featured Godzilla as a hero. I I like that perspective a lot more than OMG BIG MONSTER MUST DIE. That’s part of the reason I consider the 1998 Matthew Broderick Godzilla vehicle a tragic tale. He was just an animal trying to eat and reproduce, after all. I re-watched that Godzilla last night to see if it was better than I remembered, and NOPE, still not a good film.
Back to the cartoon…Godzilla was the gigantic savior of every episode. And it was cool.
You had to ignore a lot of improbabilities by having a massively, non-verbal deadly force of nature available at the push of a button in your pocket, and the implications therein. And everything about the show spoke of bare-bones- budgets, with a studio desperate to find a niche (thus, the widely-despised Godzooki.) I didn’t about any of this in 1978, And you won’t watch me rewatching these half hour stories to glow in the nostalgia. But the cartoon into is well worth a revisit. If you were one of those kids like me, you already know the words (I’ve listed them for you anyway.)
Check out this trailer:
And as far as I am concerned, Godzookie is a Scrappy-Doo. Arg. Notice the whip-lash tonal shift when he flies through. Weird. But then it’s back to the awesome sound and fury of GODZILLA!
Lyrics to Godzilla
Up from the depths.
Thirty stories high.
HIS HEAD IN THE SKY!
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