Viewing: First (all the way through)
Director: Jun Fukuda
Between you, me and the wall, I have been kind of dreading getting to these Godzilla films. I'm not necessarily a fan of Minilla, but I understand his place. Some of my first exposure to Godzilla was via the 1970's cartoon series which included "Godzooky", a character intended to appeal to the youths who was a doofus time sink taking away minutes from Godzilla fights.
We're only 13 years away from the amazing work of the original Gojira by this point, but as happens when kids glom onto a character, all the edges were knocked off (see: Mickey Mouse or Batman by 1940). Godzilla is a big goof who people are afraid like maybe you'd fear a giant cow, and the introduction of "Baby Godzilla" in this context is mostly about giving kids an avatar to project what it'd be like to hang out with Godzilla and learn how to use your own atomic breath.
I've never really been one for this line of thinking - I never wanted to be Robin if I could be Batman. I suspect I at least kinda liked Godzooky as a kid. A funny Godzilla was probably pushing the right buttons for me. But there is nothing cute or particularly funny about Minilla. In fact, he's kind of grotesque.
|he looks like shirtless, toothless, old, fat man who can't find his slippers|
Our story is that several scientists have come to a remote, supposedly empty island to work on a weather control experiment that will somehow assist with resolving world hunger. This island is a popular napping spot for Godzilla. It also contains mantises the size of a human. The experiment goes kooky and radiates the island and the mantii grow to Godzilla sizes. Minilla hatches from an egg and in his original form looks like a tadpole mated with a cow patty. Its revolting and you kinda root for the mantises to make short work of the abomination.
But Godzilla shows up and saves him.
There's also a giant spider on the island (who is a dick). And a fetching island girl who is the sole survivor of an archaeological expedition that went on way too long.
This is also one the doofiest designs for Big G. And I don't even know what they were thinking.
|what if an alligator and avocado fell in love?|
Anyway - this is the era I've been bracing for as its "Godzilla, Friend to the Children" time, and I soon need to watch stuff like All Monsters Attack, which I have never successfully navigated.