Series: Pacific Rim
Photographer: Peachy Keen Photography
WOAAAHHHH THIS IS SO COOL!!!
Part of it is the cultural barrier. Admittedly, American practical effects go a little further out of their way to appear as realistic as possible, or at least as convincing as they can make it. In Japan, they REVEL in the rubber-suited-ness of their characters, so much that it became its own style. Unfortunately, the combination of the audacity of their suitmation, as well as the fact that these are foreign films with often less-than-stellar dub jobs has created a large amount of prejudice towards them. Even if not aggressive or hateful, most viewers don’t see kaiju films as “real movies” thanks to this built-up cultural prejudice. It’s one of the main reasons why Godzilla (1998) is so aggressively disrespectful of the source material - “It’s made in America! That means it’s better!”
The idea that these are movies made with love and hard work by talented writers and actors isn’t even a BLIP on most casual moviegoers’ radars.
Godzilla poster in Shibuya, via Facebook Monsterland.
So after being used for Frankenstein Conquers the World, the Baragon suit was used to make the monsters Pagos, Neronga, Gabora, and Magura for the Ultraman series. So it’s a little bit like he has descendants. Sea Baragon and 2001 Baragon are thrown in for good measure.
Concept art by Elden Ardiente for the fan-film Godzilla: Heritage - these are the “Superfauna” that inhabit this version of planet Earth.
I’m digging these concepts, and they’re more than halfway to their goal, so go donate now!
NECA’s 1984/85 Godzilla! It looks GREAT! People are already complaining, but for a $20 price range it looks pretty good. Did people expect SHMA-tier sculpts?
Now I am become turtleneck.
He looks like he got liposuctioned from the head.
Godzilla vs. Hedorah on the Sci-Fi Channel, 12/30/01.
Society needs more giant women fighting giant monsters.