GODZILLA: Planet of the Monsters (2017)
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GODZILLA: Planet of the Monsters (ＧＯＤＺＩＬＬＡ -怪獣惑星- Gojira Kaijū Wakusei?, lit. GODZILLA: Monster Planet) is an upcoming anime science fiction kaiju film produced by Toho Animation and animated by Polygon Pictures, and the first entry in a trilogy of animated Godzilla films. It will be released to Japanese theaters on November 17, 2017, and become available to stream worldwide on Netflix in 2018.
English synopsis from the film's official website:
"The final summer of the 20th century... when mankind learns it is no longer the sole ruler of planet Earth.
The planet is beset by the emergence of colossal creatures that roam the earth, and king among them is "Godzilla." For a half a century, these beasts engage in ferocious battle with each other and mankind. But humans, unable to compete, prepare for exile from their home planet. In the year 2048, a select few humans are chosen by the central government's artificial intelligence infrastructure to set out on an interstellar emigration vessel, the Aratrum, on an 11.9-lightyear journey for the planet Tau-e in the Cetus constellation. But when they arrive after 20 years of space travel, the remnants of mankind find the environmental conditions on Tau-e to be much different than expected, and basically uninhabitable by humans.
One youth on board the emigration vessel, Haruo, had seen his parents killed by Godzilla before his eyes when he was only 4 years old. Ever since, he has thought of nothing but returning to Earth to defeat Godzilla. With the doors to emigration now closed, Haruo and other crew spearhead a “return to Earth” decision despite severely attenuated and hazardous conditions on board for such a long trip back.
Somehow, the Aratrum makes the return journey in one piece, but the home they return to has become an alien planet. 20,000 years have elapsed, and a new ecosystem has emerged with Godzilla atop the food chain. Can mankind take back its native planet? Will Haruo get his revenge?"
English synopsis of the film from Netflix:
"Godzilla creates havoc in this epic new anime set in a future where the world of the legendary monster has changed beyond imagining."
On August 18, 2016, less than a month after the release of the film Shin Godzilla, it was announced that an anime Godzilla film is currently in the works for a 2017 theatrical premiere. On October 30, 2016, the film's co-director Hiroyuki Seshita posted on Twitter that the voice recording sessions for the film had been completed, and now it was entirely in the hands of the animators.
Concept art showing machines and armored humanoids moving through a forest, as well as the interior of a spaceship, appeared on the film's official Twitter account on January 19, February 24, and March 5. January 19 also saw the reveal of the film's lead voice actors: Yuki Kaji, Takahiro Sakurai, Tomokazu Sugita, Junichi Suwabe, Kana Hanazawa, and Mamoru Miyano. An event for the film will take place on March 26 at the AnimeJapan 2017 convention, with all six actors in attendance.
On March 13, 2017, Netflix announced through its @NetflixJP Twitter account that it had secured the worldwide distribution rights to the film. On March 24, the film's official website revealed the film's full title, GODZILLA: Planet of the Monsters, as well as a new visual and poster for the film. In addition, the film's official story and release date, November 2017, were revealed.
The film's first teaser trailer was released on July 6, 2017, with a full trailer and a new poster following on August 15. On August 14, Toho announced five additional cast members for the film: Daisuke Ono, Kenta Miyake, Kenyu Horiuchi, Kazuya Nakai, and Kazuhiro Yamaji.
On August 18, Toho and Polygon revealed the full design of the film's version of Godzilla on the film's official Twitter account @GODZILLA_ANIME, through pictures of a two meter-tall statue.
On October 3, Natalie reported that the film's theme song, "WHITE OUT," would be performed by singer XAI, winner of Toho's Cinderella competition in 2016. Takayuki Hattori was announced as the film's composer on October 12.
Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.
- Directed by Kobun Shizuno, Hiroyuki Seshita
- Written by Gen Urobuchi
- Produced by Takashi Yoshizawa
- Executive Producing by Yoshihiro Furusawa
- Music by Takayuki Hattori
- Production Design by Naoya Tanaka, Ferdinando Patulli
- Assistant Directing by Hiroyuki Morita
- Series Composition by Gen Urobuchi, Yusuke Kozaki
- Technical Directing by Naohiro Yoshihira
- CG Character Design by Yuki Moriyama
- Model Directing by Mitsunori Kataama
- Art Directing by Yukihiro Shibutani
- Color Key Art by Hironori Nochi
- Sound Directing by Satoshi Motoyama
- Theme Song "WHITE OUT" Performed by XAI
Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.
- Mamoru Miyano as Captain Haruo Sakaki
- Takahiro Sakurai as Colonel Metphies
- Kana Hanazawa as Sergeant Yuko Tani
- Tomokazu Sugita as Major Martin Lazzari
- Yūki Kaji as Lieutenant Adam Bindewald
- Junichi Suwabe as Technical Officer Mulu-Elu Galu-gu
- Daisuke Ono as Colonel Eliott Leland
- Kenta Miyake as Major Rilu-Elu Belu-Be
- Kenyu Horiuchi as Admiral Unberto Mori
- Kazuya Nakai as Chieftain Halu-Elu Dolu-Do
- Kazuhiro Yamaji as Lieutenant General Endurph
Weapons, Vehicles, and Races
- GODZILLA: Monster Planet (Literal Japanese Title)
- Main article: Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters/Gallery.
- Main article: Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters (Soundtrack).
Behind the Scenes
- GODZILLA: Planet of the Monsters will be the first fully animated Godzilla film. Henry G. Saperstein planned to produce an animated Godzilla film in 1988, but it was never made.
- This film will be the fifth official appearance of Godzilla in an anime, after the animated segments in Adventure! Godzilland, the Get Going! Godzilland OVAs, Godzilla Kingdom, and the Crayon Shin-Chan episode It's Crayon Shin-Chan vs. Shin Godzilla!
- An official timeline for this film was distributed at AnimeJapan 2017, mentioning Kamacuras, Dogora, Rodan, Anguirus, Dagahra, and Orga as monsters that attacked cities around the world before the first appearance of Godzilla. It is unknown whether the film itself or any of its sequels will include these characters. In addition, the timeline calls a 2005 anti-kaiju campaign using biological and chemical weapons "Operation Hedorah."
- An article published by Livedoor News on June 19, 2017 also mentions that Hedorah, SpaceGodzilla and Moguera "appear" in the film's universe. Like the other aforementioned monsters, it is unclear if any of these monsters will make appearances in the actual films.
- Kamacuras, Dogora, Hedorah, Dagahra, and Orga are all mentioned in the news release for the film's official prequel novel, GODZILLA: Monster Apocalypse.
- Mechagodzilla's name appears in a piece of concept art for the film called "Mechagodzilla city."
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