Gorosaurus (ゴロザウルス is a dinosaur Gorozaurusu)kaiju created by Toho that first appeared in the 1967 Toho film, King Kong Escapes, and later debuted in the Godzilla series in the 1968 film Destroy All Monsters.
- 1 Name
- 2 Appearance
- 3 Origins
- 4 History
- 5 Abilities
- 6 Filmography
- 7 Video Games
- 8 Gallery
- 9 Comics
- 10 Roar
- 11 In Other Languages
- 12 Trivia
- 13 References
Gorosaurus' name might be derived from the Japanese word "gorogoro", meaning "thunder", and the Greek word saurus, meaning lizard or reptile. Another possible explanation may be that it's an intentionally corrupted form of Gorgosaurus, as both names are extremely similar in both English and Japanese; however, no official word has confirmed the origin of the name.
Gorosaurus is a gray color all over, though in some highlights the color can change from a greenish tint or even a form of teal and blue, and has skin with pronounced scaly bumps. Gorosaurus has a row of triangular plates running down his back, as well as a bipedal stance, strong legs, fairly short arms, and a big head. Like Anguirus, Gorosaurus also sports a spike on the tip of his tail.
According to the Godzilla Movie Studio Tour, it said in Gorosaurus' bio that he is an abrupt descendant of Allosaurus. This is relevant to Gorosaurus' design, as most allosauroid dinosaurs have a triangular-shaped head. It is also possible that Gorosaurus could be a part of the dinosaur group Carcharodontosauridae, which are closely related to the Allosaurus and succeeded their cousins in the later Cretaceous periods. This could mean that Gorosaurus survived the Cretaceous extinction event.
Gorosaurus lived on Mondo Island when he attacked Susan Watson and tried to eat her. King Kong attacked him and saved her. Gorosaurus used his Kangaroo Kick multiple times on Kong, but he was defeated when Kong broke his jaw.
In 1999, Gorosaurus was living on Monsterland with the other Earth monsters. After the monsters were taken over by the Kilaaks, Gorosaurus was sent to attack Paris, burrowing underneath and destroying the Arc de Triomphe. He was later called back to Mount Fuji to guard the Kilaak transmitter. After he was released from his mind control, he helped Godzilla and the other Earth monsters battle King Ghidorah, damaging the alien dragon's spine after he delivered a Kangaroo Kick to his back. After the destruction of Kilaaks, Gorosaurus and the other Earth monsters returned to Monsterland and lived out their days peacefully.
Gorosaurus also appears in the series Go! Godman, as a one-time enemy of the eponymous Godman. Gorosaurus appeared in a town, and started wandering around, stepping on trees. Godman comes to fight, and the two spar. Godman ends up ripping off Gorosaurus's jaw.
The Gorosaurus suit here is in such poor shape that the inner support seems to be deteriorating. It makes Gorosaurus' torso look like its caving in. His jaw also flops open and shut, and appears to hang at a very slight angle.
Aside from the usual tooth and claw, Gorosaurus has been noted for using a "kangaroo kick" against foes like King Kong and King Ghidorah. This is Gorosaurus' most popular trait. Also, in the 1968 film Destroy All Monsters, Gorosaurus is shown with the ability to burrow underground. This is the only incident where this ability is shown.
Gorosaurus' battle against King Ghidorah showed his strategies. While fighting, Godzilla and Anguirus attacked the two outermost heads as a distraction, which Gorosaurus used to sneak behind King Ghidorah; his blind spot. Gorosaurus kicks King Ghidorah down to the ground, where the other kaiju pin him down and finally kill him.
Gorosaurus is also known for being just as strong or even stronger than Godzilla when it comes to muscle strength.
Gorosaurus is able to use its tail to jump up to 30 meters.
- King Kong Escapes
- Destroy All Monsters
- All Monsters Attack (Stock Footage)
- Godzilla vs. Gigan (Stock Footage)
- Go! Godman
- Godzilla Island
- Godzilla, King of the Monsters
- Godzilla: Heart-Pounding Monster Island!!
- Godzilla Movie Studio Tour
- Godzilla: Trading Battle
- Godzilla Generations
- Bandai Namco's Godzilla (Kaiju Guide)
- Main article: Godzilla (2014 video game)/Kaiju Guide#Gorosaurus.
- Main article: Gorosaurus/Gallery.
Gorosaurus was seen in a flash back that the Mothra Fairies told Lucy in an attempt to explain the origins of all monsters. Gorosaurus was seen devouring two full grown dinosaurs, a Tyrannosaurus and a Spinosaurus, which were about to fight over a downed Triceratops.
Before he could eat his meal, Megaguirus attacked him, but the Allosaurus-like monster kicked the dragonfly beast and knocked her out of the sky. Gorosaurus was later seen frozen next to Anguirus. He is also present in the 'Land' monsters section of a cave mural.
Later, Gorosaurus battles a horde of Trilopods who invade his home, and manages to hold them off. However, he is beaten down, and a Beta Trilopod gains some of his blood, taking on some of the dinosaur's characteristics. Gorosaurus is then subdued, and taken to the Trilopod Hive, where he remains until King Caesar arrives and breaks him and the other monsters out. Gorosaurus assists in the fight with Magita, and then travels to the ocean with Godzilla and the others after Magita is defeated.
In Gorosaurus' protagonistic role in Destroy All Monsters, his roar was slowed down and deepened. Gorosaurus was also given one of Godzilla's roars, during the fight with King Ghidorah. In this film, Gorosaurus also had some other monsters' roars blended into his roar, like Ebirah's screech which can be heard at the beginning of his roar. Gorosaurus also used Varan's unedited roar during the scene where he destroys the Arc de Triomphe.
In Other Languages
- Spanish: Gorosaurio
- Russian: Горозавр
- Chinese: 哥罗龙 (Gē luō lóng)
- Gorosaurus was strangely shown to be burrowing in Paris in Destroy All Monsters. This role was originally intended for Baragon, however the Baragon suit was on loan to Tsuburaya Productions for use in the Ultraman series. Toho instead replaced him with Gorosaurus, having Gorosaurus "borrow" Baragon's burrowing ability. Gorosaurus was even referred to as "Baragon." By the end of the film's production, Baragon's suit was replaced and repaired, but he could only make a short cameo because the filming of scenes was almost over.
- Gorosaurus' role in King Kong Escapes is similar to the Tyrannosaurus that fought King Kong in the 1933 film.
- According to Nobuyuki Yasumaru, the creator of Gorosaurus, Gorosaurus was one of Eiji Tsuburaya's favorite monsters.
- Gorosaurus was the first monster Nobuyuki created. He later went on to create suits for Ultraman and Ultra Q.
- Originally in the production King Kong Escapes, suit maker Ryosaku Takayama was assigned in making Gorosaurus, but his concept of the monster was too pure and seemed at most wouldn't best fit Toho's special effects, as implied by Nobuyuki. Nobuyuki decided to create the Gorosaurus suit in his own concept.
- Gorosaurus appeared in the poster of All Monsters Attack, but he doesn't appear in the actual film, aside from a brief stock footage appearance.
- The Pachimon character dubbed Doilar is taken directly from Gorosaurus' design, but altered with two head horns and a toothless mouth.
- Although Gorosaurus has some of Ebirah's chirps blended into the beginning of his roar in Destroy All Monsters, it is for some reason not present in his roar in any of the sound effects albums released for the film.
- Gorosaurus stands at 35 meters tall, and is only slightly taller than King Kong, who stands at 20 meters tall, in King Kong Escapes. Interestingly, in Destroy All Monsters, Gorosaurus appears to be about the same height as Godzilla, who is 50 meters tall. Despite this, the Destroy All Monsters Gorosaurus is usually stated to have the exact same height and weight as the King Kong Escapes version.
- Some sources however, give the 1967 Gorosaurus a different and more appropriate height of 20 meters, making him the same height as King Kong and Mechani-Kong. The vast majority of sources make no distinction between the 1967 and 1968 Gorosaurus though, and list them both as being 35 meters.
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