Genetically engineered as pets in the 23rd century, three Dorats were brought back to the year 1944 as part of the Futurians' scheme to bring the nation of Japan to its knees before it could become a corrupt economic superpower in the future. After a Godzillasaurus was removed from Lagos Island in 1944, Futurian Emmy Kano left the three Dorats behind on the island. In 1954, they were exposed to the Castle Bravo hydrogen bomb test conducted at nearby Bikini Atoll, causing them to merge together and mutate into the three-headed monster King Ghidorah, which the Futurians then unleashed upon Japan in 1992.
The Dorats' name comes from the "dora" (ドラ) in "King Ghidorah" (キングギドラ). They are referred to as "Dorats" in the international English dub for Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah as well as the English subtitles on Sony's 2014 Blu-ray release of the film, though most Japanese sources instead give them the English name Drat.
The script for Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah described the Dorats as "a synthetic organism resembling a cross between a bat and a cat," and they were designed by Shinji Nishikawa based on this description. Some of Nishikawa's proposed designs for the Dorats very closely resembled cats, complete with fur covering most of their bodies. All of the designs incorporated bat-like wings in some capacity, while a great number gave the creatures black, pupil-less eyes. The final design opted to give the Dorats round bodies with small King Ghidorah-like wings at their sides and clawed feet. Their bodies were covered with King Ghidorah's trademark golden scales, while green fur was placed atop their heads. Their eyes were also made large and cat-like.
Anna Nakagawa (Emmy Kano) with the three Dorat models
Director Kazuki Omori observes the hand-operated Dorat puppet.
According to Emmy Kano, the Dorats were genetically engineered to be the perfect pets in the 23rd century. According to the Japanese novelization of Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah, the Dorats were engineered by the Futurians from genetic material recovered from the carcass of the "Space Super Monster King Ghidorah" found on the surface of Venus.
The Dorats were three genetically engineered pets brought from the future by the Futurians. They were kept on the Futurians' ship, MOTHER and its sister ship, KIDS. They were taken back in time to Lagos Island in 1944, where the Futurians believed the later Castle Bravo H-bomb test would mutate the Godzillasaurus living there into Godzilla. The Dorats seemed excited after being taken back in time, and Emmy Kano calmed them down using a special whistle. After the Godzillasaurus was transported to the Bering Sea, the Dorats were left behind to be exposed to the hydrogen bomb test in 1954, which combined and mutated them into King Ghidorah.
Dorats can use their wings to fly and they also can sense feelings through microwave impulses. The Dorats can be controlled using a special whistle used by Emmy Kano.
- Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991)
- Godzilla, King of the Monsters (1993) - Nintendo Game Boy
- Godzilla: Kaiju Collection (2014) - Android and iOS
- Main article: Dorat/Gallery.
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