Godzilla: The Series

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Godzilla: The Series
Godzilla: The Series
Air date September 12, 1998 - April 22, 2000
Producer(s) Adelaide Productions,
Centropolis Television,
Columbia TriStar Television
Distributor TriStar
Channel(s) Fox KidsUS
Network TenAU,
Direct TVJP
Genre(s) Animated series
Episodes 40

Godzilla: The Series (ゴジラ ザ・シリーズ,   Gojira za Shirīzu) was an animated series made as a sequel to the 1998 TriStar Pictures film, GODZILLA.

Plot[edit | edit source]

In the series, Godzilla (the baby that survived the destruction of Madison Square Garden and hatched from the egg at the end of the 1998 film--often nicknamed Godzilla Junior or Zilla Junior by fans) battles a large group of giant monsters. The show tracks Godzilla and team H.E.A.T. around the planet battling new mutations and other supernatural beasts.

The series not only had Godzilla battle several other kaiju, such as a Giant Bat, but also face a fleet of invaders known as "Leviathan Aliens" in a three-part tribute to Destroy All Monsters, and an eccentric billionaire rival of Nick's. In an ironic twist from the original Godzilla TV adaptation, in the 1998 film, Godzilla has a flammable power breath similar to fire, while in the series, his son breathes a green atomic breath.

Staff[edit | edit source]

Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.

  • Directed by   Audu Paden, Frank Squillace, Tim Elderd, Sam Liu, Alan Caldwell, Christopher Berkeley, Nathan Chew, Sean Song, David Hartman, Brad Rader, Andy Tohm
  • Written by   Robert N.Skir, Marty Isenberg, Richard Mueller, Steve Perry, Steven Melching, Len Wein, Michael Reaves, Marv Wolfman, Neil Ruttenberg, Steve Hayes, Harry Kloor, Barry Hawkins, Brooks Watchel, Marsha Griffin, Craig Miller, Greg Pincus, Tom Pugsley, Greg Klein, Andrew Deutsch, Scott Lobdell, Mark Hoffmeier, Janna Kang Kalichman, Steve Cuden, George Melrod, Jeff Wynne, Lara Runnels, Patti Carr, Robin Russin, William Stout, Carl Ellsworth, Rodney Gibbs, Angel Dean Lopez
  • Produced by   Audu Paden
  • Executive producer   Jeff Kline, Roland Emmerich, Dean Devlin
  • Music by   Jim Latham

Cast[edit | edit source]

Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.

Japanese dub[edit | edit source]

Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.

Episodes[edit | edit source]

Episode no. Title Animation director(s) Writer(s) Air date
Overall Season
1 1 "New Family: Part 1" Audu Paden Robert N. Skir, Marty Isenberg 1998/09/12
2 2 "New Family: Part 2" 1998/09/19
3 3 "D.O.A." Frank Squillace Richard Mueller 1998/09/26
4 4 "Talkin' Trash" Tim Eldred Steve Perry 1998/10/03
5 5 "The Winter of Our Discontent" Sam Liu Robert N. Skir, Marty Isenberg 1998/10/10
6 6 "Cat and Mouse" Frank Squillace Steven Melching 1998/10/31
7 7 "What Dreams May Come" Len Wein 1998/11/07
8 8 "Leviathan" Tim Eldred Michael Reaves 1998/11/14
9 9 "Hive" Sam Liu Marv Wolfman 1998/11/21
10 10 "Bird of Paradise" Alan Caldwell Neil Ruttenberg 1998/12/05
11 11 "DeadLoch" Sam Liu Steve Hayes 1999/02/06
12 12 "Monster Wars: Part 1" Christopher Berkeley Robert N. Skir, Marty Isenberg 1999/02/13
13 13 "Monster Wars: Part 2" Sam Liu Steven Melching 1999/02/20
14 14 "Monster Wars: Part 3" Alan Caldwell Michael Reaves 1999/02/27
15 15 "Competition" Frank Squillace Harry "Doc" Kloor 1999/03/06
16 16 "Freeze" Christopher Berkeley Barry Hawkins 1999/03/13
17 17 "Bug Out" Frank Squillace Brooks Watchel 1999/03/20
18 18 "Web Site" Christopher Berkeley Marsha F. Griffin 1999/05/01
19 19 "An Early Frost" Sam Liu Craig Miller 1999/05/08
20 20 "Trust No One" Nathan Chew Greg Pincus 1999/07/31
21 21 "Juggernaut" Frank Squillace Tom Pugsley, Greg Klein 1999/08/14
Season 2
22 1 "Future Shock" Alan Caldwell Tom Pugsley, Greg Klein 1999/09/18
23 2 "Cash of the Titans" Sean Song Andrew Deutsch 1999/09/25
24 3 "S.C.A.L.E." Christopher Berkeley Scott Lobdell 1999/10/02
25 4 "Protector" Christopher Berkeley Mark Hoffmeier 1999/10/09
26 5 "Freak Show" Nathan Chew Steve L. Hayes 1999/12/11
27 6 "End of the Line" David Hartman Steve Melching 1999/12/18
28 7 "What a Long, Strange Trip It's Been" Brad Rader Janna King Kalichman 2000/01/15
29 8 "Wedding Bells Blew" Alan Caldwell Steve Cuden 2000/01/22
30 9 "Metamorphosis" George Melrod 2000/01/29
31 10 "Area 51" Alan Caldwell Jeff Wynne 2000/02/05
32 11 "The Twister" Andy Tohm Laura Runnels, Patti Carr 2000/02/12
33 12 "Shafted" Sean Song Robin Russin 2000/02/19
34 13 "Where is Thy Sting?" Frank Squillace William Stout 2000/02/26
35 14 "Lizard Season" Alan Caldwell Robert N. Skir 2000/03/11
36 15 "Vision" Sam Liu Carl Ellsworth 2000/03/18
37 16 "Underground Movement" Marsha F. Griffin 2000/04/01
38 17 "Ring of Fire" Sean Song, Brad Rader Rodney Gibbs 2000/04/22
Unaired episodes
39 18 "The Ballad of Gens Du Marais" Sam Liu Angel Dean Lopez N/A
40 19 "Tourist Trap" Nathan Chew Marty Isenberg N/A

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Monsters[edit | edit source]

Weapons, vehicles, races and organizations[edit | edit source]

Discovery Zone attraction[edit | edit source]

In late 1998, the American children's entertainment chain Discovery Zone introduced new laser tag arenas to their stores based on Godzilla: The Series, called Godzilla Laser Adventure.[1] The arenas included prints of monsters from the series, such as Godzilla and a Mutant Rat, along with a cityscape decorating the various walls and barricades. There were also points on the wall you could shoot, presumably for more points, such as one that glowed with a green star on the back of the Mutant Rat. It is unknown how many of the arenas were still available, if any, when Discovery Zone went out of business in December 2001.

Reception[edit | edit source]

Despite the negative reaction to the film, Godzilla: The Series garnered surprisingly positive reactions from fans and it did well in the TV ratings. The series followed the adventures of Dr. Nick Tatopoulos, a major character from the film, and Godzilla's surviving baby. The series returned Godzilla's trademark characteristics to the monster in the series, including his strength and nigh-indestructibility, his atomic breath and general masculinity. This Godzilla follows Dr. Tatopoulos and the members of H.E.A.T around, having imprinted upon Nick as his own parent, and fights various other monsters that have been formed by nuclear radiation, in the style of the late Showa era. The fan response to the series was overall very positive, and the animated Godzilla gained much respect from those who hated the film.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Videos[edit | edit source]

Godzilla: The Series Opening
Godzilla: The Series Mill Creek DVD Trailer
Godzilla: The Series Cartoon Network bumper 1
Godzilla: The Series Cartoon Network bumper 2
Godzilla: The Series FOX Kids TV spot 1
Godzilla: The Series FOX Kids TV spot 2
Godzilla: The Series Monster Wars DVD trailer
Godzilla: The Series VHS trailer
Toonami Godzilla: The Series TV spot
Ad for the unreleased Trendmasters toyline

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Due to FOX's Standards and Practices policies at the time, Godzilla: The Series was unable to show or even mention death. As such there are no human fatalities shown in the entire series, while characters refer to slain monsters as "destroyed" rather than "killed." Even monsters could only be destroyed if they were not depicted as sentient.[2]
    • While this is mostly the case, in the episode "Shafted", there are some petrified and presumably dead miners, and in the episode "Future Shock", it is implied that a large portion of the human population was wiped out by the D.R.A.G.M.A.s in an alternate future.
  • A short webcomic based on Godzilla: The Series was hosted on the show's website.
  • Malcolm Danare, Kevin Dunn, and Michael Lerner all reprise their roles from GODZILLA. Nobuaki Fukuda, who provided the voice for Mendel Craven in Toho's Japanese dub for GODZILLA, reprises the role in the Japanese dub for Godzilla: The Series. Rica Matsumoto, who voiced Lucy Palotti in the Toho GODZILLA dub, voices the character Alexandra Springer in the Japanese dub for "S.C.A.L.E.", one of the episodes of Godzilla: The Series.
  • In the show's Japanese dub, Nick was voiced by Kenyu Horiuchi, who voiced Victor "Animal" Palotti in both Japanese dubs for GODZILLA and would go on to voice Unberto Mori in the GODZILLA anime trilogy.

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

This is a list of references for Godzilla: The Series. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

  1. Niko Tatopoulos (31 July 2013). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEUqiCzpGx0. YouTube. Retrieved on 12 September 2021.
  2. The Ultimate Guide to GODZILLA: The Series


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