Godzilla: The Series

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Godzilla: The Series
Godzilla: The Series

Air Date September 12, 1998 - April 22, 2000
Produced by Adelaide Productions,
Centropolis Television,
Columbia TriStar Television
Distributed by TriStar
Channel Fox KidsUS
Network TenAU,
Direct TVJP
Genre 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

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 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.

Cast

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

  • Ian Ziering   as   Dr. Nick Tatopolous [40 episodes]
  • Malcolm Danare   as   Dr. Mendel Craven [40 episodes]
  • Rino Romano   as   Randy Hernandez [40 episodes]
  • Charity James   as   Dr. Elsie Chapman [40 episodes]
  • Brigitte Bako   as   Monique Dupre [39 episodes]
  • Tom Kenny   as   N.I.G.E.L. [28 episodes]
  • Kevin Dunn   as   Major Anthony Hicks [20 episodes]
  • Paget Brewster   as   Audrey Timmonds [11 episodes]
  • Joe Pantoliano   as   Victor "Animal" Palotti [8 episodes]
  • David Newsom   as   Cameron Winter [3 episodes]
  • Bob Joles   as   Hank [3 episodes]
  • Michael Lerner   as   Mayor Ebert [3 episodes]
  • Nicholas Guest   as   Chad Gordon [2 episodes]
  • Keith Szarabajka   as   Philippe Roaché [2 episodes]
  • Clancy Brown   as   Maxmillian Spiel [2 episodes]
  • Ronny Cox   as   Dale [2 episodes]

Japanese Dub

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

Episodes

Season 1

  1. "New Family: Part 1"
  2. "New Family: Part 2"
  3. "D.O.A."
  4. "Talkin' Trash"
  5. "The Winter of Our Discontent"
  6. "Cat and Mouse"
  7. "What Dreams May Come"
  8. "Leviathan"
  9. "Hive"
  10. "Bird of Paradise"
  11. "DeadLoch"
  12. "Monster Wars: Part 1"
  13. "Monster Wars: Part 2"
  14. "Monster Wars: Part 3"
  15. "Competition"
  16. "Freeze"
  17. "Bug Out"
  18. "Web Site"
  19. "An Early Frost"
  20. "Juggernaut"
  21. "Trust No One"

Season 2

  1. "Future Shock"
  2. "Cash of the Titans"
  3. "S.C.A.L.E."
  4. "Protector"
  5. "Freak Show"
  6. "End of the Line"
  7. "What a Long, Strange Trip It's Been"
  8. "Wedding Bells Blew"
  9. "Metamorphosis"
  10. "Shafted"
  11. "Area 51"
  12. "The Twister"
  13. "Where is Thy Sting?"
  14. "Lizard Season"
  15. "Vision"
  16. "Underground Movement"
  17. "Ring of Fire"
  18. "The Ballad of Gens Du Marais" (unaired)
  19. "Tourist Trap" (unaired)

Reception

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

Videos

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

Trivia

  • Due to FOX's Standard and Practices policies at the time, Godzilla: The Series was unable to show or 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.[1]
    • While this is the case, in the episode Shafted, there are some petrified and presumably dead miners. 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.
  • In the show's Japanese dub, Nick was voiced by Kenyu Horiuchi, who would go on to voice Unberto Mori in the GODZILLA anime trilogy.

See Also

References

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]

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Garfzilla

5 months ago
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I'd like to have a Godzilla series again, just this time based off Toho's work.
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Gojira2014

5 months ago
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i say godzilla should get another cartoon series based off the monsterverse. i'd say stream it on hulu, cause streaming is the FUTURRRRE.

not really though, it's probably gonna crash since no ones gonna pay to watch a billion services at a time, but i'm getting off topic.
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TheGamingZilla

6 months ago
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wondering if skeetera inspired megaguirus due to the similar abilities the two have
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TohoTristarKaiju97

22 months ago
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I love the Monsters.
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Krazar77

26 months ago
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I Actually like this series, The monsters IMO had cool designs and ideas and zilla himself was a badass at times.
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Deathrock9

26 months ago
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Actually, he is Godzilla. However, he has been nicknamed Zilla Junior and Godzilla Junior by fans.