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BabyGodzilla in Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II
LittleGodzilla in Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla
Godzilla Junior in Godzilla vs. Destoroyah
Rebirth Godzilla in Godzilla vs. Destoroyah
BabyGodzilla™ / LittleGodzilla™ / Godzilla Junior™
Alternate Names Baby Godzilla,[1][2] Baby-Godzilla,[3] Baby, Little Godzilla,[4] Little Gozilla,[5]
Little One, Chibi Godzilla, Junior,
Godzilla Jr.,[1] New Godzilla,[6]
Rebirth Godzilla
Subtitle Child of Godzillasaurus
(ゴジラザウルスの子供,  
Gojirazaurusu no Kodomo
?)
GvMGII[7]
Child of Godzilla
(ゴジラの子供,   Gojira no Kodomo?)[3][7]
Species Irradiated Godzillasaurus
Height 1.64 metersGvMGII,[8]
30 metersGvSG,[8]
40 metersGvD[8]
Length 3.53 metersGvMGII[8]
Weight 420 kilogramsGvMGII,[8]
8,000 metric tonsGvSG,[8]
15,000 metric tonsGvD[8]
Forms BabyGodzilla, LittleGodzilla,
Godzilla Junior, Rebirth Godzilla
Relations Godzilla (Adoptive father),
Rodan (Surrogate brother),
Azusa Gojo (Surrogate mother)
Allies Godzilla, Rodan, Miki Saegusa
Enemies SpaceGodzilla, Destoroyah
Created by Takao Okawara
Portrayed 'Hurricane Ryu' HarikenGvMG2, GvD,
Little FrankieGvSG
First Appearance Latest Appearance
Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II Godzilla Island
Roar(s)
BabyGodzilla
LittleGodzilla
Godzilla Junior
More Roars
"Baby Godzilla" redirects here. For Godzilla's offspring from the 1998 American film, see Baby Godzilla (TriStar). For other uses of the term, see Baby Godzilla (Disambiguation).
Kazuma Aoki: “What we've got is no pteranodon. This baby is something else.
Miki Saegusa: “It's... It's a Godzillasaurus.
Kazuma Aoki: “What's a Godzillasaurus?
Miki Saegusa: “It's in the Godzilla family, but this species is not as aggressive.
Kazuma Aoki: “Really? You sure? Well, he looks inoffensive. He's kind of cute, isn't he?
Hiroshi Omae: “Well, one thing's certain, this is no Godzilla. What we have here is a plant-eating Godzillasaurus.
Kazuma Aoki, Miki Saegusa, and Professor Hiroshi Omae discuss BabyGodzilla shortly after he hatches at the institute in Kyoto (Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II)
Akira Yuki: “Not again.
Kiyoshi Sato: “What's that?
Akira Yuki: “LittleGodzilla.
Koji Shinjo: “LittleGodzilla?
Akira Yuki: “Yeah. I don't know what they feed him, but he's growing so big. For a baby, I mean.
Koji Shinjo: “What's going on here? Are you friends?
Akira Yuki: “He's just fond of me.
Akira Yuki, Kiyoshi Sato, and Koji Shinjo react to LittleGodzilla appearing over a hill on Birth Island (Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla)
Kenichi Yamane: “The incident at Birth Island really changed him.
Takaki Aso: “He's no longer little. He is a Godzilla. More like Godzilla Junior.
Kenichi Yamane and Commander Takaki Aso react to Godzilla Junior appearing for the first time since the explosion of Birth Island (Godzilla vs. Destoroyah)

BabyGodzilla (ベビーゴジラ,   Bebīgojira?) is a young Godzillasaurus kaiju that first appeared in the 1993 Godzilla film, Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II. The character reappeared as LittleGodzilla (リトルゴジラ,   Ritorugojira?) in the 1994 film Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla, and again as Godzilla Junior (ゴジラジュニア,   Gojira Junia?) in the 1995 film Godzilla vs. Destoroyah.

A Godzillasaurus whose egg ended up in a Pteranodon nest on Adonoa Island, BabyGodzilla was cared for by his surrogate brother Rodan while he was still in his egg. A team of scientists arrived on the island in 1994 and brought the egg back to Japan, where it hatched at an institute in Kyoto. BabyGodzilla imprinted on the human scientist Azusa Gojo as his mother, and she raised him under the supervision of G-Force, which planned to use him to bait Godzilla to the Ogasawara Islands, where he could be killed by Mechagodzilla. Fire Rodan grabbed a container carrying BabyGodzilla and his mother while it was being transported, but Mechagodzilla was deployed and fatally wounded Rodan. Godzilla arrived afterward and was nearly killed by Mechagodzilla, but BabyGodzilla called out to Rodan, who gave up his life force to revive Godzilla. Godzilla destroyed Mechagodzilla, then adopted BabyGodzilla as his son and left Japan with him. In Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla, BabyGodzilla had grown into LittleGodzilla and had taken up residence on Birth Island. When SpaceGodzilla arrived on the island, LittleGodzilla approached him and was brutally attacked. Godzilla tried to defend his son, but SpaceGodzilla imprisoned LittleGodzilla in a crystal cage. Godzilla followed SpaceGodzilla and destroyed him with the assistance of M.O.G.U.E.R.A., freeing LittleGodzilla. A year later, in Godzilla vs. Destoroyah, LittleGodzilla absorbed a huge amount of radiation from the explosion of Birth Island, growing into a sub-adult dubbed Godzilla Junior. Junior began returning to his nest on Adonoa Island, but was forcibly lured to Tokyo by G-Force, knowing Godzilla would follow. Junior fought and defeated Destoroyah, then reunited with his father at Haneda Airport. However, Destoroyah returned in his perfect form and killed Junior before engaging in battle with Godzilla himself. After Godzilla destroyed Destoroyah and melted down, he imparted his energy into Junior's lifeless body, reviving him and transforming him into an adult Godzilla, ready to take up his father's mantle.

Name

This monster has a different name in each of his film appearances, each of which is individually trademarked. In Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II, he is called BabyGodzilla (ベビーゴジラ,   Bebīgojira?). In Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla, he is referred to as Chibi Godzilla (チビゴジラ,   Chibi Gojira?), however Toho's preferred name for this version of the character is actually LittleGodzilla (リトルゴジラ,   Ritorugojira?). In Godzilla vs. Destoroyah, he is now called Godzilla Junior (ゴジラジュニア,   Gojira Junia?), and after being resurrected as an adult Godzilla he is known as either Rebirth Godzilla (新生ゴジラ,   Shinsei Gojira?) or New Godzilla (新ゴジラ,   Shin Gojira?).[6] Additionally, in the television series Godzilla Island, Godzilla Junior is simply referred to as Junior (ジュニア,   Junia?).[6]

Worth noting is that BabyGodzilla and LittleGodzilla's trademarked English names are written in camelCase as a single word, like SpaceGodzilla, while Godzilla Junior's name is two words. The camelCase spellings of "BabyGodzilla" and "LittleGodzilla" have been used consistently in English-language Godzilla media from the 1990's, such as the 1998 book The Official Godzilla Compendium and TriStar's VHS and DVD releases of Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II and Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla, as well as more recent media like Sony's 2014 Blu-ray releases of the films and the PlayStation 3 and 4 Godzilla video game. However, the English spellings Baby Godzilla[1][2] and Little Godzilla[4] as two words are sometimes used for the characters in official Japanese media. Godzilla Junior's English name is also sometimes abbreviated to Godzilla Jr.[1] A separate trademark for "Baby Godzilla" spelled as two words was used for Godzilla's offspring in the 1998 TriStar film. Sometime prior to the film's release, the "Baby Godzilla" trademark was cancelled by Toho and absorbed under the "BabyGodzilla" trademark and copyright icon, though eventually the Baby Godzillas were reabsorbed into the "Godzilla" trademark altogether.

Development

BabyGodzilla concept art by Shinji Nishikawa

During production of Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II, Toho requested that director Takao Okawara add Minilla to the film. However, Okawara did not want to include Minilla, and so came up with the idea of introducing a new character to act as Godzilla's son in the film.[9] Shinji Nishikawa was responsible for designing BabyGodzilla, and his proposed designs for the character were divided in two directions: a "child of Godzilla" or "child of Godzillasaurus." It was eventually decided to go in the latter direction, with the "child of Godzilla" option being made use of for LittleGodzilla in the following film.[10]

Yasu Sato served as the chief suit creator for BabyGodzilla, with Masakazu Amaki leading the rest of the modelling team, which consisted of Yasuji Miki, Sho Hashimoto, Takeru Yogi, and Kazuaki Shimada. In addition to the suit, worn by Hurricane Ryu Hariken, a mechanical model of BabyGodzilla's upper body was also created.[1][7] Because it was made from a material also used in special effects makeup worn by actors, the BabyGodzilla suit was said to be very soft.[2] A miniature model of BabyGodzilla was also created for the final scene depicting him wading out to sea with Godzilla.

LittleGodzilla concept art by Shinji Nishikawa

A questionnaire conducted after the release of Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II indicated that BabyGodzilla was the most requested character to appear in the next film. As such, it was decided to bring the character back for Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla the following year.[4] However, special effects director Koichi Kawakita decided to heavily redesign the character for the film. He noted that Godzilla vs. Mothra was very successful because it attracted an unusually large female audience, and so felt BabyGodzilla should be redesigned to be cuter and more appealing to female audiences. He also wanted to depict BabyGodzilla growing from a dinosaur into a monster like his adoptive father.[11] Thus, the monster was redesigned following the unused "child of Godzilla" design direction considered for the previous film.[10] The monster, renamed "LittleGodzilla" for this appearance, was redesigned to stand upright like Godzilla himself and was colored green with a light yellow underbelly, rather than the blue and gray coloration of BabyGodzilla. LittleGodzilla bore a much closer resemblance to Minilla than BabyGodzilla did.

LittleGodzilla was designed and modeled by committee by staff members from MONSTERS Inc., the sculpting company founded and headed by Shinichi Wakasa. Unlike the case with BabyGodzilla, there was no final decided design for the character or team of dedicated suit modelers. Concept art of LittleGodzilla was created by Shinji Nishikawa. The design for LittleGodzilla featured on Noriyoshi Ohrai's advance poster for Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla is very similar to the final design of the suit that the modeling team created. As the LittleGodzilla suit would actually be depicted standing side-by-side with Godzilla, it was necessitated that the character be recast with a considerably shorter actor. The LittleGodzilla suit was worn by actor "Little Frankie," a little person like Minilla's suit actor Masao "Little Man Machan" Fukazawa.

At the time of release of Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla, Koichi Kawakita had already mentioned exploring the idea of LittleGodzilla maturing into "Junior Godzilla" and finally into a young adult Godzilla.[4] It was decided to feature this concept in the yet-untitled Godzilla 7, which was to be the last entry in the Heisei series and final Toho Godzilla film until 2005. The earliest known proposal for Godzilla 7, titled Godzilla vs. Giant Monster Varan, saw Godzilla and his matured son joining forces against Varan at the turn of the new millennium. One iteration of one of the more well-known proposed ideas for Godzilla 7, Godzilla vs. Godzilla, featured LittleGodzilla becoming possessed by the restless spirit of the original Godzilla and being transformed into a reincarnation of the 1954 Godzilla, which then battles the modern Godzilla. Other incarnations of the Godzilla vs. Godzilla story dropped this concept, though they still featured Godzilla's adopted son in some capacity. A later idea for Godzilla 7, titled Godzilla vs. Junior Godzilla, would have featured LittleGodzilla growing into an adult "Junior Godzilla" and battling his adoptive father.[12]

Godzilla Junior concept art by Shinji Nishikawa

Eventually, it was decided to close the Heisei series with Godzilla vs. Destoroyah, pitting a dying Godzilla against a monster spawned by the chemical weapon that had killed his predecessor in 1954. For this film, LittleGodzilla would mature into the sub-adult Godzilla Junior and take part in the battle against Destoroyah, before being killed and eventually revived into an adult Godzilla following his father's death. The name and design of Godzilla Junior were kept secret prior to the film's release, although Noriyoshi Ohrai's advance poster for the film did depict a smaller Godzilla standing in front of Godzilla himself.[10] Godzilla Junior was designed by Shinji Nishikawa and Hideo Okamoto, with the intention of representing the halfway point between Godzilla and a dinosaur.[13] As such, Junior was given a more dinosaur-like posture compared to Godzilla’s traditional upright stance, with some concept art depicting him with an anatomically-accurate horizontal posture with his tail suspended in the air. The final onscreen design opted to give Junior a mostly upright posture like Godzilla himself, albeit with a pronounced hunch. The Godzilla Junior suit was molded by Toho Special Art, with Tomomi Kobayashi credited as the modeler for the character, and like with BabyGodzilla, a mechanical model of Junior's upper body was also created.[13] Hurricane Ryu Hariken returned to reprise his role as the character, portraying Junior using the suit during scenes showing Junior alone and during the monster's battle with Destoroyah's Flying and Aggregate forms. As Junior was intended to be less than half the height of Godzilla himself, the monster was depicted using a miniature animatronic model during the scenes at Haneda Airport and Ariake Coliseum, where it was accompanied by the Godzilla and Destoroyah Perfect Form suits.

As Junior would mature into an adult Godzilla in the film's ending, Nishikawa and Okamoto also commissioned concept art of his adult form, dubbed "New Godzilla." However, for the convenience of budget and schedule, this concept was dropped and the revived adult Junior, given the name "Rebirth Godzilla," was simply depicted by the DesuGoji suit with the LEDs and light bulbs turned off, and fog added so that the LEDs and light bulbs could not be seen. The scene was backlit so that the front of the suit was in the shade, obscuring most of the suit's defining features.[10] Even so, the use of the DesuGoji suit to represent Junior is further evident by examining the tips of Junior's dorsal plates in detail - the plates are slightly translucent, just as they are on the DesuGoji suit. Because of this, S.H. MonsterArts' adult Godzilla Junior is actually a repainted version of the company's Burning Godzilla figure.

Design

BabyGodzilla stands about human height with a slightly hunched posture, and has bluish skin with a gray underbelly and small gray dorsal plates running down his back.

LittleGodzilla stands mostly upright, and has a large head and very large brown eyes and green skin with a yellow underbelly. He also has pudgy arms and stubby legs. This look gave him a very Minilla-like appearance.

As Godzilla Junior, he now resembles his adoptive father more closely, with similar body proportions and physical features. However, unlike Godzilla, Junior's skin is green, with a lighter green on his underbelly, his eyes are a light orange color, he has very small dorsal plates on his back, and he stands with a very hunched posture. After absorbing Godzilla's dying radiation and growing into an adult Godzilla, Junior now looks mostly identical to his father.

Personality

Unlike his adoptive father, this monster is very docile and kind towards humans such as his surrogate mother Azusa Gojo, G-Force lieutenant Akira Yuki, and Miki Saegusa. As LittleGodzilla, he is very playful and mischievous. As Godzilla Junior, he is still gentle towards human beings, and is shown to still recognize Miki Saegusa, attempting to defend her from Destoroyah. Whenever BabyGodzilla or LittleGodzilla is scared, his eyes glow red.

Origins

BabyGodzilla's egg in Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II
BabyGodzilla hatched from a Godzillasaurus egg on Adonoa Island that was found in a Pteranodon nest, guarded over by the irradiated pteranodon Rodan, who saw BabyGodzilla as his younger brother. Hiroshi Omae, one of the scientists who discovered BabyGodzilla, proposed that might he have been a "parasite egg," meaning that a Godzillasaurus laid its egg in the Pteranodon's nest so that the Pteranodons would raise and care for the hatchling instead, though this theory is never proven or discussed further. BabyGodzilla is not biologically related to Godzilla aside from originating from the same species, though Godzilla still adopted and raised him.


History

Heisei Series

Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II

While inspecting the heavily-irradiated Adonoa Island in the Bering Sea, a team of Japanese scientists led by Hiroshi Omae and Russian petroleum workers discovered a Pteranodon nest containing a hatched egg and a seemingly perfectly intact egg. The scientists loaded the egg onto a helicopter, intending to bring it back to an institute in Kyoto, but they were attacked by Rodan, a giant irradiated Pteranodon that Omae believed hatched from the other egg. Godzilla soon emerged from the sea and came ashore on the island, where he engaged Rodan in battle, buying time for the humans to escape in a helicopter. Godzilla seemingly killed Rodan, then followed the chopper back to Japan. The egg was kept in an institute in Kyoto and watched over by scientist Azusa Gojo. The creature inside of the egg, listening for its mother's voice, imprinted on Azusa as its mother, and exhibited a red glow, indicating fear, any time she left the laboratory. Miki Saegusa had a fern found attached to the egg brought to the ESP institute so as to measure the psychic energy she felt it giving off. Strangely, the students in the institute retrieved music from the fern, and when this music was played it caused the egg to hatch in the laboratory. To everyone's shock, the egg hatched into an infant Godzillasaurus rather than a Pteranodon. The hatching, named BabyGodzilla, proved to be docile, and believed Azusa to be its mother. Suddenly, Godzilla appeared in Japan, and began heading to Kyoto. After defeating Mechagodzilla, Godzilla reached the city, at which point Azusa, Omae, Miki and Kazuma Aoki hid Baby in the basement of the institute. When he could not find Baby, Godzilla eventually returned to the ocean.

Baby was then moved to a G-Force facility, where he was kept in a large enclosure and watched over by Azusa. Studies of BabyGodzilla's anatomy revealed something surprising: the creature possessed a secondary brain located in his hip region, which controlled motor function in his entire lower body. G-Force concluded that, as Baby was of the same species as Godzilla, that Godzilla must possess the same structure. G-Force formed a plan, codenamed G-Crusher, to use BabyGodzilla as bait to lure Godzilla to the Ogasawara Islands, where Mechagodzilla would use its weapons to destroy Godzilla's secondary brain and kill him. Azusa objected to the plan, but she was told that the plan was critical to finally defeating Godzilla. When Baby was being loaded into a canister to be carried to the Ogasawara Islands, his eyes began to glow red. Azusa insisted on accompanying Baby, and entered the canister as well, which was carried by a chopper. En route, the chopper was attacked by Rodan, who had been revived as Fire Rodan. Fire Rodan destroyed the chopper and grabbed the canister, attempting to break it open with his beak. Mechagodzilla was launched to stop Fire Rodan and recover the canister, and with the assistance of Garuda seemingly killed him. Professor Omae and a team of soldiers reached the container and attempted to open it, while Godzilla arrived and began a second battle with Mechagodzilla. Mechagodzilla combined with Garuda to form Super Mechagodzilla, and succeeded in destroying Godzilla's brain and crippling him. At this point, Baby broke free of the canister and cried out, getting the attention of the wounded Fire Rodan. Fire Rodan took flight, but was shot down by Super Mechagodzilla and fell onto Godzilla. Fire Rodan transferred his life force into Godzilla, restoring his second brain and imbuing him with a surge of power. Godzilla rose to his feet and destroyed Super Mechagodzilla with several blasts of his red spiral heat beam. Knowing that Baby belonged with his own kind, Azusa bid goodbye to him, causing his eyes to glow red again. As Azusa tried to leave in a helicopter, Baby grabbed onto her shirt, tears welling in his eyes. Azusa apologized to Baby and left, leaving him alone with Godzilla. Godzilla approached Baby and roared to him, but Baby cowered in fear. Using her telepathy, Miki Saegusa convinced Baby to go with Godzilla. Godzilla and Baby then waded out to sea together, demonstrating that life would always triumph over artificial life.

Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla

LittleGodzilla in Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla
A year later, BabyGodzilla had taken up residence on Birth Island, where exposure to Godzilla's radiation had caused him to grow to 30 meters in height. Now known as LittleGodzilla, the young Godzillasaurus roamed the island freely, frequently following G-Force Major Akira Yuki, who was living on the island to observe Godzilla with the goal of killing him. Despite his hatred for Godzilla, Yuki had a soft spot for LittleGodzilla, who Yuki claimed was fond of him as well. When G-Force members Koji Shinjo and Kiyoshi Sato arrived on Birth Island along with Miki Saegusa, Susumu Okubo and Chinatsu Gondo to enact Project T, Yuki had tear gas mines planted along the shore. Unfortunately, LittleGodzilla set off the mines instead, and eventually ran off into the jungle. When the monster SpaceGodzilla landed on the island, LittleGodzilla approached him. SpaceGodzilla immediately attacked the young monster, causing his eyes to glow red in fear. As if sensing his adopted son was in danger, Godzilla came ashore and confronted SpaceGodzilla. LittleGodzilla cowered behind his father, who fired his atomic breath at SpaceGodzilla, who easily deflected it with a crystal shield. SpaceGodzilla knocked Godzilla down with his corona beam, then used his telekinesis to grab LittleGodzilla and trap him in a crystal prison. Godzilla got back to his feet and pursued SpaceGodzilla to Japan, intent on freeing LittleGodzilla.

After Godzilla defeated SpaceGodzilla with the assistance of M.O.G.U.E.R.A., LittleGodzilla's crystal prison was destroyed, and the young monster began roaming Birth Island again and firing atomic bubbles from his mouth.

Godzilla vs. Destoroyah

Godzilla Junior in Godzilla vs. Destoroyah

In 1996, nuclear reactions in Godzilla's heart ignited uranium deposits under Birth Island, causing the island to completely vanish in a fiery explosion. Neither Godzilla nor his adoptive son could be found near the island's former location, and were both initially presumed dead. However, Godzilla, covered in glowing red rashes and dubbed Burning Godzilla, soon surfaced in Hong Kong. LittleGodzilla was still nowhere to be found, and Kenichi Yamane determined that it was unlikely he survived the explosion. When whales began dying in large numbers in the waters around Japan, Kenichi and Miki Saegusa considered the possibility that the Little One was responsible, having been changed by the explosion. The Little One soon surfaced at Omae Cove, now grown into a sub-adult dubbed Godzilla Junior by G-Force Commander Takaki Aso. From Junior's course, it was apparent he was returning to his nest on Adonoa Island, and Godzilla was following him. With Godzilla about to undergo a catastrophic meltdown that would destroy the planet, G-Force formed a desperate plan to get him to fight Destoroyah, a monster spawned by the Oxygen Destroyer used to kill the first Godzilla in 1954, in the hopes he would be killed in the battle. Miki was forced to reluctantly use her telepathy to bring Junior to Tokyo, knowing Godzilla would follow. Destoroyah attacked the chopper carrying Miki and Meru Ozawa, but Junior defended them and battled Destoroyah. Destoroyah pinned Junior to the ground and began injecting Micro-Oxygen into his bloodstream, causing him to foam at the mouth. Junior used his atomic breath to blast Destoroyah off of him and into a refinery, which exploded. Junior rose back to his feet and roared victoriously, and approached Haneda Airport.

Godzilla Junior, reborn as the next Godzilla, at the end of Godzilla vs. Destoroyah

That night, Godzilla and Junior reunited outside of Haneda Airport, calling out to each other. Suddenly, Destoroyah rose from the burning refinery in his demonic final form, then flew to the airport, where he grabbed Junior and carried him high into the air. Destoroyah dropped Junior onto Ariake Coliseum, then blasted him with his Micro-Oxygen beam, mortally wounding him. Miki and Meru landed their chopper near Junior, then watched as he closed his eyes and seemingly died. Both Miki and Godzilla were stricken by grief, while Destoroyah turned his attention to Godzilla. Godzilla battled the evil creature, and eventually defeated him and approached his fallen son. Godzilla tried to breathe energy back into Junior, who briefly opened his eyes before finally passing away. Godzilla roared out in grief, but was attacked by Destoroyah once again. As Godzilla began to melt down, Destoroyah tried to retreat, but was shot down by G-Force's freezer weapons and killed upon colliding with the superheated ground. Godzilla then melted down and died alone in the ruins of Tokyo, with G-Force minimizing the damage by freezing him as he melted down. As catastrophic amounts of radiation poured over Tokyo, it appeared the city would become a ghost town. Suddenly, all of the radiation vanished. Through the smoke, Junior could be seen roaring, having absorbed his father's dying radiation and matured into the new Godzilla.

Godzilla Island

Godzilla Junior in Godzilla Island


Abilities

Godzilla Junior shoots down Destoroyah with his atomic breath in Godzilla vs. Destoroyah.

Much like his father, Godzilla Junior is shown to be fairly resilient as a sub-adult, but is comparatively weak and helpless as BabyGodzilla and LittleGodzilla, as shown when he cowers and runs away from SpaceGodzilla. However, at the end of Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla, he gains a beam attack in the form of a stream of bubbles, which later becomes a normal-strength atomic breath in Godzilla vs. Destoroyah. Junior also appears to display a slight resistance to Micro-Oxygen, as when he fought the Aggregate and Flying forms of Destoroyah, he was bitten almost directly over his heart, yet his regenerative abilities allowed him to continue to fight on.

In his first two appearances, the monster's eyes glow red whenever he senses danger or becomes scared. This ability does not appear to be present in Godzilla Junior. BabyGodzilla is capable of telepathically communicating with both Godzilla and Rodan, and is able to draw them both to his current location.

Filmography

Video Games

Godzilla (PlayStation 3 / PlayStation 4)

Main article: Godzilla (2014 video game)/Kaiju Guide#Godzilla Junior.

Gallery

Main article: Godzilla Junior/Gallery.

Roar

Godzilla Junior's roar is a higher-pitched Godzilla roar.

BabyGodzilla's roars
LittleGodzilla's roars
Godzilla Junior's roars

Trivia

  • Godzilla Junior resembles his father more than Minilla does.
  • As BabyGodzilla, this character's skin color was blue, while in his later two film appearances, he was green.
  • BabyGodzilla was featured in an advert for Canon photocopiers in Japan.
  • BabyGodzilla is one of the few kaiju to have been actually shown eating. In Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II, he was eating flowers and Asuza fed him a burger, because there were no other foods that had better nutritious content and Baby was hungry. In his third appearance, Godzilla Junior was implied to attack whales for food.
  • Junior's eventual revival at the end of Godzilla vs. Destoroyah is foreshadowed just after he dies. When Godzilla breathes radiation over Junior's dead body, Junior's eyes flutter open and he stirs for a moment, before falling limp and closing his eyes.
  • It is commonly believed among some fans that the Godzilla featured in the 1999 film Godzilla 2000: Millennium is meant to be the adult Godzilla Junior, due to it being the first Toho Godzilla film made after Godzilla vs. Destoroyah and the Godzilla in that film sharing some physical characteristics with Junior, such as green skin and a slightly hunched-over posture. In actuality, Godzilla 2000 is a direct sequel to the original 1954 film and is not connected to the Heisei series, and features a new incarnation of Godzilla that is not meant to be Godzilla Junior. Also worth noting is that at the end of Godzilla vs. Destoroyah, Junior looked almost identical to his adoptive father, while Godzilla 2000 looks very different from the Heisei Godzilla and is only a little more than half his height.
  • Godzilla Junior makes a brief cameo through stock footage in Godzilla: Final Wars, as footage of his resurrection is played over a shot of Godzilla imprisoned inside Area G in the beginning of the film. This cameo is actually responsible for a significant misconception regarding the film.
    • Early scripts for Godzilla: Final Wars reportedly had the adult Godzilla Junior as the film's version of Godzilla, having been frozen during the late 1990's;[citation needed] however, this idea was scrapped, and the finished film shares no connection with the Heisei series.
  • In Godzilla Island, the Jigoras resemble Godzilla Junior's movie appearance more closely than the series' earthly counterpart.
  • The Godzilla from Godzilla: The Series is sometimes called '"Godzilla Junior" or "Zilla Junior" by some fans, however he and Godzilla Junior are both separate characters.
  • "Godzilla Junior" (ゴジラ・ジュニア,   Gojira Junia?) was an early proposed name for Minilla during production of Son of Godzilla.[7]

See Also

Notes

  1. Episodes 21-30, 54, 58-64, 66, 70-73, 79-84, 94, 111-114, 119-120, 123-130, 132-135, 137-146, 148-150, 157, 161-163, 179, 181, 183-184, 188, 191-194, 199, 207, 209, 212, 217, 223-226, 233-234, 237-238, 243-246, 249-250, and 255-256.

References

This is a list of references for Godzilla Junior. 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. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Godzilla 1954-1999 Super Complete Works. Shogakukan. p. 39, 44, 51. 1 January 2000. ISBN: 978-4091014702.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II Theater program. Toho. 11 December 1993.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Encyclopedia of Godzilla (Mechagodzilla Edition). Gakken. p. 111. 10 December 1993. ISBN: 405600174X.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla Theater program. Toho. 10 December 1994.
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  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Toho Special Effects All Monster Encyclopedia. Shogakukan. pp. 97, 170. 23 July 2014. ISBN: 4-096-82090-3.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Toho Special Effects Movie Complete Works. Village Books. pp. 120-121, 238, 239, 246, 250. 28 September 2012. ISBN: 4-864-91013-8.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 J.D. Lees, Marc Cerasini. The Official Godzilla Compendium. Random House. pp. 126-127. 24 March 1998. ISBN: 0279888225.
    The Official Godzilla Compendium - Page 126 - Baby Godzilla profile.png The Official Godzilla Compendium - Page 127 - LittleGodzilla profile.png The Official Godzilla Compendium - Page 127 - Godzilla Junior profile.png
  9. Takao Okawara Interview II
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 Kawakita, Koichi (Supervisor). Heisei Godzilla Perfection. DENGEKI HOBBY BOOKS. p. 65, 94-95, 159. 2012. ISBN: 978-4-04-886119-9.
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Ilovegodzilla54

12 days ago
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little godzilla!
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Mechalon

one month ago
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Junior is Minilla done right.
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Artzilla

3 months ago
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2nd cutest kaiju. the cutest kaiju is the dorat. the 3rd cutest is kamatu kun
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The happy Dragon

3 months ago
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to cute that my friend fainted
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The happy Dragon

3 months ago
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awwwwwww look at minnila and little godzilla thay look just like twins
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Deathrock9

3 months ago
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Almost like they're pretty much the same character in all but name. Funny, that...
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Artzilla

3 months ago
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am i the only one who notices how much Little Godzilla looks like Minnila? look at both their photos
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Ryan G17

6 months ago
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I have a 4 step plan so follow the instructions carefully. Step 1: go to the top of the page. Step 2: look at the stats. Step 3: look at the the first weight. Step 4: thank me by up-voting this comment.
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Koopa

14 months ago
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The one who inherited the crown.
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BigRandomKaiju

14 months ago
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cute as hell
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MosuFan2004

23 months ago
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First comment on Godzilla Junior's page :D