"Godzilla vs. Charles Barkley" (1992)

From Wikizilla, the kaiju encyclopedia
Jump to navigationJump to search
"Godzilla vs. Charles Barkley"
Promotional poster for "Godzilla vs. Charles Barkley"
Directed by Michael Owens
Producer(s) Clint Goldman
Production company Nike, Toho (executive); ILM
Running time 30 seconds
Rate this film!
5.00
(7 votes)

"Godzilla vs. Charles Barkley" is a 1992 Nike television commercial co-financed by Nike and Toho in which Godzilla plays basketball against a kaiju-sized version of NBA star Charles Barkley in Tokyo. Developed by Wieden & Kennedy and produced by Industrial Light & Magic, it premiered in the U.S. during the MTV Video Music Awards on September 9, 1992.

Plot[edit | edit source]

Godzilla emits a blast of atomic breath as he storms through Tokyo. He turns around as he sees Charles Barkley approach him, dribbling a basketball. The monster puts on a pair of pink goggles and darts his tail out, knocking the ball from Barkley's hands. Barkley catches it and charges forward, elbowing Godzilla aside as he dunks it into the fallen "O" from a Tokyo sign. They walk out of the city as friends. In the Japanese version of the ad, Barkley asks Godzilla, "Have you ever thought about wearing shoes?" In the U.S. version, he instead tells him, "The Lakers are looking for a big man."

Staff[edit | edit source]

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

  • Directed by   Michael Owens
  • Produced by   Clint Goldman
  • Cinematography by   Kim Marks
  • Edited by   Bob Sarles
  • Creatives   Warren Eakins, Steve Sandoz
  • Head of creature department   Jeff Mann
  • Sound designer   Jeff Roth
  • Sound mix engineer   Jay Shilliday

Cast[edit | edit source]

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

Godzilla's suit actor has not been identified.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Monsters[edit | edit source]

Comic book adaptation[edit | edit source]

Main article: Godzilla vs. Barkley.

In December 1993, Dark Horse Comics published a one-shot comic inspired by the commercial, in which a magic coin allowed Charles Barkley to grow to Godzilla's size and defend San Francisco.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Videos[edit | edit source]

The U.S. version of the ad
The U.S. trailer for the ad
The Japanese version of the ad
The Japanese version of the ad without subtitles
Behind-the-scenes from an episode
of Scientific American Frontiers
Additional behind-the-scenes footage
The Saturday Night Live parody

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Saturday Night Live parodied this ad for its September 25, 1993 episode, hosted by Charles Barkley. During his monologue, Barkley showed a clip of a lopsided charity match he played against Barney the Dinosaur, a last-minute replacement for Godzilla.[1]
  • "Godzilla vs. Charles Barkley" was the first of many acting roles for Barkley. He later voiced a giant monster, the legendary wrestling champion Rayburn Sr., in the 2021 Paramount Pictures film Rumble.

References[edit | edit source]

This is a list of references for Godzilla vs. Charles Barkley. 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]

Comments

Showing 20 comments. When commenting, please remain respectful of other users, stay on topic, and avoid role-playing and excessive punctuation. Comments which violate these guidelines may be removed by administrators.

Loading comments..
Era Icon - Toho.png
Era Icon - Heisei.png
Era Icon - Godzilla.png