Godzilla vs. Charles Barkley

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Godzilla vs. Charles Barkley is a 1992 Nike television commercial in which Godzilla plays basketball against a kaiju-sized version of NBA star Charles Barkley in Tokyo. In 1993, the commercial was adapted into a comic book by Dark Horse Comics.

Plot[edit | edit source]

Godzilla emits a blast of atomic breath as he storms through Tokyo. He turns around as he sees 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, with Barkley telling Godzilla that "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 and 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.

  • Charles Barkley   as   Himself

Credits[edit | edit source]

  • Creatives:
  • Agency Producer: John Adams
  • Head of Creature Department:
  • Sound Designer: at Focused Audio, San Francisco
  • Sound Mix Engineer: at Focused Audio, San Francisco

Comic book adaptation[edit | edit source]

Main article: Godzilla vs. Barkley.

In December 1993, Dark Horse Comics released a one-shot comic inspired by the commercial, in which a magic coin allows Charles Barkley to grow to Godzilla's size and defend California. The comic was written by Mike Barron with art by Jeff Butler and Keith Aiken.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Videos[edit | edit source]

The ad
Behind the scenes
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]

References[edit | edit source]

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