Gorosaurus

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Gorosaurus™ copyright icon Toho Company, Limited Monster
Gorosaurus in Destroy All Monsters
Gorosaurus in King Kong Escapes
Gorosaurus
Alternate Names Goro, Goro-Saurus,[1] Gorosaurs,[2] Marvelous Atomic Dinosaur[2]
Subtitle Primeval Monster
(原始怪獣,   Genshi Kaijū?)[3]
Primeval Dinosaur
(原始恐,   Genshi Kyōryū?)[4]
Primeval Fierce Dragon
(原始暴龍,   Genshi Bō Ryū?)G:TB
Species Dinosaur Descendant of Allosaurus[5]
Height 35 meters[6][note 1]
Length 15 meters (Tail)[1][7]
Weight 8,000 metric tons[6]
Controlled by KilaaksDAM
Allies Godzilla, Mothra, Rodan, Baragon, Minilla, Anguirus, Kumonga, Manda, Varan, Godzilla JuniorGI,
King CaesarGI, GRoE
Jet JaguarGRoE, ZillaGRoE, TitanosaurusGRoE, GairaGRoE, SandaGRoE, KamoebasGRoE
Enemies King Ghidorah, King Kong, Godman, MegaguirusGRoE TrilopodGRoE
Created by Nobuyuki Yasumaru, Ryosaku Takayama
Portrayed Hiroshi Sekita
First Appearance Latest Appearance
King Kong Escapes Godzilla Island
Roar(s)
1967
1968
More Roars

Gorosaurus (ゴロザウルス,   Gorozaurusu?) is a dinosaur kaiju created by Toho that first appeared in the 1967 Toho film, King Kong Escapes, and later debuted in the Godzilla series in the 1968 film Destroy All Monsters.

In King Kong Escapes, Gorosaurus was a huge dinosaur living on Mondo Island, and attempted to eat Susan Watson after she and a United Nations ship crew came ashore on the island. Gorosaurus was attacked by King Kong, who had taken an interest in Watson, and was defeated after Kong broke his jaw. A second incarnation of Gorosaurus appeared in Destroy All Monsters, where he lived on Monsterland along with the rest of Earth's monsters at the end of the 20th century. The Kilaaks invaded the island and took control of its monsters, unleashing Gorosaurus in Paris. When the invaders' hold on the monsters was finally severed, Gorosaurus joined forces with Godzilla and the other Earth monsters against King Ghidorah, helping to turn the tide of battle by delivering a crippling kick to King Ghidorah's back. Gorosaurus was also featured in the television series Go! Godman as an enemy of the hero Godman.

Name

The origin of Gorosaurus' name is not entirely known, though the "-saurus" part of his name, a common component of the names of dinosaurs and other prehistoric reptiles, comes from the Greek word sauros, meaning "lizard." Gorosaurus goes unnamed in King Kong Escapes, and his name is only spoken onscreen in his second appearance in Destroy All Monsters. The Gorosaurus from Destroy All Monsters is sometimes designated in official books as Second Generation Gorosaurus (二代目ゴロザウルス,   Nidaime Gorozaurusu?).[8][9]

Design

Nobuyuki Yasumaru modeled the Gorosaurus suit himself after consulting chief artist Yasuyuki Inoue, aiming for it to feel like a living creature.[5] Yasumaru created a prototype of the monster's head with water clay. A balloon was placed inside the suit to create its throat movements. As the head became heavy from the mechanism used to open and close the mouth, the head was attached to a piano wire during filming. Die-cut latex mixed with sawdust was applied over its skin to achieve a sense of hardness and mass.[5]

Gorosaurus' design pays homage to the meat-eater which appears in the original King Kong.[5] As such, the dinosaur stands upright with his tail dragging on the ground, and possesses a large head, muscular legs and short arms. The monster's skin is covered in thick, scaly bumps, and he sports a spike on the tip of his tail. In King Kong Escapes, Gorosaurus' skin is mostly blue in color, while his chin is red that fades into a lighter desaturated yellow in the underside of his tail and belly. In Destroy All Monsters, Gorosaurus' coloration is more muted. His skin now appears more gray, with the red coloration on his chin being much less visible. His underside remains a light tan color, which may appear yellow in some instances.

By Go! Godman, Gorosaurus' suit was is very poor shape, with its inner support seemingly deteriorated making its torso appear to be caving in, and its jaw hanging at a slight angle.

Origins

Gorosaurus is a carnivorous descendant of the dinosaur genus Allosaurus, which lived during the late Jurassic period approximately 155 to 150 million years ago. The Gorosaurus in King Kong Escapes was living on Mondo Island in the modern day, while the incarnation from Destroy All Monsters was one of the various monsters contained on Monsterland at the end of the 20th century.

The Gorosaurus in Go! Godman has similar origins to the one from King Kong Escapes, being a prehistoric dinosaur who originates from Mondo Island.[10]

History

Showa Series

King Kong Escapes

Gorosaurus in King Kong Escapes
When Carl Nelson and his fellow crew members Jiro Nomura and Susan Watson disembarked from their ship on Mondo Island, Susan drew the attention of Gorosaurus, who attempted to eat her. Susan's screams caught the attention of King Kong, who emerged from his cave to rescue her. Kong grappled with Gorosaurus, who used his kangaroo kick to knock Kong to the ground. Kong managed to gain the upper hand and pummel Gorosaurus into submission, saving Susan from the beast. However, just as Kong tried to walk away, Gorosaurus regained consciousness and clamped his jaws on Kong's leg. Kong was able to pry Gorosaurus' jaws apart, then defeated him by breaking his jaws.

Destroy All Monsters

Gorosaurus in Destroy All Monsters
At the end of the 20th century, Gorosaurus was living on Monsterland with the other Earth monsters. After the monsters were taken over by the Kilaaks, Gorosaurus was sent to attack Paris, burrowing underneath and destroying the Arc de Triomphe. He was later called back to Mount Fuji to guard the Kilaaks' base of operations. After he was released from his mind control, he helped Godzilla and the other Earth monsters battle King Ghidorah. Gorosaurus landed a devastating kangaroo kick on King Ghidorah's back, damaging his spine and knocking him to the ground. This turned the tide of battle and allowed Godzilla, Anguirus and Minilla to finish the space monster once and for all. After the destruction of Kilaaks, Gorosaurus and the other Earth monsters were returned to Monsterland to live out their days peacefully.


Go! Godman

Gorosaurus in Go! Godman

Gorosaurus also appears in the series Go! Godman, as a one-time enemy of the eponymous Godman. Gorosaurus appears in a small town and begins to wander around, stepping on trees. Godman is summoned to battle the monster and the two spar, with Gorosaurus ultimately being finished off by a bombardment of Godman's God-Circles and Supersonic Wave attack.

Godzilla Island

Gorosaurus in Godzilla Island


Abilities

Physical Capabilities

Gorosaurus bites King Kong.

Gorosaurus demonstrates a fair deal of physical strength, holding his own in battle with both King Kong and King Ghidorah. He prefers to fight primarily by biting his foes.

Gorosaurus is able to use his tail to perform jumps as high as 30 meters.[7]

Kangaroo Kick

Gorosaurus kicking King Ghidorah in Destroy All Monsters

Aside from the usual tooth and claw, Gorosaurus has been noted for using a Kangaroo Kick (カンガルー・キック,   Kangarū Kikku?)[11] against foes like King Kong and King Ghidorah. This is arguably Gorosaurus' most well-known trait.

Burrowing

Gorosaurus burrows underneath the Arc de Triomphe.

In Destroy All Monsters, Gorosaurus was able to burrow underground, and used this ability to burrow up from underneath and destroy the Arc de Triomphe.

Filmography

Video Games

Godzilla (PlayStation 3 / PlayStation 4)

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

Gallery

Main article: Gorosaurus/Gallery.

Books

GODZILLA: Monster Apocalypse

Gorosaurus appeared in Paris after the city was destroyed by Godzilla. He was killed in December 2039 by the combined efforts of G-Force and the Bilusaludo.[12]

Comics

Godzilla: Rulers of Earth

Gorosaurus in Godzilla: Rulers of Earth
Gorosaurus was seen in a flash back that the Mothra Fairies told Lucy in an attempt to explain the origins of all monsters. Gorosaurus was seen devouring two full grown dinosaurs, a Tyrannosaurus and a Spinosaurus, which were about to fight over a downed Triceratops.

Before he could eat his meal, Megaguirus attacked him, but the Allosaurus-like monster kicked the dragonfly beast and knocked her out of the sky. Gorosaurus was later seen frozen next to Anguirus. He is also present in the 'Land' monsters section of a cave mural.

Later, Gorosaurus battles a horde of Trilopods who invade his home, and manages to hold them off. However, he is beaten down, and a Beta Trilopod gains some of his blood, taking on some of the dinosaur's characteristics. Gorosaurus is then subdued, and taken to the Trilopod Hive, where he remains until King Caesar arrives and breaks him and the other monsters out. Gorosaurus assists in the fight with Magita, and then travels to the ocean with Godzilla and the others after Magita is defeated.

Roar

In King Kong Escapes, much like Baragon, Gorosaurus' roar is also another modified Varan roar, but was sped up and altered in pitch. Gorosaurus' roar also utilizes parts of Rodan's screech.

In Gorosaurus' protagonistic role in Destroy All Monsters, his roar was slowed down and deepened. Gorosaurus was also given one of Godzilla's roars, during the fight with King Ghidorah. In this film, Gorosaurus also had some other monsters' roars blended into his roar, like Ebirah's screech which can be heard at the beginning of his roar. Gorosaurus also used Varan's unedited roar during the scene where he destroys the Arc de Triomphe.

Gorosaurus' roars

In Other Languages

  • Spanish: Gorosaurio
  • Russian: Горозавр
  • Chinese: 哥罗龙 (Gē luō lóng)

Trivia

  • In a screenplay for Destroy All Monsters, it was the walrus-like kaiju Maguma from Gorath who attacked Paris and destroyed the Arc de Triomphe rather than Gorosaurus.[11] Maguma was eventually replaced by Baragon in the role, but the filmmakers had difficulty using the restored Baragon suit in the scene due to problems with the suit's ears.[13][5] The role was ultimately given to Gorosaurus, who gained Baragon's ability to burrow and was even referred to as "Baragon" in dialogue.
  • Gorosaurus was the first monster modeled by sculptor Nobuyuki Yasumaru,[5] who later went on to create suits for Ultraman and Ultra Q.
    • According to Yasumaru, Eiji Tsuburaya smiled after seeing the finished costume, evidently pleased.[5]
  • According to most sources, the original Gorosaurus from King Kong Escapes stands 35 meters tall, yet is only slightly taller than this film's King Kong, who is 20 meters in height. Interestingly, in Destroy All Monsters, despite Gorosaurus appearing to be about the same height as the 50-meter Godzilla, Gorosaurus is constantly stated as being 35 meters tall in supplementary materials.
    • However, some sources give the 1967 Gorosaurus a different height of 20 meters,[1] making him the same height as King Kong and Mechani-Kong. The vast majority of sources make no distinction between the 1967 and 1968 Gorosaurus though, and list them both as being 35 meters.
  • Gorosaurus' role in King Kong Escapes is similar to the meat-eater that fought King Kong in the 1933 film. Like the meat-eater, Gorosaurus menaces Kong's human love interest before he is defeated by Kong when the giant ape breaks his jaws. Additionally, Gorosaurus' design is an homage to the meat-eater.[5]
  • Gorosaurus appeared in the poster for All Monsters Attack, but he doesn't appear in the actual film, aside from a brief stock footage appearance.
  • The Pachimon character Doilar is taken directly from Gorosaurus' design, but altered with two head horns and a toothless mouth.
  • In the Super Sentai series Zyuranger, the Guardian Tyrannosaurus often performs a Gorosaurus-like kangaroo kick.

Video

Wikizilla: YouTube Kaiju Profile: Gorosaurus

Notes

  1. The majority of sources state that both the King Kong Escapes and the Destroy All Monsters incarnations of Gorosaurus are 35 meters tall. However, some such as Encyclopedia of Godzilla (Mechagodzilla Edition) claim that the King Kong Escapes incarnation is 20 meters tall instead.

References

This is a list of references for Gorosaurus. 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 Encyclopedia of Godzilla (Mechagodzilla Edition). Gakken. p. 104. 10 December 1993. ISBN: 405600174X.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Gorosaurs.jpg
  3. Kodansha Hit Books: Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah. Kodansha. pp. 73, 75. 5 December 1991. ISBN: 4-06-177720-3.
  4. Toho Special Effects All Monster Encyclopedia. Shogakukan. pp. 47, 52. 23 July 2014. ISBN: 4-096-82090-3.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 All Toho Monsters Pictorial Book (4th Edition). Yosensha. p. 134. 4 September 2016. ISBN: 978-4-8003-0362-2.
  6. 6.0 6.1 J.D. Lees, Marc Cerasini. The Official Godzilla Compendium. Random House. p. 122. 24 March 1998. ISBN: 0279888225.
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  7. 7.0 7.1 Godzilla Toho Giant Monster Pictorial Book. Shogakukan. p. 112. 1 April 2005. ISBN: 4-09-280052-5.
  8. Iwata, Toshiaki, and Koichiro Ono. Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah Monster Complete Works (ゴジラvsキングギドラ 怪獣大全集). Kodansha. p. 75. December 5, 1991. ISBN: 4-06-177720-3.
  9. Nomura, Kohei. Godzilla Dictionary (ゴジラ大辞典). Kasakura Publishing. p. 116. December 5, 2004. ISBN: 4773002921.
  10. All Kaiju Kaijin (First Volume). Keibunsha. p. 183. 24 March 1990. ISBN: 4-7669-0962-3.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Toho Special Effects Movie Complete Works. Village Books. pp. 116, 124. 28 September 2012. ISBN: 4-864-91013-8.
  12. Renji Ōki. GODZILLA: Monster Apocalypse. Kadokawa. pp. 186-212. October 25, 2017.
  13. Godzilla 1954-1999 Super Complete Works. Shogakukan. p. 131. 1 January 2000. ISBN: 978-4091014702.

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Titanollante

one month ago
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I can't find a direct source for Nobuyuki Yasumaru rejecting Ryosaku Takayama's design for Gorosaurus, but it is mentioned in more detail in several Japanese blogs. Apparently he Yasumaru rejected the design because he felt the sense of (something along the lines of) "weight" and "lifelike living being" were insufficient.

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Titanollante

one month ago
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For the designing of Gorosaurus, there's a sentence from All Toho Monsters Pictorial Book which I'm finding pretty hard to make any sense of which gives a little more details.

顔は水粘土で原型を作り、これまでの金網細工では無く発泡スチロールで人間の形を作って、その上にラテックスを貼って作業を進めたよ。
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Emperor Ghidorah

one month ago
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Godzilla vs the Kangaroosaurus! :D
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TheKaijuFiles

3 months ago
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how is 35 meter in destroy all monsters but he is the same size as godzilla?
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Deathrock9

3 months ago
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Because Toho refuses to make their stats actually be consistent.
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ItsDestoroyah

4 months ago
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HERE COMES KANGAROOSAURUS!
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Titanollante

8 months ago
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You know how the King Kong Escapes Gorosaurus is said to be 35 meters tall even though he is no taller than the 20 meter Kong?

Interestingly, Gorosaurus's tail is often listed as being 15 meters long. Since 20 plus 15 is 35, it seems hypothetically possible that at some point Gorosaurus's body length and height got mixed up at some point. Though, this is pure speculation.
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BigRandomKaiju

11 months ago
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KANGAWOO DINO KAIJU IS AWESOME
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Les

11 months ago
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Another kaiju I think is alright, but nothing to bat an eyelash at
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Koopa

11 months ago
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I really hope Gorosaurus gets another chance in a future film. He deserves a comeback.
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Deathrock9

14 months ago
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Gorosaurus is one of my favourite Showa kaiju. He's pretty much just a generic dinosaur but the fact that he has kangaroo-kicked King Kong and Ghidorah is amazing.
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Titanollante

18 months ago
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Gorosaurus is nice.