Rhedosaurus

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Rhedosaurus
Rhedosaurus
Alternate names The Beast, Herman[1]
Species Dinosaur
Length ~200 feet[2]
Weight 500 tons[2]
Enemies Humans
Created by Ray Harryhausen
Played by Stop-Motion Models
First appearance Latest appearance
The Beast from
20,000 Fathoms
Planet of Dinosaurs
Roar(s)

The Rhedosaurus is a giant fictional dinosaur that first appeared in the 1953 American monster film, The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms.

History

The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms

The Rhedosaurus in the film was one of the last surviving members of its species, awakened by a nuclear test in the Arctic. It made its way down the North American coast, destroying everything in its path and ending up in New York, its original home. Rhedosaurus wandered the streets, eating anyone who got too close to it. Attempts to kill it were complicated by an ancient disease it carried; spilling its blood freed the plague, which was almost as deadly as the reptile itself. The Rhedosaurus was eventually killed at Coney Island when a radioactive isotope was shot into a wound on its neck, both fatally wounding it and also neutralizing the disease. As the Rhedosaurus succumbed to the isotope, a fire it started by destroying the machinery of a roller coaster spread across the island. The Rhedosaurus burst free of the burning coaster and roared out defiantly, before finally collapsing to the ground, dead.

Planet of Dinosaurs

Shortly after the Tyrannosaurus rex appeared and began menacing Captain Lee's crew, a Rhedosaurus appeared from over a hill and began fighting the Tyrannosaurus. While this allowed some time for the humans to escape, the Rhedosaurus was severely outmatched, and was quickly killed by the Tyrannosaurus.

Abilities

Contaminated blood

The Rhedosaurus' blood contains a disease that can rapidly cause severe sickness and death in humans.

Filmography

Gallery

The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms

Planet of Dinosaurs


Roar

Rhedosaurus' roars

Trivia

  • The Rhedosaurus, along with King Kong, was one of the main inspirations for Godzilla. During the production of the 1954 film Godzilla, its pre-published storyline was very similar to that of The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms and was actually titled The Giant Monster from 20,000 Miles Under the Sea (海底二万哩から来た大怪獣,   Kaiteinimanmairu kara Kita Daikaijū).[3]
  • Stephen Czerkas constructed a stop-motion Rhedosaurus model for the 1977 film Planet of Dinosaurs, where it battles and is killed by a Tyrannosaurus rex. According to animator Jim Aupperle, "Stephen and I both place the Rhedosaurus among our top favourite of Ray's myriad monsters. We felt that by giving the great Beast a cameo in our film we were acknowledging the immense debt we both feel to Ray. We had to make the Rhedosaurus more of a baby size because one as large as the original would have made a meal of our Tyrannosaurus instead of the other way around."[4]
  • A creature resembling the Rhedosaurus briefly appeared in the 1970 film When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth, though whether it is meant to be an homage to the Rhedosaurus is unclear.
  • The Rhedosaurus appeared in the sixth episode of the second season of ABC's Whose Line Is It Anyway?.
  • A dinosaur modeled on the Rhedosaurus appears in the second and fourth issues of the IDW comic miniseries Dinosaurs Attack! In the fourth issue, it leads a charge against U.S. forces alongside creatures resembling Godzilla, Rodan, Reptilicus, Gorgo, and Gertie.[5]

References

This is a list of references for Rhedosaurus. 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. Ray Harryhausen - Master of the Majicks Vol. 2: The American Films by Mike Hankin
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Dinosaur Films of Ray Harryhausen: Features, Early 16mm Experiments and Unrealized Projects by Roy P. Webber
  3. Godzilla Days. Shueisha. pp. 34-38. ISBN: 978-4087488159.
  4. Harryhausen, Ray, and Tony Dalton. A Century of Stop Motion Animation: From Melies to Aardman. Watson-Guptill Publications. 2008. ISBN: 978-0823099801.
  5. Dinosaurs Attack Homages.jpg

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Varan 101

58 minutes ago
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I think his roar sounds like a tinkered with Godzilla roar and a lion roar
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VaderRaptor

51 minutes ago
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Except for the fact that this movie was made before Gojira.
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RexGoji

2 days ago
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  • mostly
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RexGoji

2 days ago
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meant to be a reply, sorry.
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BBS4313

12 days ago
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Maybe Godzilla has one of its roars a slowed down version of Rhedosaurus’s.
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RexGoji

22 days ago
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Rhedosaurus and Godzilla 1998 had their origins swapped
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RexGoji

22 days ago
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Why do I think that this will get controversial
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Kaijuzill

27 days ago
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What was his roar made of?
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KaijuFanRobert

23 days ago
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Probably elephant cries
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SKuLL cRaWLer

one month ago
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@Astounding beyond belief- yeah, i bet they didn't even know what was a scientifically accruate dinosaur, i mean hell they thought theropods dragged their tails on the ground!
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RexGoji

3 days ago
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Have you even seen the earliest reconstructions of Megalosaurus, which Rhedosaurus was probably based on?
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The H-Man

3 days ago
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I'm sure there are a lot of things we accept about dinosaurs today that will prove to be false with more study, research, and advancements.

The tripod, tail-dragging stance of theropods as depicted through most of the 20th century has proven to be incorrect. But that doesn't mean it was incorrect by the standards of the time. We shouldn't criticize or mock the paleontologists of yesteryear for not knowing what we know now. We certainly shouldn't blame the filmmakers (who were not scientists) for striving to create what were then considered scientifically accurate dinosaurs. They were wrong, just not by ignorance.
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Doomzilla

one month ago
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I would love to see neca make a figure like the Rhedosaurus. It's a cool looking kaiju and it needs more love.
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SKuLL cRaWLer

one month ago
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Ikr
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SKuLL cRaWLer

one month ago
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Also why is one of Rhedosaurus's nicknames called Herman?
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SKuLL cRaWLer

one month ago
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I can prove that Rhedosaurus is not a dinosaur

Carnivore dinosaurs where never quapedal, they where bipedal, the only quapedal dino was the spinosaurus but was later corrected that the spino was bipedal, so yeah thats why Rhedosaurus is not a dinosaur, more accurately Rhedosaurus would be a prehistoric reptile, or even a synapsid because of Rhedosaurus's fangs.
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Astounding Beyond Belief

one month ago
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I bet they just made him up for the movie!
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Mahayana-60

one month ago
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Quapedal is not a word
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SKuLL cRaWLer

one month ago
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Srry i meant quadrupedal, i didn't know how to spell it before srry.
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VaderRaptor

one month ago
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Was Spinosaurus really bipedal? I've heard everywhere that it was an obligate quadruped but never switched back.
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SKuLL cRaWLer

3 days ago
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@VaderRaptor i think they called that spinosaurus the "new" spinosaurus and if they walked on all fours then they probably fall down all the time because of their spines
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VaderRaptor

3 days ago
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But how would they fall down if they have all four limbs on the ground? They can't be bipedal because their legs were too short and their center of gravity wasn't at the hips.
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RexGoji

3 days ago
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Guys, you do realize that Spinosaurus had a huge heavy finned tail, it could have used it to balance on land. Also since Theropods could not pronate their hands downward, that would mean Spinosaurus would have to knucklewalk. Sure it could have walked on all fours, but it was not an obligate quadruped like Vader said. And wasn't this whole debate solved back in 2014?
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VaderRaptor

2 days ago
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This is where (partially) I got the obligate quadruped thing from.
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VaderRaptor

2 days ago
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Forgot the link: https://www....17&t=21s
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RexGoji

2 days ago
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Okay, well just remember it is not true.
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SKuLL cRaWLer

one month ago
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Rhedosaurus is underrated he needs some more love
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Titanus Gojira

10 months ago
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he awesome
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Rhedosaur

14 months ago
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🐊♥♥
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KingGhidorahsucksGodzillarules3417

15 months ago
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His roar sounds like "Reeuhoyaa!",it is weird.
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Lamango

32 months ago
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Yamane also appears.

http://3.bp....+carnage.jpg
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Lamango

32 months ago
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Well look who else is in it. Gorgo, Paleosaurus and Godzilla. And one of the dinosaurs from 1 Million Years BC. They're obviously supposed to be them.
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Green Blob Thing

32 months ago
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I agree with Lamango here that its clearly meant to be them. The brown dinosaur is even striking the exact same pose that Rhedosaurus strikes on the poster of the movie. I also don't understand why it can't be mentioned as trivia either. I don't see anything wrong with it.

(also could you please use the reply button please, Lamango? It just makes reading the comments chain easier)
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Lamango

32 months ago
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And https://s-me...a641eb3f.jpg

Why can't this trivia be added?
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Les

32 months ago
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Is there any actual confirmation that states this is the Rhedosaurus? Or is it just an assumption based on visual similarity?
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The King of the Monsters

32 months ago
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It's not officially licensed, so they're just obvious stand-ins for those monsters. If you would have provided that image as a source we still could have added the trivia.
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Lamango

32 months ago
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It's not just the IDW series. He's in the cards too. http://www.b...ack/df10.jpg
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Lamango

32 months ago
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Why'd you delete the Dinosaurs Attack trivia? Look. http://www.b...ack/df10.jpg
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Green Blob Thing

43 months ago
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The Rhedosaurus is a cool monster. He's actually kind of cute in some scenes.
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