Godzilla (Hanna-Barbera series)

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Air date September 9, 1978 -
December 8, 1979
Producer(s) Doug Wildey
Distributor Hanna-Barbera
Channel(s) NBCUS
Genre(s) Animated
Episodes 26
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Godzilla (ゴジラ,   Gojira), often referred to as The Godzilla Power Hour due to the hour-long time slot the series used to hold in its initial airings and also known retroactively as Godzilla: The Original Animated Series, was a Saturday morning animated series co-produced between Hanna-Barbera Productions and Toho that aired from September 9, 1978 to December 8, 1979. Two seasons of 13 episodes each were produced, broadcast on NBC in the United States.

Plot[edit | edit source]

The series followed the adventures of a team of scientists on the research vessel called the Calico which was headed by Captain Carl Majors. The rest of the crew included Dr. Quinn Darian, who is a female scientist, Brock Borden, who is her African-American assistant and Carl's first mate, and her teenage nephew Pete Darian. Also along for the ride was Godzooky, the nephew of Godzilla and Pete's best friend who had a light-hearted role in the show. He could fly using his small wings under his arms, though his Uncle Godzilla was unable to fly. Whenever he tried to breath fire, he just coughed up smoke rings and he never seemed to have the ability to shoot laser beams from his eyes.

The group would often call upon Godzilla by using a special communicator known as the "Godzilla Signal" when they were in peril, such as attacks by other giant monsters. If the communicator was not present or lost, Godzooky would use a special "howl" to summon him. Godzilla's size in the animated series shifted radically, sometimes within a single episode or even one scene (for instance, Godzilla's claw will wrap around a large ship, and only minutes later the team of scientists fit rather neatly on Godzilla's palm). In addition, Godzilla's trademark atomic breath was altered so he breathed simple fire. He could also shoot laser beams from his eyes, much like Superman's heat vision.

Episodes[edit | edit source]

Season 1[edit | edit source]

  1. "The Firebird" (September 9, 1978)
  2. "The Eartheater" (September 16, 1978)
  3. "Attack of the Stone Creature" (September 23, 1978)
  4. "The Megavolt Monster" (September 30, 1978)
  5. "The Seaweed Monster" (October 7, 1978)
  6. "The Energy Beast" (October 14, 1978)
  7. "The Colossus of Atlantis" (October 21, 1978)
  8. "The Horror of Forgotten Island" (October 28, 1978)
  9. "Island of Lost Ships" (November 4, 1978)
  10. "The Magnetic Terror" (November 11, 1978)
  11. "The Breeder Beast" (November 18, 1978)
  12. "The Sub-Zero Terror" (November 25, 1978)
  13. "The Time Dragons" (December 2, 1978)

Season 2[edit | edit source]

  1. "Calico Clones" (September 15, 1979)
  2. "Microgodzilla" (September 22, 1979)
  3. "Ghost Ship" (September 29, 1979)
  4. "The Beast of Storm Island" (October 6, 1979)
  5. "The City in the Clouds" (October 13, 1979)
  6. "The Cyborg Whale" (October 20, 1979)
  7. "Valley of the Giants" (October 27, 1979)
  8. "Moonlode" (November 3, 1979)
  9. "The Golden Guardians" (November 10, 1979)
  10. "The Macro-Beasts" (November 17, 1979)
  11. "Pacific Peril" (November 24, 1979)
  12. "Island of Doom" (December 1, 1979)
  13. "The Deadly Asteroid" (December 8, 1979)

Specials[edit | edit source]

  1. "Godzilla vs. Y2K Bug" (1999)

Cast[edit | edit source]

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

  • Jeff David   as   Captain Carl Majors
  • Al Eisenman   as   Pete Darian
  • Hilly Hicks   as   Brock Borden
  • Brenda Thomson   as   Doctor Quinn Darian
  • Ted Cassidy   as   Godzilla
  • Don Messick   as   Godzooky

Appearances[edit | edit source]

This section is under construction.

Characters[edit | edit source]

Monsters[edit | edit source]

Weapons, vehicles, and races[edit | edit source]

Broadcast History[edit | edit source]

Godzilla originally aired in these formats on NBC:[1]

  • The Godzilla Power Hour (September 8, 1978 - October 28, 1978)
  • The Godzilla Super 90 (November 4, 1978 - September 1, 1979)
  • Godzilla (September 8, 1979 - October 13, 1979)
  • The Godzilla/Globetrotters Adventure Hour (October 20, 1979 - September 20, 1980)
  • The Godzilla/Dynomutt Hour (September 27, 1980 - November 15, 1980)
  • The Godzilla/Hong Kong Phooey Hour (November 22, 1980 - May 16, 1981)
  • Godzilla (May 23, 1981 - September 5, 1981)

Credits[edit | edit source]

  • Executive Producers: William Hanna and Joseph Barbera
  • Producer: Doug Wildey
  • Directors: Ray Patterson, Carl Urbano
  • "Godzilla" was developed for television by: Dick Robbins, Duane Poole
  • Creative Producer: Iwao Takamoto
  • Story Editors: Dick Robbins, Duane Poole
  • Story: Herb Armstrong, Don Heckman, Bob Johnson, Duane Poole, Dick Robbins, Sam Roeca, George Shea, Bob Stitzel, Tom Swale, David Villaire
  • Story Direction: John Bruno, Moe Gollub, Jan Green, Paul Gruwell, John Zarr Haber, Rick Hoberg, Larry Huber, Mark Kirkland, Sherman Labby, Will Meugniot, Don Rico, Desmond Serratore, Dave Stevens, Bill Wary, Tom Yakutis
  • Recording Director: Wally Burr
  • Voices: Norman Alden, Marlene Aragon, Joe Baker, Michael Bell, Bill Bovett, Ted Cassidy, Jeff David, Virginia Eiler, Al Eisenman, Ron Feinberg, Joan Gerber, Hilly Hicks, Jane James, Casey Kasem, Ross Martin, Don Messick, Vic Perrin, Barney Phillips, Michael Road, Michael Rye, Brenda Thomson, Les Tremayne, B.J. Ward, Bill Woodson
  • Graphics: Iraj Paran, Tom Wogatzke
  • Title Design: Bill Perez
  • Musical Director: Hoyt Curtin
  • Musical Supervisor: Paul DeKorte
  • Character Design: Doug Wildey, George Wheeler, Fred Irvin
  • Layout Supervision: John Ahern, Warren Marshall
  • Key Layout: Larry Huber, Floyd Norman
  • Layout: Cosmo Anzalotti, Lyle Beddes, John Bruno, Garnett Bugby, Todd Curtis, Sukhi Dail, Cory Dangerfield, Bob Foster, Hak Ficq, Drew Gentle, Simon Gittins, Moe Gollub, Charles Grosvenor, Paul Gruwell, Dave Hanan, Jack Huber, Mike Kawaguchi, Boyd Kirkland, Mark Kirkland, Brad Landreth, Jack Manning, Earl Martin, Jim Mueller, Dan Noonan, Mike O'Mara, Lew Ott, Mike Ploog, Gerrard Pointak, Debra Pugh, Tom Roth, Linda Rowley, Keith Sargent, Glenn Schmitz, Bart Seitz, Doyle Shaw, Peter Shelley, Roy Smith, Thomas Tholen, Greg Thurber, Toby, Grant Wilson
  • Animation Supervision: Bill Keil, Jay Sarbry
  • Assistant Animation Supervisor: Bob Goe
  • Animation: Ed Aardal, Carlos Alfonso, Frank Andrina, Cliff Augustson, Ed Barge, Tom Barnes, Bob Bemiller, Oliver Callahan, Lars Calonius, Amaro Carretero, Rudy Cataldi, Roger Chiasson, Jesse Cosio, Doug Crane, Joan Drake, Marcia Fertig, Hugh Fraser, Al Gaivoto, Manuel Garcia Galiana, Mark Glamack, Fernando Gonzalez, Jeff Hall, Terry Harrison, Bob Hathcock, Fred Hellmich, Harry Holt, Angel Izquierdo, Volus Jones, Mario Julio, Rick Leon, Hicks Lokey, Ernesto Lopez, Roberto Marcano, Luis Martinez, Dan Mills, Pedro Mohedano, Ken Muse, Constantin Mustatea, Margaret Nichols, Eduardo Olivares, Margaret Parkes, Juan Pina, Bill Pratt, Tom Ray, Morey Reden, Veve Risto, Mitch Rochon, Vincente Rodriguez, Mariano Rueda, Mark Simon, Ken Southworth, Dave Tendlar, Dick Thompson, Richard Trueblood, Robert Tyler, Carlo Vinci, James Walker, John Walker, Ron Westlund
  • Background Supervision: Al Gmuer
  • Backgrounds: Deborah Akers, Dario Campanile, Dennis Durrell, Ann Guenther, James Hegedus, James Hickey, Paro Hozumi, Michael Humphries, Alison Julian, Bill Lorencz, Andy Phillipson, Jeff Richards, Jeff Riche, Sera Segal-Alsberg, Peter Van Elk, Dennis Venizelos
  • Checking and Scene Planning: Cindy Smith
  • Xerography: Star Wirth
  • Ink and Paint Supervision: Billie Kerns
  • Sound Direction: Richard Olson, Bill Getty
  • Camera: George Epperson, Jerry Smith, Tom Epperson, Chuck Flekal, Ron Jackson, Larry Smith, Terry Smith, Brandy Whittington, Jerry Whittington
  • Supervising Film Editor: Larry C. Cowan
  • Dubbing Supervisor: Pat Foley
  • Music Editors: Daniels McLean, Joe Sandusky
  • Effects Editors: Ric Eisman, Patricia Peck
  • Show Editor: Gil Iverson
  • Negative Consultant: William E. DeBoer
  • Production Manager: Jayne Barbera
  • Post Production Supervisor: Joed Eaton
  • A Hanna-Barbera Production
The name and character of Godzilla in this picture are used by permission of and with the consent of Toho Co. Ltd.
© 1978 Hanna-Barbera Productions, Inc., Toho Co. Ltd. and Benedict Pictures Corporation
The character Godzilla © 1978 Toho Co. Ltd. and Benedict Pictures Corporation
All material except the character Godzilla © 1978 Hanna-Barbera Productions, Inc.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

DVD releases[edit | edit source]

The rights to the show have reverted back to Toho, and the video rights have been picked up by Classic Media, which released the first eight episodes of the first season of the series on two DVDs in June 2006 as Godzilla: The Original Animated Series Volume 1 and Volume 2. Volume 3 was released on October 9, 2007 and contained the remaining five episodes of the season. The second season, with its 13 episodes, remains unavailable on home video to this day.

Videos[edit | edit source]

Opening theme
Godzilla Cartoon Network bumper
Godzilla vs. Y2K Bug Cartoon Network bumper

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Rather than use Godzilla's trademark roar, Hanna-Barbera cast Ted Cassidy to record vocalizations for the character. He performed similar work for the live action TV series The Incredible Hulk, which began airing the same year.
  • The basic formula of a scientific team and research vessel investigating strange phenomena with Godzilla as an ally was reused later for Godzilla: The Series.
  • DC Comics' Scooby-Doo Team-Up #43 mentions that the Hanna-Barbera superheroes Frankenstein Jr. and the Impossibles defeated the likes of Godzilla, the Eartheater, and the Cyclops Creature, all of whom make a cameo in one panel alongside an unidentified fourth monster, actually a recolored version of the Time Dragon with flaps under its arms and pointed spikes on its back. The monsters were apparently under the control of (if not created by) the Mad Inventor.

External links[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

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