Toho Champion Festival

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The Toho Champion Festival (東宝チャンピオンまつり,   Tōhō Chanpion Matsuri) was a Japanese film campaign held by Toho between 1969 and 1978. Kicked off by the release of All Monsters Attack and primarily aimed at children, it re-released and facilitated the new releases of Japanese films during the spring, summer, and winter seasons. Included among the festival's featured releases were every Godzilla film between 1969 and 1975, along with several of the company's other tokusatsu films. Some television series episodes were also given theatrical runs, such as those of Tsuburaya's Ultraman Taro and Mirrorman, or Toho's own Warrior of Love Rainbowman.

The festival also served as a competitor to the Toei Manga Festival, which began 6 years prior in 1963 and similarly screened movies and television episodes primarily produced by Toei.

Releases[edit | edit source]

Event Films[1] Date[1]
Winter 1969 All Monsters Attack Konto 55: The Great Outer Space Adventure Star of the Giants: Go, Go, Hyuma 1969/12/10
Spring 1970 King Kong vs. Godzilla Star of the Giants: Big League Ball Attack No. 1 The Kindly Lion 1970/03/21
Summer 1970 Space Amoeba Star of the Giants: Fateful Showdown Attack No. 1: The Tearful Roll Reception The Ugly Duckling 1970/08/01
Winter 1970 Mothra vs. Godzilla The Fragile Planet Attack No. 1: The Tearful World Championship The Adventures of Hutch the Honeybee 1970/12/19
Spring 1971 The Great Monster War: King Ghidorah vs. Godzilla Attack No. 1: The Tearful Phoenix Hutch the Honeybee: Momma in the Moon General Inakappe Moomin 1971/03/17
Summer 1971 Godzilla vs. Hedorah Return of Ultraman Hutch the Honeybee: The Injured Ballerina General Inakappe: The Great One/We Must Give All Japanese Folklore Tales: The Straw Millionaire 1971/07/24
Winter 1971 Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah: The Greatest Battle on Earth Return of Ultraman: Terror of the Tornado Monsters Hutch the Honeybee: With a Wish on a Forget-Me-Not General Inakappe: The Guilty One/The Clairvoyant The Little Match Girl 1971/12/12
Spring 1972 Godzilla vs. Gigan Mirrorman Return of Ultraman: Jiro Rides a Monster Pinocchio: The Series Hutch the Honeybee: Hold Me, Momma The Genius Bakabon: Night Duty is Scary 1972/03/12
Summer 1972 Ebirah, Horror of the Deep Mirrorman: The Living Dinosaur Aroza Suzunosuke Akado The Genius Bakabon: Goodbyes Are Bittersweet Pinnochio: The Series - I Won't Cry 1972/07/22
Winter 1972 Godzilla: The Great Blitz Operation Daigoro vs. Goliath Panda! Go Panda! 1972/12/17
Spring 1973 Godzilla vs. Megalon Prominent Youth! Panda Go Panda: The Rainy Day Circus Jungle Kurobe 1972/03/17
Summer 1973 Son of Godzilla Rainbowman: The Professional Killers Ultraman Taro: Like the Sun, Mother of Ultra Gatchaman: The Firebird Versus the Fire-Eating Dragon Ken's Toy Shop: The Good Boy Takes a Trip Fables of the Green Forest: Johnny Builds His Home 1973/07/28
Winter 1973 King Kong Escapes Samurai Giants: Burn Up, Ban Bamba Ultraman Taro: Burn! The 6 Ultra Brothers Fables of the Green Forest: The Big Boast Aim for the Ace! Cinderella of the Tennis Kingdom Gatchaman: Renzilla, the Electric Monster 1973/12/20
Spring 1974 Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla Casshan: An Immortal Challenger Samurai Giants: The Duel at Sesshogawara Heidi, Girl of the Alps Ultraman Taro: The Blood-Sucking Flower is a Young Girl's Spirit Hello! Finger 5 1974/03/21
Winter 1974 The Burning Man: Shigeo Nagashima, Uniform Number 3 Mothra The Great Undersea War: Latitude Zero 1974/12/14
Spring 1975 Terror of Mechagodzilla New Hakkenden: Part I - The Duel at Horyukaku A Gift from Agnes Heidi, Girl of the Alps: The Mountain Children Gon, the Stone-Age Boy: Mammogar Sazae-san: Reading My Farewell Speech! 1975/03/15
Spring 1976 Peter Pan Mickey's Circus Lion Around Dragon Around No Sail Original Genius Bakabon Brave Raideen Time Bokan 1976/03/13
Spring 1977 King Kong vs. Godzilla The Story of the Giants: Onward!! To Glory Yatterman Flying Saucer War Bankid Japanese Folklore Tales: Momotaro 1977/03/19
Spring 1978 The Mysterians Lupin III: The Venice Super Express New Star of the Giants: The Walk-On Player Caught in a Storm Nobody's Boy: Remi - My First Friend, Grace Japanese Folklore Tales: Princess Kaguya 1978/03/18

Selected attendance[edit | edit source]

Year Film Attendants[1]
1969 All Monsters Attack 1,480,000
1970 King Kong vs. Godzilla 870,000
Mothra vs. Godzilla 730,000
1971 The Great Monster War: King Ghidorah vs. Godzilla 1,350,000
Godzilla vs. Hedorah 1,740,000
Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah: The Greatest Battle on Earth 1,090,000
1972 Godzilla vs. Gigan 1,780,000
Ebirah, Horror of the Deep 780,000
1973 Godzilla vs. Megalon 980,000
Son of Godzilla 610,000
1974 Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla 1,330,000
1975 Terror of Mechagodzilla 970,000
1977 King Kong vs. Godzilla 480,000

Videos[edit | edit source]

Trailers[edit | edit source]

All Monsters Attack Trailer with announcement
1971 Toho Champion Festival Invasion of Astro-Monster re-release trailer
1971 Toho Champion Festival Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster re-release trailer
1972 Toho Champion Festival
Destroy All Monsters re-release trailer
Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla announcement

Miscellaneous[edit | edit source]

Opening sequence in the Toho Champion Festival cut of King Kong vs. Godzilla
Title cards in the Toho Champion Festival cuts of Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster and Invasion of Astro-Monster
Title card in the Toho Champion Festival
cut of Destroy All Monsters

See also[edit | edit source]

External links[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

This is a list of references for Toho Champion Festival. 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 Godzilla Toho Champion Festival Perfection. ASCII MEDIA WORKS. 29 November 2014. pp. 30, 32, 34, 36, 38–39, 42, 44, 46, 48, 50, 52, 54, 56, 58, 60, 62, 64, 162. ISBN 978-4-04-866999-3.


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