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Up from the depths, thirty stories high. Breathing fire, his head in the sky! Godzilla!
— Theme song from Godzilla
Godzilla (ゴジラ is a giant monster featured in the Gojira)1978 Hanna-Barbera animated series Godzilla. It is the first incarnation of Godzilla to be animated, as well as the second incarnation of Godzilla to originate in American media, after the Marvel Godzilla.
The King of the Monsters aligned himself with the crew of the research vessel Calico, coming to their aid whenever summoned by their companion, his "nephew" Godzooky. Godzilla arose many times to fight on behalf of the Calico crew against an array of vicious giant monsters, always emerging victorious. When other monsters threatened innocent lives, Godzilla was often called upon to fend off the creatures and help civilians escape harm.
The name "Godzilla" is a transliteration of Gojira (ゴジラ), a combination of two Japanese words: gorira (ゴリラ), meaning gorilla, and kujira (鯨 or クジラ), meaning whale. At one planning stage, the concept of "Gojira" was described as "a cross between a gorilla and a whale." The two words "whale" and "gorilla" describe Godzilla's traditional characteristics. The word whale represents his aquatic lifestyle and his bulky size. The word gorilla represents his sheer strength and the strategic thinking he uses when fighting against other monsters.
The Hanna-Barbera Godzilla, unlike the incarnations of Godzilla featured in Toho's film series, is entirely green in color. His dorsal fins are unlike those of any other Godzilla in that they begin at the top of his head, and are more triangular in shape compared to Godzilla's traditional maple leaf-shaped plates. They are also blue or green in color rather than bone-white. The Hanna-Barbera Godzilla's arms are also very long, human-like and flexible, similar to the Showa Godzilla's.
The Hanna-Barbera is very similar in personality to the Showa Godzilla, being a heroic monster that fends off other more dangerous creatures. The Hanna-Barbera Godzilla travels with the crew of the Calico and responds to help them whenever called by his "nephew" Godzooky. The Hanna-Barbera Godzilla is very conscious of human life and will take steps to avoid harming nearby civilians and help them escape during his battles with enemy monsters.
- "The Firebird"
- "The Eartheater"
- "Attack of the Stone Creature"
- "The Megavolt Monster"
- "The Seaweed Monster"
- "The Energy Beast"
- "The Colossus of Atlantis"
- "The Horror of Forgotten Island"
- "Island of Lost Ships"
- "The Magnetic Terror"
- "The Breeder Beast"
- "The Sub-Zero Terror"
- "The Time Dragons"
- "Calico Clones"
- "Ghost Ship"
- "The Beast of Storm Island"
- "The City in the Clouds"
- "The Cyborg Whale"
- "Valley of the Giants"
- "The Golden Guardians"
- "The Macro-Beasts"
- "Pacific Peril"
- "Island of Doom"
- "The Deadly Asteroid"
In place of Godzilla's traditional atomic breath, the Hanna-Barbera Godzilla possesses a fire breath. This attack is still very powerful and effective against foes.
In addition to his fire breath, the Hanna-Barbera Godzilla can fire laser beams from his eyes.
On some occasions, the Hanna-Barbera Godzilla was able to shoot flames from his nose.
Godzilla uses his nose flames against the Magnetic Monster
Hanna-Barbera was unable to acquire the rights to Godzilla's trademark roar, so the Hanna-Barbera Godzilla is voiced by actor Ted Cassidy instead.
- The Hanna-Barbera Godzilla is the second-tallest Godzilla on record, standing exactly 400 feet (121.92 meters) tall, only shorter than Godzilla Earth. However, he is also the second-lightest Godzilla on record, with a weight of only 600 metric tons, making him only heavier than the TriStar Godzilla.
- Years after Hanna-Barbera lost the Godzilla license, this incarnation of Godzilla and some of his monster co-stars made a cameo in a DC Scooby-Doo comic.
- The Godzilla from the later animated series, Godzilla: The Series, shares some similarities with this Godzilla. Like the Hanna-Barbera Godzilla, he is an ally to humanity who is summoned by a team of scientists, often aboard their research boat, in order to fend off other malevolent giant monsters.
- Though officially considered to stand at 400 feet, or about 122 meters, the Godzilla theme song suggests him to instead be "thirty stories high," which would make him about 129 meters tall at the standard definition of 4.3 meters per storey.
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