In 1977 a Japanese fishing boat caught something unusual. Some people suggested that it was a plesiosaur, a marine reptile that went extinct with the dinosaurs (it wasn’t). The photo of a supposed ‘living-dinosaur’ eventually found its way into Godzilla movie history.
In this episode I discuss the history of the incident, the science that solved the mystery, and its place in kaiju lore.
Plus I catch up on whatever it is I missed in the last 6 months
This episode I do something a little different, no Kaiju science. Instead I had writer Jase Short on to talk about some of the deeper meanings and themes of kaiju movies. We had a fantastic conversation and Jase almost made sound smrt.
Make sure to check out his blog, it includes some of the more thoughtful commentaries on the giant monster genre I’ve ever read. Jase’s can be found here: The Ansible
Godzilla vs The Smog Monster is definitely… unique. But as weird as it was it was trying to say something substantive about an important issue. It’s a weird trippy movie, and one that certainly polarizes fans. Though it seems to have undergone a renaissance lately, with fans holding in higher regard than they used to (for some just for the camp value). In this episode I talk about acid mist, acid rain and the worlds response to it.
Also I talk to Keith Foster, author of Kodoja, about his Godzilla, Kung Fu and their respective screen time trends. And don’t forget to go contribute to the Kodoja kickstarter campaign.
Legendary’s Godzilla has come and gone, and it has made a decent amount of money. Enough to warrant two sequels. It also raised a few scientific questions. Questions about his massive size, sexual selection, EMPs, and the MUTO life cycle. In this episode I review some of those questions, and I also talk to Kyle Yount of the Kaijucast about his Kickstarter campaign.
In this episode I look at how Godzilla spends his winters. In King Kong Vs. Godzilla, Godzilla emerges from his icy tomb and walks straight into a simian smackdown. But how long was he in there? And what does it take for a giant reptile, and regular sized reptiles, to survive during hibernation. Also I’ll tell you how much I loved the new Godzilla (OMG I LOVED IT SO MUCH!!!) and about mushrooms that eat radioactivity for breakfast. Also I have an animated bee and a robot playing the drums. Best. Episode. Ever.
How many hot-air balloons do you need to float a 50 million pound drunk gorilla? Does Godzilla migrate? And why do his fins glow blue? All the answers can be found within 1962’s King Kong Vs. Godzilla! This episode marks the first episode of a new era for the podcast. It’s time to take this show to the next level (whatever that means). More content, more episodes, still in bite size episodes!