Godzilla vs Podcast Zero - Godzilla 1998 with Betsy Sodaro
Tuesday June 18th 2019
The incredible actor, writer and comedian Betsy Sodaro joins us this week. She’s appeared on Comedy Bang! Bang!, Bob’s Burgers, Superstore, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and even did a voice for the new Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! Betsy wanted to review the infamous 1998 American Godzilla movie with Matthew Broderick. This is the Godzilla movie that fans of the series love to hate. It serves as a warning to future filmmakers of what not to do with a popular beloved franchise: change everything. But did we listen? There’s a blue hedgehog that would say no! What went wrong and what did they get right? We delve into some of the background lore of making this movie, including the 2-minutes of silence when the design of the new creature was revealed to Toho in Japan.
This was the movie that made us realize that blockbusters could be bombs. There was so much secrecy surrounding the design of the monster that they weren’t even releasing toys from the movie until after its release to not spoil the surprise. The one silver lining from this movie was that it did spawn a cartoon series that people largely enjoyed. It was the strength of this series that saved Godzilla’s popularity in America.
And speaking of animation, here’s some more amazing art from Thomas Perkins, this time he drew the Polyocular Daikaiju Mitchthra, the Kaiju inspired by our guest, Mike Mitchell, in the Son of Godzilla episode!
Hey Folks, here we have a stab at Polyocular Daikaiju Mitchthra, a Kaiju inspired by @BDayBoysMitch? from his apperance co-hosting on the @zero_godzilla podcast w/ @maddoxrules , @HaleyMancini & @jayhasrajani as they discussed "The Son of Godzilla" Cheers! #coolpodcasts #kaiju pic.twitter.com/2XiOFrMnKx— Thomas Perkins (@TNPerkins4) June 14, 2019
Jay Hasrajani struggled to find any redeemable quality to this movie in his Jay take. “It’s just a bad film.” There’s nothing he likes about Godzilla movies in this movie–no mineratures, no fire breath, etc.
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