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Godzilla by filbarlow Godzilla by filbarlow
Here is a poster I did to promote the Animated Godzilla TV show. It was printed in a Fox magazine if my memory serves. Once the Execs had approved the style of the humans, Tom Perkins took over the Character Design so I could focus on the monsters. Again the Executive Producer who put the concept together was Richard Raynis.
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QuixoticOperator Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Student General Artist
Oh hey, it's that Nessie-whale-skull-thing! Loved that thing, forget what it's called.
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Lotan? From Moby Ghost? It was episode #124 in production.
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Pappasaurus Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Awesome animated design, but I have them on the 1998 movie and the animated series on dvd and now I am a godzilla fan.
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Thank you, I'm glad that you liked it :)
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Pappasaurus Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
You're welcome.
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Khialat Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014
A great display of the brilliant work you did on this show! :thumbsup:

I'm sorry you get so much uncalled-for grief over the whole Godzilla/"Zilla" thing. I hate it when people go on about this "name change". I refuse to apply it to either the cartoon or the 1998 film, for the following reasons:

- The film - and now the complete cartoon series - are still sold on DVD as "Godzilla", and the creature is still called that by the characters. I personally think it should be quite clear that their story exists in an entirely different continuity from Toho's films. I have the novelisation of the film, where it is stated that in this version, "Gojira" is originally a sea monster of Japanese myth which the sailor mistakes our mutant iguana for, and Charles Caiman later mispronounces it as "Godzilla" and the name sticks. Plus, if they were in the same continuity, wouldn't characters be comparing the situation to endless similar ones seen in Japan?!? No, this is a different world, with different events, different rules and a different Godzilla (though, of course, with some details paying homage to what came before).

- Toho fully endorsed the 1998 film while it was in production; it was only after the purists reacted negatively that they added "Zilla" into their continuity and showed it being easily killed by the Toho version. I think they were trying to calm all the angry fans down, but clearly this did NOT work; the purists still behave the same way wherever they find it, whining and throwing insults and treating Emmerich and Devlin like demons or something. Personally, I'm not impressed by what Toho or the haters have done and continue to do.

- Purists may complain about "taking the 'God' out of Godzilla" - but the whole "God" thing was originally pure coincidence. When the 1954 "Gojira" was Americanized as "Godzilla, King of the Monsters", they just wanted a name that echoed the original, but didn't sound exclusively Japanese. It was the fandom that started saying the "God" part was literal. It's true that in the recent 2014 version the characters do call the film's Godzilla a "god" - but then, haven't human beings called a lot of things "gods" throughout history, especially what they fear or can't fully understand? Call me judgmental, but I feel the whole "literal god" thing borders on religious fanaticism - which disturbs me. I want to enjoy a character without feeling pressured to worship them.

- As a kid, I enjoyed both the film and the animated series just fine when they were released, and still appreciate them today (but that's just a personal reason :blush:)

In conclusion, I think the name "Zilla" should apply ONLY when it shares the same universe as Toho's original Godzilla, and then purely for the sake of avoiding confusion. The monster in the 1998 film - and the animated series you worked on - is Godzilla (at least, a version of him) and should be recognized as such!
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Yep I'm with you, unfortunately it's Toho's fault. Toho are responsible for backing away from the Sony version and renaming it. I honestly don't care, I worked on a show called Godzilla and that's the truth, I won't be rewriting my own history. All the justifications that have come afterwards are pointless to me, it's just a fantasy character, not a real thing, and certainly not a god, it's all made up. There was never any conversation about Godzilla's "godhood" when I was working on the show.

My understanding was that the original 1954 film makers where trying to say "Gorilla" and ended up with whatever, it doesn't matter, they were trying to knockoff King Kong anyway. It's all so blah. Toho will just redesign history as they see fit and the "fans" will support their justifications. Honestly I find the repositioning kinda gutless, they agreed to work with Sony, approved the design, script, film and TV show, so stick with that decision, yeah it happened, support it!

Have a look here for more information about the official Toho name change: godzilla.wikia.com/wiki/The_Zi…
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Khialat Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
I'm sorry, but reading that article in the link made me SO angry. Perhaps I'm being dramatic, but it feels like Toho "betrayed" Sony purely for the sake of pleasing their crowds of rabid animals fans. They act as if NO ONE feels the way I feel. They just don't care. Original creators or not, their attitude is, IMHO, appalling - as is seeing people cheer them on. People should be condemning such behaviour from corporations, not endorsing it.

And I was surprised by how Patrick Tatopoulos had no problem with how they treated his design in that "Final Wars" film; I would have been livid if I were in his shoes!

To add insult to injury, a certain group of commenters on the page have made nasty comments about a certain :iconturokswe: - I only know him by his dArt account, but he happened to be one of the VERY few people I've found here willing to see my point of view (that group includes you, of course ;)). I once had a conversation with him, and he seemed very understanding and polite. It makes me sad to see such a person being called a "troll" and a "liar". I once had the misfortune of receiving comments from one of these people - :iconawesomeness360: - about my own Godzilla art. He actually accused me of disrespecting those who suffered in the WWII Japan bombings. I soon blocked him, of course. That experience made me more disappointed than ever with purists. They just won't let anyone else enjoy things except in a certain way; it really ruins it for me.

Sorry if I'm wasting your time with all this talk. I've just had feelings like these ever since I found out what Toho did, and all the buzz surrounding the new film version brought it crashing down on me all over again. I haven't been a happy bunny about it at all :(
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Professional Filmographer
I hear you, and I am interested in talking openly with any one.
You aren't wasting my time any more than I'm wasting yours :)
I've said my piece on Toho in the above comment and have nothing further to add, but you obviously got my drift.

I've had a long think myself and here is where I have arrived:
A company CAN change the logic of their property's universe as much as they like, not a problem.
A company (and the fans who subscribe to the company line) have NO right to change MY history, the reality that I actually lived.
The character that I worked on was Godzilla, Toho approved, end of story.

From my position, this late in my life, the thing that I have been most wary of is peer groups. I dislike them, the ONLY reason that I am where I am as an artist is because I've never followed them, never subscribed to them. As a youth, while other kids my age were smoking, drinking, taking drugs and screwing each other I was drawing, working hard because I knew it would pay off later on, and it did. At the same time I don't look for a fight, I let them do what they have to do, say what they have to say. As long as no one tries to stop me from doing my job everything is fine.

One thing that you will see, as time goes on, is that each generation rewrites history to fit their expectations, in time this will all be rewritten again, and all you'll be able to do is roll your eyes and restate your position. It doesn't really matter though, they won't be listening. Their peers have their ears.
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Khialat Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
Well, I just hope one day people drop this whole "worthy of the name Godzilla" thing :shrug:
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