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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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Zilla

Ripping off Godzilla Since 1998.
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filbarlow Apr 7, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Toho approved my design, so I wouldn't exactly call it ripping off, they made money off their franchise through everything Sony did.
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WeirdPaperBag Apr 8, 2014  New member
Still he should never be called Godzilla.

EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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filbarlow Apr 8, 2014  Professional Filmographer
What? You want to rewrite history? Zilla never existed as a name when the show was released. History predates you my friend, read the title of the show! It is and always will be... Godzilla, you'll just have to live with it. Sorry.
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Still.

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austintrench Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
sorry you guys were disliked so much in the godzi- I mean zilla community, you helped make Godzilla better than the movie
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filbarlow Jun 24, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Luckily our ignorance of a zilla community protected us from any dislike. Honestly I wouldn't care anyway. Having an opinion about a project after the work is done is such a waste of effort. We did the best job we could do with a failed Sony property, we weren't interested in linking our show with anything Toho had done in the past because the Sony movie gave us a clean slate to make our own version. However, had my brief been to base my designs SOLELY on the original Toho franchise I would have been intimately faithful to the original monsters. I promise you that I would have used photos of the original suits and improved their anatomy so that they looked like believable creatures.

After all the secrecy, seeing the movie was a big let down. I respected all of the work that went into the film but didn't like the end result. Sony outright rejected the property when it failed to meet their box office expectations. Richard Raynis was the only Exec brave enough to see the property's potential, and hone it into a kid's TV show.
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280077s Apr 8, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I'm sorry the 1998 movie and series gets so much hate. If it makes you feel any better, I will always love the 1998 movie ( I still have it on VHS) and the series. I love all variations of Godzilla.
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filbarlow Apr 8, 2014  Professional Filmographer
I haven't seen the movie since it was first released I would like to take a look again and get a fresh perspective on it.
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280077s Apr 9, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Do you mind if I tell you why I like the 1998 movie and your series so much?

True, they are part of my childhood, and will always hold a place in my heart for that, but now, looking back on them as an adult, I can appreciate the subtleties of Godzilla's design. The origin of him being from a mutated iguana egg adds a realistic origin point, while the fact that the creature was just trying to find food and make a a nest makes the creature more animal-like ( as it IS an animal) and not just some mindless killing machine. Also, I love that it had a relationship with Nick, it makes it more endearing and more of a sympathetic character, so I was sad when he got killed in the end. Lastly, the series expanded on the human and animal relationship established in the film, and made Godzilla a good guy.

I want you to know that I truly appreciate your work for the film and the series, as an an artist myself and a friend of your work. I want you to know that of all the fanatics of the series, someone (namely me) appreciated your work and didn't just go fanboy over it because it was part of my childhood, Godzilla 1998 goes deeper than that for me. Other than that, I must admit I feel bad that even you were disappointed by the film, I kind of wish you could see what I see in it. Oh well. Thanks for your work, friend.
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