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Godzilla: Face Expressions Chart by filbarlow Godzilla: Face Expressions Chart by filbarlow
This is the actual Godzilla expression model sheet that I did for the 1998 animated TV show. I included it in the main model pack to give the Storyboard artists reference on how draw Godzilla's face from different angles. It was never colored. I was unable to clean the linework up due to time restraints, so it remained a rough throughout the production.

I've been working on coloring this sketch over the past few months, so that the shapes make more sense to you.
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RoFlo-Felorez Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015  Student Digital Artist
whoah you were a part of this project? . o . 

what was it like working on the show? i wanna go into the animation industry myself 
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Yup and it was hard work, we had a week to design each show, all of the characters, turns, mouthcharts, for 40 episodes. One week!
Keep in mind that I designed four 40 episode shows back to back with a 13 episode squeezed in there to keep the pressure on.

Are you sure that you are ready for that kind of punishment?
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RoFlo-Felorez Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015  Student Digital Artist
ive been ready for the animation industry half my life, i will brave any drawing challenge ahead of me :salute:
besides a job where you draw monsters on a show like that sounds quite awesome! :D 
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Good, if you do get an opportunity to work, I hope you survive in the trenches.

It's a job, you do your best, people make notes and have opinions and try to micromanage you.
Drawing monsters is only a small part of what I do, I'm glad that I did it, I'm happy to have survived it, now I'm free to use all of my creative faculties.
That was a job, this is play.
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RoFlo-Felorez Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015  Student Digital Artist
so did you get a start with an internship or did you have to study for many years before applying directly to the studios? cus im thinking of applying for an internship with Nickelodeon for the summer but i still need to build up a decent looking portfolio before i can
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lonegamer7 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
MY CHILDHOOD.

Oh sweet Honda... :squee::squee::squee: Heart Heart Heart Heart Heart Heart Heart Heart :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce:  :squee::squee::squee:

Sorry. It's just that, THIS was THE Saturday morning cartoon that I determinedly taped on the VCR despite having to attend Chinese school. Yeah, I'm that old. XD
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Lol school always seemed to interrupt our cartoon time when we were kids.
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lonegamer7 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
That, and parents that don't get the wonders of watching kaiju vs kaiju. I actually almost considered focusing on science for the rest of my school life because of this show. ALMOST.
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filbarlow Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Professional Filmographer
Yeah hehe.
I would have happily taken Biology and Art at school, but the education system at the time prohibited it.
An artist stays in the art box, apparently.
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mexicanzilla Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Oh my actual spark
Its like seeing a old friend, so you were responsable to make this childhood icon ofmine the personality and design.

Mind = blown
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Haha yep, but I'm not responsible for cleaning up those bits of brain!
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mexicanzilla Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Took me almost 3 days but I clean them.

Well, the crature in that awesome TV series is still called Godzilla
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Haha

I agree.
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:iconchardactyl:
Chardactyl Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014
  Godzilla Jr. was always super cool and had a great personality. You and your team did a spectacular job on the series. :D
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:iconfilbarlow:
filbarlow Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Thank you
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:iconchardactyl:
Chardactyl Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014
You are welcome
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Pulsarium Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Waitaminute.
You worked on GTS.

You're good at this. You're great at this.
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:iconfilbarlow:
filbarlow Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Yup, it was my job. I do my best :)
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:iconpulsarium:
Pulsarium Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You do great, man.
I wonder what your take on Godzilla 98/Zilla meeting Godzilla would be.
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Mum!
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:iconpulsarium:
Pulsarium Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ha!
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MurdocNerada Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your Zilla was one of my favorite "suits", so to speak. Up there with BioGoji, LegendaryGoji, and...i forget the other one's name. MogeGoji?
Point is, its a shame Zilla was de-godded: your Zilla, once again, was always one of my favorites.
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Khialat Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014
You know, the "God" part of the name was originally just a coincidence. When the original 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 has insisted that the "God" part was literal - true, the human characters call him a "god" in the new 2014 film, but throughout history humans have called all sorts of things they fear or can't understand "gods".
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MurdocNerada Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I do know that. I'm only parleying what Toho said, man. I think it's a sort of joke they were making, as well as also carrying the statement that they didn't consider Zilla a "true" godzilla anymore? I KNOW that the name is gojira. I never said that the god part is literal. I'm not that daft. still p daft tho, but still.
so tl;dr, im not stupid, i know its gojira, always have, it was p much what toho said. You can see Zilla's page on the godzilla wiki i you want proof of my statement.
Sorry if it seems like i'm being defensive, but what you said has this feel of an insinuation that i'm new to the franchise and overall spouting idiotic bullocks when I'm not. I'm sure that wasn't your intention, but it's kind of how it came off. sorry, once again. ^u^;;
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Khialat Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014
I'm sorry too. It's just I really loved watching both the 1998 film and cartoon as a kid, so I can't help but feel offended by the way Toho and so many fans treat this version.
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MurdocNerada Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Eh, even if Zilla was de-godded, I still love him. Second favorite "suit" [easier than saying incarnation wanna fight about it XD], really.
And yeah, Zilla gets a bad rep, but he really doesn't deserve it. Admittedly he deviated further away from what the entire franchise was used to, but I kind of liked it. I consider him separate from Godzilla/Gojira, but he's  creature in his own right. A sort of...evolutionary descendant, but not the same creature, so to speak. That's what marine iguanas are in comparison to "Godzillasauruses", I'd suppose.

but seriously no Godzilla can hold a candle to Biollante imo
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Khialat Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014
Out of the monsters Toho created, Biollante is one of my favourites :XD:
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MurdocNerada Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I would say she's like Audrey II's territorial big sister, but I'm still not sure which came first XD Think it was Twoie, at 1960 something.
i may be a bit biased on her part though, considering she was my first godzilla kaiju
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Khialat Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014
Well, I think she's one of the most interesting "kaiju", having a human aspect in her DNA.
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Professional Filmographer
To my knowledge a suit was never used for the 1998 film, it was either CG or sculpted models (which I saw first hand).

Who cares what ungracious people say. History still stands, our Godzilla existed, Toho approved it, Sony made the movie, we made the TV show. Be proud of your favorite version, it still is a valid historical Godzilla.
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The493Darkrai Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Hobbyist
A suit was actually used in 4 shots of the movie: godzilla.wikia.com/wiki/Shodai… :meow:

Of course, Zilla and Zilla Junior are Godzilla incarnations. However, their official name is Zilla now because Toho renamed it [ godzilla.wikia.com/wiki/The_Zi… ], it's not just some butthurt haters that can't get over things form 16 years ago.  I really like Zilla, his design is very cool and it's sad so many people hate him.

Of course the movie and the TV show are still called "Godzilla" and the show and movie refer to them as "Godzilla," but as was stated in a Henshin!Online interview, Sony owns the movie and TV show--Toho owns the character. DVDs and things might still call him Godzilla but that's because the movie and The Series call him that.

It's okay if you keep referring to Zilla as "Godzilla" Fil Barlow, since you worked on this show hands-on and you put a lot of effort into it. :)
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Very interesting, and thank you for all of the information. You'll notice that I was careful adding the disclaimer,"To my knowledge" as everything was so secretive during the development of the TV show I was never shown those suits, just marquettes and animatronic versions. So thank you for the link to the suit images.

Obviously I had no idea that Toho had gone to such lengths to distance themselves from the American movie. I knew at the time that Toho, like Sony, was upset that the movie failed, and I'm confident that they would have supported the 1998 version had the movie done well, there was bold talk before the 1998 screening about ongoing Godzilla movies.

At the end of the day I worked for Sony, not Toho, and seeing as the rights for the Godzilla animation are owned by Sony I can rightfully continue to use the name Godzilla, because that is all I'm concerned with. My old work on a Sony project.
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MurdocNerada Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I say "suit" as a general term for incarnations, sorry if that wasn't clear. It's shorter to type out and say, harder to stumble on, and since suits were used for MOST of the movies, it tends to convey the meaning I mean, y'kno? But I understand what you mean: Zilla was one of the 3 entirely CG Godzillas.

I'm not saying he's not a Godzilla, but Toho did de-god him if i remember correctly. Who cares, though, he's a giant marine iguana.
i love marine iguanas.

also thanks for replying it means a lot to me uvu
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Turns out that there was a suit, check out the comment by :iconthe493darkrai:

I can live with a giant mutated iguana, just to get away from all the silliness :XD:

You are welcome, thank you for commenting!
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drake-fighter-0127 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I'm in awe that this piece, along with you are here on DA.
Such fond memories of me watching the 1998 animated show, thank you for uploading this
:)
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Thank you and I'm glad to bring back some memories for you :)
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drake-fighter-0127 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Your truly welcome :)
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OmegaZilla Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful!
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Thank you!
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Emerson-Fialho Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Professional Artist
Very well done!! :clap:
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Thank you :)
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Emerson-Fialho Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Professional Artist
:icongreatjobplz:
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Sidewinderstriker Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I always did like this version of Godzilla, in part because unlike the movie version, the cartoon version actually behaved like the King of the Monsters. Now if only he could have encountered Mothra and King Ghidorah, that would have been awesome.
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Yeah I don't know why we never touched on fantastic monsters, even if we didn't have Toho's blessing we certainly could have come up with our own.
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TheGurch Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
awesome.makes me wanna watch more more more Godzilla, i love this design even tho most seem to hate it with a passion. great work as always. 
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Thank you, and when you do you can see how often Godzilla goes off model :XD:
I really don't know what's wrong with people, these are fictitious characters, simple as that.
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TheGurch Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
hahah I hear you there it always amazes me when they voice a disagreement with your personal version. :)
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:iconfilbarlow:
filbarlow Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Me too lol
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Myuutsuu85 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014
That's one lovely pice of work ^^
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:iconfilbarlow:
filbarlow Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Thank you, it was more practical at the time, not really intended to be used as art. :)
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