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Godzilla: Main Cast Lineup, style #2 by filbarlow Godzilla: Main Cast Lineup, style #2 by filbarlow
This is how the Heatseekers team would have looked if Centropolis, the Producers of the Godzilla movie, hadn't rejected this style. Executive Richard Raynis and I really liked this look which I based off American Cartoonist Milton Caniff (1907 1988) who did Terry and the Pirates.

This artwork was done in Dec '97, this is the first time this lineup has been colored.

Keep in mind that I designed all of the main characters before the movie was released, all I had to work from was some Polaroids of the actors in costume. I had to guess at the personalities, no voice actors had been chosen and there was no script. Essentially I was flying blind. I designed the final approved characters and style in Feb '98, but I didn't see the movie until May '98.
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legendfromthedeep Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Student General Artist
Ooh, this is an nice style! I wonder what Junior would have looked like. I can see that some of the Elsie design was likely carried over into Monique… the facial structure, in particular.

I like Nick's official design better, though. He looks like kind of a shlump here, haha :Y
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filbarlow Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Professional Filmographer
I didn't deliberately base Monique on any earlier model, it might be a coincidence, because their faces are wide.

The idea of this Nick was a botanist in the field, who tend to look like they just fell out of bed into a pile of clothes.
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legendfromthedeep Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Student General Artist
It's an interesting alternate version of him, I have to say. It's so cool to be seeing the concept art! Thanks so much for posting it. :D
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filbarlow Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Professional Filmographer
You are welcome :)
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SherbertTCat Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think I actually prefer this style.
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filbarlow Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Yeah, I would have loved to have done a show in this style. Oh well.
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Jazon19 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012
Brilliant stuff mate!
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thank you again!
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jackcrowder Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
For flying blind, these designs were amazing.
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thanks, the final approved style was flying blind too! :O
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Groudan383 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Awesome!! Man, i love how your posting this once top secret, never before seen stuff! You dont know how awesome feels to look at this stuff! I have to admit, half of these guys looks better in this style while half of them dont. I can tell you the guys look worse in this style. They look kinda strange, but i have to say that the girls look WAY better in this style than they did in the style they used. Its seems like the other sex looks better in the two styles lol. If only you guys used the design of the girls in this style and combined th the guys in the other one, then they would have looked pretty cool combined. But regardless, this was pretty cool piece to see. Did Godzilla look different in this style too? :)
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I agree that not all of the designs work as well as their later incarnations, but keep in mind that this would have been the show if Centropolis had approved it, you wouldn't have anything to compare it with because I would have stopped here.

I never got a chance to do Godzilla in this style it was rejected too quickly. I did do a Godzilla for the 1st style which was closer to XGB, which is why Centropolis rejected it. They wanted their own unique look.
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Groudan383 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Yeah, like i said the girls look a lot better in this style. It makes you wonder how the cartoon would have been if they went with that style. Its an interesting thought. But im glad how things turned out.

That sucks, i actually wanted to see how Godzilla would have looked like in this style. Regardless, Godzilla looked very awesome in the style that was used. Thanks for sharing this stuff with us. I can wait to see more GTS exclusives :)
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Professional Filmographer
It would have worked, but the final style works too.

I have no idea how I would have handled Godzilla for this style which was smoother and rounder and focused on flow, but it wouldn't have been a big issue to give the monsters a different style. However I know I would have brought the concept of flow into their design. The Final style was intended to be more angular and detailed to visually separate it from this second style so that I could get approval.

I'm working on more.
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Groudan383 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Yeah, in the end both style would have most likely worked. I just wish they would have or would do a continuation to that series. It was such a great series. It would have an especially huge fanbase especially today due to all the new kaiju fans.

Yeah, it really doesnt make it wonder. I bet you out of any of us could imagine what/how he would have looked liked. Who knows? You could try to draw it now in that style :D

Awesome! I really cant wait to see more. You dont know who cool it feels to see this stuff. Its like your favorite musical artist psoting the lyrics to songs he didnt sing or songs that are in the making :)
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nathstones Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I just just heard this story a few weeks from our mate Thomas when I saw him in LA. What a challenge that would have been, but non the less they do look very cool.
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Professional Filmographer
There's a lot of mind reading I was expected to do. The Centropolis notes were always filtered through intermediaries, who while not creative at all, felt it necessary to add their thoughts, just to muddy things up. Rather than seeing back and forth of designs as part of the process of discovering a new look for a show, many of the Execs were panicking because I wasn't getting bullseyes every time. I got it right on the 3rd try with minimal direction. They graciously let me keep my job.
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mr-author Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012
Audrey looks good, Elsie is awesome. Nick is rockin' that beard. He looks like 4/5 of every biologist I've ever seen. He's just missing the ... no. Wait. He's got everything. I love how David looks awkward and lanky. Randy looks a little bland here, but still. Fantastic!
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I agree about Randy, he came into his own with the next round. We're on the same page with the rest of the cast.
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fcaiser Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012
Super secret in 1997
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Yeah. Paranoia was at an all time high back then :(
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Undrave Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012
Another piece of unknown History! Thanks for sharing it! Audrey looks really cute in that style. Randy's looks strangely macho here.
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Yeah I liked this Audrey, as you can see the roots of the final style kept elements from this one, if I had never experimented with this style I might have made other choices for the final characters. Randy went through the approval process almost untouched, Elsie went through the wringer.
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Undrave Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012
It feels a bit more round than the final design but yeah Randy does look like Randy... though I like his final fashion better :p. So at what point in the design process was the character of Monique added to the roster?
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I'm not sure when Monique became part of the main line up but this was the main cast at the time. Characters kept getting added as the scripts were developed. The funny thing is that I have a Monique-like character in the 1st style. I thought Monique was invented after this line-up but I might have just been throwing ideas out there and Richard picked up on her.
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Undrave Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012
Interesting. The final line-up had a nice balance going on, altough Audrey should have showed up more often. Sadly I can't remember Elsie doing much that was note-worthy, feels like the writer didn't know how to use her much.

Man I need to rewatch this show it's been too long!
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Yeah the writers kept making the female leads fight over Nick, really shallow thing to do.

I've been watching some of the old episodes I can enjoy it better now that so much time has passed, more objective now.
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Undrave Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012
Especially since his romantic arc was more or less solved in the movie itself so there was no real need to revisit it. Justh ave Audrey show up once in a while and let the romantic tension focus go to Monique and Randy. Let Nick do the science stuff :p
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I agree. Develop the love interest between Nick and Zilla.
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fcaiser Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012
Another dimension ?
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Exactly, alternate reality Zilla.
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HangmansFable Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012
I was watching this show on Netflix tonight, the opening sequence and the look of the monsters is still just as spellbinding as they were when I was a kid. I miss attention to detail and really innovative animation designe everything these days just looks the same.
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Professional Filmographer
The opening sequences for the Sony shows were always Directed by Richard Raynis, they are a great insight into his original vision for the shows. I often did designs just for the main titles that didn't appear anywhere else. He expected a lot of us, but the results speak for themselves :)
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HangmansFable Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012
The openings to those shows were the best part, to be honest. Really so memorable and shot so well, before I understood what exactly was going on with animation, I would catch every episode hoping that what was going on in the intro would be the focus of the episode.
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I agree, the Jumanji main title always gives me chills.
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HangmansFable Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012
Oh totally! Living in the new digital age I was able to show some of my friends who grew up outside the country a lot of the classic works that shaped my mind as a kid. Its such a great feeling to see the amazement wash over there faces as they see the art leaping into motion.
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Haha, that's so cool. I love not having to use faxes. I used to wonder back in the late 80's if they'd ever figure out how to make color faxes. Emailing has solved that, being able to distribute color artwork around the world almost instantly is amazing to me!
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HangmansFable Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012
It is truly a thing of wonder, sometimes when the world is smiling on me, I awake to find an email in my inbox from one of my friends working in the industry asking my opinion or just showing me what there working on and it blows my mind to get to see that sort of thing, since I was in art school it has been rather hard other than Dev to see other peoples work, but now it seems with I-Pads and I phones and portable E-mail seeing images and art is just a pocket away.
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Yeah amazing. Hopefully things will continue to develop, maybe one day your PC will simply be a sheet of plastic that you can roll up.
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