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Godzilla - The Complete Animated Series
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon February 17, 2014
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Since this pre-order currently has no product information or image I thought I would pass on that this "Godzilla - Complete Animated Series" is not the 1978 cartoon that was co-produced by Hanna-Barbera & Toho. It is the 1998 show that ran as part of FOX KID'S Saturday morning line-up. Produced by the same Dean Devlin - Roland Emmerich team that had Matthew Broderick chasing Godzilla at the theaters, this cartoon was intended to be a continuation of that Dr. Nick Tatopoulos story.

Sony Home Picture Entertainment has previously released nine of these episodes packaged in 3 separate DVD's entitled - (1) "The Monster Wars Trilogy" - (2) "Monster Mayhem" - (3) "Mutant Madness". I have all three of these and have enjoyed them, now it will be cool to finally own the complete (2-season / 40-episode) set.
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05/10/2014 - Received mine today. Guess I'll be repackaging these as all four discs sit stacked on one spindle. (Grrrr!) The above episode list is correct with the two unaired episodes being "The Ballad Of Gens Du Marias" (disc 3) and "Tourist Trap" (disc 4). Enjoy!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on May 9, 2014
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The redemption of godzilla 98 .Despite the negative reaction to the film, Godzilla: The Series garnered surprisingly positive reactions from fans and it did well in the TV ratings. The series followed the adventures of Dr. Nick Tatopoulos, a major character from the film, and Zilla's surviving baby. The series returned Godzilla's trademark characteristics to Zilla Junior, including his strength and nigh-indestructibility, his atomic breath and general masculinity. Zilla Jr. follows Dr. Tatopoulos and the members of H.E.A.T around, having imprinted upon Nick as his own parent, and fights various other monsters that have been formed by nuclear radiation, in the style of the late Showa era. The fan response to the series was overall very positive, and Zilla Junior gained much respect from those who hated the film.

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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on May 1, 2014
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OK The show itself is pretty good. Much better then the movie it was based on. This review will be based on the DVD release and not necessarily the show itself. As far as this release goes it is very basic. The packaging is that annoying DVD stack packaging much like the Matrix four film favorites for those of you who know what that is. There are no special features, audio selections, or anything like that. The menus on each disk are exactly the same. It just has a play all feature, and an episode selection. It doesn't even give you the info on each episode so you will just have to look that up. But, if you are one of those people who just wants to own the complete series and don't care about any special features then you should pick this release up. The picture quality is nice and the episodes play well. I hope this was helpful.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon August 15, 2014
If you bring up the 1998 Godzilla from director Roland Emmerich around most fans of the "King of Monsters" it's like pouring gasoline on still smoldering embers. Yes, few Hollywood remakes evoke as much rage as TriStar's 1998 reimagining of Godzilla (or "Zilla" as fans like to call it), but if you were child in the late 90s through early 2000s you may remember this monster in a more positive light. Why? Because you likely were exposed to "Zilla" through the animated series which aired Saturday mornings on Fox Kids from 1998 to 2000. This series was chock full of fun characters and all the monster-against-monster action one could ask for from a Godzilla cartoon. Not only does it surpass the '98 film that spawned it in almost every regard but for this fan it remains one of the most memorable interpretations of the character ever put on screen.

Godzilla the Series takes place right where the '98 film left off with the film's Zilla being killed by the military. In the aftermath of the destruction Dr. Nick Tatopoulos (now played by Ian Ziering) goes back into the New York Subway to make sure all the Zilla eggs have been destroyed. As folks who saw the movie already know one has survived and Tatopoulos happens to stumble upon it. Through a series of coincidences rather than killing him the baby Zilla (which we shall now refer to as "Zilla Jr.") imprints on Tatopoulos as its parent. Zilla Jr. quickly grows in size and begins exhibiting traits the film's Zilla lacked (including a welcome new version of Godzilla's iconic atomic breath) and is sterile, so the film's threat of baby lizards taking over the world is neutralized.

Of course, as a good adaptation of Godzilla it turns out little Zilla Jr. isn't the only monster (referred to in the series as "mutations") in the world. In classic Saturday morning fashion Tatopoulos and a team of quirky human characters going by the name H.E.A.T. (Humanitarian Environmental Analysis Team) must travel the world with Zilla Jr. protecting humanity from the mutations that would see fit to devour the indigenous population.

The animation of Godzilla: The Series is handled by Sony Television regular Adelaide Productions, who many will likely remember for their other adaptations of Sony films (most notably Men in Black: The Series). Adelaide's style is unmistakable, and anyone familiar with their take on Men in Black will instantly notice the similarities in character/creature design, color pallettes, and music.

The DVD set from Mill Creek Entertainment (in association with Sony Entertainment) is about as barebones as it gets. There are no special features, nor audio options to be found, and the picture quality leaves a lot to be desired. Whule that can be incredibly irksome if you're a videophile like me, I'm honestly just pleased the series actually got a DVD release in the first place.

I highly recommend Godzilla the Series to members of my generation looking for a fantastic throwback to the carefree memories of waking up to Fox Kids and to parents looking for something new to share with their kids. This Godzilla series has enough action to keep older kids entertained without insulting their intelligence. The low price more than compensates for the lack of special features and uneven video quality, delivering over 14 hours of animated entertainment at an unbeatable price. Who knows, maybe strong sales could lead into a complete Men in Black: the Series DVD.

So go ahead. Give "Zilla Jr." a chance and join the H.E.A.T. team on their mission to protect humanity.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on April 2, 2014
Why could the movie have not been like this great animated Godzilla show! Godzy is a fighter in this series, great monster vs. monster battles, sweet green atomic blast, a pretty funny (annoying more often than not) robot which Godzilla destroys often in hilarious ways, new and returning cast keeps things fresh. Don't let the bad taste of the movie keep you from checking out this fun kaiju series!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 10, 2014
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Despite having a design quite similar to the film featuring Matthew Broderick, Godzilla is chiefly a friendly, loyal pet-gone-feral (not to mention gone Kaiju). This makes the monster your protagonist, or at least a partner with his adopted human parent. There are 10 episodes per DVD, for a total of 40.

I do recommend seeing the episodes in order. Much like potato chips, you find yourself wanting more after the bite (episode you've watched) is gone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 30, 2014
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This is something that is worth getting then other DVD's for Godzilla: The Series, because it has all Season 1 & 2 Episodes, including all the unaired episodes.

If you like 1998 Animated Godzilla because it turned out better then the 1998 Godzilla Film, then I recommend you buy this, rather then those old DVD's for this series.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on March 20, 2014
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Finally the complete series of godzilla I have all of kong and both movies now I can get ride of my bootleg copies i saw this when it first came out in 1998 and when I found out about DVD I wanted this to come out and now here it is now they just need to release extreme ghostbusters and extreme dinosaurs on DVD I can't wait to sit down and watch it
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 6, 2014
I actually never saw a single episode of this show in its broadcast run and decided to take a complete chance on this collection on account of the fact that 1) I was low on animation and could use something new to watch and 2) The price tag was unbeatable for any 4-disc, 40-episode collection (at the time I ordered it here on Amazon it was $7.99 though the price does tend to fluctuate frequently).

What can I say about the show itself that hasn't already been said? Well for starters it captures the look and feel of the mid to late 90s contemporaries like Men in Black and Extreme Ghostbusters. If this means nothing to you, think bright colors but a strangely realistic look to the characters especially. You don't hear a whole about the process (and you certainly won't here either as this set is completely devoid of special features) but I suspect it was accomplished in some sort of rotoscoping technique. The closest thing I can compare it to visually today would probably be the FX series Archer though that's not entirely accurate either.

Anyway, the plot centers on characters from the 1998 movie and, as cartoons so often do, takes a few liberties with the material to make it all episodic. Godzilla, or in this case the offspring of the monster in the movies, is actually a misunderstood reptile with a heart of gold and unwavering devotion to Dr. Nick Tatopoulos (voiced by Ian Ziering). He, along with a few individuals of varying ethnicities, form the group H.E.A.T.; essentially mutant monster investigator and eliminators who travel the globe on an episode per episode basis.

In my opinion the formula works pretty well- despite what the cover may insinuate, this is actually a character-driven series with the titular character only making brief appearances when the group finds itself in over its collective head with a particular mutant menace. The characters and acting behind them is all top notch; literally on par with a decent prime time live action drama for the most part and occasionally dipping into the realm of feature film territory (a reoccurring secondary character named Animal voiced by Joe Pantoliano lends to the finer details for example).

The show is structured to be mostly stand-alone plots, which is unfortunate as a wonderfully written and delivered 3-parter along the way provides a glimpse of what the show could have been had it been a serial. Some of the plot threads are eerily similar to what one would have expected from then-immensely popular scifi cult sensation The X-Files.

As others have accurately stated, the set itself is quite bare-bones with no customization options for audio/visual presentation, special features or goodies to report here. In fact you get 4 discs each containing ten episodes of the show. Your menu options are either Play All or Episode Selection for each disc. While this is a little disappointing, I suppose that such complaints are offset by the fact that at least we are given the show in its entirety on an official release (fans of Extreme Ghostbusters, for example, aren't so fortunate). Plus, again, at the MSRP, one simply cannot expect a gorgeous, feature-rich box set.

All in all, I consider this a wise investment and am very pleased with the cost per entertainment value ratio. The show's writing is solid, the animation impressive and there's enough content here to effectively eat up a good chunk or boredom for under $10. I'd definitely recommend picking this one up, even if you aren't a fan of the film on which it's based.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 12, 2015
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Waited over fifteen years for the full series release and it was worth it! This is a must have for all Godzilla lovers!!! Now lets hope that they will release the full animated series from the seventies.
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