on May 8, 2014
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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on May 1, 2014
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.
on August 14, 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.
on July 2, 2014
Too bad the Dean Devlin/Roland Emmerich POS travesty was already in the can when this weekday afternoon series came along. It showed us that, while this Godzilla certainly didn't LOOK like the one we knew from Japan, he had the same smarts and fighting spirit as his Nippon counterpart. If the '98 film had portrayed their Godzilla like this show does I would have enjoyed the movie a LOT more, that's for sure! Wasn't meant to be though and that's a real shame.
Oddly, this animated adventure is basically just a reworking of the classic 1978 Godzilla cartoon from Hanna-Barbera studios. Many parallels can be drawn between the characters, scenarios and even some of the enemy monsters of the 78 show versus this series, and that's not necessarily a bad thing. Actually, this show's biggest flaw is that many episodes feel rushed and are too short for any character development. That's due more to the 20 minute window that syndicated shows have to live in now rather than the writing, IMHO
The shows look pretty good although there is some artifiacting (pixelation) because they crammed too many episodes per disc; this should have been a five or six disc set, but it is what it is. My biggest gripe is the shoddy, bargain basement packaging. All four discs come stacked on a single hub so you can't flip through them, but instead must pull them all off the hub in order to select anything but the topmost disc. Also, there are no episode listings printed on the individual discs nor on the box's slipart cover. Boo! Not a deal breaker by any means, (especially for the way cheap price for the entire series), but a pain nonetheless. Some reviewers here (one in particular) are waaay over the top hating on this show for really no good reason. Judge the series for what it is and don't lump it in with the lame movie that inspired it, because for the most part they are as different as day & night. (And again, you really can't go wrong for the price!) Godzilla: The Complete Animated Series is fun, harmless fluff entertainment. You certainly can do a lot worse when it comes to animated shows. I give it 4 stars. (4 for the show, minus 1 star for the craptastic packaging, but add another star back on because... hey, it's Godzilla!)
on July 16, 2016
“Godzilla: The Animated Series” has some things going for it: each episode is fairly action-packed and the series carries a narrative arc; it gives its characters plenty of screen time and attempts to flesh out the human leads; it carries over Nick Tatapolous, his girlfriend and reporter Audrey Timmonds, and Major hicks (this is only a plus if you were a fan of the 1998 GINO, i.e., Godzilla In Name Only); it brings the monsters and though it gives occasional nods to classic Toho beasties it pretty much creates its own, not to mention that they are fairly detailed and usually grotesque looking rather than elegant (it always made me wonder if the artists ever got mad at the designers for creating rather intricate monstrosities); but most importantly it gives this new Godzilla some of the same characteristics that the classic Godzilla possesses (and the big screen version didn’t), including an atomic breath and a fighting spirit. BUT despite these points in its favor each ep followed a very standard script and that led to a certain level of boredom most of the time. That’s this series’ main downfall, that and does anyone else think that Dr. Elsie Chapman was just drawn…ugly? Why? She had such a hard look. The series also perhaps took itself a little too seriously what with all of the eco-friendly messages. It could have used a healthier dose of camp and pure escapist fun, like the Hanna Barbera admittedly sci-fi version of Godzilla had. This set is a great value for the price and it sure is a safe watch for you and your kids, but I wanted more. 3.5 stars.
on May 26, 2014
I loved this series. It did the 98 debacle justice.
This series was very similar to the Japanese series called Ultra Q and Ultraman, where a science team would investigate mutations that would appear. In this case, Zilla shows up to defend the team when the mutations get to much for them to handle.
There are a lot of great homages to the Japanese Godzilla movies.
There is a homage to Destroy All Monsters, Mothra, Rodan and MechaniKong.
The main characters were handled much better in this than in the movie.
The team is very likable and have great chemistry.
Zilla breathes blue fire and is fun to watch.
I recommend this set as it has all episodes including the unaired episodes.
The picture quality is great too.
on October 9, 2014
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.
on October 4, 2014
This is a great collection if you like Godzilla and missed those Saturdays morning cartoons. Its the complete series, but I would also suggest you get the 80s original Godzilla cartoon series too. Both are great. Wouldn't mind seeing a 2014 updated version thou. If you like cartoons, or a collector of Saturday mornings cartoon, this is a good addition. If you like Godzilla animated, this is a great collection. Overall, I like this series, kept me entertained.
on April 24, 2016
One of the few good things to come out of the disastrous 1998 film. All the episodes look & sound great. The characters are memorable and the monsters are amazing to behold. The only downside the way the four discs are set up in the case. The fact that they needed four discs to put all the episodes on means that there are no goodies in terms of extras. Fortunately the show itself more than makes up for that by being awesome.
on June 16, 2014
This series is one of the rare examples of an old gem getting saved from oblivion. Although the film this series followed up on, Godzilla (1998), was of debatable quality to put it lightly, this series was much more well received by the fans. Unfortunately it was at war with the popular Pokemon and Digimon anime at the time, and so sadly this show didn't get the audience for what could have been an even longer run. Still, what we got was a 40 episode, 2 season run that has stood the test of time with its simple but effective setup, memorable cast and quality animation.
The show was in limbo for 15 years, with only 9 episodes getting a minimalist DVD release many years ago, and those are long out of print. If you wanted to watch it you had to stream it or hope a friend taped it or something. A Netflix release was nice for those who had the service, but there was still something missing. Finally, in the wake of the 2014 Godzilla reboot, Godzilla: The Series finally got the full, 2 season DVD release we've wanted for so long.
The show follows the efforts of H.E.A.T. a team led by Dr. Nick Tatopoulos, tasked with researching and containing various giant monsters that have appeared in the wake of various nuclear tests, aliens, lab experiments gone wrong, or whatever sci-fi silliness they could cook up. Also on the team are Elsei Chapman (sarcastic biologist), Mendel Craven (tech wizard), Randy Hernandez (playful hacker) and Monique Dupre (badass spy). The characters play off each other well, and each of them had a distinct, unique relationship with the others that helped the cast feel distinct and memorable. They aren't cookie-cutter science wizards, they all have their own reasons for joining the team and they all have their own problems.
Of course the most unusual member of the team is the titular character himself: Godzilla. Remember that last egg from the end of the movie? This is him. After the movie Nick and the army find the egg, and the baby 'imprints' on Nick before fleeing. He comes back fully grown and oddly friendly to Nick and his crew. Silly as that setup it, its all the excuse needed for HEAT and Godzilla to travel the world finding various monsters to fight.
And what fights they are. The writers knew what needed to be done to 'fix' the American Godzilla design. Godilla Jr. here is just as fast and agile as his Dad, but he's much tougher, allowing him to shrug off the army like the Godzilla we all know and love. He's also got atomic fire and he's quite smart too. A 'best of both worlds' arrangement. Many of the original monsters made for the show are quite fun and memorable as well: a Sphinx, Mechs, Aliens, even the Loch Ness Monster and Quetzalcoatl . Yes, Godzilla fights the Loch Ness Monster and Quetzalcoatl. And Its Awesome.
Everything is well animated the cast all look distinct, and the sound is great. it still looks and sounds good today. Episodes are mostly formulaic stand-alones with the basic plot of: "Monster shows up, HEAT investigates, calls Godzilla, FIGHT!" It works quite well, and nearly every episode pits Godzilla against a wide array of giant monsters. There are MANY nods to classic Godzilla films here as well, with several monsters inspired by classic Toho Monsters. Quetzalcoatl=Rodan, Cyber-Zilla=Mechagodzilla, Giant Armadillo=Angurias and so on. We even get a robot yeti for a Godzilla vs. King Kong fight!
There are sadly no extras in the set at all, and the menus are very basic, with the only thing being to just play the episodes or select individual episodes. There are 4 discs with 10 episodes each, but the 4 discs are stacked on top of each other, which is a very poor way to stood discs. However, I can easily forgive this considering we FINALLY get the whole series on DVD for the first time after a 15 year wait. I never thought this would happen. All in all this is a fun show that should entertain all but the most vehement anti-1998 fans, and I'm happy to put it on my shelf with all my other Godzilla memorabilia.