Godzilla a metaphor for nuclear weapons.

17 May 2014

I checked out the origin/history of Godzilla, in short:

  1. With the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the Lucky Dragon 5 incident still fresh in the Japanese consciousness, Godzilla was conceived as a metaphor for nuclear weapons.

  2. the name Godzilla, is a cross of 2 Japanese words: gorira (ゴリラ- gorilla), and kujira (クジラ- whale)…

  3. The original creation of the creature is combined attributes of a Tyrannosaurus, an Iguanodon, a Stegosaurus and an alligator to form a sort of blended chimera. To emphasise the monster’s relationship with the atomic bomb, its skin texture was inspired by the keloid scars seen on Hiroshima’s survivors.

As the film series expanded, some stories took on less serious undertones portraying Godzilla as a hero while other plots still portrayed Godzilla as a destructive monster; sometimes the lesser of two threats who plays the defender by default but is still a danger to humanity…

Interesting… *information source:http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godzilla



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