GODZILLA vs. HEDORAH (1971)
aka. Godzilla vs. The Smog Monster
By the release of Godzilla vs. Hedorah, Godzilla had completed his transformation from a walking nuclear holocaust into a kid-friendly champion for the world. In many respects, Godzilla vs. Hedorah -- directed by Yoshimitsu Banno -- continues in that direction. For one, it stars a cloyingly precious son of a marine biologist who collects Godzilla toys. For another, Godzilla's appearance is accompanied by an insanely blaring and bumbling hero theme by composer Riichiro Manabe. Godzilla vs. Hedorah is even interspersed with strange little animated sequences and science lessons. It has all the earmarks of a kid's movie. At the same time, it swings wildly into some bizarrely dark and psychedelic territory that uses the threat of toxic death as its bleak psychotropic background.
|The war on pollution is taken to a whole new level|
|Houston, we have lift off.|
|Hedorah is Japan's answer to Mr. Yuk|
Godzilla films in the 1970s would become known for two things:
- Increasingly kid-friendly movies that are generally derided by hardcore fans
- The introduction of increasingly bizarre enemy monsters.