The Importance of Godzilla: King of the Monsters | Memories of a G-fan

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  • Published: 05 April 2019
  • Come stroll with me down memory lane as I explain why Godzilla: King of the Monsters is such an important film for me, for Godzilla fans around the world, and for the 65 year old franchise.

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    Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019)
    Godzilla (2014)
    Godzilla (1954)
    Godzilla, King of the Monsters! (1956)
    Godzilla Raids Again (1955)
    Mothra (1961)
    King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)
    Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964)
    Invasion of Astro-Monster (1965)
    Ebirah, Horror of the Deep (1966)
    Son of Godzilla (1967)
    Destroy All Monsters (1968)
    All Monsters Attack (1969)
    Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971)
    Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973)
    Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974)
    Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975)
    The Return of Godzilla (1984)
    Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989)
    Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991)
    Godzilla vs. Spacegodzilla (1994)
    Godzilla (1998)
    Godzilla 2000 (1999)
    Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (2000)
    Godzilla, Mothra, and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (2001)
    Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla (2002)
    Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (2003)
    Godzilla: Final Wars (2004)
    Shin Godzilla (2016)
    Godzilla: The Planet Eater (2018)
    King Kong (1933)
    Jurassic Park (1993)
    The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)
    The New Batman/Superman Adventures (1997)
    The Avengers (2012)
    Dinosaurs! – A Fun-Filled Trip Back in Time! (1980)

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  • Up From The Depths
    Up From The Depths   5 months back

    I want to thank everyone who left kind comments and shared their own experiences as Godzilla fans. I've read them all and the response has been overwhelming. Godzilla bless you all!

    • CYBER2.0!
      CYBER2.0!  4 weeks back

      sorry about the long one i put down there

    • Lorenzo Miguel
      Lorenzo Miguel  1 months back

      I may not have watched the first Godzilla films but my little penchant of reading movie synopsis and/or plots made me a fan of Godzilla like you.

    • the gaming dire wolves
      the gaming dire wolves  1 months back

      @River of Power I love it

    • the gaming dire wolves
      the gaming dire wolves  1 months back

      Godzilla bless you. Lol

    • bozziovai
      bozziovai  3 months back

      HIGH FIVE !!!!!! and a big hug !!!! i too has the same feelings while i was watching the first legendary godzilla. i was saying to my wife -- this is it, it's godzilla, it's him !!!
      and when KOTM was announced and all of those trailers came out and finally when the movie got released, while i was watching it, i can feel my heart pumping like crazy and tears falling down my cheeks. especially those scenes when godzilla was shown and we can hear the japanese choir and his theme, damn. emotions.

  • Alex K
    Alex K  2 hours back

    Never apologise for liking something. Its cool you pour so much into these videos. keep it up bud.

    • Crazy chopstick animations

      In my school, lots of kids say: Who cares about godzilla? I was always angry at them

      • Sheron Shows
        Sheron Shows  5 days back

        The new was ok but needed to be more about Godzilla like the last one it showed him more and his connection with humans and y he protect us. More of his fight battles. I bought about 5 of them during the last one but when i moved they got loss im still upset about it 2017. Walmart had them on sale that year so i went ham found sum and got them shudda kept the separate and safe my fault. When i get back healthy i will look and start another collection like ny kunfu collection if u have goog websites or good pruces on the G Man send it please..

        • Kurscal
          Kurscal  6 days back

          ha ha YOU FOOL I’m Canadian





          but I’m still 50% American

          • forge52100
            forge52100  2 weeks back

            Absolutely loved Godzilla: King of the Monsters.

            • Jake Eastin
              Jake Eastin  2 weeks back

              I remember being in Kindergarten in 1991 and my teacher always brought Godzilla movies to school for us to watch and I loved it and that's what made me such a fan.

              • Chomping Shark105
                Chomping Shark105  3 weeks back

                Everyone:who else is gonna see king of the monsters?
                ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME

                Me:*waiting for shin godzilla 2 So I could finally see shin boi again*

                • Sirgan S
                  Sirgan S  3 weeks back

                  Great work mate, keep it up : P.

                  • Sony Boy
                    Sony Boy  3 weeks back

                    really enjoy your videos, wonder what you're thoughts are about the upcoming Godzilla vs Kong :)

                    • Sony Boy
                      Sony Boy  2 weeks back

                      @Up From The Depths I still think they will team up after all, despite the director claiming there will be a definite winner...maybe they use mecha godzilla to have Kong attacking the real Godzilla etc. ...i'll be fine with anything as long as Godzilla doesnt actually lose against King Kong, then i will be furious lol

                    • Up From The Depths
                      Up From The Depths   3 weeks back

                      Super excited! Wondering when that trailer's coming out.

                  • RodanCreations
                    RodanCreations  3 weeks back

                    You should have a second channel called “30 stories high” like if you get it

                    • okevolution VIII
                      okevolution VIII  3 weeks back

                      Just seconds in, you said the same words I said to my friends and family for over the last year. This movie was absolutely the most anticipated movie in my life and it was exactly what I wanted.

                      • Josh's Weird Life
                        Josh's Weird Life  3 weeks back

                        The important thing thing is that it was awesome. That's all, go go Godzilla!!!!!!!

                        • Anurag Das
                          Anurag Das  3 weeks back

                          all the things that he said about him is the same about me

                          • SuperAtlantis1
                            SuperAtlantis1  3 weeks back

                            I also reached a point growing up to where I stopped telling people I was into Godzilla. In elementary school I was constantly teased and made fun of for loving Godzilla. I would bring my figures to play with for when we had inside recess and no matter how much I tried to explain the monsters to my peers they just wouldn't get it and even my best friends would tell me that Godzilla was just dumb. By the time I got into 6th grade Godzilla faded to the back of my mind and it wouldn't be until I got into high school and the hype around G 2014 started that the fan within me would be reborn. Granted, I don't fully regret letting Godzilla fade during middle school as it allowed me to discover other nerdy things I'm into (superheroes, Dragon Ball, comic books) but I do wish I didn't hide it from people. I wish I hadn't become so embarrassed of it after being told constantly Godzilla was just dumb fake schlock and seeing G 2014 in IMAX 3D opening weekend not only made me feel like a 6 year old again but made me proud to be a G-fan. Now 5 years later I don't just not hide it, I flaunt it. I own several shirts and a hat and wear them with pride and let my college roommates know that I'm watching Godzilla by letting his roar blast through my speaker if I watch a movie.

                            It's always been an uphill battle for us and with how KOTM was critically received I'll admit the hill does feel a little steeper even if most people who saw it enjoyed it. Hopefully GvK makes up for it and I hope that some of that Avengers hype that spread around my campus for Infinity War and Endgame will be reciprocated for this film. Either way, what a time to be a G-fan.

                            • H3liX Lazar
                              H3liX Lazar  3 weeks back

                              ZILLA MORE POWERFUL THAN GODZILLA😂😂😂😂😂 yeah right

                              • jhay-ar ramos
                                jhay-ar ramos  3 weeks back

                                I like how you calmly explained all this. You sir, earned a sub.

                                • UnknownFlickZ
                                  UnknownFlickZ  3 weeks back

                                  Well the movie sucked.

                                  • Dogs Rock
                                    Dogs Rock  3 weeks back

                                    Awesome

                                    • crazyfrazy74747
                                      crazyfrazy74747  3 weeks back

                                      Well said.

                                      • Michael Hamilton
                                        Michael Hamilton  3 weeks back

                                        Man, this is the third time watching/listening to this video and as silly as it sounds I still get a little teary-eyed listening to a story which runs so parallel to my own. Growing up, like you I was OBSESSED with Dinosaurs. Watching old claymation and stop motion films on TCM or AMC was my idea of a Saturday Night. I still remember AMC's GodzillaThon '95 (i believe it was 95). I remember my parents taking shifts recording and watching the entire marathon with me. I still have those old VHS tapes today. My mom is unfortunately not with us anymore, but my dad and I still talk about those late nights to this day. Those are memories that have lasted me 20+ years at this point. Like you, as I got older I became ashamed of my love for Godzilla and all his rubber-suited friends and foes. So I buried it until I was in my late 20s when all the drama and need for popularity didn't matter anymore. 2014 is when I started to become REALLY excited about Godzilla again, and aside from the occasional eye roll from my wife, or smart-ass comment from a friend it's been really fun! I've even been able to make new G-Fans of my own, starting with my nephew. His current favorite is actually Godzilla vs. The Sea Monster. I'm not sure why, but we all started somewhere right? There's no better time than the present to be a Godzilla fan, and feel like Hollywood, Toho, and the culture knows it. So here's to many more years of the G-Man. Thanks again for this channel. It's one of my favorites. Take care and God Bless.

                                        • Joe N
                                          Joe N  3 weeks back

                                          Oh man, so many of those old dinosaur movies and cartoons take me back...

                                          • Ecksraye
                                            Ecksraye  4 weeks back

                                            Who is a more compelling villain: a big purple dude after a collection of rocks, or a three headed dragon from space that wants to terraform the planet to his needs? Three headed dragon.

                                            • Antonio Calatayud
                                              Antonio Calatayud  4 weeks back

                                              In 2014 critics (and part of the public)complain about few monsters and monster time and too much human history......in 2019 critics complain about to much monsters and less human history...WTF do they want????

                                              • Sam Arcade
                                                Sam Arcade  4 weeks back

                                                i'm also a dinosaur fan before i become a godzilla fan
                                                it started with Jurrasic Park and Dinosaur, and i first learned about Godzilla from tristar Godzilla and i loved Godzilla after i watched it, then i watched Godzilla 2000 after i watched the tristar one

                                                • CYBER2.0!
                                                  CYBER2.0!  4 weeks back

                                                  Godzilla KOTM was PERFECT in my opinion, being the long time Godzilla fan i am, Ive felt the same way... although i didn't find the big G-man on my own, my dad showed me a DVD of Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla ll. I LOVED IT, and i bought 2 more DVD's, Godzilla vs Mothra, and 1998 Godzilla. I loved watching those films, and i started watching more, and more, and more.......... and i think you get the point, but i fell in love with this guy, we were inseparable........ just like you, until i became a teenager... i almost FORGOT about this big lug, and i hate to say that, at the time i became more interested in Marvel movies, and weird Netflix shows. Time went by, and Godzilla started to become just another thing i was gonna shove in the attic, until Godzilla 2014 came out. I saw that trailer, and YEARS of nostalgia and joy came back, i saw it, loved it, and it stuck with me for a while... but again... i was a teenager, and i thought other people would think i was weird. None of my friends saw an epic dinosaur that fired atomic breath, all they saw was another weird, cheesy Japanese monster movie. Some of my friends would call Godzilla USELESS, DISGUSTING... and that hurt me... so i started to keep my returned love for the big G quiet. It was hard, especially after seeing SHIN Godzilla, and those other 3 anime Godzilla movies we don't really need to talk about, because i was just getting more exited with every movie! and then GODZILLA KING OF THE MONSTERS came out with a trailer that made me scream... im serious... i screamed like a girl... i used my calendar to count the friggin days until that movie came out, and when it finally hit theaters... i loved it... i was exited the whole time, i couldn't wipe the smile off my face, because i knew that he was back! and now, whenever i hear my friends call Godzilla just another weird Japanese monster... i call them a disgrace... and i leave the room.............................................................












                                                  ONE MORE THING!!!!!!!! when you said that some other bois were saying that 1998 Godzilla was more powerful than Japanese Gojira......... WHAT THE $%#&?! How? Why? What? Zilla was put into Final wars, JUST TO GET DESTROYED BY GODZILLA!!!!!!!!!! And if i remember correctly, Zilla (1998 Godzilla) was destroyed by a simple BOMB... Godzilla, on the other hand, was hit by a friggin meteor... NOT A SCRATCH!!! In KOTM, Godzilla survives the OXYGEN DESTROYER... you know, the thing that killed Gojira in the original 1954 film? Heck, Godzilla can be a living magnet, he doesnt give a crap about little tanks shooting him... Godzilla can even... fly......... never mind that, its just too obvious that Godzilla is more powerful than Zilla... BY A LOT... im done now.

                                                  • Prof. Genki
                                                    Prof. Genki  4 weeks back

                                                    Eh, the older films look too dumb and goofy for my liking. The 2014 film also looked like trash but king of the monsters looks like it actually might be fun to watch. Might give it a watch if it ends up on netflix.

                                                    • Rafael Franco
                                                      Rafael Franco  4 weeks back

                                                      Hey I know I'm late in saying this
                                                      But I was the same way
                                                      I was only able to convince one of my friends to watch Godzilla & by that time I was in my twenties
                                                      I've been watching since I was a kid too
                                                      And now I watching w/ my son
                                                      I enjoyed your video & keep the great works
                                                      Thanks to you I feel like a kid again when it comes to the King 👑 Monsters
                                                      LONG LIVE THE KING!!!

                                                      • Lowell Smith
                                                        Lowell Smith  1 months back

                                                        Thoughts now that it’s out???

                                                        • Curtis Ball
                                                          Curtis Ball  1 months back

                                                          I LOVE Godzilla. Always have, always will. Now, I don't know anything about the iterations you mentioned. I just know I've loved them for a half-century. That's a LOT of unconditional love for The King.

                                                          • DietDrPilot
                                                            DietDrPilot  1 months back

                                                            I'm very curious about your thoughts and opinions on this movie. Personally this one was one of the best Godzilla movies I've seen. Definitely top 10 for me. It fixes a lot of the problems I thought Godzilla 2014 had. Looking forward to your review!

                                                            • Happy Hydralisk
                                                              Happy Hydralisk  1 months back

                                                              Seeing king of the monsters introduced me to what godzilla really is. He's not some movie character, He's an Icon. He deserves to be shown on the big screen, again, and again, and again, and I will never get tired of seeing him tower over buildings, that terrifying (yet kind of adorably grumpy) face staring down at whatever beast threatens his territory this time.
                                                              and it started my hunt for a mothra plushie

                                                              • FoxCo Echo3Bravo
                                                                FoxCo Echo3Bravo  1 months back

                                                                YOU FORGOT DINO RIDERS!!!

                                                                • lakitubomber ooo
                                                                  lakitubomber ooo  1 months back

                                                                  Godzilla and Ultraman were my first steps into the Kaiju fanbase. My first Godzilla film was when one day, I was browsing Netflix and found Godzilla Vs. Monster Zero. I watched it and fell in love, my experience with anime also galvanized my love for the series that I watched... and I love Godzilla.
                                                                  So... thanks, Godzilla, for sparking my imagination.

                                                                  • Typhoonigator
                                                                    Typhoonigator  1 months back

                                                                    Godzilla King of the Monsters stands alone as the only movie i have seen 7 times in theatres. i know there are most likly tons of super fans that have seen this movie and others way more than 7 times out there but i very rarely see the same movie twice in theaters due to the price. i saw Avatar 3 times and that was huge. This movie however captivated me in a way that i cant describe nearly as well as you do. 7 times and 6 of those time i went by myself. i really wish i could have seen it an 8th time before the local theaters stopped showing it.

                                                                    i love your content and your pure enthusiasm for Godzilla. my broher and I have also been watching these films since the early 80s as children with indescribable wonder.

                                                                    • Fachri Setiawan
                                                                      Fachri Setiawan  2 months back

                                                                      ia g fan

                                                                      • imsoblu72
                                                                        imsoblu72  2 months back

                                                                        tho my journey with Godzilla started about 10 yrs before yours, it was the very same road.

                                                                        • Ethan Walker
                                                                          Ethan Walker  2 months back

                                                                          5:04 the answer to this debate in 3 words
                                                                          godzilla
                                                                          final
                                                                          wars

                                                                          • Jamie Salinas
                                                                            Jamie Salinas  2 months back

                                                                            Well i have to totally agree with all the research and depth and information you have accumulated thus far ....to give you a little insight on how well the GODZILLA KING OF THE MONSTERS is taking the general public...I was in Houston Texas ...you have an idea how GREAT and the size of this city and with over 3.7 million people living here ...i thought i would not have no problem watching this movie when it was released ..i even bought our tickets 3 days b4 the movie was to be viewed...with over 300 theatres 100 drive inns and even 50 100ft superscreen provided by paramount i believe...this movie was sold out at all venues for 27 days ....can you believe this....i was not able to finally see it until 32 days after we bought the tickets ...so does that give u an idea on how many fans and loyal suspects were waiting like you were just to see...but like all we agreed it was worth the wait and 13$ ....GODZILLA IS ....LONG LIVE THE KING

                                                                            • Armando Alicea
                                                                              Armando Alicea  2 months back

                                                                              4:40 I fell the same...I went on a school trip to the cinema and I (as a G-fan) hipped up Godzilla KotM to my friends and classmates. In the end we (almost) all voted to see Godzilla, it was awesome but my best frend wasn't so enthusiastic as I was...he was before but after, nah. I don't know what happened there but at least I know that most of my classmates enjoyed the film but not as much as me. thanks for the video t really help clear some thoughts man.

                                                                              • Ian and Dylan Studios
                                                                                Ian and Dylan Studios  2 months back

                                                                                Go to gfest they play a ton of Godzilla and Monster movies at the local theater.

                                                                                • sbi168
                                                                                  sbi168  2 months back

                                                                                  Great video. I feel u buddy. Good thing king of monsters ruled, shame it didn't do that well

                                                                                  • bigoz169
                                                                                    bigoz169  2 months back

                                                                                    Godzilla is literally a TOXIC male after killing a female that just gave birth so I'm guessing like with 007 in Kong vs Godzilla he will be played by a 5 foot Japanese woman and have Kong arrested for physical and sexual assault for just looking at her in the usual apelike male way they look at females.

                                                                                    • Kay Kay_1313
                                                                                      Kay Kay_1313  2 months back

                                                                                      Omg, I watched Godzilla king of the monsters like seven times, lol

                                                                                      • bcs1982
                                                                                        bcs1982  2 months back

                                                                                        First, I love this channel. Only recently discovered it but I've quickly worked my way through most of your catalog.
                                                                                        Second, now that I've seen King of the Monsters a couple of times lemme just say I loved it. It's the movie I've wanted to see for over 30 years.
                                                                                        I came to the series in much the same way you did: an early obsession with dinosaurs. Hell, 1985 was even the first one I rented from Video Kingdom. In retrospect, that's certainly not the most engaging Godzilla movie but I was mesmerized whenever Godzilla was on screen. That's also probably why I retain a strong preference for the Hesei Godzilla's appearance. That would be one of the changes I'd make to the current iteration. More of a dinosaur, less of a defensive tackle lol.
                                                                                        All that said, part of what made King of the Monsters so special to me is it was like a greatest hits of all the things I love about these movies. The characterizations of the monsters were great, I rather enjoyed the human plot, the visual effects were jaw dropping and the monster fights MY GOD they were great.
                                                                                        It seemed like maybe they were hinting at a bit of a heel turn for Godzilla in the next movie and I'd welcome that. Biggest issue I've had with the monsterverse Godzilla is two movies in a row now he's practically marched into battle carrying the American flag and high fived the military. Now, it made a lot more sense story wise in the second movie than it did the first. But I'd like to see Godzilla as at the very least threatening to humanity rather than the big brother dynamic of these last 2 movies. Kong seems like a more natural babyface than Godzilla so I hope as these movies progress (and I certainly hope China keeps coming out for them so the series continues) Godzilla evolves into something closer to the existential threat to humanity he's been in some of his stronger depictions. That's just my taste, of course.
                                                                                        Sorry for the novel, keep up the great work.

                                                                                        • dosmorrigan241
                                                                                          dosmorrigan241  2 months back

                                                                                          Hello, my experience is a bit different, I knew Godzilla when I was 4, even before Jurassic Park, but all I had was a TV channel wich often showed Son of Godzilla, Tokyo SOS, Godzilla x Megaguirus, GMK and Godzilla 2000. When I got my first approaching to a computer the very first thing I searched was, of course, Godzilla, there were incredible videos of movies I had never seen, fighting monsters I didn't know, and it was my biggest sad hours when I readed there was a film named "Final wars" wich was meant to be the last movie ever made, so here I started to drawn myself away from Godzilla. But when I heard about the 2014 film a lot of memories of me as a little kid watching Godzilla came so suddenly I cried of joy, and that moment isn't even close to when a friend told me about after credits scene in Kong's movie, I saw it and recognized Ghidorah, Mothra and Rodan it got me hyped as I had never been before, I knew this was going to be the ultimate experience of a lifetime and now I'm looking forward to its release on BR and DVD

                                                                                          • Christopher Romero
                                                                                            Christopher Romero  2 months back

                                                                                            yoo bro bro I'm 32 .. we have the pretty much the same story of our fascination for dinosaurs and GZ..never forget how pumped I was for the 98' American Godzilla with Matthew Broderick.an then of course the new ones. an dude nice throwing in that scene from the good ol Fred savage dino movie ...loved that shit lol...that Mesozoic dino rock song lol

                                                                                            • T.A Cole
                                                                                              T.A Cole  2 months back

                                                                                              You truly never will hear a fan talk about their passions with as much fervor and reverence as you will when you talk to a Godzilla fan. It's not like other fandoms out there, we had to really fight to consume these movies when we got started, they weren't handed to us on television every saturday evening or three times a year on the big screen. I love talking to Godzilla fans and I've desperately tried to convert many of my friends and family to the genre, and hearing your story just made me smile so much :))