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Mothra vs. Godzilla (AKA: Godzilla vs. the Thing)


*Note-I watched the English dubbed version for this review.

Who’s in this? For the sake of time I’m going to skip this section this time. Plus this is the conclusion of Monster Battles week so that’s what I want to get at.

What’s this about? After a rough typhoon a huge egg shows up on shore. The media shows up too, but before you can say “giant omelet” a rich dorky type goon buys the egg from locals. So now he only needs 11 more and big old carton, well maybe not. Our reporter/hero/time filler characters mull over the egg buyer as possibly buying the egg for someone else. Then these little woman show up, no not of the Louisa May Alcott variety (thank goodness), but more of the “now that they are here we know that Mothra will eventually show up” variety. These woman explain that the large egg came from their island and during that rough storm was washed over to these shores. Now they want the egg back because if it stays where it is giant larva will come out of the egg and cause destruction and we don’t want to see monsters destroying Japan in one of these films, oh, wait. The Shobijin (those little woman) have no luck getting the egg back. Hold everything because Big G emerges from the beach shaking a bunch of dirt off of himself. Now maybe something will eventually happen. Somewhere around this point people are talking blah, blah, blah. Yet Godzilla is on a rampage and Mothra is called upon to protect the giganto egg from the big rubber suited lizard. Alright, about time bring on some puppet vs. guy in a monster suit action. Mothra goes at it with everything as she attacks Big G’s head from above, then uses some wing flapping action to make a brutal wind force. Big G won’t be sidetracked as he goes after the egg like a fat dude at breakfast time. Mothra gets Godzilla by the tail and tries to drag him away. The flying puppet seems to be putting a whooping on lizard puss and goes for the kill by dropping yellow powder which may be as nasty as yellow snow, but Big G lets out a spray of his burning breath and Mothra goes down and out for the count. The military tries to shock the spiked back star will to no avail of course and then they get their tanks melted by Godzilla’s toxic breath plus the bad greedy dorks from the beginning get theirs around this time too, take that puny humans! Hold on there not so jolly green giant because that egg is hatching and out come two Mothra larvae and they are raring for a fight. One bites big G right on the tip of his scaly tail yeaowwwww! Then they spray silk crappola at the mean old lizard and he stumbles and falls into the water splashhhhhh! The Shobijin and the larvae cheer hiphiphooray and head back home. Roll the credits.


What a drag being Godzilla.

The negatives-Like a number of these type of movies you have to wait a little while to get to the action.

The positives-The effects are what they are, rubber suits, puppets and toy tanks. However this is two of the top giant monsters going at it fairly early on in the series. Silly? Maybe, but it’s a fun film with enough monster fighting going on to make it worthwhile. I first saw this years ago probably on a little black and white TV, but I enjoy just as much now as I did then. Nothing happens that easy in the film, the excitement is decent and it wraps up well enough. If you like these films you certainly like Godzilla, but I’ve always had a strong liking for Mothra too. I like the parts about her being worshipped and being called upon plus a giant moth was a fairly unique idea.

There you go. Hope you have enjoyed Monster Battle Week!


Get the mothballs!

2 responses to “Mothra vs. Godzilla (AKA: Godzilla vs. the Thing)

  1. Teepee12

    I love it. Great popcorn movie. Also, you can see the seams on the rubber monster suits. How cool is that?

  2. You can see strings too.

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