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Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973)
"Gojira tai Megaro" (original title)

 -  Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi  -  April 1976 (USA)
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The undersea nation of Seatopia sends the gigantic Megalon to destroy the world above - and it's up to Godzilla and a size-shifting robot, Jet Jaguar, to defeat him.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Katsuhiko Sasaki ...
Hiroyuki Kawase ...
Rokuro 'Roku-chan' Ibuki
Yutaka Hayashi ...
Robert Dunham ...
Emperor Antonio of Seatopia
Kotaro Tomita ...
Lead Seatopian Agent
Ulf Ôtsuki ...
Seatopian Agent
Gentaro Nakajima ...
Truck Driver (as Gen Nakajima)
Sakyo Mikami ...
Truck Driver's Assistant
Fumiyo Ikeda ...
Man from Unit 1
Kanta Mori ...
Japan Special Defense Forces Chief
Shinji Takagi ...
Hideto Odachi ...
Tsugutoshi Komada ...
Kenpachiro Satsuma ...
Gaigan (as Kengo Nakayama)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rolf Jessup ...
Antonio's Aide (Radio Operator in White)
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Storyline

The underground kingdom of Seatopia sends out Megalon, a giant beetle, and Gigan to destroy the above ground dwellers. In an attempt to stop them, an independently thinking robot brings Godzilla into the fight. Written by Todd A. Bobenrieth <TAB146@PSUVM.EDU>

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megalon | godzilla | gigan | jet jaguar | jet | See more »

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Underground horrors attack! See more »


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Trivia

Jet Jaguar was the earliest example of a fan-service in a Godzilla film, the result of a contest Toho had in mid-to-late 1972 for children to come up with a new hero for them to use (to capitalize on the many tokusatsu and anime superhero and super robot shows that were all the rage at the time). The winner of the contest was an elementary school student, who submitted the drawing of a robot called Red Arone, which superficially resembled both Ultraman and TranZor Z (1972) (both of which were very popular at the time). The robot was renamed "Jet Jaguar" and was set to star in a film vehicle for him, titled "Jet Jaguar vs. Megalon," which pitted him against Megalon (a previously unused Godzilla enemy design). However, Toho figured Jet Jaguar would not be able to carry the film on his own, either in screen appearance or marketing value (which was very important to Toho), so they shut the project down during pre-production after doing some tests and storyboards. Less than a month later, screenwriter Shin'ichi Sekizawa was called in to rewrite the script to add Godzilla and Gigan, providing more marquee value (especially since Godzilla was still very popular with children). After revised pre-production, shooting took a hasty three weeks to make up for lost production time. Due to this delay, the total production time, from planning to finish, was six months. See more »

Goofs

Obvious wires in numerous monster scenes. See more »

Quotes

[Jet Jaguar, controlled by the Seatopians, is spotted by our heroes flying around Megalon]
Inventor Goro Ibuki: Hey! Isn't that Jet Jaguar there?
Rokuro 'Roku-chan' Ibuki: Yes it is! It's him all right!
Inventor Goro Ibuki: Damn! They're controlling him!
Rokuro 'Roku-chan' Ibuki: It's a pity we can't send Jet Jaguar to go and get Godzilla!
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Connections

Follows Godzilla (1954) See more »

Soundtracks

Megaro wo Yattsukero
("Beat Megalon")
Music by Riichirô Manabe
Lyrics by Jun Fukuda
Sung by Masato Shimon
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Finest of the Godzilla Saga...at least in my opinion!
29 June 1999 | by (Barry, Texas USA) – See all my reviews

Godzilla vs. Megalon, or Gojira tai Megaro, was the only film in this venerable Japanese series to be geared specifically for children. Godzilla is a legendary hero, and protector of Japan, rather than the Island of the Rising Sun's destructor. He is called upon by the android, and Ultraman look-alike, Jet Jaguar to fend off the attack of the giant interstellar cockroach, Megalon, and that fiendish villain from Star Hunter M Nebula, Gigan. The fight that insues is exciting, funny, and at times, a little bloody, but in the end we all know how it ends.

For the younger viewers, Godzilla vs. Megalon is up their alley, and when I was a kid, this is the film that made me believe in Godzilla and see him as a hero.

Highly recommended.


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