Godzilla anime film roars on to our screens in 2017

first_img 1/30Generated by IJG JPEG Library All hail Godzilla, the most famous giant monster to ever grace the big screen. Hot on the heels of the new Shin Godzilla movie that TOHO released last month, a new anime film has just been announced, to be released to theaters next year.At the helm of the new film are directors Kobun Shizuno (Detective Conan films, Fist of the North Star: The Legend of Kenshirô, Fist of the North Star: The Legend of Toki) and Hiroyuki Seshita (Knights of Sidonia). Gen Urobuchi (Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Fate/Zero,Psycho-Pass) created the story concept and screenplay.Despite the many iterations of Godzilla on screen, only two animated versions of the famous giant exist with both being American productions. It’s more than overdue that Godzilla get animated by a Japanese studio. However, it looks like instead of traditional animation, we can look forward to a CG film set in a futuristic world if the teaser art is any indication. Additionally, it has been announced that the film will be produced at Polygon Pictures, a studio specializing in CG animation, so that’s a big tip off right there.Godzilla holds the title for the longest running movie franchise by the Guinness World Records, having started in 1954. At a staggering 29 films, the series shows no signs of stopping. Not only is TOHO committed to bringing us the continuing adventures of our lizard-esque pal, Legendary Pictures is also signed on to create more Godzilla films as part of their own franchise. Their second Godzilla film is scheduled for release in 2019, before a King Kong crossover arrives in 2020.The films can be divided into five categories spanning the evolution of the many-spiked beast. The Showa period films from 1954 to 1975 were all relatively lighthearted.Godzilla from the original 1954 film.Godzilla eventually becomes an antihero, protecting rather than just destroying. The introduction of several other TOHO monsters such as Mothra, Rodan, and Varan during this time became memorable allies and foes of Godzilla for years to come.The Heisei period films from 1984 to 1995 begin with a sequel to the original 1954 film, ignoring the other Godzilla movies between then. The films take a more serious turn during this time, with Godzilla returning to the giant evil monster as he was in the original.The Millennium period from 1999 to 2004 served as a reboot of the franchise by TOHO, starting with Godzilla 2000 and ending with Godzilla: Final Wars. After this movie, the studio announced they would not make another Godzilla movie for 10 years.The current period of Godzilla films is now split into two franchises: The American films, the most recent of which was the 2014 film by Legendary, and the TOHO reboot starting this year with Shin Godzilla.Despite the many iterations of Godzilla, it looks like there are still many more adventures for our familiar scaly friend to attend to in the future. Check out the evolution of Godzilla in our gallery below. <>center_img 1/30Generated by IJG JPEG Librarylast_img

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