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December 16, 2008 3:10 PM   Subscribe

A Dinosaur Paleontologist's View of Godzilla; fabulous views from Godzilla (previously); an alternate history view of Godzilla; a view of Godzilla's insides.
posted by mikepop (15 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite

 
gah, last link should be http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VLrO7lc267Q
posted by mikepop at 3:19 PM on December 16, 2008 [1 favorite]


Let's not forget Gamera...
posted by Huck500 at 4:47 PM on December 16, 2008


This is the only way I want to see Godzilla's insides.
posted by Astro Zombie at 4:59 PM on December 16, 2008


So is the paleontologist himself a dinosaur, or does he call himself a Dinosaur Paleontologist just to distinguish himself from all those Cyborg Paleontologists out there? :)
posted by Foosnark at 5:46 PM on December 16, 2008


Another view of Godzilla's insides
posted by bunglin jones at 5:53 PM on December 16, 2008


So is the paleontologist himself a dinosaur, or does he call himself a Dinosaur Paleontologist just to distinguish himself from all those Cyborg Paleontologists out there? :)

I know a mammal paleontolgist who'd probably be grumbling about this comment. ;)
posted by brundlefly at 6:20 PM on December 16, 2008


While there's no architectural likeness, Tokyo does honor Godzilla with a statue....

(Music to read Godzilla links by: open in new tab.)
posted by Kronos_to_Earth at 6:42 PM on December 16, 2008


I have a feeling that article wasn't peer-reviewed.
posted by the_bone at 6:46 PM on December 16, 2008


I know a mammal paleontolgist who'd probably be grumbling about this comment. ;)

I know plenty of invertebrate paleontologists who would still be grumbling that people only ever think of vertebrate paleontology. Believe it or not, most of the fossil record is of marine animals with no backbone. Then there are the micropaleontologists and paleobotanists who we can all forget about. Anyway, yes, "dinosaur paleontologist" is by no means redundant.

I loved that video about the first suit. I had no idea that they had to go though even more cumbersome and ridiculous prototypes before arriving at our ungainly friend.
posted by DanielDManiel at 8:11 PM on December 16, 2008


I never got around to finishing Gojiro when I first picked it up in a zilla-fiending phase I had several years ago. Perhaps I'll have to go back and give it a second try...
posted by Strange Interlude at 12:00 AM on December 17, 2008


I was a Godzilla fanatic as a child, so one must imagine my chagrin when I realized recently that I had never seen the original, japanese version Gojira. Luckily it was included a few months back free in the sunday paper.

Watching it, I was struck by how incredibly dark it was ( children trembling, clinging to their mother knowing they were about to die beneath rubble ). There was none of the kitsch or cheese in the following sequals, and no obligatory american presence and no dubbing. It was brutal and serious.

The context of the obvious influence of hiroshima and nagasaki is so damn clear in the original. Small wonder they whitewashed it out so completely.
posted by Hickeystudio at 3:47 AM on December 17, 2008


If you are a paleontologist you may or may not study dinosaurs. If you study dinosaurs, you are definitely a paleontologist. So it's semi-redundant.
posted by DU at 6:07 AM on December 17, 2008


The first link is to a PDF.
posted by Eideteker at 6:31 AM on December 17, 2008


Nice quote from Calvin and Hobbes for the title, here.
posted by Guy_Inamonkeysuit at 6:46 AM on December 17, 2008


I was a Godzilla fanatic as a child, so one must imagine my chagrin when I realized recently that I had never seen the original, japanese version Gojira. Luckily it was included a few months back free in the sunday paper.

Your newspaper must be amazing.
posted by brundlefly at 9:29 AM on December 22, 2008


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