Toho Company Has Rules To Keep Godzilla God-Like - Comic Years
Comic Years Logo

Toho Company Has Rules To Keep Godzilla God-Like

author img
BY April 6, 2021

Godzilla has established himself as, if nothing else, an emotionally stalwart lizard. Whether he’s facing down King Ghidorah, Space Godzilla, or Jeff Goldblum, Godzilla reacts to his enemies like a tidal wave reacts to a brick wall: there might be a struggle, but eventually that thing is going down. Godzilla rules, but when it comes to how he appears in his movies, Toho company has the final say over even the smallest details. 

Godzilla and Kong’s Emotive History

Throughout Godzilla: King of Monsters and now repeated in Godzilla vs King Kong, we see a resolute, undaunted Godzilla. In contrast, King Kong has been humanized from his first appearance protecting Fay Wray to his most recent appearance in Kong: Skull Island

Throughout their sometimes-intersecting history, Kong has been personified with some of the best traits from the humans who try to kill him: he is tender, protective, and appreciates beauty, even if he’s a little clumsy with how he communicates all that. Meanwhile, Godzilla has been apart and above humanity, living in one of the most uninhabitable places on the planet and only emerging from the sea to fight and restore balance. In a recent interview with Adam Wingard, director of Godzilla vs. King Kong, we were given a reason behind the radioactive reptiles stoic countenance. 

Toho Godzilla rules Image via Warner Bros Pictures.

Toho has Rules for Godzilla 

Toho, the creators of Godzilla, think it would be out of character for Godzilla to react to things the way a human might, and that makes sense. Godzilla is a 400 foot tall ancient dinosaur that can breathe atomic fire. It would be weird for all of that to react to competition in the same way a lesser monster or human might. Toho requires that Godzilla not emote because he is a god-like being, and conventional expression wouldn’t seem appropriate on him. 

Despite all of the rules from Toho for Godzilla, Wingard does still say Godzilla is more expressive in this film than he has been in the rest of the Monster-verse movies. For one thing, if you see the movie, you’ll see the ancient kaiju bleed (but likely less than Wingard planned). Wingard even said attentive viewers may be able to discern a few scenes where Godzilla is laughing and smiling, though what that exactly looks like on a giant lizard face remains to be seen. 

Look out for those fleeting moments of human emotion when you see Godzilla vs. King Kong, and let us know what you think of Godzilla’s emotional depth in the comments below!

Featured image via Legendary Pictures.

Pop Culture

Jessica Kanzler is a freelance writer and editor who lives with her wife and cats. Jessica has bad taste in tv and an MA in Rhetoric, Writing, and Digital Media studies. Talk to her about Frasier on Twitter @Jessicaakanzler

Adam WingardGodzillagodzilla vs. kongking kongMoviesToho

Leave a comment


Pop CultureTV Shows
Euphoria’s One Direction Scene Reveals Fandom Truth

Euphoria, the new HBO series, is no stranger to controversy. Even before it premiered on June 16th, it was already creating buzz, similar to actress Zendaya’s other work (e.g. this Malcolm & Marie review). However, […]

BY Salomé Gonstad July 7, 2019
COMICSMarvelPop Culture
The Punisher Has a Messages for Cops Who Idolize Him: Don’t!

The most recent issue of The Punisher sends a clear message to police officers who look to the serial-murdering vigilante as a role model.

BY Joshua M. Patton July 5, 2019
COMICSMarvelPop Culture
Mysterio: Spider-Man and the Sadistic Illusionist

First Appearance of Mysterio: Amazing Spider-Man #13Created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko Now that many of us have seen Spider-Man: Far From Home, let’s get to know the great illusionist a little better. Mysterio […]

BY Roman Colombo July 7, 2019
error: Copyright Protection