Judge Brett Cullum watches as a giant monster continues his stomping even after Matthew Broderick is gone.
Gray Godzilla continues the adventure he started with Ferris Bueller.
Here we go, a nice tie-in for a year when we get a new Godzilla feature film from an American studio. There is nothing truly new in this Mill Creek release of the animated Godzilla: The Series (1998-2000) except that the collection is finally complete and available in one reasonably priced package. The real clincher here is that two of the episodes were never aired, so fans will see them here for the first time. That is the big news!
This iteration of the Godzilla legend follows the mythology of the Roland Emmeric/Dean Devlin motion picture of the late '90s. In this extension of that plot one of the Godzilla offspring now thinks that Dr. Niko "Nick" Tatopolous (voiced by Beverly Hills 90210 icon Ian Ziering) is his "momma." He was there when the egg hatched, so the oversized marine iguana thinks he's family. This comes in handy when he and a team of scientists realize there are many more monsters out there, and they can use Godzilla to help them battle the new threats. Godzilla here is the one from the 1998 movie, so Toho purists should stay angry with his design. But somehow this one breathes fire, so all old school street cred is not lost.
As Judge David Johnson of this very site states on the back of the new box "…the show moves at a fast clip and the animation is solid." It's a style much like what we saw with many '90s series including Men In Black: The Series and Extreme Ghostbusters. The stories are taken seriously and often maintain a sense of the backstory in each twenty-three minute episode. We have forty of them in total here, and it's a pleasurable experience to be able to marathon them all without having to wait for a Saturday repeat or an afternoon syndication slot.
The DVD package is straight-forward. There are forty episodes here on four discs stacked in one case. There are no commentaries or featurettes to explain how this thing lasted two whole years every Saturday at 9:00am on Fox. Transfers are solid with bright colors and a nice stereo sound mix.
Godzilla: The Series is goofy fun that strives to take the 1998 feature seriously and becomes charming, if only because it offers the chance for us to see the big gray guy take on other monsters. It's all dated for sure, complete with an eerie shot of the World Trade Center Towers being stomped on by Tokyo's finest in the opening credits. Here we finally have all forty episodes in one package, and that is the reason to pick-up this Mill Creek collection. Go, go giant iguana!
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