Judge David Johnson hearts Godzilla 4-eva.
Wait a minute, that guy doesn't look like Matthew Broderick. And that thing definitely doesn't look like Godzilla!
Sony has unearthed some episodes from its now six years-defunct animated series detailing the adventures of Godzilla and his band of Generation X-ers. Godzilla is patterned off of the American redesign of the fairly lame 1998 Godzilla movie—the sleeker, grayer, velociraptor-y look that pissed off Toho loyalists. However, the animated version here does breathe radioactive fire breath, so that's cool.
Here's the set-up: Godzilla is now a good guy, and works with the HEAT Team, a squad of scientists who have the ability to summon Godzilla to battle the multitude of monsters and creatures that menace the world. Past episodes have had the G-unit take on the Loch Ness Monster and gigantic Mexican fire-breathing bird. What is in store for Godzilla on this disc? My guess—mutants! Who may or may not be maadddddd!!!
• "S.C.A.L.E. (Fist of Godzilla)"
• "The Twister"
• "Where is Thy Sting?"
A solid helping of well-drawn monsters beating each other silly is this cartoon's greatest strength. Kids who consider themselves fans of the big green (or gray in this case) wrecking machine should enjoy themselves, even if they're not entirely sure why Godzilla's taking orders from some punk kids. I didn't. The stories are typical of goofy animated fare, but all serve only one purpose: to string together a narrative that culminates in Godzilla throwing down with some punk-ass monster.
One thing I have to mention: the opening credits show Godizlla running around New York City tearing things up, and close with a shot of him standing over the burning rubble of the World Trade Center. Eerie.
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