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Friday, April 25

DVD Review - Godzilla: The Complete Animated Series



Godzilla: The Complete Animated Series
Voice Cast: Ian Ziering, Brigitte Bako, Rino Romano, Charity James, Malcolm Danare, Tom Kenny
Studio: Mill Creek Entertainment
Release Date: April 29, 2014
Retail: $14.98
ASIN: B00I099JZK
Running Time: 14 hours 14 minutes
Rating: Not Rated

Review: 

Monster fans are patiently waiting for the release of the remake of Godzilla, but until then they can't get sink their teeth into Mill Creek Entertainment's DVD release of Godzilla: The Complete Animated Series.

No, this isn't the 1978 Hanna-Barbera cartoon, but instead this is the 1998 animated series, which servers as a direct followup to the 1998 Godzilla flick that started Matthew Broderick. The film was a box-office hit at the time, but Godzilla's new look was criticized by critics and Godzilla fans alike. Nevertheless, the movie still spawned an animated series that lasted for only two seasons consisting of 40 episodes.

Picking up exactly where the 1998 film left off, Godzilla has been destroyed, but Dr. Nick Tatopoulos (voiced by Ian Ziering) is worried that a few of the creature's offspring has survived. Along with the Humanitarian Environmental Analysis Team (H.E.A.T.), Dr. Tatopoulos locates the last offspring, which the creature becomes emotionally attached to him. Nick becomes sorta like a adopted father to the new Godzilla.

Suddenly, there are strange giant monster reports all over the world. The only weapon that can protect Earth is Godzilla!

The 40 episodes on the four-disc set are:
  1. New Family - Part 1
  2. New Family - Part w
  3. Talkin' Trash
  4. D.O.A.
  5. The Winter Of Our Discontent
  6. Cat And Mouse
  7. Leviathan
  8. What Dreams May Come
  9. Hive
  10. Bird of Paradise
  11. Freeze
  12. DeadLoch
  13. Competition
  14. Bug Out
  15. Monster Wars - Part 1
  16. Monster Wars - Part 2
  17. Monster Wars - Part 3
  18. An Early Frost
  19. What A Long Strange Trip It's Ben
  20. Web Site
  21. Wedding Bell Blew
  22. Juggernaut
  23. Shafted
  24. Trust No ONe
  25. Lizard Season
  26. Ballad of Gen Du Marias (Unaired Episode)
  27. Ring of Fire
  28. Protector
  29. Vision
  30. Freakshow
  31. Metamorphosis
  32. Where Is Thy Sting?
  33. Underground Movement
  34. The Twister
  35. S.C.A.L.E.
  36. Future Shock
  37. End Of The Line
  38. Area 51
  39. Tourist Trap (Unaired Episode)
  40. Cash Of The Titans
I was  one of the few people that actually liked the 1998 version of Godzilla; seeing it twice at the theaters when I was a teenager. I thought it was fun monster movie, but a poor remake of Godzilla. I was aware of the animated series, but I never watched it during its original run. Three to four episodes have been released on several VHS and DVD releases over the years, but this is the first time the complete series has been released, which is just in time for the 2014 remake.

While the original Japanese films may seem a little childish, as it is just a guy in a Godzilla suit, the films may still be a tad bit violent for younger kids. The animated series is more family-friendly. Godzilla does battle several other monsters, but this version is meant to protect humans instead of going a rampage across major cities. The 40 episodes on the four-disc set are fast-paced and action-packed. Overall, I have been enjoying watching the Godzilla: The Complete Animated Series and I recommend it to other "Zilla" fans.



*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.


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