Do you know ... about everyone’s favourite kaiju Godzilla?

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  • Thursday, 22 Sep 2016

... about everyone’s favourite kaiju Godzilla?

> He’s back! Angrier and taller than ever before. Shin Godzilla – produced and distributed by Toho, the studio that created the monster – opens in cinemas nationwide today and he is bursting out on the big screen with an impressive height of 118.5m. Directed by Hideaki Anno, the film’s titular character not only spits fire, it can also shoot fire from its tail. Talk about double assault!

> Godzilla was first introduced in the 195film Gojira – a creature born from all the nuclear weapons testing during the Cold War. Back then, he was only 50m tall.

> Gojira combines the Japanese words for gorilla (gorira) and whale (kujira), which was the basis of the original design of the creature.

> The 2014 American film Godzilladirected by Gareth Edwards, featured a 106.7m-tall creature. Fans thought this version of Godzilla was too fat. Talk about fat shaming!

> Hollywood tried to Americanise Gojira twice.While the 2014 film wasn’t too terrible, the 1998 film – directed by Roland Emmerich (of Independence Day fame) – bombed at the box office.

> Godzilla has not only appeared on the silver screen but also in comics.

The monster battled the Avengers and Fantastic Four in a series of Marvel comics from 1977 to 1979.

> In 1996, Godzilla won a lifetime achievement award at the MTV Movie Awards.

> Get this: In 2004, Godzilla was presented with a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame in Los Angeles, in conjunction with his 50th birthday. He joins Mickey Mouse, the Simpsons, Shrek and Kermit the Frog as some of the fictional characters who have stars on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.

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