This Saturday night on MeTV- our Godzilla month continues with the King of the Monsters facing off against the flying fury of another legendary giant creature- as a mysterious egg brings about the cataclysmic confrontation of “Godzilla VS Mothra”!
In this 1964 entry to the Godzilla series, a massive typhoon brings about a lot of destruction- and – a gigantic egg floating just off shore from a Japanese beach. A reporter and his photographer also discover a strange radioactive object. When a scientific researcher is trying to discover the origin of the egg, Kumayama, a slimy entrepreneur, shows up on the scene, claiming he has purchased legal rights to the egg from the local villagers – and his company , Happy Enterprises, plans to turn it into a tourist attraction!
When scientist Prof. Miura and the newspaper pair spot Kumayama going to meet someone at a hotel, they discover that he is in league with Torhata- who is the real head of Happy Enterprises. However, another group claiming ownership of the egg appears- the tiny twin fairies from Mothra’s island! Known as the Shobijin, they warn that the hatching of the egg will bring great destruction to Japan- and plead for the egg to be given back. They ask the reporters to help them convince the devious Happy Enterprises duo to allow its return to their island. When the cause seems lost, they depart for their home.
In an effort to find out the source of the radioactive item they discovered, our friends go back to the beach- and are shocked to find that the source is something else that was displaced by the typhoon- a rather large “something else”- Godzilla! The incredible creature begins another unstoppable rampage, and the investigative team decides that a trip to Mothra’s island is necessary- to try and convince the islanders to send Mothra to battle Godzilla. They meet resistance- since they couldn’t help retrieve the giant egg- and because Mothra, now of advanced age, may not be strong enough to best Godzilla. The sincerity of the Japanese visitors convinces the disciples of the giant moth to agree to help them defeat Godzilla- and the fight is on!
This full color Godzilla adventure , also known as “Mothra VS Godzilla” and “Godzilla VS the Thing” still portrays Godzilla as a threat to mankind. The tiny Shobijin fairies, actually portrayed by a singing duo known as The Peanuts, carry over from the original 1961 “Mothra” film. We’ll talk about this film’s history, go through the cast list, and, among the Sven shtick, bring back an “interview” with the twin fairies who are now very much modern women!
“Godzilla Vs Mothra” (NOT to be confused with a similarly named movie from 1992) gets ready to rumble tonight on MeTV at 10 pm eastern/pacific, 9 central, or check for information about time and station in your local listings, or at www.metv.com ! Chicago area viewers can again experience the original Godzilla sequel, “Godzilla Raids Again” at 11 am on our sister station, WCIU, the U.
In a special radio appearance this afternoon, Sven’s alter ego Rich Koz will be a guest on the “Those Were the Days” radio program, a weekly salute to the golden days of radio,heard on WDCB- FM. Host Steve Darnall has proclaimed February, the birth month of Jack Benny, as “Jack Benny Month”- with lots of Benny shows all month long (most likely because Godzilla did very little radio)- and will chat with Rich about his admiration for and inspiration from the classic comedian. The show airs from 1-5 pm central time ( with Rich showing up sometime after 2 pm) on WDCB (90.9 FM – and/or 90.7 FM in Chicago’s West Loop; and streaming live at wdcb.org – shows also available at nostalgiadigest.com )
Also- if you ever wanted to try hitting me with a chicken- check out the new game under the “games” tab on our website- see how many hits you can make! (In the words of Dr. Smith- “oh, the pain- the pain…”)
Thanks for the great reaction to our Godzilla month so far-and we understand that there is a faction of viewers who aren’t the biggest fans of Godzilla, but are graciously enduring the films. We hope you’ll join us tonight for two of the most favorite giant monsters ever imported from Japan!