We wind up our Godzilla month on MeTV with a kind of bizarre entry in the Godzilla series- though it’s loaded with various monsters, and battles a-plenty- plus the Son of Godzilla- you might just be scratching your head when you witness – “Godzilla’s Revenge”!
This late 60s-early 70s film- previously titled “All Monsters Attack”- comes from the period in which Godzilla had been cast on the side of right- and had his adventures squarely aimed at his younger fans. We meet a lonely little boy named Ichiro with a vivid imagination- whose parents are often away from home due to their work. Ichiro is the victim of local bullies- and seems to have only two friends- a schoolgirl classmate and a wacky toy inventor! When the toymaker shows him a new invention- Ichiro asks him to make something that has to do with his favorite monsters- including Godzilla and his son, Minya (Manilla) who dwell on Monster Island.
Via his wild imagination- Ichiro ends up visiting Monster Island- and having some run-ins with a few of the nasty monsters roaming there! He also finally meets Minya- who actually speaks to him in a dopey cartoon character voice! The two have something in common (other than badly dubbed voices)- both find themselves the target of bullies- in particular, Minya has a foe named Gabara -which happens to also be the name of Ichiro’s worst tormentor!
Snapping back to reality, Ichiro goes exploring an old abandoned factory- where, unbeknownst to him, a couple of bank robbers are hiding out- and takes some souvenirs- including one of the crooks’ drivers license! When the bad guys find he has taken the license, and could bring the police down on them- they plot to nab the youngster!
Ichiro again makes a mental journey to Monster Island- and witnesses several bouts between Godzilla and his enemies. Young Minya also has a battle with the evil Gabara- and flees in terror. Big Daddy ‘Zilla decides to train Junior to fight back, using his flame breath (in a comic sequence very similar to one in the film “Son of Godzilla”)- and, just as they are making some progress- Ichiro is pulled back into the real world when the robbers grab him! Can Ichiro escape and defeat all his problems- and can Minya triumph as well?
Many have labelled this film one of the strangest Godzilla films ever- with use of stock footage, a built-in message about bullying, and plenty of mind-boggling content. Because it starts off rather slowly- and this film is by no means a classic- I hope you’ll forgive me if I add a little extra Sven entertainment to the first segment of the film. Plus, there’s even more Sven fun , including another edition of our drawing game “Too Drawn Out”- and a song featuring another scintillating trumpet solo by Doug Graves!
“Godzilla’s Revenge” will take place tonight on MeTV at 10 pm eastern/pacific, 9 central, or check local listings- or at www.metv.com- for time and channel in your area. Chicago area viewers can get an encore of “Godzilla VS Mothra” at 11 am on our sister station, WCIU- the U!
Have you tried the new game on our site- giving you the opportunity to smack me with a chicken? Give it a try by clicking on the “games” tab on our site- and- you can go to the aforementioned MeTV website to play “Super Sci Fi Solitaire” and jigsaw puzzle games featuring some of your Super Sci Fi Saturday Night favorites!
Visit with us tonight for one more Godzilla flick (don’t worry- we have a couple more Toho films we’ve been saving for the future!)- and see if YOU might want revenge!