“Svengoolie” presents: “Godzilla’s Revenge” (1969, Sven’s “wrap-up” to his month-long salute to Godzilla films)
“Godzilla’s Revenge” (1969) will be the finale in Sven’s month-long salute to Toho Studios’ legendary kaiju creature of the silver screen. The fun begins this Sat., Feb. 25 at 10 p.m. Eastern/9 p.m. Central on Me-TV!
Directed by Ishiro Honda, this was the seventh Godzilla film that he directed for Toho Studios.
Who is in “Godzilla’s Revenge?”
The actors appearing in “Godzilla’s Revenge” include Tomonori Yazaki as Ichiro Miki, Hideyo Amamoto as Shinpei Inami and Kenji Sahara as Ichrio’s father, Kenkichi ‘Tack’ Miki. Stunt actor Haruo Nakajima would appear in the Gojira/Godzilla suit (beginning with the original “Gojira”/”Godzilla” in 1954 and ending with “Godzilla vs. Gigan” in 1972, along with a cameo stock footage appearance in “Godzilla vs. Megalon” one year later).
Godzilla & Minilla vs. Gabara, Kumonga, Ebirah & Kamacuras
In “Godzilla’s Revenge,” there are several other kaiju cinema creatures featured in the film, including his son Minilla (who appeared previously in 1967’s “Son of Godzilla) and nemesis creatures Gabara, Kumonga, Ebirah (who first appeared in “Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster” in 1966, he would also appear in 2004’s “Godzilla: Final Wars”) and Kamacuras.
Ishiro Honda takes over for Eiji Tsuburaya’s special effects
Toho Studios’ veteran special effects technician, Eiji Tsuburaya was absent during the filming of “Godzilla’s Revenge.” Honda took over Tsuburaya’s special effects position, according to Turner Classic Movies’ trivia portal on the film (though Tsuburaya was mentioned in the opening credits).
With Honda’s limited special effects for “Godzilla’s Revenge,” the director had to employ the use of stock footage from previous Godzilla features (according to an IMDB trivia note on the film).
Released as “All Monsters Attack” in Japan
In 1969, Toho Studios released this installment in their “Gojira” kaiju film franchise in Japan, under the title of “All Monsters Attack.” According to Stuart Galbraith’s book, “The Toho Studios Story: A History and Complete Filmography,” this was packaged under Toho Studios’ “Toho Champion Matsuri.” The feature film package included a cinematic festival of new short subjects, along with reissues of select Toho films to theaters throughout Japan.
IMDB’s trivia section listed that Toho Studios’ release of “All Monsters Attack” was originally geared towards the children’s film market.
UPA licenses “All Monsters Attack” for release in the United States as “Godzilla’s Revenge”
Henry G. Saperstein’s United Productions of America (UPA), along with Maron Films licensed the North American releasing rights to “All Monsters Attack” from Toho Studios in 1971, two years after the film was released in Japan.
The film was retitled (and dubbed) by UPA as “Godzilla’s Revenge” and was placed on a “double feature” bill with another film, the 1967 British sci-fi thriller “Island of the Burning Damned,” featuring Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. Just like “Godzilla’s Revenge,” the second film was also had its title changed by the studio (originally released in Britain as “Night of the Big Heat”).
In addition to securing the North American rights to several select “Godzilla” films from Toho Studios at the time, UPA was also known for its pioneering work in limited animation, including the cartoon series “Mr. Magoo” and “Gerald McBoing-Boing” (based off of the Dr. Seuss story), along with animated industrial shorts and television commercials.
The company also worked on opening titles for select theatrical films and television programs, including the opening titles for the first season of Rod Serling’s “The Twilight Zone” (according to IMDB).
Filmmaker Tee Bosustow, son of UPA co-founder Stephen Bosustow is currently working on a documentary film about the pioneering animation studio, titled “The Boing Heard Round the World.”
“Godzilla’s Revenge:” The finale in Sven’s salute to “Godzilla”
Fellow fans of vintage horror, Japanese kaiju cinema and “Svengoolie” will not want to miss the iconic Chicago-based horror host and his wrap-up salute to the legendary Toho Studios creature this Saturday evening on Me-TV! You will not be disappointed!
Sat., Feb. 25 at 10 p.m. Eastern/9 p.m. Central on Me-TV Network
In the Frederick, Maryland metropolitan area: WJLA-TV 7.2/Comcast 204
In Baltimore: WBAL-TV 11.2/Comcast 208 (time-delayed to 11 p.m. due to TV-11’s special 10 p.m. newscast on their Me-TV subchannel)