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How Tall Are All the Cinematic GODZILLAs?

How Tall Are All the Cinematic GODZILLAs?

So Godzilla‘s real big. We know this. It’s what all of the movies dating back to Ishihiro Honda’s 1954 original have been based on. As a metaphor for Japan’s atomic bombardment and near-annihilation during World War II, the idea of some massive creature borne out of nuclear blasts, continuing to do damage, has been one of the most indelible in cinematic history. But also, like, his size has changed a lot over time, owing to many factors, including how big they wanted to build the model city he stomps on. Now, one man has put them all into perspective.

Twitter user GMANonScified (as shared by Kotaku) shared the above image by Noger Chen who figured out the height of several of the Godzillas from history so we know just how big they all are in relation to us puny humans underfoot. He, uhh, keeps getting bigger, it turns out. The recently released Japanese reboot of the franchise–fittingly called Godzilla Resurgence–is the biggest of them all, measuring a whopping 118.5 meters tall. That’s nearly 36 stories tall, much huger than most buildings, certainly in Tokyo.

godzilla size 1954-2016

Gareth Edwards’ version from the 2014 movie isn’t that much smaller, at 108 meters, still making it utterly gargantuan and scary AF. Interesting how much he’s grown in the 60+ years of existence; initially, he was only 50 meters tall (ONLY!) which is only just over 15 stories tall, which is certainly enormous and big enough to do maximum damage, to Tokyo or elsewhere.

The bigger it gets, the more insurmountable the threat seems, but also way less believable, to be honest. I mean, how did it get to be that big? What does it eat? How can it possibly survive at that size for more than a couple of minutes? It shouldn’t be able to fight other monsters, that’s for sure.

Let us know what you think about the tall lizard in the comments below!

This is the way Godzilla should always look:

Images: Legendary/Warner Bros/Noger Chen


Kyle Anderson is the Associate Editor for Nerdist. You can find his film and TV reviews here. Follow him on Twitter!

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