When the King of Monsters first emerged from the ocean back in 1954, his head towered above the Tokyo skyline. At 50 meters (164 feet), Godzilla was able to easily kick his way through buildings, push over towers, and carry around train cars in his mouth. Godzilla was bigger than us and our world, the symbol of power grown beyond our control. Tokyo was a mere stomping ground under the giant monster’s feet, a toy to be crushed and consumed.
Times have changed, however, and modern Tokyo is a much, much bigger place. Sure, Godzilla officially lives there, but that’s only because the big fella seems considerably less gigantic amongst modern skyscrapers and dense cities. How much smaller does 1954 Godzilla look, you ask? Good question and here’s some pictures—courtesy of @Fukublog, over on Twitter—to answer.
— 吉野 忍 (@FUKUBLOG) August 1, 2016
See those big, huge skyscrapers that seem to touch the sky and the thickly packed together downtown area? That’s big ol’ Tokyo. Now see that little red monster? That’s 1954 Godzilla. Not as menacing, right? I mean, look, if you see a 164-foot-tall atomic lizard walking towards you, you should probably run. Even if you are walking the city streets of modern Tokyo, you run. Actually, let’s just say an atomic lizard of pretty much any height would warrant you running away, okay? Be safe out there, guys.
What these pictures really showcase, though, is why Godzilla has grown so much over the years. In the just released (in Japan! Where’s our US release?!) Godzilla Resurgence, he has grown to the ultra menacing height of 118.5 meters, or 388.8 feet. Godzilla is more than a monster, he’s an image of destruction. There is nothing we can build that Godzilla can’t destroy; that’s the point of the character. Any version of Godzilla should be gigantic, and our world should be dust under his feet.
When you look at Godzilla like this, it’s easy to see why Toho has made the monster taller and taller. If Tokyo gets taller, so does Godzilla. Everything the monster stands for is lost if he’s a dot on a massive urban landscape. Unless he’s playing one on one with Charles Barkley, in which case Godzilla has to just big enough to take an elbow to the chin from Barkley.