Saturday Afternoon Theater: BRINGING GODZILLA DOWN TO SIZE: The Art of Japanese Special Effects

By chance we scanned a tweet from @wildgrounds sharing a link to the documentary BRINGING GODZILLA DOWN TO SIZE: The Art of Japanese Special Effects(2008). This is a documentary interviewing the actors, special effects artists, directors and the like about the insane popularity of the Godzilla franchise and why, after all these years, the king of all monsters who still stomps about Tokyo the the 21st century remains a man in a rubber suit.

Watch the documentary below the cut.

While running through Google searching for a one-sheet to share we found links to these articles on this mighty Godzilla documentary.

SciFi Japan articles: Part 1, Part 2

Documentary available on the WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS/RODAN DVD from Classic Media (2008).
Directed by norman England
Runtime: 69 Minutes
Language: Narrator – English, Interviews – Japanese (hardcoded English subtitles)

For more than 50 years, Gojira, Mosura, Kingu Ghidorâ and other monsters at Tôhô Kabushiki Kaisha have been created with traditional, handmade special-effects techniques. Through interviews with actors, filmmakers, special-effects artists, and monster stuntmen from the golden age of Japanese sci-fi, this documentary goes behind the scenes of this unique and outlandish genre.

Why is Godzilla still a man in a suit? In an age when Hollywood’s overblown blockbusters showcase the latest technology, Japanese sci-fi movies still rely on old-school techniques, such as rubber costumes and miniature cities. For more than a half century, Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah and other giant creatures have been brought to life this way, with a handcrafted approach steeped in tradition.

Bringing Godzilla Down to Size goes behind the scenes of a filmmaking style that remains firmly rooted in the past even as special effects leap into the future. From the original GOJIRA (1954) through 50-plus years of sequels, spin-offs and imitations, this original documentary tells the story of the genre’s creation and evolution via exclusive interviews with filmmakers, special-effects artists, actors and monster stuntmen. Narrated by self-proclaimed Godzilla fan Alex Cox (director of REPO MAN, SID & NANCY), the film celebrates the artistry behind the world of Japanese monsters and ponders the future of Godzilla and his city-smashing analog brethren in the digital age.

via @wildgrounds

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