What’s good, everyone? It’s your friendly, neighborhood kaijuphile, Joshua Evo bringing you another news round up of all things Godzilla. We have a pretty good amount to cover, so I’m going to go right in, starting with the Ifukube & Godzilla: A Musical Celebration Kickstarter project.
As many of you may or may not know, Akira Ifukube was the legendary classical composer who has worked with directors like Senkichi Taniguchi and Akira Kurosawa, and the man behind the iconic roar and theme of Godzilla. While he passed away in February 2006, this year would have been his 100th birthday, which happens to coincide with the 60th birthday of Godzilla. Add on top of that the upcoming release of the Legendary Pictures film, and the potential explosion of attendance for the Godzilla themed convention G-Fest XXI in Chicago, and you have the workings of something special in the making. This is apparently also what filmmaker Chris Oglio and composer John DeSentis were thinking when the idea of Ifukube and Godzilla: A Musical Celebration was hatched. The event is a symphonic concert that is recognized by Toho, and will honor Mr. Ifukube by bringing his music to truly appreciative fans and will take place at G-Fest XXI. It is a Kickstarter funded effort that recently hit and surpassed its $25,000 goal. At the time of this writing, there are still some 40 hours left to make a donation and I strongly suggest that you do, as I’ve been saying for a while now that such an event that will go down in the annals of Godzilla history.
In the world of toys, action figure producer NECA released a gallery of detailed photos depicting their “Modern Godzilla” figure in a mock cityscape. While not quite up for pre-order yet, the figure stands at about six inches tall and measures 12 inches long from head to tail and has a bendable tail and 25 points of articulation, so it’s of comparable scale to the popular S.H.Monsterarts figures that are currently being produced by Tamashi Nations. To see the full gallery, click HERE.
Legendary Comics has released the cover for “Godzilla: Awakening”, the graphic novel prequel to the upcoming film. Meanwhile, Legendary Pictures has released a number of TV spots, for Godzilla, both international and domestic. Again, I’ve not personally seen any of them yet, as I’m trying to hold some surprise for myself for the movie’s actual release date but that doesn’t mean you all can’t check them out below!
International TV Spot #1
International TV Spot #2
International TV Spot: “A Force of Nature has Awakened”
TV Spot: “It Can’t be Stopped”
TV Spot: “I Can’t Believe this is Happening”
TV Spot: “Whatever it Takes”
Extended TV Spot: “Courage”
That should about do it for this edition of the round up. Let that Godzilla hype continue to build, everyone!
— Evo out.