Still fun! The ‘crunch’ coda is the final chord from ‘A Day In The Life’…
Every so often I get into what I call a ‘G-Loop’ and watch a bunch of Toho Godzilla® movies… the good, the bad and the ridiculous. 29 movies in all so far (not counting the abortive 1998 American attempt with Matthew Broderick) in almost 60 years since the big guy first waded ashore in 1954 from Tokyo Bay into our hearts and collective conscious (and conscience).
The original Nihongo (Japanese) dialogue with English subtitles is the preferred mode of transmission. What tiny smattering of Japanese I’ve learned is from these films and some anime stuff (‘Bubblegum Crisis’!).
If there is a thread of continuity over the years, it is the theme of preserving and caring for the environment… often made explicit but nearly always implied. With the wonderful Mothra® spin-offs, the general themes of Love and Good Will are accentuated. Hard to argue with those messages! But then I’m a sentimental old fart anyway!
Godzilla® has evolved over the years from a mindless terror to a rather lame comedian to an almost supernatural sort of ‘guardian’ of Japan against evil. In his debut performance though, ‘Gojira’ was the terrifying result of (U.S.) H-Bomb tests in the Pacific. Here’s an extended clip from the original 1954 ‘Gojira’ (‘ゴジラ’):
In 1956, the film was recut with new scenes featuring actor Raymond Burr intercut with the original footage and the whole thing was dubbed into English. It was released that year as ‘Godzilla, King of the Monsters’. This was the film we all saw as kids. Here’s the same general section from the American version:
[please forgive the bad sound sync from a faulty copy]
Perhaps because I grew up with the Raymond Burr version, I tend to prefer it to the original, which I didn’t see until much later. Both are valid films. Maybe the original is a bit more ‘serious’. However, it’s safe to say that it was the American version with Ray Burr that kicked off the worldwide craze for giant Japanese monsters (‘kaiju’) that continues to this day!