Toho’s Successful Kong Attempt: King Kong Escapes (1967)

Toho wanted nothing more than to make movies with King Kong in them… In 1966, King Kong received that which every franchise dreams of: an animated series. This particular series was spear-headed by Rankin/Bass (which you may remember from every holiday special ever) who commissioned Toei Animation (whom you may recognize as the studio behindContinue reading “Toho’s Successful Kong Attempt: King Kong Escapes (1967)”

A Clash of Kings: King Kong Vs. Godzilla (1962)

Toho Studios made two attempts at making a film featuring King Kong. This was the first. The genesis of King Kong Vs. Godzilla was simplicity itself: Willis O’Brien (animator for the original King Kong) wanted to make another movie featuring his beloved giant ape and this time, Kong would battle a Frankenstein-type monster. He tookContinue reading “A Clash of Kings: King Kong Vs. Godzilla (1962)”

Kongtoberfest is upon us!

Ladies and gentlemen, I have an announcement to make: 2020 blows. This is an indisputable fact. The year 2020 has been a disaster. Several, in fact. And there’s still plenty of 2020 left. I’m not telling you something you don’t already know. Something you also probably know is that when the chips are down, alcoholContinue reading “Kongtoberfest is upon us!”

Princess Salno & The Ymir

A Toho-Harryhausen Fantasy As imagined by Trevor Thomson, with story elements by Charlott Knight, Bob Williams, Christopher Knopf, Shinichi Sekizawa, & Beverley Cross. Cover illustrated by Elden Ardiente. Internal illustrations by studio Lungga Creative. As folks who have read my previous writings may know (& even if you don’t, now’s a fine time to learn),Continue reading “Princess Salno & The Ymir”

Queen of the Monsters Part I: Mothra’s Journey Through the Showa Era

A Retrospective Covering Mothra (1961), Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964), Ghidorah, The Three-Headed Monster (1964), & Ebirah, Horror of the Deep/Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster (1966) Long time no see, ladies & gents. Last time we saw each other, I stepped out of my comfort zone a little bit, (writing-wise anyway) & dared to dream upContinue reading “Queen of the Monsters Part I: Mothra’s Journey Through the Showa Era”