|“||Up from the depths, thirty stories high, breathing fire, his head in the skies, Godzilla!||„|
|~ Part of the theme song|
Godzilla is the titular kaiju protagonist and one of the main protagonists (alongside the Calico crew) of the 1978 Hanna Barbera TV series, Godzilla Power Hour. He is a giant, radioactive prehistoric reptile who lives in the ocean, and is called by the Calico crew when they need him.
His vocal sound effects were provided by the late Ted Cassidy.
When needed, a little transmitters is what calls Godzilla into action. Godzilla fights many monsters throughout the series, and goes through many occurrences. He fights a giant firebird in the Arctic, battles a ground-tunneling monster, clashes with a Chimera, tussles with a magnetic turtle monster, and many more.
On one occasion, he goes back to the time of the dinosaurs, A day fights a Diplodocus and a Time Dragon (a large theropod like a T-Rex). In another instance, an alien monster that changes into different forms took on the same form as Godzilla himself, and Godzilla fought him. Godzilla has even been shrunk in an episode where while he got smaller, a fly began to grow.
He battles a cyclops monster on a tropical island, and desert monsters in a sandy desert.
In the Hanna Barbera series, this Godzilla looks very child friendly. He has an expression that shows emotion. He has comical spikes on his back, a pot belly, and a cartoony look overall.
He has a green skin color, which is uncommon in other Godzilla variations. His spikes are a darker shade of green. He has black pupils with white at parts, so as to show some glint. His teeth and claws are light gray.
He is 122 meters in height, which is roughly 400 feet.
The Hanna Barbera Godzilla has an aggressive attitude when fighting other monsters, which isn’t shared by other variations of Godzilla. He battles in a slapstick, cartoony way. The opposite holds true when coming to human defense. In many cases, when he is called upon, he makes sure that the Calico crew is safe. In a lot of ways, he expresses emotion. His care is noticeable when he holds the Calico in his massive hands.
Powers & Abilities
- Fire Breath: Throughout the series, The Hanna Barbera Godzilla uses his fire breath to fight enemy monsters. Unlike other Godzilla variations, the blast is purely fire.
- Eye Laser: Like Superman, this variation of Godzilla fires lasers from his eyes at enemy monsters.
- Super Strength: The Hanna Barbera Godzilla is very strong, and this is very evident in battle. He has been able to throw large objects and even other monsters. He also packs a punch.
- Amphibiousness: This Godzilla variation is excellent in a watery habitat. He is a great swimmer, and is expert in battle on the surface and underwater.
- Intelligence: The Hanna Barbera Godzilla also expresses intelligence. One example is when he creates a whirlpool to catch the Calico, and the catches it, to make sure it doesn’t sink. However, he usually seems to rely on his battling tactics and brawn when in battle.
- The Hanna Barbera Godzilla is one of the biggest Godzilla variations, at 122 meters.
- The Hanna Barbera Godzilla is the second incarnation of Godzilla to originate in American media, while the first being the Marvel Godzilla.
- He is one of the few Godzilla variations to be green. Others include the Marvel Godzilla, the Dark Horse Godzilla, the 1999-2000 Toho Godzillas, And the 2017-2018 Anime Godzilla.
- He is also the first Godzilla to be in canonical animation. Later, Toho did a kids anime for Godzilla in the mid 1990s. TriStar made Godzilla: the Series, featuring Zilla Junior. Toho also began the Anime trilogy in 2017.
- The roar used for the Hanna Barbera Godzilla is a beast sound, rather than the “skreeongk” heard in most Godzilla variations.
- Some of Godzilla’s roars were later reused for the the Thwomps in the Mini Mario series