Because the new Godzilla film recently came out, and because we basically just love all things Godzilla, I thought I’d treat you to something that makes Godzilla about a hundred times better. Sadly, you’ll never see any of this in the new Godzilla movies, but at least now it’s confirmed that giant rubber suits > CGI Godzilla every day of the week. Let’s take a look at some old-timey behind the scenes Godzilla photos that I came across on i09. It really makes you appreciate how much work went into each film, if anything.
The first Godzilla suit ever made was 220 pounds and the first Godzilla suit performer, Haruo Nakajima was said to have drained a cup of sweat after a day of acting.
Son of Godzilla feels a lot like those Ewok Star Wars movies to me, but you gotta love the suit and the child acting.
The Godzilla VS The Sea Monster set looks amazing. A giant pool, some wires, and a lot of tall boots.
An ape, a giant lizard, and a Shinto priest walk into a bar…
This particular Godzilla apparently had a drinking problem.
Nothing says Christmas more than Godzilla with a ton of shopping bags.
This makes me the most jealous man in the world right now.
Little Godzilla is all tuckered out after a day of smushing buildings.
Godzilla, the greatest power forward this world has ever seen.
What’s going on in the bottom right of this photo?
I hope there isn’t a person inside of that suit, still.
Oh sure, people say that Gamera was a friend to the children, but the original true friend was Godzilla.
I like to imagine the joke that the person inside the Godzilla suit said right before this photo was taken.
That guy is looking inside of Rodan’s… ahem.
Aww, look at that little guy.
The world’s greatest crossover.
Ahhh! Your neck! Your neck!!
Time for a poooolll parrtttyyy!
When Godzilla jumped the shark.
I want a trailer, a massage, and a bottle of saké, this instant!
This is not right.
It’s amazing the things they did to make things fly.
Never, ever, put your fingers in there.
Date night, part two.
All that work, only to have it crushed. Gloriously crushed.
So much skin to peel off.
Ahhh yesss. This one is developing well.
“A little more stomping, and quit looking at the camera.”
So many monsters!
Now that Tokyo’s destroyed, it’s time for Godzilla to take a little vacation.
In its free time, Godzilla would teach orphans how to read.
When you get inside a Godzilla suit, you have to learn how to walk all over again.
Original Godzilla suit, handmade by this guy.
What do you mean you don’t want to knock down the castle?
“You’ve got yourself a deal, friend. This littler Godzilla is all yours.”
I can’t imagine what it’s like to wear one of these underwater.
And last but not least, I leave you with quite possibly the greatest photo ever taken.