Geek Speak: Godzilla!
March 17, 2016 • 45 views
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March 17, 2016 –
Join Dr. Tom Arnold on Thursday at 4:00 in Jonas 110 for this week's Geek Speak: "Not Just a Cheesy Monster Movie: the MultipleMeanings of Godzilla." For many kids (Dr. Arnold included!), Godzilla movies were a Saturday afternoon staple: settling in on the couch, to watch Godzilla destroy Tokyo and/or do battle with evil space monsters like the three-headed Monster Zero (his personal favorite). It resembled pro wrestling, and with heroes and villains. Depending on the movie, Godzilla played either role, sometimes both. The first Godzilla movie, Gojira, was taken very seriously in Japan upon its release. It was only when the movie reached America that it became the cheesy monster movie beloved by millions. This Geek Speak will explore the origins of the movie, its meaning in Japanese culture, and its transformation into a worldwide pop culture phenomenon. The main sources will be William Tsutsui’s book Godzilla On My Mind, the movies themselves, and a variety of pop culture spinoffs, such as toys, games, and the word “Godzilla” itself, whose latter half has become a pop culture mainstay.