"Godzilla" (1954). Screenshot image: Toho Film (Eiga) Co. Ltd.

Exciting news! Netflix will be releasing a new animated movie, Godzilla: Monster Planet (Godzilla: Planet of Monsters) in 2018.

Godzilla (Gojira) roared his way into our hearts in Ishirō Honda’s 1954 film, Godzilla.  Shigeru Kayama wrote the movie. Takeo Murata and Ishiro Honda wrote the screenplay.

In the film, Godzilla’s height is around 50 meters (164 feet), and he weighs about 20,000 tons (40,000,000 pounds). This giant monster’s power is an atomic ray that can ignite or melt objects and leave behind a radioactive fallout. Godzilla’s hide is tough, and the weaponry used could not pierce through.  The Oxygen Destroyer is the only weapon that can destroy the giant monster.

Ishirō Honda’s film brought about many movies and television shows, along with video games and tie-in novels. Godzilla went through many changes, not just in appearance but with his height and weight. Now, these are estimates you see below.

Film Series:


In the Showa Series that starts in 1954 and ends in 1975 with the ‘Fake Godzilla’ AKA Mechagodzilla, the monster is 50 meters tall (164 feet) and weighs 40,000 tons (80,000,000 pounds).

The Hanna-Barbera Godzilla cartoon (1971-1981). I remember watching the cartoons. He may be around 30 stories high, which is approximately 99 meters (325 feet); he probably weighs nearly 60,000 tons (120,000,000 pounds).

The Heisei Series starts off in 1984 with Godzilla’s height at 80 meters (263 feet) and his weight at 50,000 tons (100,000,000 pounds). The series ends with Godzilla (Rebirth) with his height at 100 meters (328 feet) and his weight at 60,000 tons (120,000,000 pounds).

Nice Try Tri-Star

The Tri-Star Series starts in 1998 with Godzilla, starring Matthew Broderick. They have Godzilla around 90 meters (295 feet) and 500 tons (1,000,000 pounds). Yes, I cried at the end and felt sorry for the baby Godzilla. The series ended in 2001 in the form of an animated series (1998-2001) with a Cyber-Godzilla.

The Millennium Series starts in 1999 with Godzilla at the height of 55 meters (180 feet), his length at 122.5 meters (402 feet) and his weight at 25,000 tons (50,000,000 pounds). The series ends in 2007 with Godzilla at 50 meters (164 feet) and weighing 20,000 tons (40,000,000 pounds).

Hollywood’s MonsterVerse

The MonsterVerse Series starts in 2014. Godzilla’s height is 108 meters (355 feet) and weighs 90,000 tons (180,000,000 pounds).

In March of 2019, Godzilla returns in Godzilla: King of Monsters, with director Michael Dougherty. Michael will re-introduce to the world some old favourites for Godzilla to face, Mothra, Rodan, and his arch-enemy, King Ghidorah. Godzilla will face King Kong in 2020.

Shin Godzilla (2016)
Screenshot of the fifth form of Godzilla. Toho Pictures, Inc. “Shin Godzilla” (2016)

The Shin Series starts in 2016 with a new take on the growth formation of Godzilla, beginning with Protogodzilla (first form) at the height of 18 meters (60 feet), length at 129 meters (424 feet) and weighing 10,000 tons (20,000,000 pounds). His fourth form height is 112.7 (369.8 feet) meters, length 222 meters (728.3 feet) and his weight at 92,000 metric tons (202,825,297 pounds). His fifth form is freaky, way freaky; Humanoid creatures. Nice to see evolution played out in hours instead of centuries or millenniums. But I’ll stick to my oversize lizard.

Godzilla gets animated

Now, there is a new animated film that’s coming to Netflix in 2018, Godzilla: Monster Planet. The new Godzilla animated movie features our trusted monster, along with other giants, ruling the earth for 20,000 years.

Kôbun Shizuno and Hiroyuki Seshita are directing Monster Planet. The film released in Japan on November 17, 2017, and is ranked number three in Japanese theatres. There is already a sequel, Godzilla: The Mobile City’s Decisive Battle to hit Japanese theatres in May of 2018.

Which Godzilla is your favourite? Old school, middle school, new school, anime or video games?

Tracie lives in the United States and is an enthusiastic and versatile writer with an academic background in journalism and creative writing. She's an aspiring journalist, screenwriter, and novelist.