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Happy Birthday Eiji Tsuburaya

Eiji Tsuburaya

Eiji Tsuburaya was the head of special effects for the team that created Godzilla. Which gives him god status around here. But what vaults him to ridiculous god status is the fact that he also created Ultraman, which of course, is Airwolf. He would have been 107 today.

Here is a brief edited down docu that shows some behind the scenes bits for the original Gojira. Update: Alas, that bit has been taken down.

Couldn’t find the Japanese trailer for Godzilla, Here’s the Americanized version, starring Raymond Burr, whose acting style in this is about as flexible as the suit we just saw in the docu.

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Cailement to the rescue. Here’s the Japanese trailer:

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And here’s a bit of Ultramanpalooza, where our hero does battle with giant iguanas and slices a foe in half in mid-air. He takes monsters apart piece by piece for crying out loud. And you know what? I swear he’s fighting, in one sequence, that creature off the front of the ELP Tarkus album. No, seriously.

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