The evolution of Godzilla: 70 years of design changes

An image of Godzilla from Godzilla Minus One
(Image credit: Toho Co Ltd)

Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire is set for release this March, providing another installment in the ever-evolving depictions of one of the big screen's most famous monsters. And the original kaiju is having quite a moment to mark his 70th anniversary, with the Japanese film Godzilla Minus One getting rave reviews on its release late last year.

In those two recent films alone, our favourite prehistoric reptilian monster (and one of the best movie monsters of all time) looks radically different. In fact, over 70 years, 'Zilla's character has changed numerous times. Having appeared in over 30 feature films and a few animated productions too, it's natural that his look has changed with the times. For decades, the Japanese Godzilla was played by actors wearing suits, then came CGI. But advances in tech are not the only cause for changes to the character design.

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Joe Foley

Joe is a regular freelance journalist and editor at Creative Bloq. He writes news, features and buying guides and keeps track of the best equipment and software for creatives, from video editing programs to monitors and accessories. A veteran news writer and photographer, he now works as a project manager at the London and Buenos Aires-based design, production and branding agency Hermana Creatives. There he manages a team of designers, photographers and video editors who specialise in producing visual content and design assets for the hospitality sector. He also dances Argentine tango.