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212 - Godzilla vs. Megalon
0212
Air Date January 19, 1991
MST3K Director Jim Mallon
Running Time 1 hr. 36 min.
AKA Gojira Tai Megaro
Movie Director Jun Fukuda
Year 1973 (Japan) 1976 (America)
Cast Katsuhiko Sasaki, Hiroyuki Kawase, Yutaka Hayashi
Preceded by 211 - First Spaceship on Venus
Followed by 213 - Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster

The Movie

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Godzilla vs. Megalon

Synopsis

In the year 1973, the most recent underground nuclear test, set off near the Aleutians, sends shockwaves as far south as Monster Island, disturbing the monsters, causing Anguirus to fall into a fault opened up by the consequential earthquakes and Rodan to fly off, while Godzilla decides to stay put.

For years, Seatopia, an undersea civilization, has been heavily affected by this nuclear testing conducted by the surface nations of the world. Upset by these tests, the Seatopians plan to unleash their civilization's beetle-like god, Megalon, to destroy the surface world out of vengeance.

On the surface, an inventor named Goro Ibuki, his nephew Rokuro and their friend Hiroshi Jinkawa are off on an outing near a lake when Seatopia makes itself known to the Earth by drying up the lake the trio was relaxing nearby and using it as a base of operation (unknown to our heroes.) As they return home they are ambushed by agents of Seatopia who are trying to steal Jet Jaguar, a humanoid robot under construction by the trio of inventors. However the Agents' first attempt is botched and they are forced to flee to safety.

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"Say, these Klan meetings have really lightened up."

Some time later, Jet Jaguar is completed but the trio of inventors are knocked unconscious by the returning Seatopian agents. The agents's plan is to use Jet Jaguar to guide and direct Megalon to destroy whatever city Seatopia commands. Goro and Rokuro are sent to be killed, while Hiroshi is taken hostage. Megalon is finally released to the surface while Jet Jaguar is put under the control of the Seatopians and is used to guide Megalon to attack Tokyo with the Japan Self Defense Forces failing to defeat the monster. Eventually, the trio of heroes manage to escape their situation with the Seatopians and reunite to devise a plan to send Jet Jaguar to get Godzilla's help using Jet Jaguar's secondary control system.

After uniting with Japan's Defense Force, Goro manages to regain control of Jet Jaguar and sends the robot to Monster Island to bring Godzilla to fight Megalon. Without a guide to control its actions, Megalon flails around relentlessly and aimlessly fighting with the Defense Force and destroying the outskirts of Tokyo. The Seatopians learn of Jet Jaguar's turn and thus send out a distress call to the Nebula M aliens (from the previous film) to send Gigan to assist them.

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"One problem, though: you caught us in the middle of our production ofLa Cage aux Folles."

As Godzilla journeys to fight Megalon, Jet Jaguar programs into a safeguard mode and grows to gigantic proportions to face Megalon himself until Godzilla arrives. The battle is roughly at a standstill between robot and monster, until Gigan arrives and both Megalon and Gigan double team Jet Jaguar. Godzilla finally arrives to assist Jet Jaguar and the odds become evened. After a long and brutal fight, Gigan and Megalon both retreat and Godzilla and Jet Jaguar shake hands on a job well done. Godzilla returns to Monster Island, and Jet Jaguar returns to his previous, human-sized state and reunites with his inventors.

Information

  • The first episode to be released on DVD and immediately replaced due to copyright issues. See Video Release Notes below.
  • The only Godzilla film to receive a television premiere on a major U.S network, as NBC aired it on prime time television in the summer of 1977, where it was hosted by actor John Belushi dressed in a Godzilla costume.
  • The Military mobilization scene, Megalon's attack on Tokyo and the military attack on Megalon are all completely comprised of stock footage from other Toho films, those same arrangements of stock footage were in fact recycled from Godzilla vs. Gigan which was released a year earlier, The mobilization sequence, was comprised of footage from Monster Zero, Mysterians, War of the Gargantuas, and Destoy All Monsters.
  • The scene that shows Megalon arm swatting planes out of the sky was actually stock footage of Gigan's hooked claw destroying planes from Godzilla vs Gigan (1972).
  • Megalon's ray beam is animated the same way as King Ghidorah's gravity beams. This was made to ensure that stock footage of the destruction of Tokyo from Ghidorah: The Three Headed Monster, and Monster Zero. films could easily be interspliced between shots of Megalon firing his beam. The destruction scenes also include footage from Godzilla vs. The Smog Monster with the Megalons ray beam added, and completely original destruction footage filmed for Godzilla vs Gigan, That actually is Gigan and King Ghidorah's Gravity beams destroying buildings.
  • This film was originally produced in 1973 but was not released in the United States until 1976. A small US distributor, Cinema Shares, hoped to ride on the popularity of 'Dino De Laurentiis' 's highly promoted production King Kong (1976). This became especially apparent in the US poster art, which depicted Godzilla and Megalon battling each other on top of the World Trade Center towers.
  • Godzilla vs Megalon was originally released briefly by Cinema Shares almost uncut. Eventually, more cuts were made, supposedly to keep a "G"-rating from the MPAA. Edits include
    • The removal opening credits, except for the title and a "Produced by Toho-Eizo Co., Ltd." credit.
    • Rokuro being abducted by Seatopian agents, who pull him into their car.
    • The Seatopian agents knocking out Rokuro and barging inside.
    • Scenes in the container truck that showed pin-ups on the back wall. They are Playboy centerfolds of Deanna Baker and Gloria Root.
    • A scene of the bearded Caucasian Seatopian agent being thrown down a cliff by the truck drivers.
    • The lead Seatopian is hit in the face with the model jet, causing him to bleed.
    • The same Seatopian agent is crushed by a boulder hurled by Megalon.
  • In the German version of the movie, the robot Jet Jaguar is called King Kong. According to rumors, they even claim that he is supposed to be the giant ape wearing a robot suit, but that is false. The dub merely calls him King Kong, but no reference is made to him being anything other than a human-built robot. The reason for this is that the distributors probably wanted to ride the popularity of the King Kong brand. Curiously, the evil robot Mechagodzilla from the following movie, who has no connection to the benevolent Jet Jaguar, is also called King Kong in Germany.

The Episode

Host Segments

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Joel dresses up as Jiffy Pop

Prologue: Joel and the Bots host a stereotypical morning magazine show.

Invention Exchange (Segment One): After Joel attempts to explain what pain feels like to the Bots, the crew of SOL and the Mads both come up with easy-to-make Halloween costumes.
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The Bots' dark take on Orville Redenbacher

Segment Two: To redirect Joel's attention from Naughty Pictures, Crow and Tom come up with their own Godzilla style monsters, giving them increasingly implausable and flowery abilities as they attempt to one-up each other.

Segment Three: Joel and the Bots use a James Bond style theme song on keyboard and footage from the movie to make a montage based on their "Rex Dart, Eskimo Spy" riff.

Segment Four: Crow and Tom do their own increasingly dark take on the Orville Redenbacher grandfather and grandson commericals.

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Geordi and Foosball

Segment Five (Closing) : Prompted by the cool arms the monsters had in the movie, Joel gives Crow and Tom new arms, and the Jet Jaguar fight song is translated. In Deep 13, Frank's game of Super Mario ends in tragedy.

Stinger: Godzilla leaps/falls off a cliff into the sea.

Other Notes

Miscellaneous

  • This episode marks the debut of Joel's dark red jumpsuit, which he would wear in every subsequent episode through his departure in Mitchell, as well as his return appearance in Soultaker.
  • 40 minutes into the episode, Crow steals Servo's line by interjecting "I'm huge!" during a close-up of the protagonist.

Obscure References

  • "Roxanne!" "You don't have to wear the red dress tonight!"

This comes up many times. It's a reference to the song "Roxanne" by The Police.

  • "And then we'll talk to Moms Mabley..."

Moms Mabley was an African-American comedian who began her career on the so-called "chitlin circuit", then became popular among white audiences during the 1960s.

  • "A little problem getting the Rosey Grier head to take..."

A reference to the 1972 movie The Thing with Two Heads.

  • "I am Iron Man!"

Joel is quoting the Black Sabbath song "Iron Man". It has no connection with the superhero Iron Man, despite somewhat persistent rumors to the contrary.

  • "Kids, reading opens up a rainbow..."

Frank is alluding to Reading Rainbow, an educational TV show hosted by LeVar Burton (whose Star Trek: The Next Generation character Frank is wearing an easy-to-make Halloween costume of as he says this).

  • "Huh, Spiny Norman!"

Spiny Norman was a a giant hedgehog alluded to in the Monty Python sketch "Piranha Brothers".

  • "And now appearing on our stage, Toho Ezio [sic]!"

Crow is imitating Ed Sullivan's introduction of the Italian puppet character Topo Gigio.

  • "A quake?" "No, Quisp!"

A reference to Quisp and Quake, two breakfast-cereal advertising characters from the 1960s.

  • "This is better than the Dells!"

​The Wisconsin Dells is a tourist area known for its amphibious river tours and vast selection of water slide-based theme parks (and the home of Tommy Bartlett's Water Show!).

  • "Never before in the annals of kid-dom had a toy been sucked into the Whirlpool of Death!"

Crow is imitating the narrator of A Christmas Story.

  • "We're gonna need a Tuck's Pad the size of Tokyo!"

A reference to Tuck's Medicated Pads, a product used to treat hemorrhoids.

  • "Welcome to Death Valley! The driver's either gone or he's missing!"

Death Valley Days was a syndicated western show that Ronald Reagan once hosted. The "driver is missing or dead" line is from Episode 206 - Ring of Terror, from the Phantom Creeps short. The line is spoken in a voiceover that sounds like Ronald Reagan's voice, to which Crow responds by saying "Welcome to Death Valley Days." This riff is made in many episodes.

  • "Well, at least they have Yusef Lateef on the flute here!"

Yusef Lateef is a musician who specializes in jazz influenced by traditional Asian music.

  • "According to Dr. Hellstrom, these bugs will take over the world!"

A reference to the 1971 movie The Hellstrom Chronicle.

  • "They've just created Jennifer Beals."

Jennifer Beals is an actress best known --- especially on MST3K --- for the movie Flashdance .

  • "Mine is a meltdown of all the Terrytoon characters!"

The Terrytoons studio is best remembered for animating the original Mighty Mouse cartoons.

  • "I think they get the Nashville Network!"

The Nashville Network, which eventually evolved into Spike TV, specialized in country music-related programming.

  • "I'm Dorf!"

Dorf is a diminutive character played by Tim Conway in a series of comedy videos.

  • "I'll be in Atlantic City next week with funnyman Jimmie Walker!"

Jimmie Walker is best known for playing J.J. on Good Times.

  • "Meanwhile, B.J. and the Bear go to Japan!"

B.J. and the Bear was a TV series about a trucker and his pet chimpanzee that aired from 1979 to 1981.

  • "...in Breaking Training!"

The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training was the second movie in the Bad News Bears series, followed by The Bad News Bears Go to Japan.

  • "This is no place for a convertible!"

Crow is quoting Phil Silvers in It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.

  • "Gary Busey is back on the bike!"

Actor Gary Busey suffered severe head injuries in a motorcycle accident in the late 1980s.

  • "Winged freak...Wait 'til they get a load of me!"

Joel is quoting Jack Nicholson as the Joker in the 1989 Batman movie.

  • "Pink Lady and Jeff are back!"

Pink Lady and Jeff was a very short-lived TV series featuring comedian Jeff Altman and the Japanese musical duo Pink Lady.

  • "They're going all the way to make sure McCartney doesn't bring any more dope into the country."

A reference to a 1980 incident in which Paul McCartney was arrested in Tokyo after customs officials found marijuana in his luggage.

  • "Hey look, it's Ugly John!"

Ugly John was a character on the TV series M*A*S*H who was written out of the show after its first season.

  • "'Saturday the 14th'. I hate that movie!"

Saturday the 14th was a parody of horror movies released in 1981.

  • "Then, on an episode of 'Then Came the Courtship of Bronson's Father'..."

Then Came Bronson was a very short-lived TV series from 1969-1970. The Courtship o f Eddie's Father was a more successful TV series starring Bill Bixby.

  • "What about Captain Eo?"

Captain Eo was a 3-D movie starring Michael Jackson that was shown at Disney theme parks during the 1980s and '90s.

  • "I have come here to chew sushi and kick butt, and I'm all out of sushi!"

A parody of a line from the 1988 movie They Live.

  • "You're never gonna find me in a Sunn Classic picture!"

During the 1970s, Sunn Classic Pictures was a film distribution company that specialized in "documentaries" about the paranormal.

  • "Next time I say we go to Bolivia, we go to Bolivia!"

A quote from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

  • "I can't believe it, Wally Karbo!"

Wally Karbo was part owner and ring announcer for the (Minneapolis based) American Wresting Association.

  • "Isn't that from 'Killdozer'?"

Killdozer is a short story by Theodore Sturgeon about a bulldozer that develops a violent mind of its own. In 1974, it was adapted as a made-for-TV movie.

  • "I am the god of hellfire!"

A quote from the Arthur Brown song "Fire", which was later covered by Prodigy. The recorded phrase was sampled from the 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz.

  • "What manner of 'bot are you who can conjure flame without flint or tinder?"

Crow is paraphrasing a line from Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

Video Release

  • Commercially released on DVD by Rhino Entertainment as part of The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection: Volume 10, a 4-DVD set with Swamp Diamonds, Teen-Age Strangler and The Giant Spider Invasion. This episode was considered by many to unlikely to ever be released due to the perceived rights issues with the Godzilla films, and when Collection 10 was discontinued shortly after release the inclusion of this movie was the cause, borne out by the fact that Volume 10 Version Two is identical save for the replacement of this movie with The Giant Gila Monster.
  • The DVD includes a Photo Gallery, featuring behind the scenes and cast/crew images from all eras of the show.

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