Godzilla is a gray-skinned, dinosaur-like monster from a series of Japanese science-fiction movies, a name first coined for the American adaptation of the initial 1954 film Gojira. The character's popularity has created a franchise of merchandise, cartoons, spin-offs, and comic books, among other media. Recognized worldwide as a towering creature known for destroying metropolitan cities, Godzilla has grappled with countless other giant beasts, including King Kong.
- The creative team for the 2014 Godzilla movie referenced the Muppets several times when speaking of the creature's design.
- Director Gareth Edwards cited the Skeksis as a partial inspiration for Godzilla's eyes.
- In another interview, Edwards stated that making Godzilla's face too curved would have made him look like a Muppet.
- A similar remark in another interview specifically mentioned Sam the Eagle and his nobility as a point of inspiration.
- The Codzilla character from episode 101 of The Jim Henson Hour is a direct parody of Godzilla.
- In an Ernie and Bert sketch, Ernie suggests they name their new dog "Godzilla the Wonder-Dog."
- In "Gonzo's Song" from episode 318 of The Muppet Show, Gonzo sings to Camilla that she's "prettier than Godzilla."
- Kermit played Frogzilla in Muppets Tonight episode 203. (video)
- A recurring Sesame English skit (seen in "What's Your Favorite Sport?" and other episodes) features two large monsters spoofing Godzilla (played by Jonathan Freeman) and Mothra (Roger Bart), generally arguing over their personal preferences related to the theme or vocabulary of that episodes.
- Godzilla is named as a talk-show guest in episode 204 of Dinosaurs
- On a Facebook posting for Halloween, Gonzo wrote, "Camilla and I are going as a celebrity couple for Halloween. Our name is Gonzilla."
- Episode 4274 of Sesame Street is titled Elmozilla. When Elmo is brought up to supersize, Baby Bear keeps doing bad lipsyncing accompanied by a tune reminiscent of the Godzilla theme.
- In Episode 4522 of Sesame Street, one of the posters inside the movie theater advertises the movie Gorgezilla.
- In Grover's 140 character speech for the Shorty Awards, he includes Godzilla.
- Matthew Broderick appeared in the 1998 remake
- Raymond Burr played Steve Martin in Godzilla, King of the Monsters! (1956)
- Harry Shearer appeared in the 1998 remake
- Frank Welker supplied special vocal effects for the 1998 remake
- Koichi Yamadera played the BS Digital Q Producer in Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (2001) and was the prologue narrator in Godzilla Final Wars (2004)
- ↑ "‘Godzilla’ Director Talks Creature Design, Original Film and Spielberg Influence" by Sandy Schaefer, ScreenRant.com, March 2014
- ↑ "‘Godzilla’ Director Gareth Edwards, Legendary’s Thomas Tull on Doing the ‘King of the Monsters’ Justice" by Marc Graser, Variety.com, May 2014
- ↑ 'Godzilla' Director Gareth Edwards Says Godzilla Is a 'God' Protecting Mankind Against Climate Change by Marlow Stern, The Daily Beast May 14, 2014