When the original Godzilla was released in 1954, he cast a terrifying shadow across the city of Tokyo, a towering metaphor of the horrors of nuclear war. After 60 years of films when we imagine the atomic-breathing titan we summon images of buildings being stomped underfoot as thousands of underpaid Japanese extras flee in terror:
Yet what many casual fans fail to realize is that the original Gojira officially stood at 50 meters tall, which is actually NOT that big by modern building standards. As this graphic by the Japanese twitter page @FUKUBLOG illustrates, the King of the Monsters would barely stand out if he was let loose in 2016 Tokyo. Looking more like a lost little kid than a behemoth of destruction:
In fact, the OG Kaiju's height has shifted drastically from movie to movie, with the recently released Shin Gojira (or, Godzilla Resurgence for us English speakers) having the tallest monster yet at 118.5 meters of stature (that's about 389 ft).This handy infographic breaks down Godzilla's size from year to year, including 1998's unfortunate American contribution to the series:
With the surprise success of 2014's Godzilla reboot, interest is pretty high for rubber-suited lizard smashing. Here's hoping for another 60 years of raging atomic destruction.