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31 (Japanese) Monsters #3: Gorosaurus

October 3rd, 2010

A note of clarification: In recognition that I am, in fact, old and that the phrase “Japanese monsters” may have different connotations to you young punks, I want to make something clear. If you have come here looking for any of the following:

  • Death Note
  • Legend of the Overfiend (okay, even that’s dating me)
  • anything involving damp, stringy-haired ghosts
  • Alison Brie fakes (nothing to do with monsters, but I keep getting hits for that phrase)
  • especially Dragonball Z

Keep moving, there’s nothing to see here. Instead, I’m talking old-school, city-stomping creatures, or as the gaijin would have it, “kaiju.” That’s a Japanese word meaning “man in a rubber dinosaur suit.”

Which brings me to…

Gorosaurus!

Monster Island Nickname Mister Tibbs
Hails From Mondo Island
Movies Appeared In
(not counting stock footage)
2
Hobbies Ass-Kicking, Name-Taking
Quote “Brrrrraaaauu!”

The remarkable thing about Gorosaurus is that he’s generally unremarkable. No flashy death rays, hook hands or freeze tongues for him. He’s just a dinosaur.

That’s understandable, because he was introduced in King Kong Escapes as nothing more than one of the prehistoric inhabitants of Kong’s island home.

Toho dusted off the suit the following year for their kaiju jamboree, Destroy All Monsters. I suspect that Gorosaurus’ inclusion had less to do with his popularity than that the suit was still in good shape and helped fill out the roster.

That said, Gorosaurus built a rep for himself in his second appearance. First, he subbed for the ailing Baragon in burrowing up beneath Paris’ Arc de Triomphe*. Later, he was one of the main participants in the film’s final battle against the space dragon King Ghidorah, delivering a devastating kangaroo kick.

*Baragon still got the credit. Stupid Baragon.

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