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31 (Japanese) Monsters #16: Gappa

October 16th, 2010

While Toho (stable of Godzilla, Mothra and many others) and Daiei (makers of Gamera and Majin) were the studios responsible for most of the giant movie monsters to emanate from Japan, others occasionally got in on the city-thrashing action. One was Nikkatsu, whose lone attempt featured the freakish family known collectively as…


Monster Island Nickname Mr. and Mrs. Smith
Hails From Obelisk Island
Movies Appeared In
(not counting stock footage)
Hobbies Coaching Little League
Quote “Auuaaaaaaaa!”

Gappa the Triphibian Monster (released in the U.S. as Monster from a Prehistoric Planet) owes more than a small debt to the 1961 British flick Gorgo. In each, a captured baby dinosaur is put on display, inspiring a parental rampage. Little Gorgo comes from a single parent household, but Gappa Jr. has both a mommy and a daddy, just as God(zilla) intended.

As the word “triphibian” implies, the Gappas are equally adept on land, at sea and in the air. They take to the skies on wings that frankly don’t seem up to the task.

Fun fact: the Gappa family never made another movie, but they later found employment in the U.K. Through the magic of stock footage, they appeared among the denizens of Waxworld on the sci-fi sitcom Red Dwarf.

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