Today's Google Doodle Is a Lesson In Giant Monster-Movie History

Today's Google Doodle Is a Lesson In Giant Monster-Movie History

Jul 07, 2015

If you're one of many Americans not familiar with Eiji Tsuburaya, that's all the more reason to appreciate today's Google Doodle. For the search engine's daily redesign of their logo, Google celebrates the birthday of Tsuburaya, who was born on July 7, 1901. You're definitely familiar with his work, as he co-created the title creature for the original 1954 version of Godzilla, coming up with the idea to portray the monster as a man in a suit rather than through stop-motion animation.

Before that, he was already an effects legend in Japan for his work with realistic miniatures in war films, such as the 1942 Pearl Harbor-bombing-commemorative propaganda effort Hawai Mare oki kaisen (The War at Sea from Hawaii to Malaya), scenes from which the U.S. military later mistook for actual footage of the World War II attack. 

He went on to form his own production company, which gave us Ultraman, a pioneer of the combination superhero and monsters genre that eventually inspired The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, which is coming back in vogue along with Hollywood takes on Japanese kaiju like last year's Godzilla reboot, Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim, the upcoming Rampage video game adaptation and many more to come.

Tsuburaya is someone we all should be familiar with, and so it's fortunate that Google continues to honor relatively obscure figures like him. And it's great that they not only mention him and link to search results like his Wikipedia page so we might go and read about him. Google draws us into learning about and/or paying respect to Tsuburaya through interactive materials. For him, there's a playable animation where we try to make a movie involving Tsuburaya's trademark effects style. 

Here's what the video looks like when you don't interact:

 

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