60 Years of Godzilla: Highlights From Monster’s 29-Film Career

1954 Toho Films produces the first “Godzilla” film (pictured), directed by Ishiro Honda

1956 Producer Joseph Levine and others buy American rights to the Japanese film, adding footage of Raymond Burr, dubbing it into English and releasing it as “Godzilla, King of the Monsters”

1962 “King Kong vs. Godzilla” — the Japanese monster meets up with the iconic American ape in the most commercially successful of the Toho films

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1969 “Bambi Meets Godzilla” — Marv Newland’s underground cartoon makes the monster into a two-minute counterculture gag

1974 “Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla” introduces a rival robot alter ego; a precursor to “Pacific Rim”

1978 Hanna Barbera’s “Godzilla” cartoons, which introduced the Godzooky character, make the monster familiar to a generation of American kids

1998 Roland Emmerich’s Sony reboot is met with a harsh critical reception, grossing a less-than-anticipated $379 million worldwide

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2004 The monster gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his 50th anniversary; “Godzilla: Final Wars” is the last of 28 Toho Godzilla movies

2014 Legendary, in the shingle’s final film with Warner Bros., acquires rights from Toho and reboots the franchise, hewing closely to the movie’s 1954 roots.

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