Gojira (lost deleted scene of Kaiju film; 1954)

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A picture of the cow eating scene.

Status: Lost

The first of the long-running Godzilla film franchise, Gojira was a financial and critical success both in Japan and overseas. However, there are some scenes that have been missing from the film before it was even released.

Director Inoshiro Honda, aided quietly by film legend Akira Kurosawa, wanted a certain look and feel to the production. Denied the stop-motion animation used in 1933's King Kong by budget limitations, Honda and effects master Eiji Tsubaraya were careful in choosing how each appearance of the 'suit-animation' monster came out, looking for maximum effectiveness in every scene.[1]


the second picture of the cow eating scene.

The most often named of various proposed, unfilmed or discarded scenes involves Godzilla's first iconic appearance seen over the hills of Ohto Island. The originally filmed scene showed Godzilla with a cow in his mouth as he eats it.[2] While the scene was effective in creating terror, it brought to mind too many questions about Godzilla's relative size, chief among them: "How could the cow even be visible if Godzilla was the size and menace they wised to convey?" They feared that, in the minds of the audience, either the cow was of unusually large size, or Godzilla simply wasn't that big. Since continuity and suspension of disbelief are inversely important to how "fantastic" the premise was to the crew, the cow scene ended up being cut, and the scene just featured Godzilla rising and roaring, though this scene is still iconic to fans. Keeping the cow might also have taken Godzilla down a notch from the force of nature this first film portrayed him as, making him merely a hungry beast.

In the novelization of the film, recently released in English, the cow scene was included, since like many a novelization, it likely included ideas meant for an earlier draft. Since the text novel lacked all images, the concerns about perspective, size and conveyed menace were obviously greatly reduced. An unfortunate young woman was also said to be devoured in the novel, but this would have raised even greater size concerns as well as likely being too graphic for the era, and it is unknown whether it was even considered for filming.

The Scene's Fate

Like many directors of his era, Honda did not enjoy being reminded of his mistakes. Typically, footage like Godzilla eating a cow was ordered to get destroyed. But since at least two stills of the scene survive, we hope that a Toho alumnus or the studio itself still have it the scene in original master on their vaults.

See Also

External Links

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godzilla_(1954_film) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0047034/ https://godzilla.com/filmography/godzilla1954/


  1. https://archive.org/details/japansfavoritemo0000ryfl
  2. Ryfle, Steve; Godziszewski, Ed (2006). Gojira Audio Commentary (DVD). Classic Media.