in about 100 words or less
Japan 92m, Colour
Director: Ishirō Honda; Cast: Yosuke Natsuki, Yuriko Hoshi, Hiroshi Koizumi, Akiko Wakabayashi, Haruo Nakajima
As nuclear weapons are reluctantly considered against the world-wide threat of Ghidorah (the monster from outer space which destroyed life on Venus), the singing little ladies from Infant Island convince Mothra to persuade Godzilla and Rodan to join forces to defeat their common enemy. Despite Godzilla’s initial protests, he reluctantly agrees, marking the beginning of his anti-hero status for which he becomes known in later films. While production values are raised from previous Godzilla offerings, the cartoonish colour film process lacks the more menacing documentary look of the earlier black and white films (Klaus Ming February 2012).