Thursday, April 22, 2010


Happy Earth Day everyone! In the day’s honor…

Monster-of-the-Week: …this week let’s recognize Hedorah, better known to us Yanks as The Smog Monster, one of the costars of Gojira tai Hedora, better known to us Yanks as Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster, the environmentally-minded heavyweight bout of 1971. Hedorah—whose name, I understand, derives from the Japanese word for “sludge” or “vomit”—is a titanic glob of pollution animated by an alien force:

You can see this living Superfund site facing off with our reptilian hero in this trailer for the U.S. version.

Maybe the best thing in the U.S. version, though, is the title song, “Save the Earth.” You can hear it here; it has my vote to be the international anthem of Earth Day.

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