Godzilla And SpongeBob Have One Big Thing In Common – SlashFilm


The origin, cause, and canon of Godzilla has changed many times over the last 70 years, but Ishiro Honda’s “Gojira” in 1954 was created as a direct result of the American nuclear bomb test in the Bikini Atoll. Godzilla was a creature mutated in the aftermath of the fallout, and his destruction was a reflection of the devastation caused by the American atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The most recent Japanese “Godzilla” film (as opposed to the American MonsterVerse), “Godzilla Mins One,” is not just the only “Godzilla” film to win an Academy Award, but it’s also one of the best “Godzilla” films ever made. The film takes place in the immediate wake of the war, with Japan still reeling from the bombings, and now they’ve got this radioactive monster to deal with too. Many “Godzilla” films have either directly shown or digitally recreated the footage of the actual nuclear test, including “Minus One.”

Similarly, “SpongeBob SquarePants” has done the same. One of the most memorable examples is the “Dying for Pie” episode where Squidward believes SpongeBob accidentally ate a pie filled with a bomb, but when it’s revealed that SpongeBob didn’t eat the pie, he trips and drops the pie, which explodes all of Bikini Bottom and the water above. Like this scene, “SpongeBob” episodes show a cartoon explosion underwater before cutting to live-action footage of the Baker bomb tests at Bikini Atoll. Perhaps in a darkly comedic bit of revisionist history, it was SpongeBob’s pie that birthed Godzilla and not atomic power. After all, Godzilla is a canonical being that exists just outside of Bikini Bottom.

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