Watch Godzilla: The Original Animated Series

Godzilla: The Original Animated Series was produced by Hanna-Barbera in cooperation with Toho and was simultaneously shown in the US on NBC and in Japan on TV Tokyo in 1978 to 1981. The series was an animated adaptation of the characters and some situations from the original Toho Godzilla films including many new characters.

Following the adventures of a team of scientists on the hydrofoil research vessel, the Calico, the crew is accompanied by Godzooky, Godzilla's goofy coward cousin and the lead scientist's nephew's best friend. Unlike Godzilla, Godzooky can fly; however, whenever he tries to immitate his bigger cousin and breathe fire (yes, Godzilla only breathes fire in this series, no trademark nuclear breath), he usually fails in a humorous manner.

Frequently getting into danger through their adventures (often under attack by other Kaiju) the team can call Godzilla using a special communicator or with Godzooky's plaintive cry. Produced rather in the vein of Johnny Quest meets Scooby-Doo, there is much action and comedic mischief to be had from these lighthearted additions to the classic Godzilla lineup.

Vivendi Entertainment
1 Season, 13 Episodes
September 9, 1978
Animation & Cartoons
6.2/10
Cast: Ted Cassidy, Jeff David, Al Eisenmann, Hilly Hicks
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  • When a time warp sends the Calico back to the prehistoric age, the crew meets a tribe of ancient cavemen. While the Captain searches for a way back to the present, Godzilla faces off against a gigantic Tyrannosaurus Rex.

  • During an expedition to the Himalayas, the Calico's crew discovers a lost tribe of bigfoots living in a dormant volcano. After learning of their plan to conquer the world, Captain Majors calls on Godzilla to battle their leader, the Great Watchuka.

  • Pollution in the Chesapeake Bay spawns a monstrous metal-eating amoeba. Now Godzilla and the National Guard must work together to prevent the creature from destroying the US mint.

  • A giant turtle-like creature attacks an oilrig in Antarctica. When the magnetic monster threatens the Calico and its crew, Godzilla is forced to face a foe that dwarfs even him in size.

  • Following a giant earthquake, the lost city of Atlantis emerges from the sea, drawing Godzilla and the Calico minus its crew down a black hole. The crew fights against time to save their ship, and Godzilla, before the next earthquake strikes!

  • A meteor strikes the Earth, bringing with it a giant electricity-eating monster. When the creature threatens to drain Sundance Mesa damn of its energy, Godzilla swims to the rescue

  • Mutant monster algae attacks the Calico from beneath the sea. When the crew brings an algae sample onboard to investigate, they soon realize it's multiplying quicker than they can control

  • When lightning bolts strike from beneath the sea, the Calico sets course for the Bali trench in search of a mysterious power source. The source turns out to be a deadly eel-like monster, radiating millions of volts of energy

  • While exploring the Nile River and its nearby desert, the Calico's crew encounters a chilling discovery, the Guardians of Ra Mal! Trapped in a sandy blizzard, Godzilla must rescue Captain Majors and his men

  • The Calico docks in San Francisco just as the Golden Gate Bridge collapses and the city's citizens frantically flee from something but what? A tunnel-dwelling monster that's gobbling up the city block by block

  • Captain Majors and his crew travel to the center of a dormant volcano to investigate what's causing nearby eruptions. When the crew becomes trapped in the volcano's molten core, Godzilla comes to their rescue

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