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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Tenth Anniversary of Godzilla In Hollywood

Above, Godzilla at the Walk of Fame star unveiling ceremony. I am at left video taping the event.

Incredible as it may seem, yesterday and Friday marked ten years since the festivities were held in Hollywood for Godzilla. (See the video below.)

First, Godzilla was sent down Hollywood Blvd. on a float sponsored by Toho Co., Ltd. in the Hollywood Christmas Parade. I was asked by Toho to write the announcer's (Rick Dees) narrative for when the float passed the main reviewing and media stands.

Above, Godzilla vaporizing the media. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

The next day, Godzilla was inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame in a morning ceremony with Hollywood's Honorary Mayor Johnny Grant serving as master of ceremonies. The ceremony featured remarks by City Councilman Tom LaBonge and producer Shogo Tomiyama. Grant read a history of Godzilla that I wrote at Toho's request (Grant had a difficult time pronouncing several monster names, to everyone's amusement). I arranged for a proclamation of "Godzilla Month" by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the office of Sup. Michael Antonovich.

Above, producer Shogo Tomiyama addresses the ceremony attendees. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Mr. Tomiyama said in his remarks that Godzilla would be resurrected by new generations of filmmakers. Well, it took ten years, but Godzilla returned to the screens this year, courtesy of Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures.

That evening, Godzilla Final Wars premiered at Grauman's Chinese Theater. Following this, a private party was held at the complex at Hollywood and Highland, hosted by Toho.

Below, is a video of news coverage of the events by two local Los Angeles stations.

Ten years certainly has flown by.

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