Pluto TV Now Has a 24-Hour Godzilla Channel
For a while now, there have been cool old Japanese kaiju (giant monster) movies, many featuring Godzilla and other monsters from within his universe, available on Pluto TV via some of their channels, like ShoutFactoryTV and TokoSHOUTsu.
But starting Saturday, July 1, 2023, there will be a 24-hour Pluto TV Godzilla Channel devoted to nothing but Godzilla and his friends/frenemies, like Mothra, Anguirus and Rodan, and his foes, like King Ghidorah and Mechagodzilla.
The announcement for the channel that was made by Pluto TV and Toho International featured this description:
The King of the Monsters has made landfall on Pluto TV! Emerging in 1954, Godzilla has become a global icon and symbol that has transcended time and pop culture. After debuting as a terror that descended upon Tokyo, Godzilla has fought numerous foes and gained new allies over several distinct eras. While each film stands alone in its own moment in time, the evolution of Godzilla followed advancements and film and technology along with cultural trends, yet always staying rooted in the origins from 1954. Today, fans can celebrate one of the world’s most renowned entertainment characters with Godzilla channel collection and experience their favorite movie moments from the never-ending clash between kaiju and humankind.
Over 30 films will be featured on the channel, from across many eras representing Godzilla’s first 50 years of movie stardom, from 1954’s original Gojira up to 2004’s Godzilla: Final Wars.
Godzilla during his original rampage, in 1954
Among these movies are fan-favorites that have been largely unavailable for U.S. fans to stream or buy for years now, like Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991) and Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989).
It is a good list, but I did notice one notable omission: the original King Kong vs. Godzilla (1963). It’s unclear yet if or when that title will make it to Godzilla Channel at some point, or if the channel will eventually also get Shin Godzilla (2016), the most recently released Toho Godzilla production (the studio is working on a new one set for release in Japan later this year).
Still, Godzilla Channel is a dream come true for fans of the iconic movie monster.
This is the first domestic Japanese feature film starring the King of the Monsters since 2016's Shin Godzilla.
Pluto TV’s Godzilla Channel — Titles Available At Launch (Saturday, July 1, 2023)
Godzilla Raids Again (1955)
Ghidorah, The Three-Headed Monster (1964)
Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964)
Invasion of Astro-Monster (1965)
Ebirah, Horror of the Deep (aka Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster) (1966)
Son of Godzilla (1967)
Destroy All Monsters (1968)
All Monsters Attack (aka Godzilla’s Revenge) (1969)
Godzilla vs. Hedorah (aka Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster) (1971)
The 1971 kaiju classic from Toho pitting Godzilla against a creature formed from humanity's pollution still speaks to our need to 'Save the Earth.'
Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972)
Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973)
Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974)
Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975)
The Return of Godzilla/Godzilla 1985 (1984/1985)
Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989)
Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991)
Godzilla vs. Mothra (1992)
Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla 2 (1993)
Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla (1994)
Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (1995)
The legendary creature feature starring Ray Harryhausen's brilliantly animated 'Rhedosaurus' became an inspiration of other subsequent classics of the genre, including Them! and Godzilla.
Rebirth of Mothra (1996)
Rebirth of Mothra 2 (1997)
Rebirth of Mothra 3 (1998)
Godzilla: The Series (1998-2000)
Godzilla 2000 (1999/2000)
Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (2000)
Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (2001)
Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla (2002)
Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (2003)
Godzilla: Final Wars (2004, pictured below)