‘Godzilla Minus One’ Director Says His Pets Inspired the Big Monster: ‘I Love My Cats So Much’

TheWrap magazine: Japan’s Takashi Yamazaki says that when his wife watched the film, she told him, “That’s our cat!”

"Godzilla Minus One" (credit Toho Studios)
"Godzilla Minus One" (credit Toho Studios)

All throughout film history, pets have influenced the people who make movies.

“Lady and the Tramp” was inspired by Disney animator Joe Grant’s own English Springer Spaniel. George Lucas incorporated qualities of his Alaskan Malamute dog, who used to sit in the passenger seat of his car, while writing Chewbacca in “Star Wars.” While playing Gollum in “The Lord of the Rings,” Andy Serkis based his voice and gestures on his cat Dizz.

The latest and perhaps cutest in that trend is “Godzilla Minus One” director and Oscar-nominated visual effects supervisor Takashi Yamazaki. In the acclaimed Japanese production, the King of the Monsters has been restored to what he was in the original 1954 film: a beast of pure destructive id and aggression.


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