Meet Eiji Tsuburaya, Master of Monsters
July 7, 2015 is the 114th birthday of Ultraman and Godzilla creator Eiji Tsuburaya. Google had created a special Doodle in which you can experience how to create your own Ultraman movie by following 10 simple steps. I tried to experience it and well I did mess up on some parts. Watch the video below...
Who is Eiji Tsuburaya?
According to our best friend Wikipedia,
Eiji Tsuburaya (円谷 英二 Tsuburaya Eiji?) (Eiichi Tsumuraya (円谷 英一 Tsumuraya Eiichi?); July 7, 1901 – January 25, 1970, in Sukagawa, Fukushima) was the Japanese special effects director responsible for many Japanese science-fiction movies, being one of the co-creators of the Godzilla series, as well as the main creator of Ultraman.
Eiji Tsuburaya is known as the "Master of Monsters" but how important really is Eiji Tsuburaya? Well, first question perhaps is who does not know Godzilla? Who does not know Ultraman and the tremendous numbers of various Ultramans including the epic Ultraman Mother and Ultraman Father?
This man is probably instrumental to the success of Super Sentai series in television. If not for Ultraman;s success I doubt if there would be other creators who would dare venture into this.
Godzilla on the other hand is the most successful monster series from Japan, I would accept correction but I think there is no other popular monster from Japan than this one. Is there any other?
Do you know however that Eiji Tsuburaya's inspiration was in fact another popular monster that we all know? Guess who is it? Well if you are thinking about King Kong then you are correct.
“When I worked for Nikkatsu Studios, King Kong came to Kyoto and I never forgot that movie. I thought to myself, ‘I will someday make a monster movie like that.”
Eiji Tsuburaya achieved great success indeed and throughout the 1960s he successfully created the movies King Kong vs. Godzilla and King Kong Escapes. What is unique however in his rendition was that he used a man in a rubber suit rather than the popular Stop motion technique.
So there you go. Has anyone been more successful with the Google Doodle? Share us your comments and videos too.