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Mothra (1961)

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Release Date: Jan 1, 1961 Wide

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Mothra was the third major addition to the Toho Studios' giant-monster stable after Godzilla and Rodan, and the first female beast in the series. The creature begins Ishiro Honda's entertaining film as a giant larva worshipped by island tribesmen and guarded by twin sisters (Emi and Yumi Ito) who stand only a few inches high. Eventually, the larva metamorphoses into a giant female moth and panic ensues as the creature attempts to regain her stolen egg and her tiny protectors. The usual

Aug 18, 2009

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For all its daftness, this is kind of a terrific film on its own terms.

November 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

... a marvelous mix of science fiction, monster movie and adventure fantasy filled with colorful characters and an unmistakable socio-political subtext.

August 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Seanax.com
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Give me Rodan or Godzilla, but forget a giant moth!

March 6, 2008
Video-Reviewmaster.com

Silly Japanese sci-fi that's a classic of its kind.

April 21, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A goofy monster film done with sensitivity.

May 9, 2002 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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One of the best non-Godzilla Toho monster flicks. Not as dark as "Gojira" or "Rodan" but still possesses artistic merit. The special effects are remarkable and the story is full of colorful characters.
March 7, 2012
Christopher Heim

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They'd done Godzilla. They'd brought us color monster madness with Rodan. Now Toho continue to improve their Kaiju films with Mothra. Once again Mothra is the result of nuclear radiation, but those themes are just around to explain her size. The main plot is Mothra's rescue attempt of two miniature women taken from her island. Strange? Certainly, but it's nice to see the monster with a clear agenda and some actual motivation. The models and effects are the best so far. Remote controlled vehicles, green screen, monster puppets, are all thrown in to give us some truly exhilarating city smash ups. Even when "people" are obviously dolls, it's OK. Films don't have to be a replacement for the imagination. I was never dragged out of the film's universe, and the scenes of the dam bursting had me appreciating film making more than any CGI filled computer game-a-like. The use of a fictionalized nation allows you to easily ignore any overbearing political agendas. It isn't as dark as the previous efforts. But when your monster is a big moth, you don't get as much horror. Luckily, it also manages to create a more atmospheric and artistic approach. Mothra's initial hatching is juxtaposed with a beautiful and rather trippy song. A tale of, once again, man's mistakes. Only this time, it's the exploitation of these mistakes that brings destruction.
August 10, 2010
kiriyamakazou

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Mothra is always an uncomfortable mix with Godzilla, Rodan and the rest of them. Someone once commented suggested to me that Mothra could do no better than "piss off" Godzilla or Ghidorah in battle. Thankfully we have just Mothra alone in her debut and it is thoroughly entertaining.
March 4, 2013
John Ballantine

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It's one of Ishiro Honda's more entertaining post-Godzilla monster mashes (certainly better than the painfully dull Rodan), but it sort of feels like Honda's run out of anything to say. It's a charming little B-grade monster movie, and aside from the two fairies who would become a staple of any movie the titular bug is in, it's a pretty paint-by-numbers one at that. Mothra's big-screen debut doesn't hold a candle to any of her rumbles with the Big-G, nor does it have the impact of his surprisingly somber first flick.
September 22, 2009
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