Have you have ever seen Godzilla posters that feature anime characters, or even Ultraman(s)...Ultramen? If so, then they are from Toho's Champion Festivals, which were held from 1969 to 1978. At first, they were three times a year, and included marathons of different products (some that Toho only distributed rather than produced), along with a Godzilla film that was edited down to be more action and less talk!
|DAIGORO vs GOLIATH, which has been something of a "lost" film for those of us in the West.|
|The delightful, and highly recommended, PANDA! GO PANDA! which began the independent career of Hayao Miyazaki!|
By the end of their run, these festivals were down to once per year. If you want the full story on them, and a list of content for most of the festivals, I direct you to this scholarly article on Toho Kingdom.
|PANDA! GO PANDA! was so good, so pure, and so popular, that a sequel was made for the following year, as Japan was currently in the grip of "Panda-Mania"!|
What we have here, then, is one of the souvenir books from the 1972 Winter festival, where the entertainment was DESTROY ALL MONSTERS (edited), the great PANDA! GO PANDA!, and the brand new DAIGORO vs. GOLIATH. DAIGORO is something of a rarity in the West, in that it was never dubbed for distribution, and has remained unseen to a great part of fans. It's an enjoyable kiddie film, all about a baby monster who has to face bullies and learn to potty train. Yes, you read that correctly: it's Japan.
I feel sure that this pristine book that I recently purchased is a replica, but all that means is that I have a better source to make these excellent scans! Below is the full DESTROY ALL MONSTERS section of the book:
|This title actually says "GODZILLA: THE GRAND BLITZ OPERATION," as Toho was fond of giving their edits their own titles. (Again, thanks to Toho Kingdom for this information.)|
|This is one of those amusing, and completely trippy, paste-ups that Toho made to promote the film. The line of humans (and Kilaaks) in the bottom right is just far out.|
And finally, inside the back cover is a Coloring Page, which was sort of a tradition in these books:
Print and color, or drop into your favorite art program and knock yourselves out!