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‘Godzilla’ Means ‘Gorilla-Whale’ and 7 Other ‘Zilla Things You Didn’t Know

With 30 feature films, Godzilla's movie resume is almost as tall as he is.

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Godzilla, the King of Monsters, has amassed quite a bit of canon over 60 years of film. From Japanese pop-duo The Peanuts summoning Mothra in Godzilla vs. Mothra, to the comic relief character Godzooky in the 1980s Hanna-Barbera cartoon, Godzilla’s lore extends far beyond his nuclear origins. Before Godzilla terrorized San Francisco in 2014’s iteration of the film, he fought King Kong, found a replacement and even tempted North Korean leader Kim Jong Il to kidnap the ones behind the monster movie magic.

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