Gaijin Kaijin

GODZILLA may be in the cinemas, but only on YouTube can you see him battle THE BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS, courtesy of Michael Aguilar’s stop-motion home-movie epics. An authentic outsider artist in the best sense (and I mean no insult), Michael has no connection I know of to the film industry, but painstakingly produces his own private apocalypses with his own camera, his own monsters, and pleasing his own tastes. All animated a frame at a time, no 12fps compromises, hence the amazing smoothness.

Finished Kong 011

I’m not sure Kong should be orangutan colour, but then, if you’re going to shoot his further adventures in colour, it would be a shame to have him all in basic black.


Michael pays tribute to the creatures of Willis O’Brien and Ray Harryhausen, but he also converts to animation those movie monsters that were originally puppets or men in suits, thus ennobling them. Here’s THE GIANT CLAW, at long last in living colour.

cyclops and giant claw in flight 007

7 Responses to “Gaijin Kaijin”

  1. My Favorite Movie Monster is still —

  2. Shout out for GORGO.

  3. I enjoyed Cloverfield but felt the monster lacked personality and wasn’t a very strong design.

    Gorgo — the only monster movie with a plot twist! (Apart from King Kong, which as the first real monster movie, had going for it the twist that there’s actually a monster.)

  4. The monster in Cloverfield is actually 9/11.

  5. Yes, that’s why he lacks Gojira’s insouciant charm or Kong’s unreconstrcuted machismo.

  6. Or Gorgo family values.

  7. The reason the Kong in the picture is brown is because its not supposed to represent the classic Kong, its supposed to represent the Toho Kong from King Kong vs Godzilla. I am going to make a classic Kong in basic black soon. AS for this King Kong he is going to be in my next film with the Giant Claw.

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