What you need to know about today’s ‘Godzilla’-themed Google Doodle

A still of the Google Doodle honoring the Japanese special effects director Eiji Tsubuya.

A still of the Google Doodle honoring the Japanese special effects director Eiji Tsuburaya.

If you haven’t already seen today’s Google Doodle, let us fill you in – Tuesday marks director Eiji Tsuburaya’s 114th birthday, and Google has honored him in a big way.

Tsuburaya was co-creator and special effects director for “Godzilla,” as well as the mind behind “Ultraman.” By the end of his career, he had worked on approximately 250 movies.

A scene from 1954's "Godzilla" movie.

A scene from 1954’s “Godzilla” movie.

According to the Google Doodle archive (yes, it’s a thing), the artists behind the Doodle were able to visit Tsuburaya’s own effects studio to gather inspiration for the project. “We wanted to witness the studio’s production in person to be able to create an authentic film-making experience within our Doodle,” wrote artists Jennifer Hom and Mark Holmes.

The Doodle lets users complete a set of tasks in order to create the perfect monster movie, and an animated Tsuburaya is on hand to assist along the way. To try your hand at the Doodle yourself, click here.

Feeling nostalgic for an old-school “Godzilla” screening? Brush up on a few set secrets before you re-watch. Make it a double feature with the less-appreciated 2014 “Godzilla” remake. You can also see how the original green monster sizes up to the re-boot (and a few choice Austin landmarks) in the video below:


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