Toho Studios released a new trailer for Netflix‘s Godzilla: Monster Planet, the first full-length animated Godzilla film from the famed Japanese film production/distribution company. This reboot of Godzilla lore (expected to be the first film in an animated trilogy) takes the franchise into uncharted territory: a harsh future Earth where Godzilla has dominated the Earth for the past 20,000 years, but a fateful final confrontation with mankind appears to be looming.
While lacking in either English subtitles or dubbing, the trailer does give us our first look at the amazing animation style being brought to the screen; in particular, the new and beautifully disturbing visual take on Godzilla (though Godzilla’s legendary shriek made the cut):
“The last summer of the 20th Century. That day, the human beings learn that they are not the only ruler of the planet Earth. The appearance of the giant living creatures “Kaiju’s” and the ultimate existence that destroys all monsters: Godzilla. Through the battle against kaiju’s that lasted for half a century, human beings has experienced continuous defeat, and finally plans to escape from the Earth. And in 2048, only those who were selected by the A.I. managed under the central government boarded the inter-sidereal emigrant spaceship “Aratrum” to head for “Tau Cetus e”, the planet beyond the distance of 11.9 light-year. However, the environmental condition differences between that of the Earth and Tau e, which they finally arrived after 20 years were far beyond the predicted numbers, and was not an environment considered to be habitable by human beings.
The young man on the emigrant ship: Haruo, who saw his parents killed by Godzilla in front of his eyes when he was 4 years old, had only one thing in his mind for 20 years: to return to the Earth and defeat Godzilla. Shut out from the possibility of emigration, as the living environment in the ship deteriorates, the group of “Earth Returnists” led by Haruo became the majority, and determines to head back to Earth through a dangerous long-distance hyperspace navigation. However, the Earth they have returned has already passed the time of 20,000 years, and has become an unknown world with the ecosystem reigned by Godzilla.
At the end, will human beings win back the Earth? And what will Haruo see beyond his fate?”
Godzilla: Monster Planet stars Mamoru Miyano, Takashiro Sakurai, Kana Hanazawa, Tomokazu Sugita, Yuki Kaji and Junichi Suwabe. Kobun Shizuno & Hiroyuki Seshita are serving as directors from an original story/screenplay from Gen Urobuchi and Sadayuki Murai.