UPDATE: Bear McCreary's event added on July 9th.
All of you may have already seen the recent news that there will be two Godzilla related events at San Diego Comic Con. If not, then here is the scoop. On Friday, July 19th at 1:00 PM PDT there will be a podcast related to the Monsterverse. The other event is the Godzilla 65th Anniversary panel, which is on Saturday, July 20th at 7:30 PM PDT. I will sort of be explaining what these events are so you have more of a clarity on what to expect.
The Kaiju Kingdom Podcast: Godzilla: King Of The Monsters Aftermath
The Kaiju Kingdom Podcast is the first Godzilla related event happening on Friday, July 19th. According to the description, it reads,
Jessica Tseang (co-host, The Kaiju Kingdom podcast) and Chris Eaton (co-host, The Kaiju Kingdom podcast) sit down with cast and crew Legendary's Godzilla: King Of The Monsters to discuss the success of the film, the popularity of TOHO's greatest creation, behind the scenes of working on the film, and what the future holds for Godzilla vs Kong (2020).
This event is does not have a room number assigned at the main convention hall. It is located at the Neil Morgan Auditorium at the San Diego Central Library and it begins at 1:00 PM PDT. If you are going to SDCC and want to go to this event you may want to put a note on the location and beginning time of this event. Another thing to note is this is a podcast and NOT an official Warner Bros. panel. WB/Legendary do not have a presence at this panel.
One of the biggest things mentioned in the description is one of the topics being discussed is the future of Godzilla vs Kong. Now, all bets on what is going to happen are off. Many people are hoping that we get a sneak peak or a trailer for next year's movie. However, do keep in mind that there is also a high possibility that they may not say much or show much. Remember, the people hosting the podcast are interviewing crew members and the cast from Godzilla: King Of The Monsters. The cast and crew members could have been told under contract to give vague answers or to keep quiet about Godzilla vs Kong. It would make sense since they are mostly talking about Godzilla: King Of The Monsters.
For instance, I went to Anime Matsuri in Houston, Texas and I got to meet Jason Liles, Richard Dorton, Alan Maxson, and T. J. Storm, the guys that actually played Godzilla, Ghidorah, and Rodan. Very funny people to talk to. I was so excited to meet them all in person. While I was having my poster signed and telling them how much I love Godzilla: King Of The Monsters I asked them if they know any details about Godzilla vs Kong and when/if they will be returning to do the motion capture for the movie. The answer was that they did not know anything outside from what everybody else already knew. I didn't press any further than that because like I mentioned before they could be keeping quiet as agreed under contract. Besides, they were at the convention to promote Godzilla: King Of The Monsters, so it was better to drop the subject.
While I do hope that we actually do see something or at least hear more info about Godzilla vs Kong, don't be surprised if they decide not to show anything or talk much about the project. They are mainly here to discuss Godzilla: King Of The Monsters as described in the event's title and in the event's description.
Long Live The King Of Kaiju: Lawyers On The 65th Anniversary Of Godzilla
Long Live The King Of Kaiju: Lawyers On The 65th Anniversary Of Godzilla is the event happening on Saturday, July 20th. The one hour panel will be held at room 26AB and it goes from 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM PDT. The description of the event reads,
Godzilla has been a destructive force of legal liability since 1954. Who is financially responsible for acts of Godzilla? Does the United States have a duty to defend Japan? And just who is the legal owner of Mothra's egg? Hear from this panel of attorneys including U.S. Magistrate Judge Stacie Beckerman, Monte Cooper (grand nephew of the creator of King Kong, Merian Cooper), Megan Hitchcock (Esurance), and Joshua Gilliland (The Legal Geeks) as they wade into the depths of Godzilla's destructive legal issues over the last 65 years. Moderated by Matt Weinhold (Monster Party).
I will be honest, for a Godzilla panel that is suppose to celebrate the franchise's 65th anniversary this sounds kind of boring. It's interesting in that we can get more realistic idea on if Godzilla was real then how much property damage will it cause and how that could effect the economy and so on. However, we have plenty of YouTube videos explaining stuff like that already. You have "What if Godzilla is real" videos explaining how he would be killed by physics, how much food he would need to eat per day, then there are videos explaining if Mothra would be considered a threat if she exists, and even just how big the wings on Ghidorah, Mothra, and Rodan have to be able to fly. There is even an artist that drew what a realistic King Kong would actually look like and how it would behave. If you watched all of those videos together then you have basically seen the panel already. Maybe the panel can give us a different outlook on the same topics, but for a 65th anniversary panel it's really just nothing. They could have invited somebody from TOHO to talk about Godzilla and maybe give some info on their future projects after 2020. Sadly, that is not what we are getting. I highly doubt this panel will announce any Godzilla news. If they do announce anything I would be in quite a shock.
The Music Of Monsters: Kaiju Concerto with Composer Bear McCreary
The Music Of Monsters: Kaiju Concerto is a panel that is hosted by Godzilla: King Of The Monsters composer, Bear McCreary. It takes place in room 25AB on Saturday, July 20th that goes from 5 - 6 PM PDT. The description reads,
Join composer Bear McCreary (Godzilla: King Of The Monsters, Child's Play (2019), The Walking Dead, 10 Cloverfield Lane, Colossal, and God Of War) in a unique scene study as he breaks apart the elements that make an effective monster score. McCreary will discuss the importance of themes and how he chooses unusual instrumentation, from Buddhist monk choirs to children's toys, in creating a monster's musical voice.
I think a whole one hour panel talking about the music in his movies sounds really interesting. From how it sounds even though the title of the event sounds like it will be about the music in Godzilla: King Of The Monsters the description I think there is more than just the music from Godzilla. I think he will also be talking about the music for Child's Play as well since some of the music in that movie did sound like a child's toy playing such as "The Buddi Song" with the faint chimes in the song. Overall, I think this is a really awesome idea to have Bear McCreary host a panel showing and explaining how he makes his music. It really makes me wonder where he gets his inspiration for the music in Godzilla: King Of The Monsters and how his mind works.
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