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Godzilla Ep106: Giant Rat, Model #1

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This is the first Giant Rat design I did for the Production of the 1998 Animated Godzilla TV show, there were 3 in all. Typically, the writers quickly ran out of ideas and started going down the list of vermin to enlarge to face off against Godzilla and the team. So I did my best to make the rats progressively more interesting, starting with regular rats as my reference for this first stage, I set about making them huge and grotesque.

:iconhelenmaier: Helen Maier helped me ink this design back in 1998, she wrote notes in the bottom right for the departments that were next in line, like the Colorists, Timers, and Translators to make sure that this model was used in the correct scenes based off the storyboards. Sometimes the storyboards were drawn by so many different artists that the creature designs would appear different from scene to scene, we had to make sure that there would be no confusion further down the line as to which rat model would be used in which scene. Traditionally it should have been a job for the Directors, but well..

Also because we were still in secrecy mode the show was called "Heat Seekers" not "Godzilla" that is why you see "HS" before the episode number "#106", shows always began at 100, just in case earlier shows were called for. They never were.
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manati20's avatar
TPCKRULEZ's avatar
in my opinion godzillla 98 is more seriously than the one by toho
filbarlow's avatar
We tried to make it work.
Deim0sThe42ndReap3r's avatar
So I was rewatching this episode when I noticed this REALLY shitty animation of like two frames of Dale looking shocked as a giant rat abducted him. Holy crap I can't unsee it.
filbarlow's avatar
Haha, I'm curious to watch the episode now.
KaijuDuke's avatar
This particular version of the rats, as well as the Shrewster, always reminded me of the little alien rat thing Jabba the Hutt kept as a pet (only super sized of course), or perhaps nightmare fuel versions of Jim Henson critters lol. I like the front teeth, like fangs or tusks rather than typical rodent teeth. Did you ever name these critters or other seemingly nameless beasties like the giant bat? I always thought it a shame that some of the kaiju from the show were left anonymous so to speak.

P.S. I look forward to when & if you upload images of Crytoclidus, Nessie, The Crackler, or the Lizard Slayers :3
filbarlow's avatar
This design is no relation to Jabba's pet, sorry. :(
As for naming, we kept the names the same as the script so that there wouldn't be any confusion further down the line of production. You can blame the boring names on the writers having limited imaginations. I agree it was a shame.

I'm half way through coloring the 2nd rat evolution, but I simply don't have the time right now to do any free work.
That's why I set up the Patreon account, to help me get more DA stuff out, but the lack of support means that we haven't even hit the first milestone. I have to admit I'm disappointed in the DA crowd.
lonegamer7's avatar
Were there any designs for Godzilla's back from a top view perspective, like looking down at him from a helicopter, or from behind? Usually, most of the kaiju are seen from the sides or three-quarters. Were there additional angles from a higher perspective?
filbarlow's avatar
I only did a 3/4 back, no aerial shots were in the Main Model pack.
HelenMaier's avatar
Nice color work there Fil! Aaaah, the amount of time I spent going through storyboards!!!Waaaah! 
Emerson-Fialho's avatar
filbarlow's avatar
Thank you again :D
Emerson-Fialho's avatar
My pleasure! All the best! :D
Sniper0092's avatar
Did I ever tell you that you are my favorite creature designer? Your art has the appearance of looking real while managing to look real. 5/5
filbarlow's avatar
No and thank you for the score lol

I can sculpt as well as I draw, since I've always done both since I was a kid. I see my drawings as sculptures, like I'm forming something out of the paper. I can "feel" the shapes that I draw.

Also I could draw "photo realistically" at the age of 15, copying off photos was no challenge to me, so I focused on cartoony styles, and anything that didn't exist. I have no interest in representing something that already exists.
Groudan383's avatar
Awesome! This is the stuff I love to see! Its really cool to see these pieces of the show. You certainly succeeded on making them large and grotesque lol. We should be thank these do not exist lol. Really awesome job Fil! :)
filbarlow's avatar
Yeah I'm glad that rats are the size that they are, and considerably cuter.
Groudan383's avatar
 Lol yeah, I wouldn't want those things running around. I love how these pieces bring back so much nostalgia. GTS was such a great series. Speaking of which, what was your favorite cartoon that you worked on? Starship Troopers?
filbarlow's avatar
Most of the shows were tough to get through, and to be honest, I rarely saw many of the animations on air. Starship Troopers was the best end result, because it was CG and the models stayed the same, but again I only saw a few episodes on TV. The first season of ALF was the most fun to work on, and watching it after PeeWee's Playhouse was a thrill because it was my first animation experience. I'm never very good at picking favorites because each had their merits. I'm just proud of my art and was always disappointed when I saw how off model the animations would come back, which is why I rarely watched the shows. As I often said during production, my model sheets are the last time that the characters/creatures will look this good. So I'm glad that DA is giving the chance to show people my designs at their best.
Groudan383's avatar
Yeah, im not so good at picking favorites either. You sure have been apart of ALOT of cartoons. You have quite a bit under your belt. Im really glad you started posting to DA :)
alpharaptor6's avatar
you never cease to amaze! hope to see more of godzilla!
filbarlow's avatar
Thank you, your icon is based of my original design by the way. :XD:
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Khialat's avatar
I liked the variety of designs for the rats in that episode. These ones are clearly based on regular city rats, but the others - perhaps more severely mutated - remind me of naked mole rats. They even act like them, catching food to feed a huge queen (which the "Huge Rat" that later appears in "Monster Wars" might have been). Was that on your mind when you designed them? :)
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