The Rebirth of Mothra I 1996 Movie Review

Written by Barney Buckley

E-Mail Address- bbuckley@triad.rr.com


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It would be served after the Heisei Series of Godzilla movies would end in 1995 the Toho Company would then eventually pick up the triple threat of Mothra. It seems that the Toho Company’s second most favorite Kaiju deserved a few movies in her own right. The very first film according to the Japanese was logically titled Mothra however while in the United States of America it was retitled as the Rebirth of Mothra. When it comes to this film most of the original fans of the original film that came out in 1961 film this new movie particularly strayed away from the original character of Mothra. The reason I say this is because she is classified as a protector of her own island and its people. She is also classified as a kind and benevolent law and it largely focuses on Mothra’s character which is a particularly good point to the film. People do not see that in the Mothra trilogies.

Let’s begin with the story the story begins on Infant Island where you see Mothra sitting on her throne and she is ready to finally reproduce after living a very long life. It would be shortly after this that a logging company located in Hokkaiido Japan accidentally discovers an ancient rock and all hell breaks loose. They pry the rock of its seal and suddenly it draws the attention of two tiny priestesses they call Moll and Lora. In the original movie that came out in 1961 there were tiny little twin priestesses, but they were called Shobijins and in the new Mothra trilogy there called the Elias. They summon their tiny version of Mothra in which they call it Fairy Mothra and they take off to Hokkaido to investigate an unusual accident. It is revealed to the Elias that a small piece of metal was removed from the rock and it was called The Seal of Elias. It was a device that possessed the ability to harness certain energies which was created by their ancestors to lock away the demonic Kaiju they call DesiGhidorahs. That very same creature that actually made the dinosaurs go extinct and left the surface of the planet Mars a barren wasteland is located within this rock.

The Elias Moll and Lora have a third evil sister they call Belvera and she suddenly steals the seal from the tiny girl Wakaba. Belvera manages to release the ancient beast from his dungeon and all hell breaks loose. The Elias know they have to summon Mothra and they do it with song. Mothra eventually shows up and after a long battle she eventually dies saving her children from Desighidorah only to sink into the depths of the sea sacrificing herself. It is after witnessing her mother’s death that the Mothra larva that is called Mothra Leo swims to Yaku Island and hopes to gain the power of The Ancient Tree of Life. Is there that Mothra Leo is transforms into an adult Mothra and a more powerful Mothra that holds off Desighidorah long enough for the Elias to seal the monster all back where she came from. After the battle has been won it is Mothra Leo that eventually flies back to Infant Island.

In the 1992 film Godzilla versus Mothra is there that Mothra’s reputation of the “Savior of the world” is reestablished and it makes Mothra was character little bit more interesting as the film betrays a more emotional part of the film worthy elderly Mothra’s death scene is more emotional. It can be a real tear jerker if you really sensitive. Especially when it comes to the second most popular Kaiju’s death. Another notable thing about this new Mothra movie is the new powers that Mothra Leo seems to possess it has the same powers as its Heisei Series predecessor that fought Godzilla in 1992 and it also features some new little abilities. Mothra Leo has a silken spray, chest beam, and a camouflaging technique. It is said that the original Mothra fans for the movie Mothra 1961 are not really big fans of this new Mothra was sheer power in regards of its numerous amount of beams and energy abilities.

Now we will talk about Desighidorah in the English translation is called Death Ghidorah and it is probably one of the most serious demon like Ghidorahs to ever hit the movie screen. It is in the family of Ghidorahs and it is revealed that it is a demon from space that goes around siphoning the floral life out of various worlds. When he came to the planet Earth he was fortunately sealed by one of the ancient Mothra was and the Elias ancestors before he could completely destroy the planet as he did to the planet Mars. This particular Kaiju is really displayed as a dark and fiendish creature, and is actually the very first Hedorah ever to walk on all four legs. I’m still the movie Godzilla Final Wars where Kaiser Ghidorah also lost on four legs. Kaiser Ghidorah reminds me of Desighidorah on steroids.

Despite having any flaws with the human characters is the Elias Moll, Lora and Belvera that actually steal the show. These particular characters according to the movie is Moll that wants to save the world from Desighidorah even if it means taking her own life. Lora is extremely sensitive and doesn’t want Mothra to fight and die in the process yet she wants the world to be saved and asked for Belvera she wants to use Desighidorah as a weapon to destroy humanity. On the note is an interesting fact that the Elias were virtually against Belvera and it also displayed that they still love each other and respect each other as sisters.

In my humble opinion what really stands out in this film is probably the musical score composed by Toshiyuki Watanabe. The various themes for Mothra such as the battle march when Mothra first appears to battle Desighidorah is pretty extreme and unique in itself and very memorable. One keynote about the score is the original Mothra song is performed by the Elias is very modern and crisp sounding. If you listen to it and had a very Latin beats in the way it sounds and it’s very addicting. Even though it does not have a real strong connection to the original Mothra film is very memorable and very enjoyable to watch over and over if you like this particular kind of child friendly movie. The rebirth of Mothra is a very nice addition to the concept of Mothra was peace/environment character and hopefully it will continue to be contagious as well as protect the environment and how they betray this particular character.

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