Google is celebrating the Japanese special effects director Eiji Tsuburaya’s 114th Birthday by showing an interactive animated Doodle on its homepage.
Eiji Tsuburaya (July 7, 1901 – January 25, 1970) was responsible for many Japanese science-fiction movies, being one of the co-creators of the Godzilla series, as well as the main creator of Ultraman.
He was the first son of Isamu and Sei Tsuburaya, with a large extended family. His mother died when he was only three. While his family’s traditional religion was Nichiren Buddhism, Tsuburaya converted to Roman Catholicism in his later years for his wife.
He was the man who brought the live action genre, known as “Tokusatsu” in Japanese, to the global cinematic mainstream.
Tsuburaya started his own special effects laboratory (set up at his home) in 1940s, and in 1963, founded his own studio for visual effects, Tsuburaya Productions. In 1966 alone, this company aired the first ‘monster’ series for television. Ultraman became the first live-action Japanese television series to be exported around the world, and spawned the Ultra Series which continues to this day.
In the United States, he is remembered as the creator of Ultraman. During his 50-year career, he worked on approximately 250 films in total.
After his international success with Godzilla in 1954, he said, “When I worked for Nikkatsu Studios, King Kong came to Kyoto and I never forgot that movie. I thought to myself, ‘I will someday make a monster movie like that.'”
Google brings an authentic filmmaking experience with today’s doodle. The Doodler thought it would be more interesting and engaging to recreate the filmmaking experience.
We can create a short Tokusatsu monster film with Eiji Tsuburaya in this Doodle. Google designed this doodle as a game and it can be played by following some instructions.
We have to do the action within certain time limit. Just like the clock, a timer sets at the corner to complete the action.
The doodle starts with “Let’s Make a Movie”.
The steps includes Glue the Building, Dress the Actor, Destroy the buildings, Light the set, Stomp the tanks, Connect the wires, Smash the containers, Swat the spaceships, Connect the harness, and Follow the hero.
Google asks you to pour the glue at the open top of the building and paste the top over that glue we poured. Google’s logo fit at the top. If you place the glue at the four sides properly, Google will place its logo at the center of the building.
The second step asks you to dress the actor.
The third step is to pull the rope at any of the two ends which is tied with the hero’s tail.
The fourth step is to Light the set.
The fifth step is to Stomp the tanks.
The sixth step is to Connect the wires.
The seventh step is to Smash the containers.
The eighth step is to Swat the spaceships.
The ninth step is to Connect the harness.
The last step is to Follow the hero.
At the end of the movie, all the characters in the movie along with the director come forward and clap.
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