Saturday, July 30th, 2011 marks the 50th anniversary of Mothra, the world’s biggest kite. And to commemorate the occasion, Humax Cinema theatre in Japan (across the street from Starbucks™) is hosting a triple feature of Mothra films. While that’s cool, I’m thinkin’ a least festive balloons, some color coordinated paper plates and Dixie Cups™, pizza and a Rodan-flavored cake the size of Osaka would be a more appropriate way to honor the Queen of Monsters.
Having starred and appeared in no less than 17 movies, we’ve seen Mothra go from an eco-friendly, air traffic control problem, to a Defender of the Faith with floor models ranging from Fairy Mothra (two-seater) and Mothra Leo (a blue collar version), to Rainbow Mothra (alternative lifestyle) and Aqua Mothra (originally called Scuba Mothra…by me). And let us not forget, there’s also Armor Mothra, Eternal Mothra and Light Speed Mothra, who has more speeding violation citations than all the other Mothras combined.
Through the last five decades, Mothra can be seen in various stages of the lepidopteran life cycle. (Of course I knew that.) Introduced first inside a blue egg so big it could make 3,012,445 omelettes, it hatched and out popped as caterpiller-esque larvae that, quite frankly, looked like one of Godzilla’s high-fiber bowel movements. Cocooning itself, Mothra sprayed herself a Silly String™ sleeping bag, cooked at 350 degrees for 40 minutes, then popped out as the 200-foot prom queen we know and fear for our lives today.
So what does Mothra actually do for a living? In addition to saving the Earth from itself, Mothra, like a monolithic Lassie, keeps rescuing 12-inch tall wayward citizens from her hometown of Infant Island and slapping Godzilla upside the radioactive plates on an ongoing basis. Good work if you can get it.
So popular is Mothra the world over (chicks dig Mothra because of her fashion sense and sparkly beams that come out of her 80-foot Coach™ bag), the world’s fuzziest hang-glider has influenced everything from pop culture to spawning a 50-year cottage industry of video games, toys, action figures, action clothing, books, magazines and omelettes. With that, I only have one question: who keeps laying the eggs Mothra comes out of?
Happy Birthday, Mothra – I would have bought you a present, but you wrecked all of the stores I normally shop in while in Japan.