So here’s some fun Gamera facts that you may or may not know. Just in time for the holidays! So learn some more about your favorite turtle for the 12 Days of Gamera!
A lot of people know Gamera from his days on on Mystery Science Threatre 3000. What some folks may not know, is that Gamera debuted on the original Mystery Science Theatre 3000 back when it wasn’t on cable, but local TV in Minneapolis. What’s interesting is that these were “holiday” episodes, airing during the month of December.
Gamera versus Barugon, Gamera the Invincible and Gamera versus Gyaos all aired during December and the guys were in a particular festive spirit. In fact Crow was transformed into a Christmas tree and did not participate in two of the shows.
The actual original Gamera movie episode is particularly interesting as Joel comments on the movie alone. It’s an interesting episode to watch, albeit not very funny. It’s more like watching a movie with a friend who occasionally speaks, not the usual MST3K goodness.
This was back in the day when they took calls. Some kid invited them to his birthday party… That’s pretty awesome. These episodes are actually the first known surviving episodes of the early days of MST3K. Eventually the movies would be reshown in later years and were parodied more extensively.
Speaking of fun facts, actress and model Ayako Fujitani who plays Asagi Kusanagi in the modern Gamera trilogy… Is the daughter of Steven Seagal! Thankfully she didn’t get her acting skills from him!
And finally, here’s a look at Gamera and friends, from the inside!
Tomorrow, more figure reviews! Gamera’s Christmas celebration continues!