Review: Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters

After abandoning Earth in fear of annihilation, the few remaining humans return thousands of years later in a desperate attempt to reclaim their planet. 
Written by James Orrell
As a child, I spent countless afternoons watching Godzilla films that I had recorded(thank you Super Scary Saturday!) and was enthralled every time. I loved everything about these films. The suits, the cheesy effects, the gigantic fights, it was all so engrossing to me. When Netflix announced that they were releasing a multi-part Godzilla animated series I was certainly intrigued. On one hand, I'm always down with some more Godzilla action. On the other hand, I have never been a big fan of Japanese animation and this series most certainly is just that. So I sat down to watch the recently released Part One of Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters with an open mind.
For better or worse, I can say without a doubt that this is one of the most unique takes on Godzilla that I have ever seen.
The artistic design is quite eye catching. The colors pop and the animation(for the most part) is surprisingly far better than I expected. The design of Godzilla alone I found particularly interesting. He's like a cross between the most recent American Godzilla film and the most recent Japanese Godzilla film, Shin Godzilla. He certainly has all the hallmarks of a fearsome, ferocious monster. In essence, he was quite simply the destroyer.
The story focused on the few remaining humans and a group of alien refugees(because of course) attempting to retake Earth 20,000 years after fleeing in pure terror. It's a more character based than I expected to be honest as Godzilla doesn't launch a major attack until well into the movie. The voice actors all do a fine job and really help flesh out their characters. 
My one gripe about the film is actually the animation of Godzilla himself. For much of the film, whenever Godzilla is shown he seems to be standing still. I imagine it's a budgetary issue because the rest of the animation is top shelf, but it's really jarring to see the big monster so... inanimate.
Overall while it certainly doesn't sit terribly high on my list of favorite Godzilla films, its not near the bottom either. It's a unique take on one of cinema's greatest monsters and for that alone it definitely is worth checking out. The cliffhanger it leaves us with at the end of Part One may be the biggest cliffhanger in history.
You'll see. It definitely has me curious for Part 2.