‘Godzilla’ Roar Analysis: The King of Monsters’ New Sound

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Godzilla 2014 Roar Godzilla Roar Analysis: The King of Monsters New Sound

Godzilla seems to be the one movie reboot getting universal love from fans – and not without good reason. The official teaser trailer managed to drum up more interest in the film than the entire barrage of Amazing Spider-Man 2 footage Sony keeps releasing; we were so impressed that we named Godzilla our most anticipated movie of 2014.

As this new vision of the kaiju monster movie cult-classic comes our way (courtesy of Monsters director Gareth Edwards), Legendary Pictures has done a very careful job of not giving away too much – including the details about the titular King of Monsters himself. We know he will be really, really, big (see here) and that he will retain classic details like his atomic breath and signature roar – the latter of which you can now hear for yourself!

That’s right: thanks to Legendary Pictures we now have the new Godzilla roar to share!

For comparison, here are the Godzilla roars which preceded this one:

The version that Gareth Edwards and company came up with sounds like the more elongated (almost hilariously so?) sound of the monster from the 1984 film – with some late ’90s/early 00′s Godzilla thrown in for good measure. In short: the new roar could fairly be described as an homage mashup of the roars that came before it – which, if true, would be  a nice hat-tip from the filmmakers, saying that they both respect the source material and the hardcore fans (some of whom will definitely have discerning ears when it comes to this battle cry).

That kind of knowledge and devotion is what fans tend to hope for (okay, demand) from those re-imagining their favorite properties and characters – but let’s let the official votes tell the tale of how fans feel about this new Godzilla roar:

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The studio is using this reveal to encourage fans to do what they do best: make fun and potentially viral self-styled web creations out of this official material. Here are the official details:

Hey Legendary fans,

We know you can’t wait for more Godzilla, and we’re excited to announce that the King of the Monster’s roar, in all its primal fury, has been unleashed!

Godzilla’s mighty battle cry is now yours to share and we can’t wait to see what you can do with it. If you have a cool idea of how to turn this audio clip into a remix, homage video or anything else you can come up with, share your creation using #godzilla or tweet us at @legendary.

Do something truly creative/funny and your work could get some mass exposure as Godzilla nears theaters!

BONUS: Empire Magazine has a new cover spread featuring the King of Monsters – check out this throwback collector’s edition, on newsstands soon:

Godzilla Empire Magazine Cover Limited Edition Godzilla Roar Analysis: The King of Monsters New Sound


NEXT: Godzilla Image Gallery & Trailer


Godzilla will be in theaters on May 16, 2014.

Sources: Legendary & Empire

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  1. Trailer #2 coming tomorrow at 1pm EST…


  2. man 1: Run!! Its godzilla!!!

    man 2: It looks like godzilla, but due to international copyright laws, its not

    man 1: But still we should run like it is godzilla!!!

    man 2: Though it isnt.

    • Hahaha

    • The lines are from “AUSTIN POWERS: GOLDMEMBER” which makes me laugh everytime I see it! HA! HA!

  3. I just played the roar in my college library and everyone jumped up

  4. That Atomic Breath sounds awesome. Reminds me of the miniguns in Dredd.

  5. The producers and writers are clearly paying Homage to the original Japanese G-man, which is appreciated by old school fans like myself.
    Bring on Mecha Godzilla and King Ghidorrah.

  6. Rarely do I see anything improved when redone, but I think the roar is great. It sounds more freakish and nightmarish, instead of the high-pitched honking sound I thought the others sounded like. They weren’t bad either, but I like the new one best.

  7. He has no neck now. Was alright before but now it’s completely gone.

  8. That was awesome! I can’t wait for this movie!!

  9. I’m…not completely sold on it yet. (the roar not the movie, I’m all over that!!) I don’t dislike it but but it just doesn’t grab me yet like most of the classic roars. I’m partial to the late Heisei and Millennium roars.

  10. The roar in the trailer sounds a bit different than the roar in the sound clip…almost like the sound clip is two different roars instead of one 20 second one. Sounds pretty good but I like what I heard in the teaser trailer more. I’m way too excited about this movie. I’m happy they’re making him a walking mountain basically…I imagine seeing something that big would just be terrifying.

    • Imagine Godzilla Atomic Breath from 2-9 seconds

  11. Breaking Bad : Godzilla

  12. The begining and end sounds like a roar, but the middle is like a ton of reverbs of the THX Intro, follow by war of the worlds/ Inception, etc. It sounds nothing like a roar. I don’t think even a dino would roar like that.

    I can’t get over that the sounds like THX. Im not a huge godzilla fan, but look at the character and etc and roars.

    And don’t say inception rip off. War of the worlds did this too, because perhaps its the same guy.

  13. I’m sure it will be better in the movie and see him roar.

    • The collage clip they have, I don’t think I’ve seen the Godzilla from 2009/7 that they posted. What’s that from, anybody know? And I’ve seen every Godzilla movie there is at some point or another.

  14. Sadly that roar was not in the movie. It had a shorter version. Not what I expected

    • This roar is for the trailer, its elongated/extended to make a tense drone sound for the action part of the trailer. Its not the actual roar at all, much shorter in the movie.

  15. I like the original roar better

  16. i love the new godzilla movie but one thing i cant stand is his new roar!!it sounds too manufactured and electronic especially at the end of the roar! they should have left it as it originally sounds which is classic and iconic!that decision to change it ranks as the same decision as changing gameras roar in gamera the brave which was another bad mistake! i mean imagine trying to change pavarotti,s voice or evan tom jones or elvis pressley!and while im in a nit picking mood i dont like the size and shape of his dorsal spines! too small and too similar in shape to the roland emerich gino godzilla.also not enough of them at the sides of the main ones… there,s only two of them!!and they should all light up not just the center ones,it looks more spectacular and ominous when they all light up!and lastly nowhere near enough muscle mass especially the shoulders and the legs which look more like an elephants legs rather than godzilla,s and that is the most important area to have more muscle,the legs!!i mean they are not just for supporting his weight but to make him move as well!..and thats my beef and im sure there must be simillar views as well.