was created in 1966 by Eiji Tsuburaya, the special
effects director of the classic Godzilla films of the 1950's
and 60's. Ultraman became an unprecedented hit on Japanese television
spawning fourteen sequel TV series and a string of hit theatrical
features over the course of its four-decade history. Ultraman
has been seen all over the world and remains one of the top
selling hero characters throughout Asia.
Ultraman Land theme park attracts customers from around the
world and Ultraman restaurants have opened both in Japan and
in Hong Kong. Ultraman is a licensing bonanza with hundreds
of character goods available from toys and action figures for
the kids all the way to grown-up items like automobile accessories
and golf club covers.
is a character that has appealed to a wide demographic, from
children who cheer his latest adventures to adults who grew
up with the original series throughout the 1970s and 1980s.
reported that Ultraman was the third most popular merchandising
character throughout the world, just behind Mickey Mouse and
Charles Shultz's Peanuts Gang. Now the focus is to break into
the US market once again with a film that treats the character
in a serious, respectful manner.
Your Ultra-Host for this event will be Cinema Insomia's Mr.
Lobo. Watch for Cinema
Insomnia starting in October on KTEH Channel 54!
2005 ULTRAMAN Movie Production Consortium