Would you like to see King Kong fight a giant lobster? Well this is what Toho Studio wanted but Rankin/Bass Production rejected the idea so Kong was replaced with Godzilla.
With the amazing success of the rather goofy King Kong vs. Godzilla it’s not surprising that the franchise would continue in that rather campy direction and if people wanted to see giant monsters duking it out then by god that’s what Toho Studios would give them.
With the titanic battle of King Kong vs. Godzilla being such success that Toho would then pit Godzilla against one of their own stars seemed only natural, so the benevolent giant moth known as Mothra was tapped to battle the King of the Monsters.
If Godzilla is “The King of Monsters” than Mothra is clearly the queen, with the increasing popularity of kaiju like Godzilla and Rodan it’s fascinating that the next biggest star to Godzilla would be a creature that didn’t rampage out of malice like its peers but instead was on a rescue mission, albeit a rather…