I know. since Monday is the start of my week, I thought this would be fun to do, getting me focused up on what's really important...
anyway, he shows up first in 1955 along with Godzilla in Gigantis, the Fire Monster. he's based on the ankylosaurus, not a one of which had teeth like he does.
but that's part of the charm of these giant monsters, right? not "realistic" in the least bit, which is a plus for movies. not so much science, but that's not what we are here for! he gets killed dead in the movie, but like most good Japanese monsters, that doesn't slow him down.
Destroy All Monsters. here he is a little slimmer and less wild looking. a result of refined suit making techniques! he has a great role in the final battle, too bad it's as a punching bag for King Ghidorah.
the real ankylosaurus has always been a favorite of mine, perhaps #3 overall with the dinosaurs. I think that's one of the reasons I did Angilas so much as well.
his final big role was in 1972's rather dreary Godzilla vs Gigan, the only one of this bunch I have seen in the theater.
this is also where Godzilla and Angilas talk to each other. In English. when I said his name was good enough for Godzilla, I meant it!
he also makes a cameo in Megalon and gets brutalized in the first MechaGodzilla movie. and in 2004 got a hedgehog like makeover for the rather infamous Final Wars (which merits a review all on it's own someday).