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Pteranodon
Pteranodon
Nomenclature

Nickname(s):

Pterodactyl

Biological Information

Species:

Prehistoric flying reptile

Forms:

Rodan

Length:

???

Weight:

20-93 kilograms

Wingspan:

>6 meters

Affiliation Information

Allies:

Other Pteranodons

Enemies:

King Kong

Relationships:

None

Controlled by:

None

Production Information

Created by:

None

Portrayed by:

Stop-motionKK '33
PuppetsTLD

Designs:

ShodaiPutera

First appearance:

King Kong (1933)

Last appearance:

The Last Dinosaur

 

Pteranodon is a extinct genus of large pterosaur that lived during the late Cretaceous period. It is one of the most famous and well-known prehistoric reptiles from the time of the dinosaurs.

This genus of pterosaur has been featured in numerous science-fiction and giant monster films, and is the basis for the popular Toho kaiju, Rodan.



History

King Kong (1933)

Kong vs. Pterodactyl

King Kong battling a Pteranodon in King Kong (1933)

After defeating the cave serpent, King Kong followed Ann Darrow onto the cliff outside his lair, where she was attacked by a Pteranodon, which tried to carry her away. Kong attacked the pterosaur, freeing Ann. Jack Driscoll reached the cliff and rescued Ann while Kong battled the pteranodon. After killing the Pteranodon, Kong tried to pull Ann and Jack back up by the vine they were climbing down, only for them to jump into the river below and escape unharmed.

The Last Dinosaur

Last Dinosaur-Pteranodon

A Pteranodon in The Last Dinosaur

A flock of large Pteranodon were some of the creatures discovered during the Polar-Borer expedition. They were among the first surviving animals to be observed by the expedition crew.

Gallery

Production

King Kong (1933)

Screenshot

King Kong (1933)

Rodan

Trivia

  • The kaiju Rodan is stated to be an irradiated pteranodon. Gyaos' design also appears to be influenced by Pteranodon and other Pterosaurs.
  • In an early draft of Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II, two Pteranodons would be featured in a scene set on Adonoa Island, where they battle Mechagodzilla. The female is killed, but the male is knocked unconscious and exposed to radiation and becomes Rodan. This draft also featured a flashback to the Cretaceous showing a Pteranodon battling a Godzillasaurus. The finished draft of the film features a Pteranodon skeleton and a robotic imitation, two remnants of this scrapped plot device.
  • In the the 2005 remake of King Kong, the Pteranodon is replaced by a swarm of Terapusmordax, giant man-eating bat creatures.

See also

List of appearances

Films

Television

Film kaiju
Godzilla kaiju
Showa era Godzilla (1954)Second GodzillaAnguirusGiant LizardGiant OctopusKing KongMothraMystery Bones of Infant IslandRodanKing GhidorahEbirahGiant CondorGiant Praying MantisKamacurasMinillaKumongaMandaGorosaurusBaragonVaranGabaraManeaterHedorahGiganJet JaguarMegalonFake Godzilla/MechagodzillaKing CaesarTitanosaurus
Heisei era Godzillasaurus/GodzillaShockirusBiollanteDorat/King Ghidorah/Mecha-King GhidorahBattraMothraMechagodzilla/Super MechagodzillaRodan/Fire RodanBaby Godzilla/Little Godzilla/Godzilla JuniorFairy MothraSpaceGodzillaMogueraDestoroyah
Millennium series Godzilla G2KGXMGMKGXMGFW Millennian/OrgaMeganulon/MeganulaMegaguirusBaragonMothra GMKGMMGFWKing GhidorahMechagodzillaKamoebasMandasRodanZillaAnguirusKing CaeserKamacurasKumongaMinillaEbirahGiganHedorahMonster X
TriStar Pictures GodzillaJuvenile GodzillaSecond Godzilla
MonsterVerse GodzillaMUTORodanMothraKing GhidorahKing KongMire SquidMother LonglegsPsychovulturesSker BuffaloesSkullcrawlersSpore Mantis
Toho reboot series Godzilla (Shin Godzilla)Godzilla (Planet of the Monsters) (Filius)ServumMechagodzilla
Other Toho kaiju
Showa era SnowmanMeganulonMogueraH-ManVaranOrochiHuman VaporVampire PlantMagumaMatangoDogoraFrankensteinGairaSandaMechani-KongGiant Sea SerpentGriffonGiant RatsBat PeopleDaigoro's MotherDaigoroGoliathGezoraGanimesKamoebas
Heisei era Amano ShiratoriKumasogamiKaishin MubaUtsuno IkusagamiDesghidorahMothraMothra LeoFairy MothraGaru GaruGhogoBaremDagahraKing GhidorahPrimitive Mothra
King Kong kaiju
RKO Pictures King KongStegosaurusTwo-Legged LizardTyrannosaurus rexBrontosaurusCave SerpentPteranodonKiko
Showa era Mechani-KongGiant Sea Serpent
Paramount Pictures King KongLady KongBaby KongGiant Boa
Universal Pictures King Kong (KTAS)BrontosaurusVenatosaurusFoetodonVastatosaurus rexScorpiopedeWeta-rexTerapusmordax
Miscellaneous kaiju
Paramount Pictures The Cloverfield MonsterHuman Scale Parasites
Miscellaneous ReptilicusTitanKing Kong
Scrapped kaiju
Showa era Robot DaughterGiant ChameleonGiant ArchaeopteryxRedmoonErabusHafunMoguMajin TuolGaruganAsuka FortressGamoniNezuraIce GiantGigantArkitiusMomonraReigonGiant IguanaMongaWyvernGarasharpMarukobukarappa
Heisei era DeutaliosArchaeopteryxSasori MonsterBaganGigamothMechaMothraBerserkTransforming MechagodzillaGiant SalamanderAstroGodzillaGiant DragonflyGhost GodzillaBarubaroi
Millennium series MibaGiant Mosasaur
American Deathla
TriStar Pictures GryphonProbe BatQueen BitchUnused Godzilla: The Series Monsters
MonsterVerse Unnamed multi-legged monsterRokmutulPterodactyl
Video games DogolasLightning BugFire LionThe Visitor