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ShodaiMosuLarva
Mothra Larva 1961

Nicknames:

None

Design Details

Type:

Puppet
Suit

Portrayed by:

Puppet (Remote controlled; With wires)
Haruo Nakajima
Katsumi Tezuka

First appearance:

Mothra

Last appearance:

Mothra vs. Godzilla
(Publicity stills)

Design Chronology

Previous:

None

Next:

GojiMosuLarva

 

The ShodaiMosuLarva (初代モス幼虫,   ShodaiMosuYōchū?) is the Mothra larva puppet design used in the 1961 Toho film, Mothra.


Name

The ShodaiMosuLarva's name comes from shodai (初代?), meaning first generation, Mosu, from Mothra's Japanese name, Mosura (モスラ?), and larva, from the fact that it is a design for Mothra's Larva form.

Detail

Mothra's larval form in the original Mothra was portrayed by a 3 foot-long remote-controlled puppet and a 6 foot-tall, 33 foot-long suit that was operated by eight actors, including Haruo Nakajima and Katsumi Tezuka.

The ShodaiMosuLarva is distinct from later Mothra larva designs in that its body is a very light shade of brown, with very pronounced dark spots all over its body. The body is also very elongated and slender. The head is much more rounded than later designs, and features a tall forehead.

The ShodaiMosuLarva's eyes are a light blue color and are very small and surrounded by large rounded sockets. The ShodaiMosuLarva's mandibles are relatively small, and the feelers flanking them are thin and located near the bottom of the head.

List of appearances

Mothra films

Godzilla films

Kaiju designs
Godzilla designs
Showa era
Heisei era
Millennium series MireGojiSokogekiGojiKiryuGojiFinalGoji
TriStar Pictures
MonsterVerse
Toho reboot series
Anguirus designs
Showa era ShodaiAngiraSoshingekiAngira
Millennium series FinalAngira
Mothra designs
Showa era ShodaiMosuLarva/ShodaiMosuImagoGojiMosuLarva/GojiMosuImagoSanDaikaijuMosuLarvaSoshingekiMosuLarva
Heisei era HeiseiMosuLarva/HeiseiMosuImagoReoMosuImago
Millennium series SokogekiMosuLarva/SokogekiMosuImagoTokyoMosuLarva/TokyoMosuImago
MonsterVerse 2019 design
Rodan designs
Showa era ShodaiRadoSanDaikaijuRadoSoshingekiRado
Heisei era HeiseiRado
Millennium series FinalRado
MonsterVerse 2019 design
King Ghidorah designs
Showa era ShodaiGhido
Heisei era HeiseiGhidoHakuAkiGhidoRaishuGhido
Millennium series SokogekiGhido
MonsterVerse 2019 design
Mechagodzilla designs
Showa era ShodaiMekagojiGyakushuMekagoji
Heisei era HeiseiMekagoji
Millennium series MireMekagojiTokyoMekagoji
Gamera designs
Showa era ShodaiGameBaruGameGironGameUchuGame
Heisei era HeiseiGameRegionGameIrisuGameAvantGameShodaiToto
Miscellaneous designs
Showa era ShodaiBaraShodaiEbiraShodaiGiganMegaroGiganShodaiKamaShodaiMandaSoshingekiMandaShodaiMiniraShodaiKumoShodaiHedoShodaiShisa
Heisei era ShodaiBioRozuShodaiBioShodaiSupesuGoji
Millennium series ShodaiOrugaShodaiMegagirasuSokogekiBaraFinalEbiraFinalKamaFinalMiniraFinalKumoFinalHedoFinalShisaFinalMandaFinalAngiraFinalGiganZilla design
MonsterVerse MUTO designSkullcrawler design