It wasn't long before the U.S. swooped in to crap all over Gojira's anti-nuclear messaging. 1956 saw the release of Godzilla, King Of The Monsters!, the original film reedited for American audiences. Not only did it cut 20 minutes of footage, but it also added new scenes featuring Raymond Burr, who would go on to play TV's Perry Mason and the Rear Window's guy who should have invested in some damn curtains. In the new edit, the entire story is told from an American's point of view. The allegorical villains of the original suddenly claimed ownership over the story.
After years of lobbying Toho Studios for another American version of Godzilla, Hollywood finally got its chance in the '90s. Early stabs at the script found Godzilla being awakened not by American nuclear tests, but by a nuclear reactor that had been illegally discarded by the Soviet Union. The movie finally came out in 1998 and featured Matthew Broderick, Hank Azaria, and a whole lot of barely concealed embarrassment.