Below the surface, the Godzilla films have always served as a commentary on everything from jingoism to the perils of nuclear weapons. But most of us only watch the movies the wanton destruction of entire cities, which is even more satisfying with the advent of modern computer-generated visual effects.

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Long gone are the days of an actor in a rubber suit knocking over pyrotechnics-packed miniature buildings. These days complex computer simulations recreate exactly how a build would collapse were a giant lizard to have smashed its way through it, and this small peek at the countless visual effects created for Japan’s newest recent remake (known as Shin Godzilla there) are still a lot of fun, even when you know they’re fake.

[Vimeo via The Awesomer]