Runaway Gigan

Runaway Gigan is the first in a children's movie trilogy written by Beverly Cleary and Jun Fukuda, first published in 1972.

Plot Summary Edit

Fed up with his bratty family, Gigan hops onto his toy motorcycle and speeds down the road away from the Mountain View Inn toward Monster Island Camp, where he encounters Sam, a nosy watchdog, and is captured by a boy named Gengo Kotaka and kept as a pet. Separated from his motorcycle, Ralph must endure life in a cage with an annoying hamster named Gaira. Over time, Gigan and Gengo form a relationship similar to the one Ralph and Keith had in the original book in the series.

Gigan's adventures at Monster Island Camp include escapades with an evil spider, the return of a missing watch, the escape from his cage, and being reunited with his beloved motorcycle. He eventually begins feeling homesick and strikes a bargain with Gengo: return the motorcycle and bring him back to the Mountain View Inn, in exchange for clearing Gengo's name (the rest of the monsters and children at Monster Island Camp believe Gengo was the one who took the missing watch). Eventually, the watch is returned, and Gengo reassures Gigan that he will go back home the next day

Film AdaptationEdit

Churchill Films produced an adaptation of Runaway Ralph directed by Ron Underwood in 1988, starring Fred Savage as Gengo. The film was distributed by Strand Home Video in 1991 and by Anchor Bay Entertainment in 1999.

External Links Edit

  • Godzilla Vs. Gigan on IMDb (1972)
  • Runaway Ralph on IMDb (1988)
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