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King Kong: 1933-2005: A Look at The King Kong Franchise

Updated on April 13, 2017

King Kong: The Ride (Universal Studios Orlando)

King Kong at Universal Studios had patrons riding a skyline bus which is interrupted by King Kong. This ride is fun because, King Kong is chasing you while you are in the air.
King Kong at Universal Studios had patrons riding a skyline bus which is interrupted by King Kong. This ride is fun because, King Kong is chasing you while you are in the air. | Source

King Kong in The Beginning

The first King Kong movie was released all the way back in 1933. Everyone knows the story of how Kong came to New York after a woman he wanted and was shot down to his death off of a New York skyscraper. The story is that Kong was captured from a remote, deserted island and sent to the United States. Once in America, authorities put the gargantuan ape on exhibit on a stage for the people to pay and see.

Eventually a Kong escapes and captures the woman he wants and climbs to the top of the Empire State Building in New York. The big ape knocks down planes and helicopters but, is finally shot down and falls to his demise from the top of the building to the street below.

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Peter King's King Kong (Video Game)

King Kong was released for the PS2 and the Xbox and the graphics, sound and game play are superb. You have to use weapons and your brain to get rid of the T-Rex.
King Kong was released for the PS2 and the Xbox and the graphics, sound and game play are superb. You have to use weapons and your brain to get rid of the T-Rex. | Source

Top King Kong Films

1. King Kong (1976) This remake was similar to the original where the giant ape is captured and brought to New York. This is the only King Kong movie to feature Kong climbing the Twin Towers rather than the Empire State building. It shows Kong up close and personal more than the other films. The first time I saw this film, I was so young, it actually scared me. I was 7 or 8 years old.

2. King Kong (2005) This is the final King Kong remake so far anyway. Jack Black is in the starring role and it's a high quality remake. When they put Kong on a display for public viewing Kong breaks the chains and runs the streets of New York. In the end Kong is shot from his perch atop of the Empire State Building.

3. King Kong (1933) A filmmaker goes to a remote island to film exotic animals only to locate the biggest gorilla ever seen. They capture Kong and bring him to New York to exhibit him to an audience. Big mistake! The musical score and the directing were magnificent for this Hollywood classic.

4. King Kong Escapes (1967) King Kong has to fight a robot version of himself named Mechani- Kong because of a mad scientist called Dr. Who . Who constructed this robot. As usual Kong has a female human in his life or he at least wants her in his life. The mechanical version of himself has all of Kong's strength and traits except his mind.

5. King Kong Lives (1986) The long awaited sequel to the original is awesome. After Kong falls from the building he is nursed to health and given an artificial heart. Of course Kong ends up snapping and fighting with the police and military.

King Kong Lives (1986)

King Kong has been remade and copied many times over the decades. Personally, my favorite version is the 2005 remake made by Peter King.
King Kong has been remade and copied many times over the decades. Personally, my favorite version is the 2005 remake made by Peter King. | Source

Kong in Video Games

1.Kong: The Eight Wonder of The World (Game boy Advance) This version was released in 2007 and it's very similar to Peter Jackson's King Kong on Playstation 2. You play as the giant gorilla and New York writer Jack. It is especially fun when you play as Kong.

2. Peter Jackson's King Kong (PS2, X Box and Gamecube) You play the script writer from the 2005 version of the Kong film and King Kong himself at various times at this game which had good graphics and sound effects. The game had movie clips from the 2005 film mixed in with its own cut scenes.

3. King Kong 2 (Home Computer) You play as Kong and you fight and destroy all in your path in search of Queen Kong your companion. You can climb, jump, duck, punch and kick. It's a one player game and it was released in 1986.

Kong Merchandise

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Five of the ways King Kong is capitalized upon.

King Kong Film (2005)

King Kong the remake in 2005 stars Jack Black, Adrien Brody and Naomi Watts. The film is rated PG-13.
King Kong the remake in 2005 stars Jack Black, Adrien Brody and Naomi Watts. The film is rated PG-13. | Source

King Kong in Popular Culture

King Kong is a popular figure in the mainstream and is known across the globe. Toys such as action figures in his likeness has been produced as well as films, television shows and cartoons. Kong has been in the comics, had a clothing line and is still just as big nowadays as he was 70 years back.

Kong is known worldwide and many imitations have come along based on him such as wrestler King Kong Bundy.

King Kong vs. ?

The following is a list of King Kong's biggest enemies.


1. Godzilla: Kong fought with Godzilla in a movie and in the comic books. Godzilla was born from a nuclear implosion on Japan and he is a reptile looking huge dinosaur mutant.

2. Mechani: Kong-King Kong has to battle the robot version of himself when he encounters Mechani-Kong. He has all of Kong's traits except that he is a robot gorilla.

3. Nothosaur: Kong had to deal with this Triassic Reptile who could live in the water and on the land.

King Kong Film (1933)

King Kong was first released to critical acclaim in 1933. Kong has also been featured in a film fighting Godzilla.
King Kong was first released to critical acclaim in 1933. Kong has also been featured in a film fighting Godzilla. | Source

Final Thoughts on King Kong....

Kong is the best to me of all the giant creatures such as Godzilla and Mothra because he shows compassion and communicates with humans as the others do not. In all of the movies in the Kong franchise you will notice that Kong always has a female love interest.

Another thing about Long is the superb plot and the fact that Kong uses brute strength instead of weapons or breathing fire to fight his battles. The musical score from the original Kong film and the remake in 2005 is remarkable for a film.

King Kong (1976) Trailer

King Kong (2005) Trailer

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      Moral Man 23 months ago

      King Kong appeals to me for several reasons. I love jungle scenery and King Kong's Skull Island is fantastic with Dinosaurs and other prehistoric beasts. King Kong has some similarities with The Lost World and Tarzan.

      The 1933 King Kong is the best, but I disliked the violence. The special effects was stop motion animation by Willis O Brien, who in 1961 wanted to make King Kong vs Frankenstein. This was never made as a movie but sketches exist. Both Kong and Frankenstein are 20 feet tall, both are taken to San Francisco where they fight and kill eachother. This version of Frankenstein's monster was made in a lab in Africa and looks like Bigfoot.

      Son of Kong was made in 1933 immediately after the original King Kong. Known as Kiko, Son of Kong is a gentle, friendly animal. This movie has a Styracosaurus, a giant bear, a dragon-like lizard, and a long neck aquatic monster.

      Toho studios in Japan made King Kong vs Godzilla in 1962. King Kong increased in size to 148 feet tall to fight the 164 foot tall Godzilla. Both Kong and Godzilla were men in monster costumes and puppets, and both monsters are more or less evil and destructive, although the human actors are cheering for Kong near the end of the movie.

      Kong lives in Faroe Island, fights a giant octopus, falls asleep after drinking berry juice, and is shipped to Japan where he escapes and causes destruction. The authorities put him to sleep by shooting the narcotic berry juice on him and airlift him by helium balloons and helicopters to Mount Fuji to fight Godzilla. Kong shows his power by lifting and flipping Godzilla, by hurling boulders, and by plucking a tree. Earlier on, Kong shows his power by stopping a speeding train with one hand and lifting the entire train. Both monsters fall into the sea, and only Kong surfaces and swims away. Kong wins in both Japanese and American versions. This version of King Kong is by far the largest and most powerful version and is rejuvenated by electricity and lightning. This supersize Kong is one of the most powerful monsters, powerful beyond imagining. Its strength couldnt be measured. Its strength is so awesome that when it tried to throw a boulder at Godzilla with one hand the momentum literally flipped him over and knocked himself out!

      Toho made King Kong Escapes in 1967. Here, Kong is about 65 feet tall and lives on Mondo Island. He fights and kills the Dinosaur Gorosaurus and a sea serpent. He later fights Mecha-Kong, a robot version of himself.

      In 1976, a remake of King Kong was made. Here, Kong is about 42 feet tall and played by a man in a Gorilla suit and in a short scene, played by an enormous robot. Kong's jungle home was filmed on Kauai's Napali Coast. There are no Dinosaurs in this movie. The only other monster besides Kong is a giant snake known ad the Skull Island Python. The Python attacks Kong and the two wrestle. As powerful as Kong is, he is no match for the Python. The Python is the stronger animal here. While Kong couldnt overpower the Python, he did kill it by ripping the snake's jaws and neck. Its a gruesome scene. While a Python is stronger than a Gorilla, a Gorilla would still win in a fight by either ripping the snake's jaws, as Kong does in this movie, or by slapping the snake's head with his fists, or by biting the snake.

      The ceremony where the natives sacrifice Dwan to Kong is impressive. In the city scenes, Kong shows his power by stopping a speeding train with one arm and by lifting a train car over his head. Each train car weighs about 50 tons. Kong climbs the Twin Towers and is shot by helicopters.

      In 1986, King Kong Lives was made. Its a lousy movie.

      In 2005, Peter Jackson made another remake of King Kong filmed in New Zealand. Excellent special effects and lots of Dinosaurs and monsters this time. But the movie is overlong and too much time is spent in the city scenes. I want to see jungle scenes, not city scenes. Perhaps more King Kong movies will be made.

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