King Kong: 1933-2005: A Look at The King Kong Franchise
King Kong: The Ride (Universal Studios Orlando)
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.
Peter King's King Kong (Video Game)
Have You Seen The Giant Ape?
Have you ever seen any of the King Kong movies?
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.
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.
King Kong Lives (1986)
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 Film (2005)
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)
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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 DVD on Amazon
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King Kong (2005) Trailer
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