The Mighty Kong
|The Mighty Kong|
|Directed by||Art Scott|
|Written by||William J. Keenan|
|Based on||King Kong by Merian C. Cooper and Edgar Wallace|
|Edited by||Tony Hayman|
The Mighty Kong is a 1998 American animated monster musical film. It is an adaptation of the classic King Kong story, produced by Lana Productions and is the 7th entry in the King Kong franchise. Jodi Benson and Dudley Moore (in his final role before his death in 2002) headed its cast of voice actors. The film was animated overseas by the South Korean animation studios including Hahn Shin Corporation, and by Jade Animation in Hong Kong. It features original songs by the Sherman Brothers. The film was released on VHS on June 16, 1998 by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment as a part of their 75th Anniversary promotion. It was released on DVD by Tri-Coast Entertainment in 2019 as a Manufacture-on-Demand (MOD) release that is only available through online stores. The film is currently available on multiple streaming platforms such as Tubi and Vimeo.
Ann Darrow, a down-on-her-luck actress looking for work, meets film director Carl Denham, who offers her a job in a new film. They board the Venture to leave for the film shoot. The monkey that lives on board causes trouble throughout the trip. They arrive on the island and after a run-in with the natives, Ann then sacrificed to the giant ape King Kong who makes off with her into the jungle. Together they fight a Tyrannosaurus, Pterodactylus and a Gigantophis.
The film then follows Kong's rampage of New York City. Kong takes Ann up on top of the Empire State Building. The biplanes come and attack Kong with guns, but miss most of the time. When all the planes have been knocked down the army sends two blimps with a net in between them to catch Kong. They catch him successfully. Kong tries to get out of the net, but the net rips and when Kong reaches for Ann, he falls from the net and plummets to the streets of New York. However, Kong survives the fall.
- Dudley Moore as Carl Denham, King Kong (uncredited)
- Jodi Benson as Ann Darrow
- Randy Hamilton as Jack Driscoll
- William Sage III as Roscoe
- Jason Gray-Stanford as Ricky
- Richard Newman as Captain Englehorn
- June 16, 1998 (United States/Canada)
- 1998 (United Kingdom)
- 1999 (Australia)
- Lenburg, Jeff (2009). The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons (3rd ed.). New York: Checkmark Books. p. 203. ISBN 978-0-8160-6600-1.
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