The Mighty Kong
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|The Mighty Kong|
The cover of the 1998 animated feature film
|Directed by||Art Scott|
|Produced by||Denis deVallance|
|Written by||William J. Keenan|
|Based on||King Kong by Merian C. Cooper and Edgar Wallace|
Ian James Corlett
|Music by||David Siebels|
Robert B. Sherman
Richard M. Sherman
|Edited by||John Carnochan|
Hahn Shin Corporation (Animation Production)
|Distributed by||Legacy Releasing|
Warner Home Video
|June 16, 1998|
The Mighty Kong is a 1998 American direct-to-video animated, musical adaptation of the classic King Kong story, produced by Lana Productions. 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 Home Video and Warner Bros. Family Entertainment as a part of their 75th Anniversary promotion.
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 the natives, who are friendly to the crew, ask that the crew leave Ann so they can sacrifice her. Ann is 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 and are off the island in five minutes.
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. He bangs into a balcony and plummets to the ground. During his fall he is shown crying. Kong's "mightyness" ends when he slams into the streets of New York. However, Kong survives the fall.
- King Kong as himself
- Dudley Moore as Carl Denham
- 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
- Despite being produced in 1997, the film wasn't released until June 16, 1998.
Similarities and differences
- The film features the waterfall shower scene which was in the 1976 remake of King Kong.
- The film also features a Tyrannosaurus, Stegosaurus and a Pterodactylus which were in the 1933 original of King Kong, aTriceratops, which was part of the 1933 film's original script but didn't make it into the film itself, and a Titanoboa from the 1976 remake of King Kong.
- Instead of being shot down by planes, Kong gets tangled up in a net suspended by two blimps.
- Kong survives the fall from the Empire State Building to provide a more family-friendly ending.
- He doesn't rip the Tyrannosaurus's (or Titanoboa's) jaws apart to provide a more family-friendly fight.
- He looks more like Utam from Mighty Peking Man more than himself.
- June 16, 1998 (United States/Canada)
- 1998 (United Kingdom)
- 1999 (Australia)
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