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Movie remakes are all the rage these days, and the 1933 classic King Kong is being remade yet again. While we’re looking forward to seeing the latest incarnation of the colossal ape who terrorizes Manhattan (or in this case, Skull Island), let’s take a look back at the O.G. King Kong with these five facts!
King Kong Was Based on the Filmmakers’ Fascination With Gorillas
King Kong filmmaker Merian C. Cooper was obsessed with gorillas since the tender age of six after he was given a book entitled “Explorations and Adventures in Equatorial Africa”. You can pretty much guess the subject matter of the book based on its title. The book included a depiction of an “invincible” gorilla known for its “extraordinary size”. And so, the seeds of King Kong were planted in Cooper’s young and impressionable mind…
The Filmmaker Also Loved “K” Names
Cooper loved words that started with the letter “K” like “Komodo”, “Kodiak”, and “Kodak”. Before King Kong was conceived, he wanted a King Kong-type gorilla from the Congo to fight a Komodo dragon on Komodo Island. The idea was scrapped and later became the inspiration for King Kong to fight a tyrannosaur on Skull Island. Sounds like someone would have loved Kourtney, Kim, and Khloe Kardashian too!
They Make King Kong Larger for the New York Scenes
King Kong was depicted as a whopping 18 feet tall during the Skull Island scenes in the first half of the movie. But when King Kong came to New York, Cooper insisted that, “because New York is so big, the ape should be bigger.” So King Kong was depicted as being 24 feet tall during the film’s climax. Talk about a big ape-le. Thank you! I’ll be here all night!
King Kong’s Roar is a Mash Up of Tiger and Lion Sounds
After experimenting with multiple animal sounds at different speeds, sound effects artist Murray Spivak finally settled on “a tiger roar backwards against a lion roar forward” to create King Kong’s beastly howls. However the “love grunts” that King Kong makes when he tried to win over Ann were created Spivak himself. So if you’re wondering what a real life Liger would sound like, just listen to the voice of King Kong.
It Was the First Movie to be Re-Released
King Kong was so wildly successful that the 1933 motion picture was re-released by RKO in 1938, 1942, and again in 1952. The movie was also remade in 1976, 2005, and now in 2017. The iconic ape has also spawned cartoons, theme park rides, video games, and a stage play featuring his likeness. The boy from Skull Island made good!
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