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Re: How close is "Kong" to a real gorilla?
In a message dated 12/15/2005 1:46:43 PM Eastern Standard Time,
<< I'm curious-- I haven't seen the movie yet, but is there any point at
KK is ( or in the 1933 version, was), actually referred to as a gorilla? >>
I haven't seen the new one yet, but in the original there is some patter in
the audience of Kong's debut in New York about him being "some kinda gorilla".
Director/producer Merian Cooper definitly was thinking gorilla. Willis
O'Brien had other ideas. In the new restoration DVD you can see a number of
O'Brien's concept drawings which were much more human-like. O'Brien also had
Delgado create some odd-looking human-like models. One of them looked like a
kid on the block where I grew up! Cooper was getting impatient. He called
the American Museum of Natural History and soon received a telegram back from
Harry C. Raven on dimensions of large male gorillas and a bibliography of the
apes. Confronted with this O'Brien resigned (temporarily) and headed to the
local speakeasy (this is from Turner and Goldner's _The Making of King Kong_).
Curiously, the odd concepts reappeared as a giant version of the
Frankenstein monster for a film O'Brien was trying to sell titled, "King Kong