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Kong Dinos @ San Diego Comicon
I went to Comic-Con 2005 in San Diego this past weekend, where there
was a "King Kong" panel discussion which showed footage--some of it
still sans fx--from the film. I, of course, did not attend this
discussion. Why? Because I'm a big idiot. And I was trying to get in as
much of walking around the convention floor as I could. I am filled
with deep regret. But I HEARD that...
...Kong fights THREE Tyrannosaur-type dinosaurs. So that's exciting,
I did see, at the WETA Workshop booth, a large number of Kong
collectibles on display. I doubt they will be ready for purchase until
after the movie is out. They were really beautiful. And looking at them
closely explained a lot about the movie that was puzzling me.
First, the lead dino antagonist is called a "V-Rex". What the V stands
for I don't know. Anybody? "Viceroy"? "Victoriana"? "Victory Over
Terrorism"? The bust of the V-Rex was gorgeous. Many of the teeth were
broken and growing in at odd angles. The skin was scarred and patchy.
It looked like it had been living in the jungle for decades. Wonderful.
Also among the other "dinos" represented was a multi-spiked ceratopsian
which resembled a styracosaurus--or resembled it about as much as the
Lord of the Rings "oliphants" resembled a modern elephants.
Peter Jackson is apparently using every bit of creative genius at WETA
to create new, undiscovered species of dinosaurs for the film, but
trying to give them more individual life and personal history as
animals than we've seen before.