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Re: Kong Dinos @ San Diego Comicon
On Mon, 18 Jul 2005, Neal Romanek wrote:
> 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,
See report at
He said the Rex fight was about 7 minutes long in the movie and we were
getting the final 3 minutes.
> 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.
> Neal Romanek