TALKBACK: King Kong Escapes

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Re: TALKBACK: King Kong Escapes

Postby Gwangi » Sun Jan 26, 2014 3:22 pm

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Gwangi wrote:Had this movie been done in the 1950s as a Hollywood production, it would have been a good bet that Nelson and Watson would have been the love interest, while they would have paired Jiro with Madame X. It is refreshing that Toho decided to mix it up.

Not only did Toho have an excellent core of actors and actresses back in the Showa Era, but they also made some great casting of Americans in their kaiju movies. Rhodes Reason and Linda Miller were very good in their respective roles. (and I liked the budding romance between Jiro and Lt. Watson) It's too bad Toho couldn't carry this into the Heisei and Millennium Era movies as those American actors were horrible.


Back then, you had guys like Henry Saperstein or companies like Rankin / Bass willing to co-produce and bring in some talent from Hollywood. Unfortunately, a Hank Saperstein equivalent never existed in the 90s.
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Re: TALKBACK: King Kong Escapes

Postby mbozzo » Mon Mar 03, 2014 11:25 pm

'King Kong Escape' is a good movie. When I first watch it, I didn't know that it was based on animated series. Doctor Who was very evil, and Robot Kong make a great enemy for our giant ape. :D
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Re: TALKBACK: King Kong Escapes

Postby klen7 » Sat Aug 02, 2014 12:31 pm

The summer issue of G-Fan (#106) has a wonderful interview with the adorable Linda Miller ::swoooon:: Lots of great pictures from her modeling career as well. Very cool.
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Re: TALKBACK: King Kong Escapes

Postby Shin_Edda_Robo!!!!! » Sat Aug 02, 2014 5:21 pm

Better track that down!
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Re: TALKBACK: King Kong Escapes

Postby mr.negativity » Thu Aug 21, 2014 11:14 pm

Our Daily Trailer: KING KONG ESCAPES
Evan kicks off Monkey Week with a movie about an ape. Yes, we know the difference.
Evan Saathoff wrote:It’s monkey week here at Badass Digest. But it’s monkey week in honor of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Which is full of apes. So I feel my decision to kick things off with an ape movie has justification. We know the difference between apes and monkeys. We just don’t let it get in the way of having a good time.

And Kong is, of course, king of all apes. But when we think of Kong, we usually imagine him from his various western incarnations. Those Kongs are wimps. Why climb the Empire State Building when you can just swat it over with you hand?

Enter Kaiju Kong, a scrappy-looking beast who can stand toe to toe with Godzilla AND gain increased power through electrocution (probably because he was originally supposed to be Kaiju Frankenstein(’s Monster)). Kaiju Kong showed up in two films. Most of us are probably familiar with King Kong vs. Godzilla, where Kong plays a kind of boulder baseball with Godzilla and then shoves a tree down his throat (it’s awesome). But some may not know about this gem, King Kong Escapes.

Kong is a bit smaller in Escapes than when he tussled with Godzilla. Actually he drastically changes sizes throughout the film, but he still seems a bit bigger than we’re used to in general. The plot involves a nefarious scientist named Dr. Who (!), who creates a metal King Kong not to fight the regular King Kong, but merely to mine something called Element X from deep in the North Pole. When Mechani-Kong freezes up, he goes to Mondo Island to get the real deal. This provides us with a mini-Japanese remake of the first King Kong movie, which is pretty fun. Eventually Real Kong and Mechani-Kong have it out, and everything is as it should be.

Though Kong is bigger when he fights Godzilla and has that whole electricity thing going for him, I believe this is the better film and couldn’t think of a better way to kick off a week honoring our main man Caesar. Though, to be fair, Kong would likely take Caesar out without even knowing what he just stepped on.
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Re: TALKBACK: King Kong Escapes

Postby Henry88 » Fri Aug 29, 2014 3:54 pm

love how the dub use's "Dr who" as the bad guys name.
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Re: TALKBACK: King Kong Escapes

Postby tbeasley » Sat Dec 05, 2015 5:51 pm

For some reason I always forget how much fun this movie is, so it feels like a pleasant surprise with every viewing. I enjoy it way more than King Kong vs. Godzilla. Admittedly I've only seen the US versions of both, but in this case Kong escapes Universal messing with the movie too much. It's such a colorful, animated movie, where villains are villains and heroes are heroes (or giant apes).

I also finally sat down and watched Rankin/Bass' King Kong Show, or at least the 8 episodes Classic Media released. So I never got to see Mechani-Kong, but it is interesting to see where the genesis of the movie comes from. The show itself is a charming if quirky mix of American and Japanese design and animation sensibilities. Hopefully with Legendary bringing Kong and Godzilla together again we might see the entire series released (along with Hanna-Barbera's Godzilla).
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Re: TALKBACK: King Kong Escapes

Postby Legion » Sat Dec 05, 2015 7:44 pm

I've never seen the Japanese version either. That's only true of only one other Toho sci-fi film (Gorath).

I've always adored this movie. But I started loving it so much more once I discovered years ago that it's a big screen version of a cartoon show.
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Re: TALKBACK: King Kong Escapes

Postby Gwangi » Tue Dec 08, 2015 1:53 am

Legion wrote:I've never seen the Japanese version either.


While we all love Eisei Amamoto, in this movie, I have to hear him with the Paul Frees voice! :mrgreen:
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Re: TALKBACK: King Kong Escapes

Postby lhb412 » Tue Dec 08, 2015 11:23 pm

Legion wrote:I've never seen the Japanese version either.


As much as I love this movie (and I love it to death), I've never really had an urge to watch the Japanese version. I love the dubbed version, and two of the five main cast members are speaking English, anyway (though one is dubbed, apparently because they found her speaking voice below par).
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Re: TALKBACK: King Kong Escapes

Postby H-Man » Wed Dec 09, 2015 2:38 pm

lhb412 wrote:(though one is dubbed, apparently because they found her speaking voice below par)


Linda Miller is dubbed because the English dialogue was recorded in Hollywood. I don't know if she was still in Japan at that time or if Rankin and Bass didn't "invite" her back to loop her dialogue. Whatever the reason, she wasn't present at the recording sessions. Rhodes Reason was, however, and he ended up looping all his dialogue. He briefly mentioned the recording process in his interview with Stuart Galbraith IV in Monsters Are Attacking Tokyo.
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Re: TALKBACK: King Kong Escapes

Postby klen7 » Thu Dec 10, 2015 1:07 pm

H-Man wrote:Linda Miller
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Re: TALKBACK: King Kong Escapes

Postby lhb412 » Thu Dec 10, 2015 8:51 pm

H-Man wrote:
lhb412 wrote:(though one is dubbed, apparently because they found her speaking voice below par)


Linda Miller is dubbed because the English dialogue was recorded in Hollywood. I don't know if she was still in Japan at that time or if Rankin and Bass didn't "invite" her back to loop her dialogue. Whatever the reason, she wasn't present at the recording sessions. Rhodes Reason was, however, and he ended up looping all his dialogue. He briefly mentioned the recording process in his interview with Stuart Galbraith IV in Monsters Are Attacking Tokyo.



Huh, interesting. I just assumed it was a situation like Gila Golan in The Valley of Gwangi or Todd Armstrong in Jason and the Argonauts.


... How horrible is it that I've forgotten the names of so many childhood friends, but I was able to rattle off Gila Golan and Todd Armstrong off the top of my head?!
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Re: TALKBACK: King Kong Escapes

Postby Hybrid Gojira » Mon Feb 15, 2016 9:37 pm

Basically, this movie is awesome. I like some aspects of KKvsG better, but I think that's mainly because I like Godzilla's early scenes with the military so much. I actually think KKE is probably more fun and THIS version of Kong is superior to the 62 Kong.
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Re: TALKBACK: King Kong Escapes

Postby lhb412 » Mon May 07, 2018 1:19 pm

Am I right in assuming that Gorosaurus was just labeled 'a dinosaur' in King Kong Escapes and wasn't given an actual name until DAM, or was he named before then?
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Re: TALKBACK: King Kong Escapes

Postby Benjamin Haines » Wed May 30, 2018 10:12 pm

lhb412 wrote:Am I right in assuming that Gorosaurus was just labeled 'a dinosaur' in King Kong Escapes and wasn't given an actual name until DAM, or was he named before then?


This Japanese poster for King Kong Escapes names Gorosaurus in katakana, although I'm not sure if this poster is from the movie's initial run or a later re-release.
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Re: TALKBACK: King Kong Escapes

Postby H-Man » Thu May 31, 2018 2:53 pm

Benjamin Haines wrote:
lhb412 wrote:Am I right in assuming that Gorosaurus was just labeled 'a dinosaur' in King Kong Escapes and wasn't given an actual name until DAM, or was he named before then?


This Japanese poster for King Kong Escapes names Gorosaurus in katakana, although I'm not sure if this poster is from the movie's initial run or a later re-release.


Gorosaururs is similarly named in this poster from the original release. (Note the 35th Anniversary logo.)
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Re: TALKBACK: King Kong Escapes

Postby lhb412 » Sun Jun 03, 2018 10:22 pm

Thanks for the replies! I guess I was wrong.
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Re: TALKBACK: King Kong Escapes

Postby Benjamin Haines » Sun Jun 03, 2018 11:56 pm

Of all the tail-dragging, non-mutated theropods that have been portrayed on film via suitmation over the years, Gorosaurus is by far the coolest. I'd like to see him return in a future Godzilla/kaiju movie but they would really need to adhere to the classic design to keep him from looking like a different theropod dinosaur altogether.
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