Joining us this week is Melissa Kaercher of Tinlizardproductions.com, and we present a very special episode of Animation Aficionados. We take a special look at the very first movie character who was a special effect.
King Kong is a triumph of stop-motion animation. Though stop-motion had been around for years by this point, this is the first time that a true character was realized using the art. Willis O’Brien brought this amazing character to life using metal armatures, rubber, and imagination.
We also talk about the people who were inspired by O’Brien, including the late Ray Harryhausen. At the time of this recording, Ray had not yet passed away, so we awkwardly talk about him as he was still alive.
Ray and so many others, such as Phil tippet, Stan Winston, and Peter Jackson, have had their lives transformed by the awe and spectacle of King Kong. The movie itself redefined the art of movie magic and set the standard for decades to come.
It was truly my pleasure to cover this movie. It is one of my favorite films of all-time, and in my opinion, it has never been topped.
The Spider Pit Scene
The Log scene
Ray Harryhausen and Mighty Joe Young
Son Of Kong
The Most Dangerous Game
Peter Jackson needs to learn how to use scissors
Ann Darrow doesn’t care about King Kong
Nintendo 1; Universal 0
Stuff we forgot to mention:
Fay Wray’s boob slip
The pastel nightmare colorized King Kong