King Kong (1933)

Posted by Sam Hayes On Monday, March 15, 2010
King Kong doesn't need much introduction, as it is instantly recognised as being a classic monster movie and one of the first in the genre. It's tag-line sums the film up:

"A Monster of Creation's Dawn Breaks Loose in Our World Today! "

Produced in 1933, King Kong achieved huge amounts in stop-motion and early animation. The Visual Effects Supervisor, Willis H. O'Brien was responsible for the direction of the film and the motion capture, he had earlier used similar methods in 'The Lost World', released in 1925. The film does a fantastic job for it's time of mixing live footage and stop-motion images using metal, clay and fur materials. The story is also a brilliant tale, bringing in many different exotic creatures such as the T-Rex, Stegosaurus, giant lizards and huge birds.

There are many scenes which show the film's and technique's age but overall, it is still enjoyable  and convincing even almost 80 years after it's production, which shows how impressive the effects that Willis H. O'Brien created for the film.

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