Talkback: King Kong Escapes (1967)

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Re: King Kong Escapes

Postby HayesAJones » Sun Sep 12, 2010 4:52 pm

I liked it. Gorosaurus was a cool edition to the Toho family.
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Re: King Kong Escapes

Postby TokyoVigilante » Sun Sep 12, 2010 5:12 pm

I think the suit is considerably worse then the KKvsG one. The eyes look dead and stare off into nowhere. And the proportions are strange and appropriately cartoony. But I still think it's the weaker look.


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Postby GodzillaDude » Sun Sep 12, 2010 5:39 pm

I only saw part of this movie once on TV. And you know what part that was? Guess....the ending. Right when Kong finally destroys Mechani-Kong. I need to buy this on DVD.
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Re: King Kong Escapes

Postby Goji » Sun Sep 12, 2010 7:01 pm

GodzillaDude wrote:I only saw part of this movie once on TV. And you know what part that was? Guess....the ending. Right when Kong finally destroys Mechani-Kong. I need to buy this on DVD.


This is almost exactly how I was first introduced to the film as a kid. I didn't even know of it's existence, and was already a huge Godzilla fan...and here was Kong battling a robot Kong on top of Tokyo Tower! Needless to say, I made sure I had a blank VHS handy the next time it aired (during SciFi's "Tokyo Under Siege" marathon, in 94').

I actually love this movie, it's really a lot of fun, and all the the goofiness and shoddy SPX are easy to over look because of the film's colorful and playful atmosphere. I'm also a huge fan of Mechani-Kong. It's a shame we'll more than likely never see him again. It's rare enough to see Japanese merchandise based on him. :?

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Re: King Kong Escapes

Postby JVM » Sun Sep 12, 2010 7:46 pm

It's a fun movie. The pacing lags a bit as it goes on though.
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Re: King Kong Escapes

Postby edgaguirus » Sun Sep 12, 2010 9:28 pm

Bad Kong suit, but very enjoyable film. The heroes of the film weren't much, but the villainous Dr. Who was the perfect vaudvillain. He stole the show from the stolid captain. Mechanikong was a good creation, though Gorosaurus looked fantastic.
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Re: King Kong Escapes

Postby Mini-Godzilla » Sun Sep 12, 2010 10:04 pm

A whole lot of fun. Toho did a spectacular job of translating the Rankin-Bass Kong to live action.
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Re: King Kong Escapes

Postby DaiKamonohashi » Mon Sep 13, 2010 8:14 am

Best Kong movie ever.

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Re: King Kong Escapes

Postby Arbok » Mon Sep 13, 2010 8:17 am

Personally, I don't mind the Kong suit. It loses some of the credibility that the 1962 one had, but I find it has more personality in its cartoonish depiction and somewhat prefer it. Interesting cast of humor characters, especially the villains, are mixed in with good affect too. Overall, a pretty enjoyable entry.
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Re: King Kong Escapes

Postby ThunderScore » Mon Sep 13, 2010 9:22 am

During the fight with Gorosaurus, it almost looks like Kong's head was about to come off...

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Re: King Kong Escapes

Postby ThunderScore » Mon Sep 13, 2010 10:33 am

There's an episode of THE MUPPET SHOW that had a "Muppet Labs" sketch in which Dr. Bunsen Honeydew unveils a "Gorilla Alarm" which looks an awful lot like MECHANI-KONG. Tried to post a picture, but no luck.

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Re: King Kong Escapes

Postby Goji » Mon Sep 13, 2010 11:54 am

Gawdziller wrote:I loved the way Kong shrivled up in the water, making his head rediculously huge.


Actually, I think this had to do with the original Kong suit from KING KONG VS. GODZILLA being used in water scenes. They used a new head obviously, that was WAY too big in contrast to the rest of the costume.

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Re: King Kong Escapes

Postby ThunderScore » Mon Sep 13, 2010 6:13 pm

IIRC, the Cartoon Dr. Who bears little, if any resemblance to the movie version...

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Re: King Kong Escapes

Postby KaijuSapian » Tue Sep 14, 2010 9:04 am

Meh.... I honestly don't care much for this movie. I mean, I know its light hearted in nature, but I just don't get much enjoyment out of it. The best part for me was when Gorosaurus came in. After that, I sort of lost interest. I was actually disappointed with Mechani-Kong. I thought he would've been much more interesting, but I found him rather dull. Dr. Who and his henchmen were somewhat fun. As a Toho fan, I'm glad I own this movie, but as an actually movie fan, it falls short.

Maybe lot of this has to do with I saw it dubbed. I don't know if it's better in Japanese or not, but one thing I do know is that chick was annoying. "Kiiiiiinnng Koooooonnnng."
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Re: King Kong Escapes

Postby ZigraDude » Tue Sep 14, 2010 9:14 am

I enjoy King Kong Escapes. It's a fun movie. The Mondo Island set looked nice and the King Kong suit used here is far better than the one used in King Kong vs. Godzilla. Mechani-Kong was also a great addition to Toho's roster of monsters but it's unfortunate that we'll probably never see him in another movie. I've only seen the U.S. cut of this movie, so I found Linda Miller annoying.

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Re: King Kong Escapes

Postby Zilla103192 » Tue Sep 14, 2010 4:57 pm

i really want to see what mechanickong looked like in the animated show!!
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Re: King Kong Escapes

Postby Showa Gyaos » Tue Sep 14, 2010 6:04 pm

The movie as a whole is decent, but the climax bored me. :|
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Re: King Kong Escapes

Postby ThunderScore » Tue Sep 14, 2010 6:59 pm

zilla103192 wrote:i really want to see what mechanickong looked like in the animated show!!


I think there's a brief shot of Mechani-Kong at the end of one of the Rankin-Bass KING KONG cartoon DVDs...

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Re: King Kong Escapes

Postby Dash 7 » Tue Sep 14, 2010 7:21 pm

Extremely enjoyable movie, one of Honda's more fun adventure efforts.
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Re: King Kong Escapes

Postby Mini-Godzilla » Tue Sep 14, 2010 9:55 pm

zilla103192 wrote:i really want to see what mechanickong looked like in the animated show!!

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