Though it comes and goes, the 1933 King Kong is one of my most favorite movies of all time. I remember wanting to see it as a kid even before I knew what it was on the grounds that “King Kong” was such an awesome name. I think one of the reasons I cherish the beast is because of his remarkably distinct look. I’ve tried for years to be able to draw King Kong well, and these sketches are just OKAY.
The thing is, King Kong looked nothing like an actual gorilla. The only similarities really were the long arms and opposable thumbs on his feet, that’s pretty much where the resemblance stops. What’s really remarkable about the animation is how complex they made his face. Through out the film Kong expresses dozens of different facial expressions; if you try (like me) to look up pictures of his face you’ll find that they’re all the different. Part of that was due to the fact that the materials they were using for the model were literally deteriorating at a rate that the film crew were constantly rebuilding Kong’s face…but it was also due to truly the thoughtful stop-motion animators that worked his face.
But! despite the changes, Kong has one continuity, which are gloomy patches of darkness that bring out his eyes and teeth.
…I could go on forever about this movie, but I won’t.
I don’t mind Peter Jackson’s version, but it can kiss my ass.