Talkback: King Kong Escapes (1967)

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MaxRebo320 wrote: Fri Feb 26, 2021 5:42 pm Not sure what to make of Gorosaurus though, considering he was apparently living on Monster Island circa 1972.
The simplest explanation in the context of this fan theory: There's more than one Gorosaurus. Toho Showa monsters had a habit of coming in pairs.

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MaxRebo320 wrote: Fri Feb 26, 2021 5:42 pmIt having a semi-futuristic setting could also explain the presence of hover car
I know the film has a giant robotic ape, but the hover car was always an element that stuck out to me like a sore thumb.
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I loved MechaniKong but thought it was odd he didn't have some king of power. A projectile perhaps.

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Kentmick wrote: Sun Feb 28, 2021 2:49 pm I loved MechaniKong but thought it was odd he didn't have some king of power. A projectile perhaps.
One of the wasted aspects of the movie for me is that they bring up his special grenades, and then never really use them. Mechanic-Kong could've caused some serious destruction if he utilized them in the climax. A shame.
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LSD Jellyfish wrote: Sun Feb 28, 2021 7:36 pm
Kentmick wrote: Sun Feb 28, 2021 2:49 pm I loved MechaniKong but thought it was odd he didn't have some king of power. A projectile perhaps.
One of the wasted aspects of the movie for me is that they bring up his special grenades, and then never really use them. Mechanic-Kong could've caused some serious destruction if he utilized them in the climax. A shame.
True. However my thinking on the reason behind Dr. Who didn't send Mechanikong out with the grenades was the International Judas was reluctant to injure Kong anymore than necessary. Although he could've equipped Mechanikong with gas grenades with the same compound Who and his cronies to subdue ,and capture King Kong the first time.
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The One and Only wrote: Sun Feb 28, 2021 7:56 pm
LSD Jellyfish wrote: Sun Feb 28, 2021 7:36 pm
Kentmick wrote: Sun Feb 28, 2021 2:49 pm I loved MechaniKong but thought it was odd he didn't have some king of power. A projectile perhaps.
One of the wasted aspects of the movie for me is that they bring up his special grenades, and then never really use them. Mechanic-Kong could've caused some serious destruction if he utilized them in the climax. A shame.
True. However my thinking on the reason behind Dr. Who didn't send Mechanikong out with the grenades was the International Judas was reluctant to injure Kong anymore than necessary. Although he could've equipped Mechanikong with gas grenades with the same compound Who and his cronies to subdue ,and capture King Kong the first time.
Yes, that's true. The goal was never to cause rampant destruction, just use Kong to mine the energy. And in that way, his goal in the climax was not to kill Kong. Still, it's a bit irksome that they introduce those grenades and then just sort of forget about them.

I like Mechanic-Kong because of it's simplicity. It's a robot, but minus it's grenades and flashlight it's really just a big robot. It's not like MG or modern mechas that are just outfitted with tons of weaponry.
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Mechanikong is a metal reflection of Kong's usual style of foe. They're physical fighters with muscle, teeth, and claw.
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Was this movie ever released on VHS in North America?

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I don't know how many of you watch Svengoolie, but King Kong Escapes is on his show on MeTV next Saturday, May 22 ( https://www.svengoolie.com/ )

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LegendZilla wrote: Mon Mar 29, 2021 8:12 pm Was this movie ever released on VHS in North America?
Never a licensed release, no. But there's a bootleg of the U.S. version from Hellfire/Pacific Video.

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I'll be seeing it. I wonder if he'll do a who's a first joke with our evil doctor.
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If Who isn't on First, he could be there retroactively by TIME TRAVEL!

Yeah, there are so many bad jokes that I know will be coming...I expect a lot of monkeying around. The show will probably be totally bananas.

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edgaguirus wrote: Sun May 16, 2021 10:00 pm I'll be seeing it. I wonder if he'll do a who's on first joke with our evil doctor.
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I find it weird they decided to do a loose adaptation of the King Kong Show for the second Showa Kong flick than actually a follow up to Godzilla vs. Kong with that same character.
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godjacob wrote: Tue May 18, 2021 9:58 pm I find it weird they decided to do a loose adaptation of the King Kong Show for the second Showa Kong flick than actually a follow up to Godzilla vs. Kong with that same character.
They did try if I am aware but they had complications getting it off the ground, Toho always wanted a sequel or successor to GVKK, King Kong Escapes is the culmination of several unmade Kong stories
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One of the reasons I like Svengoolie is he always digs up interesting bits of information on the movie, it makes it more interesting to me. I'll be curious as to what he brings to this one!

And for those who wonder if I have anything better to do with my time, I think it's quite obvious I don't.

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Edit: I just learned from Svengoolie that the guy in the Kong suit was the same as Godzilla. The idea that King Kong was played by Godzilla makes the later 'rivalry' a LOT weirder.
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godjacob wrote: Tue May 18, 2021 9:58 pm I find it weird they decided to do a loose adaptation of the King Kong Show for the second Showa Kong flick than actually a follow up to Godzilla vs. Kong with that same character.
King Kong Escapes was a co-production with Rankin/Bass, which produced The King Kong Show. Clearly, Arthur Rankin, Jr. (credited as "technical advisor" in the Japanese version and as a director in the American release) had a lot of influence on the film's development.

As ROMG4 alluded to, Toho did develop other Kong stories during the five years Toho had the rights. However, the only one that made it into production was "Operation Robinson Crusoe," which, as we all know, had Kong replaced by Godzilla at the eleventh hour.
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Platypus Prime wrote: Wed May 19, 2021 5:23 am One of the reasons I like Svengoolie is he always digs up interesting bits of information on the movie, it makes it more interesting to me. I'll be curious as to what he brings to this one!

And for those who wonder if I have anything better to do with my time, I think it's quite obvious I don't.

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Edit: I just learned from Svengoolie that the guy in the Kong suit was the same as Godzilla. The idea that King Kong was played by Godzilla makes the later 'rivalry' a LOT weirder.
Kong forgot to put on his S cape.
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I can't blame him, every time he wears it it's always "Save Mothra"...

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If Mechani-Kong is introduced into the Monsterverse, I would actually be kind of bummed out if they change his face design from KKE, I just love that look a lot.
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