Saturday, March 29, 2014


King Kong vs. Godzilla is a 1962 film by Toho Studios. Willis O'Brien (animator of the first Kong film) had dreamed up a sequel in which Kong fights a gigantic Frankenstein's monster in San Francisco. (Ugh.) Unable to get financing, and rightly so, O'Brien wrongly concluded that Universal Studios owned the Frankenstein's monster copyright (it was in the public domain). So the film was taken to Toho. Toho replaced the "modern prometheus" with King Kong -- the rights to which RKO (then a nearly-dead studio) gladly licensed).

Almost all the action is done with men in suits. It is the most financially successful Godzilla movie of all time (adjusting for inflation).

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