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Western Animation / The Mighty Kong

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The Mighty Kong is a 1998 Direct to Video animated musical adaptation of the original King Kong film.

The story is the same, only that it has songs and very few character deaths, plus Kong's fights with the dinosaurs are less violent. It also has the addition of a boy named Ricky and his pet monkey.

The film stars Jodi Benson and Dudley Moore (in his final role before his death four years later).

Tropes include:

  • Canon Foreigner: Ricky and his monkey were created exclusively for this film. No other character appeared in the original version.
  • The Great Serpent: Kong fights a giant snake in one scene.
  • I'm Okay!: At one point in his New York rampage, Kong places a car with a couple inside onto train tracks, which immediately speeds away — only to find itself about to hit an oncoming train head-on. The collision is obscured, but the woman exclaims "That's the last time I let you drive!" to let the audience know they somehow survived (assuming you can hear it over the cacophony of the crash).
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  • Lighter and Softer: In comparison to its previous adaptations, this film is much family-friendly in tone. Kong's fight scenes are also toned down more.
  • Mythology Gag: Kong bathes Anne under a waterfall like his 1976 counterpart. He also fights a giant snake.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: The giant snake that Kong fights is a Gigantophis, an extinct species of prehistoric snake.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: In the previous adaptations, Kong dies after falling off a high building. In this version however, he survives the fall off the Empire State Building to provide a more family-friendly ending.
  • Title Drop: Carl Denham presents Kong to the audience as "the mighty Kong".
  • Waterfall Shower: Kong bathes Anne under a waterfall.