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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).

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  • Canon Foreigner: Ricky and his monkey were created exclusively for this film. No other character appeared in the original version.
  • 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 in the 1976 version. 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.
  • Waterfall Shower: Kong bathes Anne under a waterfall like in the 1976 version.
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