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.
- Canon Foreigner: Ricky and his monkey were created exclusively for this film. No other character appeared in the original version.
- 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).
- 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.