LegendaryKongu

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King Kong Designs
GoroKongu
LegendaryKongu
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Monster Design
LegendaryKongu in Kong: Skull Island (click to enlarge)
LegendaryKongu
Type
Motion capture
CGI
Nicknames
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Portrayed by
Terry Notary[1]
Used in
Kong: Skull Island

The LegendaryKongu (レジェンダリーコング,   RejendarīKongu?) is the King Kong design used in the 2017 Legendary Pictures film, Kong: Skull Island.

Name

The LegendaryKongu's name comes from Legendary Pictures and Kongu, which comes from King Kong's Japanese name, Kingu Kongu (キングコング?).

Detail

For King Kong's first big-screen appearance since Peter Jackson's 2005 remake, the giant ape was given a brand-new design. Rather than the much more anatomically accurate gorilla-like design Kong bore in the 2005 film, the LegendaryKongu appears to take cues from the original Kong design from the 1933 film, as well as the Kong designs used in Toho Company Ltd.'s two films featuring the monster. The LegendaryKongu is bipedal and stands upright and like a human rather than on all fours like a gorilla, holding his arms at his sides. The color of Kong's fur is a brown color than the all-black fur of the 2005 Kong, and is based on the coloration of the 1933 Kong seen on official posters. The LegendaryKongu is considerably taller than most previous versions of Kong, save for possibly his 1962 Toho incarnation, and appears to stand over 100 feet tall. According to director Jordan Vogt-Roberts, the LegendaryKongu is meant to look both energetic and young as well as lonely and tired. Vogt-Roberts wanted this version of Kong to elicit sympathy from the audience and allow them to understand his feelings and thought processes.[2]

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Trivia

  • When designing King Kong, director Jordan Vogt-Roberts' mandate was to make his shapes simple and "hopefully iconic" so that "a third grader could draw that shape and you know what it is." According to Vogt-Roberts, a major part of designing Kong was to give the impression that he was "a lonely God". When designing the titular kaiju, the designers looked to the Kong from the original film as a reference. Vogt-Roberts has said that designing and creating Kong was a huge part of the movie.[2]
  • Vogt-Roberts has said that the filmmakers intentionally tried to differentiate this Kong design from the design featured in the 2005 film directed by Peter Jackson. Rather than making the design resemble a gigantic silverback gorilla that walks on all four limbs like in Jackson's film, the designers chose to have Kong stand upright like a human. A major reason for this was to show that Kong is his own species that has its "own set of rules, so [the filmmakers] can do what we want and [they] really wanted to pay homage to what came before...and yet do something completely different."[2]
  • This is the second King Kong design to be portrayed via computer-generated imagery and motion capture, after the design from the 2005 film.

References

This is a list of references for LegendaryKongu. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

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Lamango

3 days ago
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So when's RKOKong, 70'sKong and JacksonKong
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Deathrock9

3 days ago
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This site specifically focuses on the Japanese King Kong designs and the Legendary design as it is associated with the Legendary MonsterVerse. We have articles for the other films like the original 1933 film and the 1970s King Kong remake and information about them is also included on the King Kong page.
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Collector1

3 months ago
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Are .gif files working for anyone else on this site or is just me?
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The King of the Monsters

3 months ago
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gif files won't render on the page itself. You have to click on them to actually see them.
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Collector1

3 months ago
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Oh, thanks!
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Titanollante

3 months ago
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Honestly it kind of doesn't make sense that we're calling this "LegendaryKongu" considering Kong is American and this is an American design.
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MosuFan2004

15 days ago
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Then ShodaiMuto doesn't make sense either, I guess.