ShodaiKongu

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King Kong Designs
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ShodaiKongu
GoroKongu
Monster Design
The ShodaiKongu in King Kong vs. Godzilla (click to enlarge)
ShodaiKongu
Type
Suit, Puppet, Stop-motion
Nicknames
None
Portrayed by
Shoichi Hirose
Used in
King Kong vs. Godzilla,
King Kong Escapes (Water Scenes)

The ShodaiKongu (初代コング?) is the King Kong suit design used in the 1962 Godzilla film, King Kong vs. Godzilla.

Name

The ShodaiKongu's name comes from shodai (初代?), meaning first generation, and Kongu, which comes from King Kong's Japanese name, Kingu Kongu (キングコング?). This term is completely fanmade and used to refer to the King Kong vs. Godzilla Kong design even though there were King Kong designs prior to this one.

Detail

The ShodaiKongu appears to have been adapted from the Snowman suit from Half Human, now with a new more gorilla-like head, gray skin, and thick brown fur over most of its body. The suit's head had several gorilla-like features, such as a large mouth lined with almost rounded teeth inside the lips, a short nose, regularly-sized eyes, and a pointy tip-of-the-head. The suit also had longer arms than legs. A puppet of Kong's upper body was used for close-ups, while a stop-motion model was used for a sequence where Godzilla drop-kicks Kong.

In 1966, the suit was loaned to Tsuburaya Productions, where it was slightly modified and used to portray the giant monkey Goro in Ultra Q. The suit was returned to Toho the very next year for the film King Kong Escapes, where it was modified to resemble the new King Kong suit and used to portray Kong in water scenes.

Gallery

Production

King Kong vs. Godzilla

King Kong Escapes

Screenshots

King Kong vs. Godzilla

Ultra Q

King Kong Escapes

Miscellaneous‏‎

Merchandise

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Titanollante

2 months ago
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This suit looks pretty stupid. No seriously. Kong looks like he is the dumbest animal on the planet.

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Danijo

2 months ago
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Well, it isn't quite the looker, I'll agree. but to be fair, we all have to keep in mind that it was Toho's 1st attempt at Kong's design. Luckily, Toho did a much better suit in King Kong Escapes.