Brontosaurus is a famous genus of extinct large herbivorous dinosaurs that lived during the late Jurassic period. A Brontosaurus famously appeared in the 1933 film King Kong, while multiple Brontosaurus appeared in the 2005 remake of the same name.
While the Venture crew pursued King Kong across Skull Island to rescue Ann Darrow, they came upon a large swamp. The men created a raft and attempted to cross the swamp, but the head of a Brontosaurus suddenly emerged from the water and destroyed the raft, grabbing several of the men in its mouth and tossing them away like ragdolls. Those who escaped swam to the shore and proceeded to run away into the woods, but the Brontosaurus climbed out of the water and followed them, charging through the forest and mounting a second attack. Jack Driscoll, Carl Denham and several other members of the crew scaled trees to escape, but those who were unable to follow them were quickly killed by the dinosaur. After roaring at the survivors, the Brontosaurus returned to the water and disappeared.
While searching for Ann Darrow, who had been kidnapped by King Kong, Carl Denham and his crew came upon a herd of Brontosaurus grazing. Denham attempted to film the dinosaurs, but the brontosaurs suddenly became agitated and began to stampede. The crew ran from the herd, with many of the men being trampled beneath the sauropods' massive feet. Denham and the others soon learned what the Brontosaurus were running from; a pack of Venatosaurus, small predatory dinosaurs descended from dromaeosaurs. The Venatosaurus pounced on their prey, causing the Brontosaurus to fall over, crushing the humans beneath them and causing rock slides, while some of the men were mauled by the Venatosaurus. Eventually, Denham and some of his crew managed to escape the stampeding herd and continued their trek through the island.
- King Kong (1933)
- Godzilla (1954) (Portrait, mentioned)
- King Kong (2005)
- Godzilla (2014) (Photograph)
Video Game Appearances
- At the time the original King Kong was made, it was believed that sauropods like Brontosaurus were too large to be able to live on land and support their own body weight. For this reason, the Brontosaurus in the film is portrayed as an aquatic dinosaur, and is also portrayed as being violent and carnivorous. Scientists now know that Brontosaurus were fully terrestrial herbivorous dinosaurs.
- The depiction of Brontosaurus in the original King Kong represent the animal at a time when it was sometimes considered to be in a distinct genus from the Apatosaurus, a related sauropod dinosaur. It was later decided that as a whole, Brontosaurus was just another species of Apatosaurus, and thus the genus fell out of usage in the first half of the 20th century. However, in the early 21st century, the genus was revived again and determined by another team of paleontologists to be separate from Apatosaurus.