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King Kong vs. Godzilla

Released 1963
Distributor Universal

Original Kong animator Willis O’Brien never got credit (nor would he have wanted it) for his treatment “King Kong vs. Frankenstein,” which ultimately transmuted into the third and most popular entry in Toho’s Godzilla series. The redesigned Big G was played much more for cartoonish laughs and the series became basically kiddie-oriented. The less said about the ratty Kong suit the better. The restructured US version incorporates new American footage plus much stock material from The Mysterians.

About John Landis

John Landis is the director of Animal HouseThe Blues Brothers, An American Werewolf In LondonTrading PlacesComing To America, Kentucky Fried MovieSpies Like UsThree Amigos!Into The Night and Michael Jackson’s Thriller, and the recent Burke and Hare for Ealing Studios,  among many other films and television shows. His documentary Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project premiered on HBO and won an Emmy for Best Music, Comedy or Variety Special.  He is also the subject of noted film critic Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan’s recent book “John Landis” and his own book “Monsters in the Movies’ was published to critical and popular acclaim in 2012.