A Big Ape Up the Empire State Building
I can’t imagine life without movies. My first vivid childhood experience was going to the movies with my family. There are so many different types of movies out there, but one of my favorites will always be stop motion. I was first introduced to stop motion in the pre-code movie King Kong going up The Empire State Building. When I saw King Kong for the first time as a kid, the movie was old, but I was absolutely fascinated by it. The story, the visuals, and the overall atmosphere of the film were nothing I had ever seen before. After watching it, I became obsessed with learning everything I could about stop-motion animation.
King Kong is one of the most iconic monster movies of all time. The film was released in 1933 and was a huge success, despite being a pre-code movie. A movie made during pre-code Hollywood was more likely to feature sex, violence, and other taboo topics. Even though King Kong was a pre-code movie, it was still suitable for general audiences. The movie tells the story of a giant ape who is captured and brought to New York City, where he escapes and goes on a rampage.
The climax of the movie takes place atop the Empire State Building, where Kong is ultimately killed. The movie was groundbreaking for its time, as it featured extensive use of stop-motion animation. King Kong was one of the first monster movies to be set in a major city. As a result, King Kong has remained an iconic figure in popular culture for over 80 years. But how did the massive ape influence the Empire State Building?
3 ways King Kong put the Empire State Building on the map:
- King Kong was one of the first movies to be set in New York City.
- The movie featured extensive use of stop-motion animation, which was groundbreaking for its time.
- The climax of the movie takes place atop the Empire State Building, making it an iconic location in the film.
As a result of these three factors, King Kong helped to make the Empire State Building one of the most famous landmarks in the world. Professor Justin Johnson, an expert on the history of stop-motion animation, stated that “King Kong was one of the first examples of stop-motion being used to create a believable giant creature.” He goes on to say that the movie “cemented stop-motion’s status as a viable filmmaking technique.”
King Kong also helped to popularize New York City as a setting for movies. Prior to King Kong, most movies were set in small towns or rural areas. But after seeing the success of King Kong, Hollywood studios began to view New York City as a viable location for films. As a result, many classic movies were set in New York City, even Times Square. Films such as Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Ghostbusters.
The climax of King Kong takes place atop the building, and the scene is considered one of the most memorable in film history. In fact, the Empire State Building is so closely associated with King Kong that it has been featured in numerous remakes and parodies of the original movie.