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Watch Peter Jackson as he discusses Universal Studios' new King Kong attraction

05.21.2010

One of my fondest memories growing up was going to Universal Studios Hollywood and riding the studio tram tour. I haven't been back in over a decade, but I remember the awesome feeling of riding around the BACK TO THE FUTURE set, seeing the Bates house from PSYCHO, and of course, being terrorized by everyone's favorite giant simian King Kong (and for those that have never been, that Kong was modeled after the 1976 man-in-suit catastrophe).

So it was pretty sad when news broke almost exactly two years ago that portions of the Universal back lot burned down, including the old Kong attraction. And at first it wasn't going to be rebuilt! Something new would've replaced it which would've been crazy since I think there are few Hollywood characters/creatures more iconic than the giant ape.

Thankfully, for Angeleno Schmoes and future visitors of our fair city, Kong will be returning courtesy of its most recent caretaker, Peter Jackson. And of course, that means it'll come with all the latest bells and whistles that a theme park ride can have.

I've babbled enough, though. Let PJ himself fill you in on what to expect in this minute-and-a-half featurette from the folks at CraveOnline.

Extra Tidbit: Famed makeup artist Rick Baker was the man in the Kong suit in the 1976 remake.
Source: CraveOnline

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12:47PM on 05/22/2010

Hey

Maybe you guys should just wait and see it for yourself before you make any judgments.
And that King Kong movie was awesome. Peter Jackson pulled it off.
Can't wait for this ride.
Maybe you guys should just wait and see it for yourself before you make any judgments.
And that King Kong movie was awesome. Peter Jackson pulled it off.
Can't wait for this ride.
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9:23PM on 05/22/2010
Maybe you should wait and see if 2+2=3, instead of 4, like it always has.
Maybe you should wait and see if 2+2=3, instead of 4, like it always has.
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2:35PM on 05/21/2010
3D my ass. This is a horrible idea. And I'm not just being pessimistic. I take it tram passengers will now be forced to wear 3D glasses while passing through this attraction. One massive flaw of 3D imagery is that audiences can still only see the image from ONE ANGLE - thus rendering the effect rather 2D in reality. The animatronic Kong was real 3D because tram passengers in the front saw different details than passengers in the back. And if you leaned over, in inward, you saw different details
3D my ass. This is a horrible idea. And I'm not just being pessimistic. I take it tram passengers will now be forced to wear 3D glasses while passing through this attraction. One massive flaw of 3D imagery is that audiences can still only see the image from ONE ANGLE - thus rendering the effect rather 2D in reality. The animatronic Kong was real 3D because tram passengers in the front saw different details than passengers in the back. And if you leaned over, in inward, you saw different details - because it was a physical object. This effect cannot be achieved with 3D imagery, because it is confined by a flat surface. Not to mention technology has yet to produce a screen that projects imagery at an equal or higher resolution to the best human eye sight. For example: My eyes show me physical objects with perfect crystal clarity; meanwhile computer, TV, and cinema screens always display objects with significantly lower detail. Another flaw is that if you focus on a rapidly moving object, your eyes can minimize the blur; but a 3D graphic has a permanent amount of blur, which prevents your eyes from perceiving it as a physical object. The point is, no matter how much hype 3D graphics get, they will always look extremely flat and unrealistic - therefore, the new Kong attraction will be significantly less immersive. They should've just rebuilt the animatronics.
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9:58AM on 05/21/2010
So if this is based on Peter jackson's "King Kong" then it will be two hours too long, feature a boring homoerotic sub plot with a captain and his tween first mate, and Ann Darrow and the ape ice skating on thin sheets of ice miraculously?
So if this is based on Peter jackson's "King Kong" then it will be two hours too long, feature a boring homoerotic sub plot with a captain and his tween first mate, and Ann Darrow and the ape ice skating on thin sheets of ice miraculously?
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9:34AM on 05/21/2010
Don't care much about the attraction, but this article makes me want to pop in my King Kong Blu-ray!
Don't care much about the attraction, but this article makes me want to pop in my King Kong Blu-ray!
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8:30AM on 05/21/2010
Peter Jackson's King Kong was pretty cool but I'd still rather see a giant animatronic ape than some 3D video thing.

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THERE'S NO KING KONG IN FLORIDA ANYMORE?!
First they get rid of Back to the Future and now King Kong. Way to suck the fun out of your park Universal. Next thing you know they'll be getting rid of ET.
Peter Jackson's King Kong was pretty cool but I'd still rather see a giant animatronic ape than some 3D video thing.

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THERE'S NO KING KONG IN FLORIDA ANYMORE?!
First they get rid of Back to the Future and now King Kong. Way to suck the fun out of your park Universal. Next thing you know they'll be getting rid of ET.
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10:06AM on 05/21/2010
actually the king kong ride went first and they put in the mummy
actually the king kong ride went first and they put in the mummy
1:41PM on 05/21/2010
It's still terrible.
(Although the Islands of Adventure park is pretty good.)
It's still terrible.
(Although the Islands of Adventure park is pretty good.)
6:03AM on 05/21/2010
Now hopefully theyll bring back a Kong ride to Orlando
Now hopefully theyll bring back a Kong ride to Orlando
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4:45AM on 05/21/2010
Reminds me of how great Peter Jackson's "King Kong" was!
Reminds me of how great Peter Jackson's "King Kong" was!
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