Mighty Joe Young (1998)


This a Covid-19 2020 minireview!

Hello? County Animal Patrol? You’re not gonna believe this! Yes it was! It was a gorilla a big one! Did you guys see it? ” – Boxer Shorts Man

Number of Times Seen – 1 (13 Oct 2020)

Brief Synopsis – Zoologists bring a 15 foot tall Gorilla to an animal sanctuary in order to keep him safe from dangers in the wild.

Bottom Line – Modern day Disney version of King Kong that just doesn’t work at all. The special effects are poorly done and it’s hard to take parts f this story seriously. Charlize Theron and Bill Paxton are both great actors, yet they can;t help make this story more enjoyable to watch. The villain, played by Rade Serbedzija is far too comical to be taken seriously which hurts things even more.  The story doesn’t work well enough in order to really make things more realistic and that unfortunately hurts things far too much.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Like most movies during the 1990s that featured creature effects, Joe Young was created through the mixture of practical and digital effects. For the majority of this movie, Joe was portrayed by creature suit performer John Alexander, who wore a radio-controlled animatronic gorilla suit created by Special Make-up Effects Artist Rick Baker and his crew at Cinovation Studios. In order to achieve those scenes, Alexander often acted on miniature sets that were surrounded by bluescreen, in which visual effects house DreamQuest Images composited him into footage that was shot beforehand. While in the beginning of this movie, when Joe was an infant, he was performed by Verne Troyer. For certain scenes, the filmmakers used three full-sized animatronics (one in quadraped, one sitting down, and one in a dead position) also created by Baker’s crew. For the scenes where the digital Joe was used, visual effects houses DreamQuest Images and Industrial Light, & Magic worked on different scenes, using the same model provided by Baker. Many of these performances were achieved by key-frame animation, but when the digital Joe was running and jumping, it was motion-capture data that they captured from an infant chimpanzee. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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  1. Pingback: Temporal Top Ten – 1998 | MovieRob

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