With the 2005 "KING KONG" came a ton of merchandising tie-ins including video games, toys, children's books, potato chips, ice cream bars and even a Burger King "Kong Meal".
KONG: THE ANIMATED SERIES (2001)
This animated reboot follows the adventures of a modern Kong character who has been cloned using DNA from the original giant ape after his death. He lives on Kong Island naturally with the scientist who created him along with her grandson and other friends.
KONG: KING OF ATLANTIS (2004)
The characters from Kong: The Animated Series return in this hour plus TV movie.
In this one, people occasionally break into song to help the story along for some reason.
KONG: RETURN TO THE JUNGLE (2005)
Another TV movie continuing the storyline from Kong: The Animated Series. Computer animation gives this one a different look with characters' movements feeling unnaturally smooth, although Kong's facial design is actually more realistic than previously in the series.
In this movie, Kong and many of the dinosaurs from Kong Island are captured and brought back to a state of the art facility in New York. They almost immediately break free and run amok.
By the end they are all returned to Kong Island and everything returns to normal, I guess.
KING KONG (2005)
Peter Jackson's delayed Kong remake (work on it in 1996 was interuppted so that the ambitious director could tackle the massive Lord Of The Rings trilogy) finally hit screens in Dec 2005.
Although some felt it was overlong (187 min in theatres, 201 on the extended DVD), there's no questioning Jackson's devotion to the source material. Every scene is extremely thought out in how it stands in relation to the original 1933 film.
Like that movie, all the adventure, romantic subplots, in fact the whole film hangs on the performance and believability of the title character, here expressively portrayed through digital motion capture by Andy Serkis. Never before has the sensitivity in Kong's eyes felt so real.
Jackson doesn't skimp on the action either. Kong's lengthy battle with three Tyrannosaurus Rexes is an embarrassment in over the top adventure riches.
Regarding home video releases: a two disc Production Diaries boxed set detailed the filming of the movie with 232 min of behind the scenes footage originally seen on the Kong Is King website. After the film's successful run in theatres and the proliferation of poor quality bootlegs, in March 2006 a two disc DVD was released of the theatrical cut along with some lengthy, excellent bonus features. Eight months later an even more comprehensive three disc DVD set appeared that featured Jackson's 201 min extended edit and over six hours of new special features not found on the 2 disc special edition. The blu-ray disc release doesn't have anywhere near that much in the way of bonus material but does include a picture-in-picture feature unique to this release.
<---- Four different bootleg King Kong DVDs
With the 2005 King Kong came an unprecedented amount of merchandising tie-ins including toys, video games, children's books, potato chips, ice cream bars and even a Burger King "KONG" Meal (which even I didn't posses enough self-loathing to actually try).
KING OF THE LOST WORLD (2005)
Obviously rush released to coincide with Peter Jackson's big budget King Kong theatrical remake, this Sci-Fi Channel movie has stiff acting and cheap CGI special effects making it almost unwatchable.
As on the popular TV show Lost, a plane crashes on a mysterious island where the survivors are attacked by giant scorpions, flying dragons and tribal natives who speak perfect English.
Eventually a very blurry giant gorilla shows up.