Which Kong Is King?
King Kong has been scaling skyscrapers and kidnapping blondes for more than eight decades, but one thing that hasn’t remained consistent is his size. Even in Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack’s 1933 original, the ape’s height fluctuates wildly depending on the scene, and in the years since, he’s shifted from roughly 25 feet to almost 150 feet. With Kong: Skull Island in theaters March 10, we got out our tape measure to compare a few of his many incarnations — and finally figure out which Kong is king.
King Kong, 1933
In the original masterpiece, Kong’s size changes noticeably between scenes, especially to make him seem bigger next to the Manhattan skyline.
King Kong vs. Godzilla, 1962
Size: 148 Feet.
Initially, Japanese filmmakers wanted to pit a giant Frankenstein against Godzilla. In the end, they picked Kong, scaling him up for more of a fair fight.
King Kong Escapes, 1967
Size: 66 Feet
Kong shrank for his second appearance in a kaiju movie. This time he faced off against his evil robot doppelgänger, Mechani-Kong.
King Kong, 1976
Size: 55 Feet
The American remake brought Kong back to New York and into the 1970s. Instead of climbing the Empire State Building, he scales the Twin Towers
King Kong, 2005
SIZE: 25 Feet
Peter Jackson’s faithful homage took a (slightly) more realistic approach, returning Kong to roughly his original size.
Kong: Skull Island, 2017
SIZE: 100 Feet
Talk about a growth spurt. In preparation for 2020’s Godzilla vs. Kong, everyone’s favorite ape got another size upgrade.