King Kong by '70's Kids
August 7, 2010 6:41 AM   Subscribe

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posted by eeeeeez at 7:29 AM on August 7, 2010

Anyone who digs this needs to see Monster Kid Home Movies.
posted by ryanshepard at 7:54 AM on August 7, 2010

The classic tale of Kong, retold by kids in Hyannis, MA & Riverside, CT in 1978,

Kids vacationing in Toronto. The HMCS Haida (then at Ontario Place) is there in the opening sequence, the city establishing shot at about 4:00 is First Canadian Place and the TD Centre, and the view from the building Kong climbs is looking north from the CN Tower. Curious how empty central Toronto looks without the last thirty years of construction.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 7:58 AM on August 7, 2010

Explain to me again why Peter Jackson needed three hours to tell that story, which is conveyed here (more or less effectively) by a few 11-14 year olds in 5 minutes 12 seconds (including fade in/fade out).

I was there by the way. The 70s looked exactly like on Super-8. Fake blood, dodgy monsters and cross-axis editing everywhere you looked.

And it was fun.
posted by philip-random at 8:53 AM on August 7, 2010 [3 favorites]

Fantastic. Thanks!

They also did Alien (with adults) and Star Trek.
posted by dobbs at 9:38 AM on August 7, 2010

Paul Harvey voice: And that little boy grew up to be.... Melvin Potzribee.
posted by Trochanter at 9:47 AM on August 7, 2010 [1 favorite]

This is so much better than it has any right to be. Sure it's not great but it's exactly what I wanted to make when I was a kid.

Also the Alien one has the music from Jaws 2.
posted by Brainy at 10:23 AM on August 7, 2010

This is great!
posted by brundlefly at 11:16 AM on August 7, 2010

I couldn't find them via a really quick youtube search, but there are some Super 8 Spielbergs out there. I think he did a WWII air battle. It would be interesting to compare them to these...
posted by Trochanter at 12:37 PM on August 7, 2010

If you like these, keep an eye out online for Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation. Two twelve-year-old boys took seven years to complete it. One lost his eyebrows and almost cooked his head, and they almost set one of their basements on fire for the bar scene. Their version clocks in at 100 minutes—just 15 minutes shorter than the movie that inspired it.

Oh, and the little date-eating monkey? Played by their beagle if I remember correctly.
posted by blueberry at 2:22 PM on August 7, 2010

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