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Siskoid's avatar


King Kong's little cousin Mighty Joe Young (1949) is Ray Harryhausen's first film credit and it's an auspicious start to a legendary career. The effects are just incredible, with some great interactive moments between the live action and smoother-than-expected stop-motion elements. In fact, though the story is good, it seems specially crafted to create opportunities for grand spectacle - a safari club riot, an orphanage inferno, etc. One caveat however, while this is a story about the mistreatment of one particular animal - Joe is made to star in entertainments against his will - it's hard to believe some of the animals used in the action of THIS particular entertainment were treated humanely. Those look like dangerous stunts and the creatures aren't in control. It doesn't take away from the film's achievements (or even my general achievement), but some sequences definitely had me frowning on that count.
3 years 3 months ago
duchin6's avatar


good parts coupled with corny amateur parts with some interesting people popping up throughout the movie .all in all not bad at all.
5 years 5 months ago
ClassicLady's avatar


Much better than I expected. The fire scene was spectacular.
8 years 3 months ago
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