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Horrors of Skull Island by Loneanimator Horrors of Skull Island by Loneanimator
The sea serpent at the end of "Son of Kong" (1933), realized in one shot as an amazing stop-motion puppet. This close-up in the movie seared itself into my brain when I was a kid.
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Amarok59 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2018
I and every kid I knew was familiar with "King Kong" from -- the womb, it seemed like.  Yet I didn't succeed in watching "Son of Kong" until I was 30 or so.  Seeing Robert Armstrong and others playing the same characters -- but doing and saying different things -- at that late date in my life -- it was like falling into some alternate world.

I hate how movies always showed lost worlds sinking into the sea or being destroyed by volcanoes at the end.  I tried to write a little article called "Who Died and Made Her a Seismologist?" once, where I argued Skull Island didn't (entirely) sink.  I think part of my argument was that the POV of the camera was on the main part of the island, looking out to sea at an area of land that did sink (with Kong Jr.).

And, as your picture shows, that was quite an elaborate sea monster O'Bie whipped up for such a short appearance!
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Loneanimator Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2018  Hobbyist Filmographer
It took a while before I saw "Son of Kong" too, the main problem being that it wasn't available in my native Sweden. I rented it in the Us when I visited my dad there. It's not up to the standard of the original "King Kong", of course, but it's a charming movie nonetheless. I think the closeup of the sea serpent at the end is a standout.
Yeah, it seemed that every prehistoric jungle adventure had to end with a volcano erupting, or some other calamity. Even "One Million Years B C" and "When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth" go up in smoke at the end.
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RedWingsDragon Featured By Owner May 27, 2018
Awesome work here
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Loneanimator Featured By Owner May 28, 2018  Hobbyist Filmographer
Thanks! :)
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner May 5, 2018
 Yes, YES, YES! Old-School Primordial Awesomeness at it's finest (and just listen to that Palaeontologist cry ... that always makes life feel a bit larger, eh?).;) (Wink) 
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Loneanimator Featured By Owner May 6, 2018  Hobbyist Filmographer
I am a big fan of the good old tail-dragging monstrous dinos :)
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner May 7, 2018
 So Wrong and yet SO RIGHT!Sweating a little... 
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Zeonista Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2018
Son of Kong had some good beasties in it, when they finally got around to the island. Although fewer in number, they were all well animated, had some character, and they were on the right scale for Kong, Jr. I remember the sea monster for its brief appearance to mete out poetic retribution for the bad guy. "All by yourself, eh lunchmeat?"Helped establish the cliche of drawn-out death by dinosaur/monster that was mocked by SNL one time.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVOTBD…
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Loneanimator Featured By Owner May 6, 2018  Hobbyist Filmographer
I really like the Son of Kong monsters, but they are a weird lot. Stop-mo dino films have the most dramatic deaths, yes :)
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ColinRichards Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Excellent!
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Loneanimator Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2018  Hobbyist Filmographer
Thanks! :D
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swgamer451 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2018
Great job.
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Loneanimator Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2018  Hobbyist Filmographer
Thanks! :D
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Trendorman Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
But is it more powerful than the  V.rex??
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Loneanimator Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2018  Hobbyist Filmographer
Not on land, but surely in his own element he'd kick V-rex butt.
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scorpionlover42 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2018
Yes, that was a great stop motion moment indeed, and you've caught to essence of it here.Clap 
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Loneanimator Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2018  Hobbyist Filmographer
It's short, but very effective.
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dalek-hal Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2018   Traditional Artist
You know, this would make for a Great Dragon.  Those brows, and that smirking expression...could easily put him in a fantasy film, with other monsters...and guys with swords and treasure horde. Wait, Son of Kong has all that. Never mind!
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Loneanimator Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2018  Hobbyist Filmographer
Son of Kong does have more fantasy-tinged critters than the original Kong.
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Adiraiju Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I remember first seeing this guy in "The Dinosaur Scrapbook". He made an impression on me. It's WAY more detailed than the other creatures in the movie, so that might have something to do with it. Excellent work!
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Loneanimator Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2018  Hobbyist Filmographer
Yes, this critter looks very organic, although the Styracosaur looks nice in close-ups. It was apparently a leftover from "King Kong."
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GoldandSliverDragon Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2018
I really should watch this one. I don't know why I haven't yet.
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Loneanimator Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2018  Hobbyist Filmographer
You've never seen "Son of Kong"? It's not like Kong at all, actually. It's more comical, but it does have some nice monsters, and Kong jr fights two of them.
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GoldandSliverDragon Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2018
Yeah I don't really know why I haven't seen it yet.
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adam-ant2 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2018
“Hey-hey-hey!”
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:iconloneanimator:
Loneanimator Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2018  Hobbyist Filmographer
Although I think he only went with "Rawwrrr!", or something like it in the movie.
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HUBLERDON Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
It is a really good design.
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Loneanimator Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2018  Hobbyist Filmographer
Though he makes a very brief appearence, this guy looks great in the movie.
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earthbaragon Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Jesus....I barely remembered this guy was in the film. Just sort of shows up out of nowhere to eat someone. I believe the film was calling it an Elasmosaurus...though it is a very liberal interpretation of what the dino was suppose to look like. Obviously it's just a dressed up head piece of the amazing Brontosaurus model that was used in the original.

Still, it is fun to see people do art for things that are this obscured. The Nothosaurus though stole the movie for me. It just shows out of nowhere and looks like a dragon. Idk. Still, this is a cool piece. I like that you went with this color scheme...as opposed to the green and gold one that I have seen colorized images of this guy.
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Loneanimator Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2018  Hobbyist Filmographer
I always imagined this monster as having muted, very earthy colors.
Son of Kong is interesting for its choice of creatures. It's a weird variety compared to the Charles R Knight all-stars of the first Kong.
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Rockor9 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
the head looks like a sauropod Apatosaurus or brontosaurus 
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TheAshenHunter Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2018
There is no Brontosaurus. Apatosaurus is the official name.
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Rockor9 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
it's the same animal so both name's are official 
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TheAshenHunter Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2018
I see you like drawing animals as well. Good stuff.
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Rockor9 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
yes I do 
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Loneanimator Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2018  Hobbyist Filmographer
Actually, isn't the Apatosaurus called Brontosaurus again now?
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Rockor9 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
I think so yeah brontosaurus sounds better tah apatosaurus
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Loneanimator Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2018  Hobbyist Filmographer
Apatosaurus= "Decietful lizard." Brontosurus= "Thunder lizard." I know what sound cooler to me :)
Apparently, not all paleonthologists have agreed on Brontosaurus being a separate genus, but I'm going with that.
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Loneanimator Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2018  Hobbyist Filmographer
This monster was actually built over an existing Brontosaurus puppet, and re-used as a sea serpent in "Son of Kong."
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Rockor9 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
ah cool 
I have new art up if you care to look
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Loneanimator Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2018  Hobbyist Filmographer
I did care to look :) Great stuff!
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Rockor9 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks
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jotunnheimar Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
It sort of reminds me of the brontosaurus in the first movie only with big eye brows.

I barely remember what happens in the sequel, so i forgot all about this creature.
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Loneanimator Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2018  Hobbyist Filmographer
Actually, this monster is the same head used for close-ups in Kong, when the brontosaurus eats the sailor climbing a tree. Puppet builder Marcel Delgado simply added more details and texture to that big puppet head and neck, and the same was done with the mechanical Bronto used in the Kong raft scenes. Son of Kong was made in such a haste they had to re-rig some existing puppets and sets.
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jotunnheimar Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I should have guessed that since it was made on the same year has the first one
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Loneanimator Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2018  Hobbyist Filmographer
Yes, the production pace must've been neck-breaking. I'm surprised RKO rushed out Son of Kong like they did, though. King Kong was in production for a very long time, and look how great it turned out. Son of Kong also made money, but not nearly as much as the original.
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dlambeaut Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Gotta review the movie, cause I don’t remember this guy...
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Loneanimator Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2018  Hobbyist Filmographer
This critter appears at the end to eat a guy, and the monster's head gets a very cool close-up.
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SXGodzilla Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
same here. especially since it seemed to smirk as it spotted it's meal. :D
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Loneanimator Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2018  Hobbyist Filmographer
Willis O'brien liked smirking dinos :) The Brontosaurus in "The Lost World" (1925) has a huge smirk.
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