Sunday, December 08, 2013

Mighty Joe Young

This 1948 family classic is a quick and fun story about a precocious little girl that adopts a baby ape and then raises it to adulthood. Her ability to sooth the savage beast captures the eye of a nightclub promoter who is in Africa gathering specimens for his Hollywood nightclub. The girl and her ape are the main event in this overblown precursor to the Rainforest cafĂ©. Utilizing stop motion animation to showcase mister Joseph Young this is a charming and fun movie worth checking out. This movie also features a tug of war between Joe Young and several wrestlers including Primo Canera, Man Mountain Dean and the Swedish Angel. The DVD features commentary with stop motion legend Ray Harryhausen.       B+

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