King Kong

King Kong, or the Universal Studios equivalent in a Muppet Magazine centerfold

King Kong is a giant ape who became a very big movie star with his 1933 film, followed by a handful of sequels and remakes including a Japanese movie called King Kong vs. Godzilla where King Kong fights Godzilla.

He has been spoofed in numerous Muppet productions, his iconic climb up the Empire State Building being a frequent target of parody.


  • The same theme park incarnation of Kong was featured in the Winter 1988 issue of Muppet Magazine, for a feature where Miss Piggy tours Universal Studios.

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  • During the theme for Sesame English, as Tingo's plane arrives in New York, a gorilla is seen clinging to the Empire State Building.
  • In the "Kermit, P.I." segment seen in the Little Muppet Monsters episode "Space Cowboys," Kermit and Fozzie are on a mission to find a gorilla who has escaped from the zoo, eventually figuring that gorillas like pretty blondes on the Empire State Building.
  • In "Around the Nursery in 80 Days", Baby Animal imagines King Kong as the ideal babysitter as he is "hairy and smelly", perfect for Animal's type. The other Babies are terrified of Kong, but Gonzo tries to offer King Kong a seat, who takes it in his hands and crumples it into sawdust.
  • Baby Gonzo takes the Muppet Babies on a quest to find a kitty in the Muppet Babies episode "Puss 'n Boots 'n Babies", leading them to an alley where he reveals footage of the ape character Bonga from the film. Gonzo demands $400 for his services, but Baby Piggy incorrectly informs him that it's not a kitty, it's King Kong.
  • King Kong also appeared in Baby Gonzo's imagined scenario of owning a board game hotel, the "Saint Gonzo Hotel", where King Kong is much more behaved, working as room service by climbing up the building. After making a delivery, Gonzo places a banana is his hand saying "Your tip, sir".[citation needed]


  • Carl Banas voiced Professor Bond and others in The King Kong Show (TV, 1966)
  • Corbin Bernsen played a reporter in King Kong (1976)
  • Jack Black played Carl Denham in King Kong (2005)
  • Peter Cullen provided the ape vocals in King Kong (1976)
  • Peter Elliott played the title role in King Kong Lives (1986)
  • John Goodman played Bill Randa in Kong: Skull Island (2017)
  • Charles Grodin played Fred Wilson in King Kong (1976)
  • Tom Hiddleston played James Conrad in Kong: Skull Island (2017)
  • Samuel L. Jackson played Preston Packard in Kong: Skull Island (2017)
  • Dudley Moore voiced C. B. Denham in The Mighty Kong (1998)
  • Andy Serkis served as the motion capture model for the title ape (and also played Lumpy the cook) in King Kong (2005)
  • Naomi Watts played Ann Darrow in King Kong (2005)
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