Friday, December 16, 2005


King Kong Island Home Is Pure Fantasy, Ecology Experts Say

The massive star of the new movie King Kong, which opens today, effectively apes real gorillas. But the bizarre assortment of wildlife on the creature's island home seems to be from out of this world.

As seen in the remake of the 1933 film classic, Skull Island is supposed to lie somewhere in the Indian Ocean.

In the island's jungles roam a wide array of dinosaurs, including Tyrannosaurus rex; aggressive, 3-foot (90-centimeter) cockroaches; bloodthirsty car-size crabs; and, of course, Kong, a 25-foot-tall (8-meter-tall) silverback gorilla who lives alone in his mountain hideaway.

It's a world that violates most of modern science's evolutionary rules.

"The notion that dinosaurs could survive on a tiny mid-oceanic island is preposterous," said John Terborgh, a professor of environmental science at Duke University in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Damn! Who would have guessed. Now the whole movie is spoiled for me. But my review is below, anyway.


Jayme Lynn Blaschke said...

I, for one, am shocked that Hollywood would deliberately and falsely mislead movie-going audiences into believing dinosaurs live on an island in the Indian Ocean, when we all know good and well they live in Jurassic Park on an island in the Carribbean.

Next thing you know, they're going to start telling us the aliens didn't really blow up the White House in "Independence Day" and Victor Frankenstein didn't really create a living creature out of dead body parts.

Jim Winter said...

Message to the scientific community:

Well, duh! When was the last time Peter Jackson made a documentary? (The extras on the LOTR DVD's don't count.)

Anonymous said...

If this article is true, how do they explain the giant monkey attack in New York City back in the mid-thirties?

There are tons of photographs out there documenting this attack. There are even posters of the event available in every framed art shop in the country. It's clear that the powers-that-be never want us to forget our fallen bi-plane aces. If this giant monkey didn't come from Skull Island, then where did he come from? (His fascination with blondes leads me to suspect he could have walked in from Coney Island, but I doubt it.)

And let's not have more revisionist theories around here about how they might have made all that stuff up as well. There was no digital technology back then, so it would have been impossible for humans to fake that stuff. I've also been to the Empire State Building - and I've SEEN the paw marks.

I think this article is just another case of Professor Terborgh trying to come off as Mister Smartypants.

I ain't buying any of it!


James said...

This reminds of a complaint I heard about around the release of The Lion King, where some viewers were bothered that male lions were given a strong parenting role. To which a friend of mine replied, "Yeah, and you know what else isn't realistic? Lions don't speak English and sing songs!"