'King Kong' flunks biology

9148__kong_lSpoilsports at Forbes note that a gorilla the size of Kong is biologically impossible; for one thing, a creature that big would barely be able to walk. (He’d also need to eat the equivalent of 15,000 Big Macs or 65,000 Pop Tarts every day.) But the movie gets high marks for Andy Serkis’ aping of gorilla behavior. No word on how accurate the T. Rexes and giant spiders are.

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  • Mario C

    people need to get a grip.. ITS A FREAKIN’ MOVIE not a wildlife documentary/etc.. ITS A MOVIE
    and a great one at that, saw it last night.. will see it again.. a couple of times.

  • PN

    Who gives a Sh*t about that…….all that matters is that the movie ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!definitely one of my Fav’s of the year.

  • Diane B

    I think that bit o’ info was meant to be entertaining more than anything = it would be fun to watch Kong eat 15,000 big macs & get a major sugar buzz off the pop tarts ; )

  • SpaceCat

    I’ve also seen articles on how giant B-movie spiders and insects are impossible because their open circulatory system don’t work well if they’re past a certain size.
    Still, most of the fun is from pretending they *could* exist and chomp on people on Skull Island, Leo G. Carroll, etc. ;)

  • Andy

    And a full island of giant dinosaurs and insects is plausable? Yeah, it’s a movie – and a fantastic one at that! If it really bothers you that much, don’t see it! Although, I somehow doubt that someone would refrain for seeing the film just because Kong shouldn’t be able to walk.

  • Jonathan

    Kong made a measly 9 million on it’s opening day – a far cry from other big hits this year that opened mid-week.
    Go see it a few more times Mario, it needs the money.

  • nathan poitras

    Well, now that I know the biology of the film is wrong, I’ll have to give it a pass, I’ll also have to miss Narnia since I’m fairly certain lions can’t talk, I not going to see Get Rich or Die Tryin, because biologically, someone should not be alive after being shot 9 times. Actually, the real reason I’m missing that one is because it looks plain awful.

  • blah

    I don’t think telling me how many poptarts he would need to eat really gives me a good idea. I mean, it’s just so implausable. How about something like, he’d have to eat 500 cows a day or something like that. ;p

  • Frankie

    I think I’ll pass on Harry Potter this year because a broom could not possibly be bent like that and still have the ability to fly. Man, am I glad I saved myself the 8 bucks I would have wasted. And I guess I won’t see King Kong because a giant ape isn’t believable.
    Get a life Bill Nye.

  • Boo

    He is the same silly size as the original Kong, way back when Faye Wray was the queen of scream. Too bad they did not have EW back then.

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