Posts Tagged ‘King Kong’

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What is tattoo Tuesday about?

September 6, 2016

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King Kong is a cinematic monster that first appeared in film in 1933.

“The character has become one of the world’s most famous movie icons, having inspired countless sequels, remakes, spin-offs, imitators, parodies, cartoons, books, comics, video games, theme park rides, and even a stage play. His role in the different narratives varies, ranging from a rampaging monster to a tragic antihero.” – Wikipedia

King Kong was found on Skull Island – a fictional island in the Indian Ocean.  (Heck, it is all fictional.) The prehistoric denizens of Skull Island predated Jurassic Park by about 60 years.

The film was remade in 1976 and 2005, adding to King Kong’s reputation as an enduring film icon.  The largest Kong yet (see what I mean?) is coming to the screen in March, 2017 in Kong: Skull Island.

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Whose birthday am I noting on tattoo Tuesday?

September 15, 2015

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No, no.  Not this Fay Ray . . .

 

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This Fay Wray – who was born on September 15 in 1907.  Although best known for her role in King Kong, Miss Ray had a career in film and television that spanned 57 years.

She appeared other films such as The Countess of Monte Cristo,  Doctor X, and The Most Dangerous Game, and on television in shows such as Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Perry Mason, and Playhouse 90.

Fay Wray died quietly in her sleep on August 8, 2004.  She was 96 years old.  Two days after her death, the lights of the Empire State Building were extinguished for 15 minutes in her memory.

Of course, someone is sporting a tattoo of this lovely lady . . .

wray tattooCredit:  Wikipedia

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What am I sappy cat blogging?

September 6, 2013

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Koko is the gorilla who was taught American Sign Language by researcher Dr. Penny Patterson.  Koko is particularly fond of kittens. The connection is another gorilla story.  Glenn Cravath (American artist 1897-1964) was born this day.  He is the artist for the book cover for King Kong, published in 1932, and for comic strip style advertisements for the movie based on the book.  The film was released in 1933 with Fay Wray playing the hapless bride.  A remake was done in 2005, starring Naomi Watts as the female lead and Jack Black as King Kong (no, that’s not right.)

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