Pooch the Pup takes his girlfriend and an anthropomorphic camera to the jungle in search of the giant ape, King Klunk. They arrive just as the Hot-Cha tribe is offering one of their own girls to the ape as a sacrifice. King Klunk tries to bite down on her head, but even his enormous fangs can't make a dent in her hard skull. His attention turns to Pete the Pup's girl, whom he snatches up in his huge hand. The ape doesn't know what to make of her until Cupid hits him with an arrow. Suddenly, King Klunk is in love. He even battles a dinosaur to prevent her from getting devoured. During the fight, Pooch takes the opportunity to rescue her. After winning his battle, the ape takes after the fleeing pair, but they defeat him by cracking a giant egg over his head. Soon, Pooch and his girl are exhibiting the giant ape in a big-city theater. Mischievous Cupid reappears to reignite the ape's passion for the girl, which gives him the strength to break his chains and cause some real trouble. Written by
King Klunk. You heard about it. You read about it (specifically in monster books that talk about anything related to the Eighth Wonder of the World). Now finally you have an opportunity to see it! It is either available on disc one of the "Woody Woodpecker Classic Cartoon Collection" DVD set or on YouTube. It starts off when Pooch the Pup, who looks like a combination between Bimbo from those Betty Boop cartoons and Mickey Mouse, takes his unnamed girl-friend down to the jungle to film the title beast. However, after the Klunk is munching on a sacrifice, he finds Pooch's girl-friend and with the help of cupid arrow, he falls in love with her. Meanwhile Pooch is trying to avoid the victim of sacrifice that the giant ape rejected and before you know it, the majority of the film is spoofing the original 1933 RKO classic, from the battle with the Tyrannosaurus Rex to the attack at New York where he climbs the tallest building (called The Broken Arms). Walter Lantz cooks up the film with his creative humor such as inanimate objects that have minds of their own (like the movie camera, the cactus and the airplane), the 6 7/8 gag (which appears in later cartoon as 1951's "slingshot 6 7/8" and those Inspector Willouby cartoons where his badge reads 'Inspector 6 7/8') and the most original gag in this cartoon, the drum-chest gag. On another note, the monster's size keeps changing. One scene he is as big as the gate, then he is as big as the sea. In another scene his head and shoulders are sticking out of the water while his feet is at the bottom. For the city scene, the gorilla's height is as big as the stage and then in the next scene he is holding the entire building above his head (must be "the think strong to be strong" technique which appeared in later cartoons). When he's chasing the people, the buildings are up to his legs and the panicking crowd are like ants. When he is holding Pooch's girl friend, the buildings are about his size, especially before he climbs up the building. This cartoon only aired on TV in the 1950's, but it never aired in the "Woody Woodpecker Show" (1988-1994). Why?! What's the matter? Is it because of the portrayal of the natives in this short are too racist? Is it because you are afraid of showing you early pre-Woody works from the 20's and 30's in fear that people will find them too boring? It worked on shows like "Donald Duck Presents", "Looney Tunes on Nickelodeon" and "The Popeye Show". Why can't you show it to the new generation of audiences, because black and white cartoons fascinated my brother and I when we were kids! Or is because you want nothing but Woody Woody Woody, so you can create a new generation of trouble makers to drive people of all ages bananas! Rant aside, this film should of been a short subject to the unmade Universal film, "The Legend of King Kong" (if Universal only bought the rights of original) or Peter Jackson's remake. Before I end this review, I would like to say that I uploaded for various reasons: 1. Because that DVD set is too expensive and I don't have any equipment to capture DVD footage to the computer. 2. I found a link to download it. 3. I stopped liking Woody Woodpecker when I was 10 because he was too mischievous. He caused nothing but trouble, drove people up the wall and gave maturity and growing up a bad name! Like "Hook Line and Stinker" (1969), where he was fishing and drove the guy next to him bananas and at the end, he was sobbing because he wanted some peace and quiet. Shame on you Woody! You make Popeye look like and angel!
Bottom line: A must for anyone who is fan of (old) cartoons and monster movie fans (like me).
No Motion Picture Association of America rating, but a G rating would work well (if it was re-released in 2005).
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