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Willis H. O'Brien (1886–1962)


In 1949, 16 years after his ground breaking work on "King Kong", Willis O'Brien worked as Chief Technician on another gorilla picture for Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Shoedsack called "Mighty Joe Young". A young Ray Harryhausen would animate most of the animation, but O'Brien did come up with the designs for the film. At the 1950 Academy Awards, ... See full bio »

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Known For

King Kong Miscellaneous Crew
(1933)
The Lost World Special Effects
(1925)
Mighty Joe Young Special Effects
(1949)

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 1957 The Black Scorpion (supervisor of special effects - as Willis O'Brien)
 1949 Mighty Joe Young (technical creator - as Willis O'Brien)
 1933 The Son of Kong (special effects technician - uncredited)
 1931 Creation (special effects)
 1925 The Lost World (special effects - uncredited)
 1918 The Ghost of Slumber Mountain (Short) (special effects - uncredited)
 1916 Prehistoric Poultry (Short) (special effects)
 1916 R.F.D. 10,000 B.C. (Short) (special effects)
 1915 Morpheus Mike (Short) (special effects)
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In 1928, O'Brien proposed an animated, stop-action version of "Frankenstein" and even shot test footage. In 1961, he proposed a satirical animated film called "King Kong vs. Frankenstein," later changed to "King Kong vs. the Ginko". None of these films were ever made. See more »

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