The Great Debates: King Kong vs Godzilla

This month’s great debate is a monstrous battle.

Literally.

Two classic movie monsters, squaring off to see who is the last one standing. King Kong vs Godzilla. The two most legendary oversized creatures of the silver screen duke it out for your votes.

Who will reign supreme??

Click through to read the tale of the tape!

KING KONG

First Appearance: 1933

Number of Movies: 8

King Kong, Son of Kong, Konga, King Kong vs. Godzilla, King Kong Escapes, King Kong (’76 Remake), King Kong Lives, King Kong (’05 Remake)

Why Kong? Perhaps the most famous example of early stop motion animation ever, King Kong (33) is one of the great American classics. It’s become completely iconic. The gigantic gorilla battling biplanes atop the Empire State Building is one of the most famous movie scenes of all time. But we all know it wasn’t the planes which killed him. It was beauty that killed the beast. Although he didn’t spawn the franchise that Godzilla did, his first film remains a legend, and each generation, some filmmaker brings the story to the screen again in their own way.

Plus! He IS the winner of the only head to head matchup. King Kong vs Godzilla ends with Kong emerging from the ocean… and Godzilla nowhere to be seen! 

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Godzilla

First Appearance: 1954

Number of Movies: 29

Godzilla, Godzilla Raids Again, King Kong vs. Godzilla, Mothra vs. Godzilla, Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster, Invasion of Astro-Monster, Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster, Son of Godzilla, Destroy All Monsters, All Monsters Attack, Godzilla vs. Hedorah, Godzilla vs. Gigan, Godzilla vs. Megalon, Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla, Terror of Mechagodzilla, The Return of Godzilla, Godzilla vs. Biollante, Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah, Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle for Earth, Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II, Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla, Godzilla vs. Destoroyah, Godzilla 2000: Millennium, Godzilla vs. Megaguirus, Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack, Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla, Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S., Godzilla: Final Wars and Godzilla (1998, American)

Why Godzilla? Since his inaugural appearance in “Gojira” in 1954, Godzilla has spawned one of the most legendary movie franchises of them all. Over the course of nearly 30 films, Godzilla has done battle with everything under the sun… and come out triumphant. He has been both a menace and a saviour to Japan in film, and his legend lives to this day. Legendary Pictures is prepping a new Godzilla movie for 2014, directed by Gareth Edwards.

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There you have it folks! Who do you think should reign supreme? Who should we crown the King of the monsters? Godzilla, or Kong? YOU decide!

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80 thoughts on “The Great Debates: King Kong vs Godzilla

  1. I think the idea behind King Kong is more meaningful, for one. Granted, I haven’t dug into the 800 Godzilla movies to know all of the themes in them, but they all look like excuses to have dudes in suits stomping on buildings. Plus, you know, there’s that ONE movie that spawned Puff Daddy remixing a Led Zeppelin song. Case closed.

    • Ohhh.

      The PAIN.

      I literally had forgotten that.

      Is that what a schizoid embolism feels like? GAHD!!

      Kong on a run here of late, for sure. Dead heat now.

      I do want to say for the record though, I have no issues with dudes in suits stomping on buildings. :D

      • Oh, me either. It’s just that if you’re going to compare that with Kong, I feel like the one with more going for it overall should come out on top.

        And yes, that is what it feels like to get lobotomized.

        By the way, the comment after mine does sort of undermine my point about deeper themes. I should watch the original again. But I stick with my choice.

  2. Another great debate, Fogs. My vote is for the original Gojira (original Japanese title and film). Naturally, I saw Godzilla when I was quite young. The American cut, with Raymond Burr added to feel less foreign and make it more like the 50s monster movies of the era, was enjoyable enough. However, once I saw Ishirô Honda’s original, with its political and post-WWII overtones intact, I was blown away by it. Yes, the many Godzilla vs… sequels get away, somewhat, from the original’s examination of a culture attempting to get over atomic bomb devastation, but that doesn’t detract from what it accomplished. If you’ve only seen ‘Godzilla’, I urge to seek out the ‘Gojira’. It’s very much worth checking out. Thanks, Dan.

  3. Like them both of course but, it has to be Kong for me. And I think the voting has been swayed by the mention of the BOC song. Kong may not have a song but he also doesn’t have a goofy looking kid, or have to fight a mechanical Kong, or have pretty bad martial arts moves.

    Please don’t get me wrong, I like all the Godzilla movies as well. They are fun and could include any number of odd characters, but Kong holds a special place for me. I think they should make a Godzilla cheese dispenser. Maybe radioactive cheese whiz.

    • “And I think the voting has been swayed by the mention of the BOC song.”

      Well, maybe… but at least we made no mention of when Godzilla challenged Sir Charles Barkley in hoops.

      • @Fogs True! However, Godzilla does know how to pull off a pair of stylish sports goggles, which means he’s got better fashion sense than Kong. :)

  4. Godzilla, all the way. I grew up watching Godzilla. Plus, I’m Japanese…I think we are brained washed to always pick Godzilla. Plus, Godzilla always comes back alive and you can never tell if he is a good lizard or bad. Like one movie, he is against us, but in the next, he is saving the town. Plus, he/she has no emotional attachments, unlike that ape. AND…can switch genders, procreate, and man made. It’s like he/she is punishing us for creating him/her.

    • LOL. Imagine that. I actually believe that that’s the reason behind his origin, right? It was supposed to be a cautionary/nature revenge story? Mess with the earth (with nukes and such) and this is what happens.

      I’m gonna have to go buy this thing now. If Best Buy has it, I’m pulling the trigger. LOL :D

      • DO IT!!!! It’s one of those DVDs that you don’t watch, but always have. I can’t wait to show it to my future kids.

  5. Hi, Fogs and company:

    I’m going against the trend and cast my vote for ‘King Kong’. Superb stop motion photography and lots of it. Meshed very well with excellent model work. Though dated, the film still holds up magnificently today.

    ‘Godzilla’ comes in a very, very close second with its own iconic panache and style. To the point of my often saying, “If it isn’t some guy in a rubber suit tearing up downtown Tokyo, it isn’t Godzy!”.

  6. Wow, um, I actually haven’t seen a single Godzilla or King Kong movie all the way through. Sure, I am familiar with the characters and have seen tons of clips, but I wouldn’t feel right casting a vote here. Damn.

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