How King Kong Works

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For director Peter Jackson and Weta Digital effects studio, Gollum was just the beginning. Following the completion of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, they began work on their next project: creating King Kong. The latest version of the famous giant gorilla is the product of the highest-tech animation methods and one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world.

In 1933, King Kong was bear fur and motors. In 2005, King Kong is digital -- but there's also an actor who plays the 24-foot ape. In this article, we'll find out how the latest King Kong incorporates human performance and digital animation to recreate the most famous gorilla of all time.