The various trailers for “Kong: Skull Island” have definitely evoked “Apocalypse Now” with its Vietnam War-era choppers flying in the baking sun and jungle as military characters suffer fever dreams. But there’s another obvious influence at work here that’s a little harder to spot – one that’s considered one of the greatest animated films ever made.
Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts spoke with JoBlo this week and revealed that Hayao Miyazaki’s “Princess Mononoke” also had a big influence on the film, namely in the design and behavior of the creatures inhabiting Skull Island’s self-contained biosphere:
“The creatures are a big thing. Jurassic World obviously owns the dinosaur thing right now. If Kong is the God of this island, we wanted each of the creatures to feel like they’re individual gods of their own domain. Miyazaki and Princess Mononoke was actually a big reference in the way that the spirit creatures sort of have their own domains and fit within that.
A big thing was trying to design creatures that felt realistic and could exist in an ecosystem that feels sort of wild and out there, and then also design things that simultaneously felt beautiful and horrifying at the same time. Where if you look at this giant spider or water buffalo, you stare at, a part of you says, ‘that’s the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen’ and ‘oh my god, that’s going to kill me right now, I need to run for my life!”
Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, John Goodman, Samuel L. Jackson, and John C. Reilly lead the cast of the new ‘Kong’ which opens in cinemas on March 10th.