KAIJU DAY MARATHON: Kong: Return to the Jungle (2007)

After the Peter Jackson King Kong movie, this animated spin-off told the story of another Kong, a more heroic and human-friendly version. After beauty killed the beast, a young scientist Dr. Lorna Jenkins cloned him and took him back to Kong Island. Her grandson Jason (voice actor Kirby Morrow, who has played everything from Cyclops to Michaelangelo the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle) and his friend Tan (Scott McNeil, whose voice was all over Dragon Ball Z) decided to take their teacher Ramon De La Porta (David Kaye, the narrator of Fido) to meet Kong, but it turned out that he was evil, using the Primal Stones of the island to unleash the evil elder god Chyros. Luckily, Jason, Kong and an island named Lua (Saffron Henderson, who was the rocking J.J. in Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan) have always been around to protect the world.

Unlike the animated series, this is all 3D rendered and has not aged well, but the story itself is still pretty good. If you have young kids at home who love Kong and monsters, well, this is perfect, with the big ape battling alongside and against cyber hunters, wooly mammoths, saber toothed tigers, raptors, a T. Rex, a giant cave snake and more.

You can watch this on the official YouTube channel of the Kong Animated Series. You can also watch it on Tubi.

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