HOW KONG MEASURES UP
How does one measure the “new” King Kong? Let us count the ways:
Height: 30 feet-- without legs (he’s seen standing in water holding up the Brooklyn Bridge). Weight: 6.5 tons (Universal estimates that if he were real--and this size--he would weigh about 32 tons).
Head: 10 feet high.
Fur: 660 pounds (sewn in place by nine costumers).
10 watts of “growl” (enough to power a campus radio station).
Number of people who built Kong: 40.
Time involved: just over three years.
Cost of entire project, including sound stage: $6.5 million.
Size of sound stage: 26,000 square feet (Universal thinks it may be the biggest in the world).
Computerized movements: 29.
Computer commands: 16 analogs, 16 digitals in .25 megabytes.
Explosions during show: 5.
Vehicles crashed: two cars; one el-train; one full-size chopper (which cools within five minutes of flames going out, as required by the fire department; a second chopper buzzes overhead, but escapes the beast’s wrath).
Newsman glimpsed on a TV set “covering” the Kong story: Sander Vanocur.
Length of show: 2 minutes, 40 seconds.
Time of reset: 3 seconds (!).
Number of people per tram: 175.
Estimated number of visitors who will see Kong in first year: 3.5 million.