Mighty Joe Young (1998)

Mighty Joe Young



Critic Consensus: Beguiling effects transcend a predictable plot.

Movie Info

After being discovered in the African outback, a twenty foot ape and his young woman companion escape to Los Angeles where the become an instant sensation.

Rating: PG (for some menacing action violence and mild language)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Kids & Family
Directed By:
Written By: Ruth Rose, Mark Rosenthal, Lawrence Konner, Holly Goldberg Sloan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 23, 1999
Buena Vista


as Gregg O'Hara

as Jill Young

as Strasser

as Cecily Banks

as Garth

as Harry Ruben

as Dr. Ruth Young

as Young Jill

as Dr. Baker

as Jason

as Jason's Mother

as Commander Gorman

as News Reporter

as News Reporter

as Gentleman at Party

as Elegant Woman at Par...

as Impatient Driver

as Boxer Shorts Man

as Bambi's Owners

as Street Kid

as Street Kid

as Street Kid

as Street Kid

as Cabriolet Girl

as Cabriolet Girl

as Cabriolet Girl

as Cabriolet Girl

as Conservancy Girl

as Animal Control Duty ...

as Concerned Mother

as Police Sharpshooter

as Carjack Man

as Toddler's Mom

as Panda Owner

as Poacher

as Society Woman

as Ticket Clerk

as Joe Young
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Critic Reviews for Mighty Joe Young

All Critics (69) | Top Critics (13)

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Thrilling family fun.

Full Review… | January 1, 2011
Common Sense Media

... a frustrating cartoon of a movie...

Full Review… | April 30, 2007
Seattle Weekly

Entertaining enough.

Full Review… | January 2, 2005

An old-fashioned adventure film that ranks with the best of the genre.

| June 19, 2003
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

King Kong has never looked so ... drowsy. Sleepy, boring tale of kind-hearted gorilla gets old real quick, but with Charlize Theron though, Disney proves men can have dirty thoughts while their children are entertained. Hooray Charlize!

August 1, 2002

Audience Reviews for Mighty Joe Young

It is all very Hollywood, but a watchable film none-the-less. A remake of the old black and white classic and a landmark of how far film effects have come during that length of time.

Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

Remake of the classic original which had classic Harryhausen effects, this newer model actually does justice to the first film whilst giving us a much more vivid visual treat.

The original film was created by the same team that made the original King Kong film so you obviously have allot of similarities in plot and action sequences but I guess you gotta over look that alittle. The newer film is similar with its plot yet tweaked here and there with minor changes but its almost along the same lines, the main changes are of course the effects which do look surprisingly good for a film made in 98 with cgi of the time.
All 'Joe' sequences are pretty darn good showing allot of good hair detail including movement and that shine gorilla hair has, mixed with exceptional puppet/masks using animatronics by the legendary Rick Baker you can see why it looks so good. The cgi is the main surprise though which is really well done blending with most backgrounds pretty well, some sequences are obvious but its not bad at all, I must admit I was taken aback when viewing this again at how well it stands up today.

Its a typical Disney type film of course with cliched characters, allot of corny moments and predictable setups but the original was actually like this too so Disney have remained reasonably faithful. Its still very much a 'Kongish' film right up to the final moment and myself I didn't really like it when Joe gets loose and runs amok then saves the kid, too kong-like and mawkish at the same time but its still an above average film mainly thanks to Baker and his work.

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

A very good movie! Bill Paxton held this together more than it already was!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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