A lot of very dodgy voice work and pacing- but it's tough to match the absolutely manic energy Rankin and Bass give to some of these characters. Gandalf's introduction is completely unhinged and all the more delightful for it, Gollum's design is just how I imagined him as a kid, and the songs are (nonstop and) terrific. Just a splendidly little imperfect piece of animation.
Some stray thoughts:
- Godzilla's first foray into color is surprisingly good. The miniatures work is top notch, and Godzilla's suit is spectacular. I miss the more radiation-burn inspired version, but the more reptilian look is undoubtedly iconic.
- the pharmaceutical company subplot is clearly played for laughs, but its the most realistic thing in the whole movie.
- the octopus scene fucking rips. Real octopus on a miniature set, Kong getting drunk and passing out - the movie peaks…
When you're down and low,
lower than the floor,
and you feel like you don't got a chance (bum bum bum)
Don't make a move till you're in the groove,
and do the Peter Panda Dance.
Just hop three times like a kangaroo,
sidestep twice just like the crabs do.
Three steps forward, one step back.
Quick like a turtle, lie on your back.
Roll like a log till you can't roll no more,
better jump quick like there ain't…