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Mighty Joe Young. (1998). "He's walking already? Joe should have dropped him harder."

Join us this this week's episode for "Mighty Joe Young". We talk shared childhood trauma, poach culture, Hollywood's "Eco" donor class, scared science , and why you never go to a carnival with a giant gorilla. Does this movie swinging from the trees or are we hoping to end up in the poachers trophy case? Find out now!


Storyline : The baby gorilla left in her care grows up to become a hugely tall and broad specimen by the name of Joe, living in the mountains as a mostly unseen legend amongst the people who live there. Along comes eco-minded emissary Gregg O'Hara (Bill Paxton), who is from a California sanctuary, and who talks jungle girl Jill Young (Charlize Theron) into providing a safe haven for Joe at the Los Angeles facility. The transition is not without discomfort, but everything is aggravated via a conspiracy of poachers to get Joe into their own greedy hands.

Director: Ron Underwood,

Stars: Charlize Theron, Bill Paxton, Rade Serbedzija & Peter Firth

Awards: Nominee Oscar for Best Visual Effects, Genesis Award Winner for Best Feature Film

Film Budget: $90,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $50,632,037


There really was only one song in this movie. The African lullaby Jill's mom taught her when she was a child that she then sang to Joe to calm him. Not exactly a memorable banger but it is a nice song.



We give these trivia facts two large gorilla thumbs up.

  1. Bill Paxton was twenty years older than Charlize Theron.

  2. Some of the sound effects used for the gorillas at the beginning of this movie and Joe throughout the movie were actually feline roars.

  3. Bill Paxton and Charlize Theron appeared in the Alien film franchise; Paxton appeared in Aliens (1986), and Theron appeared in Prometheus (2012).

  4. The running gag of Joe and Jill playing hide and seek was not in the original script, that came from Cinovation crew member Chad Waters.

  5. This movie was originally intended for a summer 1998 release before being pushed out to the 1998 Christmas season.


Mighty Joe Young can be found here on Disney+


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