Mighty Joe Young


1h 54m 1998

Brief Synopsis

To most people, Joe is a myth and a legend; a huge gorilla, a sacred guardian and defender of the natives of a small African village. To his only friend Jill, he is a protector and companion. Together they are the only family each has had since their respective mothers were killed by poachers 20 years ago. Now, when zoologist Gregg O'Hara, who is exploring the remote Pangani Mountains in Central Africa, comes upon the awesome 15-foot gorilla, he and Jill rescue the strong yet innocent creature from human predators by moving him into safety of a California animal conservancy. However, Joe is not safe for long. His notoriety makes him a target for an enemy from his past... a ruthless hunter who eager to steal Joe for his unique value on the endengered species black market. Feeling threatened and confused in his man-made confines, Joe finally escapes. As this powerful force of nature attempts to traverse the metropolis of Los Angeles, he leaves a trail of destruction and chaos in his wake.

Film Details

Also Known As
Joe - J├Ąttegorillan, Mighty Joe, Mon ami Joe
MPAA Rating
Genre
Adaptation
Adventure
Family
Release Date
1998
Distribution Company
Walt Disney Studios Distribution
Location
Los Angeles, California, USA; Hawaii, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 54m

Synopsis

To most people, Joe is a myth and a legend; a huge gorilla, a sacred guardian and defender of the natives of a small African village. To his only friend Jill, he is a protector and companion. Together they are the only family each has had since their respective mothers were killed by poachers 20 years ago. Now, when zoologist Gregg O'Hara, who is exploring the remote Pangani Mountains in Central Africa, comes upon the awesome 15-foot gorilla, he and Jill rescue the strong yet innocent creature from human predators by moving him into safety of a California animal conservancy. However, Joe is not safe for long. His notoriety makes him a target for an enemy from his past... a ruthless hunter who eager to steal Joe for his unique value on the endengered species black market. Feeling threatened and confused in his man-made confines, Joe finally escapes. As this powerful force of nature attempts to traverse the metropolis of Los Angeles, he leaves a trail of destruction and chaos in his wake.

Crew

Brian Adams

Visual Effects

Eddie Adolph

Accountant

Ellen Adolph

Production Accountant

John Agalsoff

Video Assist/Playback

Charlie Ajar Jr.

Other

Barbara S Allen

Casting Associate

David Alstadter

Foley Editor

Erik C Andersen

Assistant Editor

John R. Anderson

Other

Mike Anderson

Best Boy Grip

Ron Annunziata

Assistant Camera Operator

Gordon Antell

Assistant Editor

Audie Aragon

Dolly Grip

Jeffrey Arnold

Visual Effects

Ron Aston

Music

Suzanne Augusta

Production

Bob Badami

Music Editor

Chris Bailey

Animation Supervisor

Alice Baker

Assistant Set Decorator

Brydon Bertram Baker Iii

Boom Operator

Rick Baker

Other

Rick Baker

Visual Effects Designer

Stephen Baker

Animator

William Ballard

Transportation Captain

Cory Barlog

Animator

Janice Barnes

Hair

Hank Barrio

Other

Craig Barron

Visual Effects Supervisor

Robert Batha

Assistant Sound Editor

Ron Batzdorff

Photography

Travis Baumann

Visual Effects

Scott Beattie

Miniatures

Jon Bell

3-D Models

Leila Ben-joseph

Graphics

Barry Benefield

Production Assistant

Scott Benton

Assistant

David Bernstein

Assistant Director

Earl Beyer

Other

Ken Beyer

Production

Chris Biggs

Cgi Artist

Patricia Blau

Other

James Blevins

Effects Assistant

Chris Borelli

Video

Roger Borelli

Art Department

Bob Bornstein

Music

Merideth Boswell

Set Decorator

Melissa Bretherton

Assistant Editor

Mark Brown

Props Assistant

Travon Brumfield

Apprentice

Sue Brunell-edwards

Production Accountant

Kat Bueno

Grip

Ted Bukowski

Special Effects

Carey Burens

Graphics

Tim Burgard

Storyboard Artist

Steward Burris

Animator

Cathy Burrow

Visual Effects

Rob Burton

Visual Effects

David Bush

Effects Assistant

Kelly Cabral

Sound Editor

John Munro Cameron

Other

Aaron Campbell

Animator

Douglas J Campbell

Effects Assistant

Kevin A Canamar

Medic

Marc Canas

Rerecording

Frank Capra

Assistant Director

Guy Paul Caputo

Electrician

Jim Carlton

Grip

Debbie Lee Carrington

Other

Angelica Casillas

Visual Effects

Tony Castagnola

Other

Robert Caven

Production Assistant

Lanny Cermak

3-D Artist

Jessi Chan

Cgi Artist

Melissa Chang

Electrician

Bob Chapin

Visual Effects

Denise Cheshire

Other

Jim Chory

Associate Producer

Jim Chory

Assistant Director

Dave Christensen

Lighting

Arthur Cipollone

Production Assistant

Chris Claisse

Effects Coordinator

Bernard Clark

Production Assistant

Christian J Clark

Assistant Director

Jeffrey T Cline

Assistant Director

Eugene Collier

Stunts

Kyle Cooper

Titles

Merian C. Cooper

Story By

Merian C. Cooper

From Story

Michael Corcoran

Graphic Artist

Michael Corenblith

Production Designer

Theresa Corrao

Effects Coordinator

Ken Corvino

Production

Becky Cotton

Costumes

Jay Cox

Color Timer

Kevin Cox

Special Effects

Steve Craft

Camera Assistant

Suzanne Cranfill

Costumes

Janna Crawford

Costume Department

Christina Criswell

Makeup Artist

Trudy Cruser

Production Assistant

Michael Culbert

Assistant

Kevin Culhane

Animator

Douglas Cumming

Assistant Art Director

Julie D'antoni

Production Assistant

Charlie Daboub

Art Director

Missy Dallas

Production Assistant

Toby Dalsgaard

Other

John Damiani

Makeup

Craig Davies

Other

Michael Davis

Storyboard Artist

Mohammed Davoudian

Cgi Artist

Mark Dawson

Other

Sandy De Crescent

Music Contractor

Ray De La Motte

Camera Operator

Vincent De Quattro

Other

Curtis Decker

Special Effects

Lawrence Decker

Special Effects

Doug Delaney

Rerecording

Doug Delaney

Camera

Dan Deleeuw

Visual Effects Supervisor

Laura Deluisa

Hair

Krystyna Demkowicz

Visual Effects

Matt Dessero

Visual Effects

Mitch Devane

Makeup Artist

Scott Devereaux

Assistant Location Manager

Dino Dimuro

Sound Effects Editor

Pam Dixon Mickelson

Casting

Darryll Dodson

Special Effects

Thomas E Doherty

Best Boy Grip

Malcolm Doran

Key Grip

Roxanne Dorman

Projectionist

Frank Dorowsky

Rigging Gaffer

Randolph Meredyth Drake

Production Assistant

Rob Dressel

Animator

Steven S Duncan

Transportation Coordinator

Richard Dwan

Dialogue Editor

Colin Eckart

Cgi Artist

Cheryl Eckelberry

Stand-In

Jared Eddo

Stunts

Paul A. Edwards

Camera Operator

Jon Eichelberger

Other

Mike Elizalde

Electrician

John Elliott

Construction Coordinator

Mike Ellis

Visual Effects

Chrissie England

Other

Roy Erickson

Visual Effects

Edwin Escobar

Special Effects

Robert Espinoza

Special Effects

Johnnie Espiritu

Art Department

Nicholas Esposito

Electrician

Christopher Evans

Visual Effects

Mary Fanto

Art Department Coordinator

Tod Feaster

Production Manager

Tom Fejes

Graphics

Cynthia Feyrer

Negative Cutting

Vic Finster

Other

Julie Fischer

2-D Artist

Keith Fisher

Production Assistant

Michael G Fisher

Music

Kevin Fitzgerald

Motion Control

Claire Flewin

Costume Designer

Scott Floren

Key Grip

Nancy Fogarty

Music

John Ford

Special Thanks To

Stephen Foster

Song

Steven Foster

Special Effects Supervisor

Steven Foster

Special Effects Foreman

Michael Fottrell

Unit Production Manager

Michael Fottrell

Coproducer

Carl Frederick

Visual Effects Supervisor

Rob Freitas

Art Department

David Fuhrer

Visual Effects

Alex Funke

Director Of Photography

Alex Funke

Dp/Cinematographer

Rick Galinson

Electrician

Daniel Garab

Sound

Christopher G Garcia

Assistant Camera Operator

Tim Geideman

Other

Gary Gero

Animal Trainer

Giacomo Ghiazza

Visual Effects

Richard Gibbs

Song Performer

Richard Gibbs

Song

John Giffoni

Effects Assistant

Hector Gika

Sound Effects Editor

Troy Gilbert

Stunts

Tom Gilliland

Makeup Artist

Michael Gleason

Editor

Audrey Goetz

Costume Department

Holly Goldberg Sloan

Screenplay

Dave Goldfarb

Assistant Director

Richard Bryce Goodman

Sound Mixer

Trevor Goring

Storyboard Artist

Connie Grayson

Hair

William Green

Grip

Tim Greenwood

Projectionist

Rod Gregory

Visual Effects

Glen Griffin

Art Department

Gene Anthony Grijalva

Special Effects

Mike Gunning

Production Manager

Ed Gutentag

Assistant Camera Operator

Film Details

Also Known As
Joe - J├Ąttegorillan, Mighty Joe, Mon ami Joe
MPAA Rating
Genre
Adaptation
Adventure
Family
Release Date
1998
Distribution Company
Walt Disney Studios Distribution
Location
Los Angeles, California, USA; Hawaii, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 54m

Award Nominations

Best Visual Effects

1998

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Winter December 25, 1998

Released in United States on Video March 23, 1999

Remake of the RKO Radio Pictures film "Mighty Joe Young" (USA/1949), directed by Ernest B. Schoedsack.

Film was temporarily halted for several days in early July when director of photography Don Peterman and camera operator Ray De La Motte were injured during production.

Began shooting May 26, 1997.

Completed shooting mid December 1997.

Released in United States Winter December 25, 1998

Released in United States on Video March 23, 1999