Jill Young has brought up her pet gorilla since she was a child. Twelve years later, when the gorilla is fully grown, Hollywood promoter Max O’Hara travels to Tanzania, Africa, and convinces Jill to bring her extraordinarily large gorilla, Joe, back to America.
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You can imagine a young Harryhausen, in awe at King Kong & saying "I'm going to do that but make it more fun!" From the very start, w/ a little girl & a baby ape, you can sense this was made for children in an attempt to inspire & delight a generation. The romance is forgettable but its a sheer delight with a creature that's easy to sympathize with (as usual in Harry's films). Light & simple fun is easily found here.