“Mongrel & The Wrath of the Ape King” by Morgan King “Mongrel & The Wrath of the Ape King” by Morgan King

“Mongrel & The Wrath of the Ape King” by Morgan King

Morgan King had dreamed of making a Ralph Bakshi-ish rotoscoped fantasy animation all his life. This is the result of those dreams: a six-month project, teaching himself as he went along – Mongrel & The Wrath of the Ape King (you’ll note a bit of He-Man and Heavy Metal influence, thrown in for good measure). Says King, “while I didn’t even get close to the breadth of my 22-min script, as a stylistic attempt it gets pretty close to what I was shooting for.”

  • Although I’m not a fan of heavily roto’d animation – and I HATE heavy synth soundtracks – this is a rarity: Things that I hate that come together to make something that I really like.

    Design and animation were perfect for the story. The audio: voices, FX and music were again, perfect for the story. This is very well done. I’d like to see more.

  • DonaldC

    Even better than Bakshi. The story has a clear direction.

  • jordan reichek

    really well done!

    music, design/style and theme are a great homage.

    however, i’m afraid the circle is now complete for the devolution of civilization. :(

  • Satorical

    “Ape King!”
    “No, my name is Harold. Sorry.”

  • Rotoscoping is a fantastic art form, when you see someone invest time and energy into it you can’t help to appreciate the end result. You know painting and tracing frame by frame is going to have you sitting there for a while, 6 months for a couple of minutes of viewing! Passion is a hell of a drug, wouldn’t you agree.

  • Cool soundtrack, cool Galactus helmet on the ape, cool smicky-smacky sounds for the punchin’

  • Not entirely sure why but it struck a chord with me. The flashes in the end credits are my favorite part. I would love to see the full 22 minute script animated. Loved it.

  • Bugsmer

    That was great! Everything blended perfectly together, but as a film it has more of the feel of a teaser than a completed, finalized film. It makes you want to see more–a lot more. Long live the Ape King!

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  • John A

    A nice effort, but its greatest weakness is the same problem that almost all rotoscoped productions suffer— the rotocoping is only as good as live actors it’s traced from.

  • Kimberley

    Brilliant animation. Quite scary, reminded me a little bit of the original Lord of the Rings animation. Quite similar to look at. Nice Vid!