A2_5 Going Ape; the Galilean Square-cube law in motion pictures

Christopher Johnson, Ryland Evill, Mark Wilson, Samantha Rolfe


The article provides a quantitative analysis of the popular film concept of scaling up everyday creatures to enormous sizes. We use the 2005 blockbuster hit King Kong TM as a specific example. Calculations showed that King Kong’s legs would experience less than 2% of their breaking stress while standing, but falling from a 5m height requires Kong to bend his legs throughout the impact for at least 0.02s to avoid breaking them.

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