The Man Who Moved King Kong

Stop-motion animation pioneer Willis O'Brien's 135th birthday is march 2. His best known work is the original "King Kong" and he won an Oscar for the original "Mighty Joe Young." / Illustration by Mikayla Webb.

If you seen the original King Kong, you’ve seen the pioneering work of Willis O’Brien, whose 135th birthday is March 2.

Hollywood’s original master of stop-motion animation lived a colorful life of amazing highs and terrible lows, and left a legacy that can still be seen today in films like The Nightmare Before Christmas.