When film producer D.B. Denham (voiced by Dudley Moore) and his crew travel to a remote jungle island for a location shoot, they lose lead actress Ann (Jodi Benson) to a local tribe. The tribe offer her up as a sacrifice to the giant ape Kong, who is smitten by Ann's beauty, appointing himself as her protector forthwith. However, the crew manage to capture Kong, transporting him across the ocean to New York, where he is put on show as a tourist attraction. Heartbroken, Kong goes on the rampage in search of his lost love.