The city of Destin decided long ago if there ever should be a snow storm or more specifically according to the law “A cold weather disturbance that prevents city operations” they would open up the city to scientific experimentation, or film production. Destin is the only city in the US to have such a unique law. As it turns out, Nintendo with their upcoming release of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, couldn’t resist the unfortunate opportunity.
When weather reports came in that a big freeze was coming for Destin Nintendo officials contacted the City. The city officials of Destin were unable to comment on what Nintendo filmed or what data was collected by the video game company. They commented that as part of the contract if any damage should be made to public or private property that fair market value plus an additional 2% would be collected in reparation. When asked why the law continues to exist on the books the reply it was apart of the original city charter. They further explained that they didn’t want to waste taxpayer money by holding meetings to repeal the law.
A Nintendo representative did confirm they did used Destin as a sandbox for a planned Donkey Kong Country movie. We are interested in expanding our current intellectual properties, also, with the storied history of Donkey Kong it seemed to be the most appropriate fit. She also explained that their film crew was filming live action scenes to be focus tested with their animation equivalents. In order to have realistic action, the Nintendo crew decided that a frozen tropical backgrounds simply could not be recreated with today’s technology.
A few residence did say they got a good glimpse of the gorilla riding a Rhinoceros. A few others claim they saw the big animal in a mine cart. In true Nintendo style, they were able to keep most of the information close to the chest.