Donkey Kong Country (TV series)
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|Donkey Kong Country|
Donkey Kong Country title card
|Format||CGI Animated series|
|Created by||Jacques Goldstein
Hong Guang Animation (Su Zhou)
|Directed by||Mike Fallows|
|Voices of||Richard Yearwood
|Theme music composer||Pure West|
|Opening theme||"Donkey Kong Country" theme|
|Ending theme||"Donkey Kong Country" theme (instrumental)|
|Country of origin||France
Brazilian Portuguese (Dubbed)
German (Dubbed) (Season 2 only)
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||40|
|Executive producer(s)||Gérard Mital
Dale A. Andrews
Clive A. Smith
Patricia R. Burns
|Running time||30 minutes per episode|
|Distributor||Paramount Pictures (North American VHS)
Western International Communications
|Original channel||Teletoon (Canada)
France 2 (France)
Fox Kids Network (USA)
|Original run||September 4, 1996 (France)
August 15, 1997 – July 7, 2000 (USA)
Donkey Kong Country is a French/Canadian computer-generated animated television series. It is based on the Nintendo franchise Donkey Kong as portrayed in the Donkey Kong Country video game series by Nintendo & Rare. Created by France 2 and Nelvana, it was originally titled La Planète de Donkey Kong (The Planet of Donkey Kong in English translation). Donkey Kong Country first aired in France on September 4, 1996; it premiered late in the United States on the Fox Kids block on Fox on August 15, 1997 but the show was not shown on the block for long. After only two episodes, the series moved to Fox Family. In Japan, Donkey Kong Country took over the TV Tokyo 6:30 P.M. timeslot from Gokudo and was later replaced with Hamtaro.
Donkey Kong Country was one of the earliest television series to be computer-animated to match an artistic style and garnered critical acclaim in France and Japan but only marginal success elsewhere. Several elements of the series like the crystal coconut, appeared in later Donkey Kong Country video games like Donkey Kong 64, which was released a year after the show began airing on Fox.
Characters From the Games
These characters all came from Donkey Kong Country and Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (mostly the former, though). However, some of them went through some design changes.
- Donkey Kong - The show's titular character, and the future ruler of Kongo Bongo Island, voiced by Richard Yearwood.
- Diddy Kong - DK's sidekick and buddy, voiced by Andrew Sabiston, who had earlier voiced Yoshi in Super Mario World.
- Cranky Kong - DK's mentor, who often mixes potions. He is able to use the Crystal Coconut to show up as a hologram whenever he needs to alert DK. Interestingly, the show makes no mention of how he and DK are related or of his days in the arcade games, which he frequently mentions in the game series as a form of meta-reference.
- Candy Kong - DK's girlfriend. She is much less passive than in the games, and even has a different design to match. Interestingly, part of her design for the show was mixed with her old game design for Donkey Kong 64. She is voiced by Joy Tanner.
- Funky Kong - The resident airport manager. He looks as he did in the first game but has tan fur instead of brown.
- Dixie Kong - Diddy's unofficial girlfriend, and the only character on the show directly from the second Country. Like Candy, her design differs a bit (but not as much), and she also has been given tan fur like Funky. Ironically, while Candy is less passive than in the games, Dixie isn't quite as dynamic, as she is not given much attention. She also has a habit of losing her pets.
- King K. Rool - The main villain of the series, always attempting to steal the Crystal Coconut and take over the island. His only noticeable change in physical appearance is that his cape is much shorter. He is voiced by Benedict Campbell.
- Krusha - K. Rool's bodyguard. He is very childlike and enjoys watching the Sing Along with Uncle Swampy Show. He is voiced by Len Carlson, who had earlier voiced Ganon in The Legend of Zelda.
- Klump - K. Rool's general. He often carries out his boss's plans, but without success.
- Kritters - K. Rool's standard foot soldiers. They look as they did in the first game but are also armed with Klap-Blasters.
- Klaptraps - Small crocodiles who like to eat wooden surfaces in the manner of termites. They are fired out of Klap-Blasters by the Kritters and usually give comments on whatever they're eating.
Characters Exclusive to the Show
These characters appeared only in the show and have not appeared in any games to date.
- Bluster Kong - The boss of the Bluster Barrelworks factory, where barrels are produced. He has a huge ego and constantly hits on Candy, his lone employee, unsuccessfully.
- Junior the Giant Klaptrap - As his name suggests, he is an abnormally large Klaptrap (about Diddy's size).
- Kaptain Skurvy - A secondary, pirate-themed villain for the series. His design resembles that of Kannon from the second Country game, and it has even been revealed that he is Klump's long lost twin brother. He persists in chasing the Crystal Coconut, claiming it to be the birthright of one of his ancestors.
- Kutlass & Green Kroc - Skurvy's minions, the former of whom shares a name with one of the enemies from the second game.
- Polly Roger the Parrot - Formerly the pet parrot of Kaptain Skurvy, Polly Roger now works for K. Rool. He and Klump do not get along well.
- Baby Kong - First appeared on the show as DK after having drunk a youth potion. Confusingly, he appeared again as a separate character from DK, similar to how Baby Mario showed up as a different character from Mario in his sports games.
- Robot Candy Clone - A robot look-alike of Candy created by K. Rool to lure DK into certain traps.
- Eddie the Mean Old Yeti - A white-furred gorilla who lives alone in the White Mountains. He doesn't seem to like it when other characters intrude on his territory.
- Inka Dinka Doo - The temple god from where the Crystal Coconut came. It was he who selected DK to be the future ruler. He appears as a stone column on which expressions are featured. This stone block turns around to show the expression that matches his current mood.
Donkey Kong is an ape who happens to find a magic coconut called the Crystal Coconut, which grants wishes and is capable of answering questions asked of it. Donkey Kong is the protector of the Crystal Coconut, which is housed in Cranky Kong's Cabin. King K. Rool and his minions want to steal the Crystal Coconut from Donkey Kong and company in order to rule Kongo Bongo Island, the setting of the show. Try as they may, King K. Rool and his minions never succeed in stealing the Crystal Coconut. Each episode features two songs performed by the show's characters, and the series spanned a total of 40 episodes in two seasons.
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|Character Role||French Original||Quebec French Re-Dub||English Dubbing|
|Donkey Kong||Nicolas Bienvenu||????||Richard Yearwood|
|Diddy Kong||Véronique Alicia||????||Andrew Sabiston|
|Dixie Kong||Marie Montoya||????||Louise Vallance |
|Funky Kong||Philippe Sax||????||Damon D'Oliveira|
|Cranky Kong||????||Yves Massicotte||Aron Tager|
|Candy Kong||Véronique Alicia||Camille Cyr-Desmarais||Joy Tanner|
|Bluster Kong||????||Daniel Lesourd||Donald Burda|
|King K. Rool||????||Éric Gaudry||Benedict Campbell|
|General Klump||????||Jean Brousseau||Adrian Truss|
|Krusha||Philippe Sax||????||Len Carlson|
|Green Kroc||????||????||Richard Newman (uncredited)|
|Eddie the Mean Old Yeti||????||????||Damon D'Oliveira|
|Inka Dinka Doo||????||????||Rick Jones|
|Kaptain Skurvy||????||????||Ron Rubin|
|Kutlass||????||????||John Stocker (uncredited)|
|Polly Roger||????||????||Rick Jones|
|Junior the Giant Klaptrap||????||????||Ron Rubin|
|#||Season||Episode||Title||Airdate (France)||Airdate (North America)||Description||Notes|
|1||1||1||I Spy with My Hairy Eye|
|2||1||2||The Big Chill Out|
|3||1||3||Bad Hair Day|
|4||1||4||Raiders of the Lost Banana|
|5||1||5||Ape Foo Young|
|6||1||6||Booty and the Beast|
|7||1||7||Kong for a Day|
|8||1||8||From Zero to Hero|
|10||1||10||Cranky's Tickle Tonic|
|11||1||11||Get a Life, Don't Save One|
|12||1||12||The Curse of Kongo Bongo|
|16||1||16||Bluster's Sale Ape-Stravaganza|
|18||1||18||Bug a Boogie|
|19||1||19||Watch the Skies|
|20||1||20||Baby Kong Blues|
|21||1||21||To the Moon Baboon|
|22||1||22||Double Date Trouble|
|24||1||24||A Thin Line Between Love & Ape|
|25||1||25||Barrel, Barrel... Who's Got the Barrel|
|26||1||26||Legend of the Crystal Coconut|
|27||2||1||The Kongo Bongo Festival of Lights|
|28||2||2||Hooray for Holly-Kongo Bongo|
|29||2||3||Speak No Evil, Dude|
|30||2||4||The Day the Island Stood Still|
|31||2||5||Message in a Bottle Show|
|32||2||6||Monkey Seer, Monkey Do|
|33||2||7||Four Weddings and a Coconut|
|34||2||8||Vote of Kong-Fidence|
|35||2||9||Follow That Coconut|
|36||2||10||The Big Switch-A-Roo|
|37||2||11||Hunka Hunka Burnin' Bluster|
|38||2||12||Best of Enemies|
|39||2||13||It's a Wonderful Life|
Donkey Kong Country won in 1999 for a (public voted) award at 7 d'Or for Best Animation and Youth Program (Meilleure émission d'animation et de jeunesse).
Home video releases
Over thirty Donkey Kong Country DVDs have been released with only five being in English. Over thirteen VHS tapes of the cartoon were released in Japan.
Four episodes of Donkey Kong Country were released in North America on a single VHS cassette titled Donkey Kong Country: The Legend of the Crystal Coconut and was marketed as a feature length film. However, these episodes are not in chronological order, as a flashback shown in the third episode actually occurs in the fourth episode of the tape. The North American version of the tape was distributed by: Paramount Pictures, Nintendo, and Nelvana.
Donkey Kong Country was released as a feature-length 88 minute movie on VHS. In the DVDs Donkey Kong Country Vol.1 (released in Australia) and Donkey Kong Country - Bad Hair Day (released in the United Kingdom) they also put a few episodes. The other two DVDs, Donkey Kong Country: Hooray for Holly Kongo Bongo and Donkey Kong Country: The Kongo Bongo Festival of Lights (both released in Australia) only held one episode. After over three years of no new English DVD, the UK released I Spy With My Hairy Eye.
Recently, Phase 4 Films a small Canadian low-budget film company, has officially purchased the rights to release the series on Region 1 for DVD and will release episodes starting off with the first DVD stating to be released on August 20, 2013.
|Name||Release Date||Episodes||Region||Additional Information|
|The Legend of the Crystal Coconut||November 9, 1999||4||VHS||Includes Legend of the Crystal Coconut, Bug a Boogie, Ape-nesia, and Booty and the Beast edited together in a full-length format.|
|Vol. 1||TBA||4||4||Includes Hooray For Holly-Kongo Bongo, The Kongo Bongo Festival of Lights, Speak No Evil, Dude and The Day The Island Stood Still.|
|Bad Hair Day||June 6, 2005||4||2||Includes Bad Hair Day, Ape Foo Young, Booty and the Beast and Barrel, Barrel... Who's Got the Barrel.|
|The Kongo Bongo Festival of Lights||TBA||2||4||Includes The Kongo Bongo Festival of Lights and Hooray for Holly-Kongo Bongo.|
|Speak No Evil, Dude||TBA||2||4||Includes Speak No Evil, Dude and The Day the Island Stood Still.|
|Monkey Seer, Monkey Do||TBA||2||4||Includes Monkey Seer, Monkey Do and Four Weddings and a Coconut.|
|I Spy with My Hairy Eye||June 9, 2008||3||2||Includes TBA episodes.|
|Raiders of the Lost Banana||August 3, 2009||5||2||Includes TBA episodes.|
|He Came, He Saw, He Kong-cured||August 20, 2013||4||1||Includes Bad Hair Day, Ape Foo Young, Booty and the Beast and Barrel, Barrel... Who's Got the Barrel.|
|Raiders of the Lost Banana||October 1, 2013||4||1||Includes Raiders of the Lost Banana, Kong for a Day, From Zero to Hero and Buried Treasure.|
The show had a large line of merchandise in Japan including a collectible card game featuring drawings of characters, some of which never appeared in the series. The card game was later adapted to be based on Donkey Kong 64.
|France||France 2, Fox Kids, Game One and Gulli|
|Belgium||Club RTL (French) and VT4 (Dutch)|
|United States||Fox Kids and Fox Family|
|United Kingdom||Fox Kids UK and KidsCo|
|Australia||Network Ten, Fox Kids, FOX8, KidsCo|
|Finland||MTV3 and Canal+|
|Italy||Fox Kids Italy and Italia 1|
|Germany||Super RTL and Das Vierte as Donkey Kongs Abenteuer|
|Spain||Fox Kids Spain|
|Brazil||Fox Kids Brazil and Rede Record|
|Portugal||SIC and KidsCo|
|Malaysia||Disney Channel Asia|
|Singapore||TCS Channel 5 (1997-2000), Kids Central (2000-01) and KidsCo (reruns)|
|Latin America||ZAZ and Disney XD (Latin America)|
|India||Disney Channel India|
- "Stevie Vallance Animation Acting Resume". Retrieved February 18, 2012.
- La Planète Donkey Kong at the Internet Movie Database (IMDb).
- Donkey Kong Country at the Internet Movie Database (IMDb).
- List of episodes at mariowiki.com
- List of Japanese products based on the series
- Donkey Kong Country at TV.com
- Donkey Kong Country at Retro Junk
- Donkey Kong Country at TV.com