Donkey Kong Country (TV series)

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Donkey Kong Country
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Donkey Kong Country title card
Genre Comedy
Action
Adventure
Slice of life
Created by Shigeru Miyamoto
Developed by Jacques Goldstein
Philippe Percebois
Directed by Mike Fallows
Voices of Richard Yearwood
Andrew Sabiston
Joy Tanner
Aron Tager
Ben Campbell
Adrian Truss
Louise Vallance
Donald Burda
Len Carlson
Damon D'Oliveira
Lawrence Bayne
Rick Jones
Ron Rubin
Theme music composer Pure West
Opening theme "Donkey Kong Country"
Ending theme "Donkey Kong Country" (Instrumental)
Composer(s) Pure West
Country of origin Canada
France
Original language(s) English
French
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 40 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Dale A. Andrews
Patrick Loubert
Michael Hirsh
Clive Smith
Gérard Mital (Season 1 only)
Jacques Peyrache (Season 1 only)
Producer(s) Maia Tubiana (Season 1)
Stephen Hodgins (Season 1; supervising producer, Season 2)
Patricia R. Burns (Season 1; supervising producer, Season 2)
Pam Lehn (Season 2)
Editor(s) Samuel Lajus
Running time 30 minutes (per episode)
Production company(s) Nelvana
Medialab (season 1)
WIC Entertainment
France 2
Canal +
TV Asahi (season 1)
Ellipsanime (season 2-3)
Collingwood & Co. (season 3)
Asahi Broadcasting Corporation (season 2-3)
Medianet (season 2)
Distributor Alliance Communications
Release
Original channel Teletoon (Canada)
France 2 (France)
KidsCo (Australia)
Fox Kids Network (USA)
Original release France: September 4, 1996
U.S.A.: August 15, 1997 – July 7, 2000

Donkey Kong Country is a Canadian 3D animated television series. It is based on the Nintendo franchise Donkey Kong as portrayed in the Donkey Kong Country video game series by Nintendo and Rare. 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 entirely computer-animated with motion capture, matching the artistic style of the video games, and garnered critical acclaim in Canada, France, and Japan, but only marginal success elsewhere. Several elements of the series, such as 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[edit]

Main from the games[edit]

These characters all came from Donkey Kong Country and Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (mostly the former). 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. His singing voice was provided by Sterling Jarvis.
  • 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. 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. He is voiced by Aron Tager.
  • Candy Kong - DK's girlfriend. She is much less passive than in the games, and even has a different design to match. 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. He is voiced by Damon D'Oliveira.
  • Dixie Kong - Diddy's unofficial girlfriend, and the only character on the show who originated in Donkey Kong Country 2. 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. She is voiced by Louise Vallance.
  • 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 and in the pilot episode by Len Carlson, who had earlier voiced Ganon in The Legend of Zelda.
  • Krusha - K. Rool's bodyguard. He is very childlike and enjoys watching the Sing Along with Uncle Swampy Show. He is voiced by Adrian Truss.
  • Klump - K. Rool's general. He often carries out his boss's plans, but without success. He was voiced by Len Carlson.
  • 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.

Exclusives to the show[edit]

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. He is voiced by Donald Burda.
  • 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 - The pet parrot of Kaptain Skurvy, Polly Roger later 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.
  • Kong Fu - A martial arts "Kung Fu Master" who is hired by K. Rool to defeat Donkey Kong in the Annual Donkey Kong Challenge. He only appears in one episode. His name was later used in the French version of Donkey Kong Jungle Beat for the boss Karate Kong.
  • 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.
  • Robot Kong - Donkey Kong after exchanging minds with Bluster's robot.

Plot[edit]

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.

Voice cast[edit]

Character Role France French Original Quebec Quebec French Re-Dub Canada English Dubbing
Donkey Kong Nicolas Bienvenu ???? Richard Yearwood
Diddy Kong Véronique Alicia ???? Andrew Sabiston
Dixie Kong Marie Montoya Annie Barclay Louise Vallance [1]
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 Michel Tugot-Doris Éric Gaudry Benedict Campbell
General Klump Yves Barsacq Jean Brousseau Len Carlson
Krusha Philippe Sax ???? Adrian Truss
Green Kroc ???? ???? ????
Kritters ???? ???? Lawrence Bayne
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
Baby Kong ???? ????
Kong Fu ???? ???? ????

Episode list[edit]

# Season Episode Title Airdate (France) Airdate (North America) Description Notes Region 1 DVD Release
1 1 1 I Spy with My Hairy Eye The Complete First Season
2 1 2 The Big Chill Out The Complete First Season
3 1 3 Bad Hair Day He Came, He Saw, He Kong-quered / The Complete First Season
4 1 4 Raiders of the Lost Banana Raiders of the Lost Banana / The Complete First Season
5 1 5 Ape Foo Young He Came, He Saw, He Kong-quered / The Complete First Season
6 1 6 Booty and the Beast He Came, He Saw, He Kong-quered / The Complete First Season
7 1 7 Kong for a Day Raiders of the Lost Banana / The Complete First Season
8 1 8 From Zero to Hero Raiders of the Lost Banana / The Complete First Season
9 1 9 Buried Treasure Raiders of the Lost Banana / The Complete First Season
10 1 10 Cranky's Tickle Tonic Kong Fu / The Complete First Season
11 1 11 Get a Life, Don't Save One Kong Fu / The Complete First Season
12 1 12 The Curse of Kongo Bongo The Complete First Season
13 1 13 Orangutango Kong Fu / The Complete First Season
14 1 14 Speed The Legend of the Crystal Coconut / The Complete First Season
15 1 15 Klump's Lumps The Legend of the Crystal Coconut / The Complete First Season
16 1 16 Bluster's Sale Ape-Stravaganza The Legend of the Crystal Coconut / The Complete First Season
17 1 17 Kong Fu Kong Fu / The Complete First Season
18 1 18 Bug a Boogie The Complete First Season
19 1 19 Watch the Skies The Complete First Season
20 1 20 Baby Kong Blues The Complete First Season
21 1 21 To the Moon Baboon The Complete First Season
22 1 22 Double Date Trouble The Complete First Season
23 1 23 Ape-Nesia The Complete First Season
24 1 24 A Thin Line Between Love & Ape The Complete First Season
25 1 25 Barrel, Barrel... Who's Got the Barrel He Came, He Saw, He Kong-quered / The Complete First Season
26 1 26 Legend of the Crystal Coconut The Legend of the Crystal Coconut / The Complete First Season
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
40 2 14 Just Kidding

Awards[edit]

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[edit]

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.

In the PAL regions, Donkey Kong Country Vol.1 (released in Australia) and Donkey Kong Country - Bad Hair Day (released in the United Kingdom) were released on DVD. 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, I Spy With My Hairy Eye was released in the UK.

Phase 4 Films, a small Canadian low-budget film company, officially purchased the rights to the series in Region 1, and began releasing episodes starting off with the He Came, He Saw, He Kong-quered DVD that was released on August 20, 2013.

The episodes of the show are all available on iTunes.

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 feature-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 Raiders of the Lost Banana, Barrel, Barrel... Who's Got the Barrel, Kong for a Day, From Zero to Hero and Buried Treasure.
He Came, He Saw, He Kong-quered 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.
Kong Fu January 21, 2014 4 1 Includes Kong Fu, Get a Life, Don't Save One, Cranky's Tickle Tonic and Orangutango.
The Legend of the Crystal Coconut March 11, 2014 4 1 Includes Legend of the Crystal Coconut, Bluster's Sale Ape-Stravaganza, Klump's Lumps and Speed.
The Complete First Season May 12, 2015 26 1 Includes all 26 episodes from season 1.

Merchandise[edit]

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.

Channel details[edit]

Country Channel
France France France 2, Fox Kids, Game One and Gulli
Netherlands Netherlands RTL 4
Belgium Belgium Club RTL (French) and VT4 (Dutch)
Canada Canada Teletoon/Télétoon
United States United States Fox Kids and Fox Family
United Kingdom United Kingdom Fox Kids UK and KidsCo
Australia Australia Network Ten, Fox Kids, FOX8, KidsCo
Japan Japan TV Tokyo
South Korea South Korea MBC
Finland Finland MTV3 and Canal+
Denmark Denmark Canal+
Sweden Sweden Canal+
Norway Norway Canal+
Italy Italy Fox Kids Italy and Italia 1
Germany Germany Super RTL and Das Vierte as Donkey Kongs Abenteuer
Spain Spain Fox Kids Spain
Brazil Brazil Fox Kids Brazil and Rede Record
Portugal Portugal SIC and KidsCo
Malaysia Malaysia Disney Channel Asia
Singapore Singapore TCS Channel 5 (1997-2000), Kids Central (2000-01) and KidsCo (reruns)
Mexico Mexico ZAZ and Disney XD (Latin America)
Iceland Iceland Stöð 2
Greece Greece KidsCo and Alter Channel
India India Disney Channel India
Chile Chile MEGA
Poland Poland RTL 7, KidsCo

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stevie Vallance Animation Acting Resume". Retrieved February 18, 2012. 

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