Donkey Kong Country (TV series)
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|Donkey Kong Country|
Donkey Kong Country title card
Slice of life
|Created by||Shigeru Miyamoto|
|Developed by||Jacques Goldstein
|Directed by||Mike Fallows|
|Voices of||Richard Yearwood
|Theme music composer||Pure West|
|Opening theme||"Donkey Kong Country"|
|Ending theme||"Donkey Kong Country" (Instrumental)|
|Country of origin||Canada
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||40 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Dale A. Andrews
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)
|Running time||30 minutes (per episode)|
Medialab (season 1)
TV Asahi (season 1)
Ellipsanime (season 2-3)
Collingwood & Co. (season 3)
Asahi Broadcasting Corporation (season 2-3)
Medianet (season 2)
|Original channel||Teletoon (Canada)
France 2 (France)
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.
Main from the games
- 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
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.
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||Annie Barclay||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||Michel Tugot-Doris||Éric Gaudry||Benedict Campbell|
|General Klump||Yves Barsacq||Jean Brousseau||Len Carlson|
|Krusha||Philippe Sax||????||Adrian Truss|
|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||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|
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.
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.|
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|
|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)|
|Mexico||ZAZ and Disney XD (Latin America)|
|Greece||KidsCo and Alter Channel|
|India||Disney Channel India|
|Poland||RTL 7, KidsCo|
- "Stevie Vallance Animation Acting Resume". Retrieved February 18, 2012.
- Donkey Kong Country at Nelvana.com
- 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