The title of the Donkey Kong Country animated series.

Donkey Kong Country was a Canadian-French computer-generated animated series, produced by Nelvana Limited[1], Medialab and WIC Entertainment, in 1996. The television series is loosely based on the Donkey Kong Country series games.

Overview

The television series first aired in France on September 4, 1996, and was originally titled La Planète de Donkey Kong, meaning "The Planet of Donkey Kong". It premiered late in North America on August 15, 1998, and the original run finished on July 7, 2000. Strangely, many of the episodes were aired in random order, confusing many fans. Regardless of this, the Donkey Kong Country animated series won a publicly-voted award at 7 d'Or[2] in 1999, for "Best Animation and Youth Program" ("Meilleure émission d'animation et de jeunesse"). it aired again in the United States from December 19, 2005 to September 12, 2006. The show is available on iTunes[3]. Donkey Kong Country was one of the first television series to be entirely animated with motion capture[4] technology.

Characters

The Kongs from the Donkey Kong Country animated series.

The animated series stars Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong, Candy Kong, Cranky Kong, Funky Kong, Dixie Kong, King K. Rool, as well as many other Kremlings, all residing in the Kongo Bongo Island. The series featured all of the Kongs from the games Donkey Kong Country and Donkey Kong Country 2, except for Swanky Kong and Wrinkly Kong. There were also introduced characters exclusive to the series, such as Eddie the Mean Old Yeti, Kaptain Skurvy and Bluster Kong.



Voice Cast

Character French English Japanese
Donkey Kong Franck Capillery Richard Yearwood

[5]
Sterling Jarvis[6] (singing voice)

Kōichi Yamadera[7]
Diddy Kong Hervé Grull (season 1)
Lucile Boulanger (season 2)
Andrew Sabiston

[8]

Megumi Hayashibara[9]
Cranky Kong Yves Massicotte (season 1)
Yves Barsacq (season 2)
Aron Tager

[10]

Ryūsei Nakao[11]
Funky Kong Emmanuel Curtil Damon D'Oliveira[12] Banana Ice
Candy Kong Camille Cyr-Desmarais (season 1)
Odile Schmitt (season 2)
Joy Tanner

[13]

Mika Kanai[14]
Dixie Kong Unknown (season 1)
Annie Barclay (season 2)
Stevie Vallance[15] Becky[16]
Bluster Kong Daniel Lesourd (season 1)
Patrice Dozier (season 2)
Donald Burda Daiki Nakamura[17]
King K. Rool Éric Gaudry (season 1)
Michel Tugot-Doris (season 2)
Benedict Campbell[18] Jūrōta Kosugi[19]
General Klump Jean Brousseau (season 1)
Jacques Bouanich (season 2)
Adrian Truss[20] Keiichi Sonobe[21]
Krusha Unknown (season 1)
Daniel Beretta (season 2)
Len Carlson[22] Tomohisa Aso
Eddie the Mean Old Yeti Unknown (season 1)
Patrice Dozier (season 2)
Damon D'Oliveira Kenyu Horiuchi[23]
Inka Dinka Doo Unknown Lawrence Bayne Tomohisa Aso
Kaptain Skurvy Unknown Ron Rubin

[24]

Katsuhisa Hōki[25]
Kutlass Unknown John Stocker

[26]

Unknown
Green Kroc Unknown Richard Newman

[27]

Unknown
Kritters Unknown Lawrence Bayne Unknown
Polly Roger the Parrot Unknown Rick Jones[28] Unknown
Junior the Giant Klaptrap Unknown Ron Rubin Unknown
Baby Kong Unknown Bryn McAuley[29] Unknown
Kong Fu Unknown Richard Newman Unknown

List of Episodes

The animated series is composed by forty episodes divided into two seasons. The list below does not reflect necessarily the chronological order of episodes. They were aired in the United States in a different order which can be found on the side.

Season 1

Season 2

Videos

Trivia

  • The Crystal Coconut, a prominent item in the animated series, would later appear in the Donkey Kong games, like Donkey Kong 64 for Nintendo 64.
  • The episode "Barrel, Barrel... Who's Got the Barrel" is loosely based on the James Bond film franchise[30]. The barrel which holds the Crystal Coconut is numbered "007", James Bond[31]'s code number, and when the number is first revealed the James Bond theme song[32] is played.
  • In the second season of the animated series, all characters and environments have received new textures, displaying more vibrant colors when compared to the first season, but they still keep their overall designs. It is more evident on Kremling characters that are covered with scales.
    • On the same note, the opening cutscene used for each episode during the entire animated series (see Videos section above) did feature only footage from the first season.
  • In the English version of the animated series, the groups lead by King K. Rool and Kaptain Skurvy, respectively, are never referred to as Kremlings, the name used for their species of highly intelligent crocodiles in the Donkey Kong series games. The other characters in the animated series called them by their individual names or "the lizards" as a group.

References

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