Donkey Kong Country (television series)
Donkey Kong Country was a short-lived French computer-generated television show starring Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong, Candy Kong, and King K. Rool. It first aired in France on September 4, 1996, and was originally titled La Planète Donkey Kong ("Planet Donkey Kong"). It premiered late in North America on August 15, 1998, and the original run finished on July 7, 2000; the show is currently airing in Australia as of December 2009. Regardless of this, Donkey Kong Country won a publicly-voted award at 7 d'Or in 1999, for "Best Animation and Youth Program" ("Meilleure émission d'animation et de jeunesse"). In the USA the series originally debuted on Fox Kids. However, the show was moved to Fox Family.
Donkey Kong Country ran for two seasons with forty episodes total before ending. The show followed an episodic format; it was rare that any episode connected in any way to an earlier one. During the run, however, there were some episodes aired out of order from the original airing, such as "Bad Hair Day" being aired as the third episode in the US run, even though it was the first episode in France. The second season showed many changes, such as using new, sleeker styles of computer animation and dropping the use of title screens. Each episode, excluding "Message in a Bottle Show," features one or two songs performed by cast members.
Donkey Kong Country was one of the earliest television series to be computer-animated, matching the artistic style of the Rare video game series. The CG animation style of the series was met with critical acclaim in France and Japan, but with mixed reception elsewhere. Several elements of the series appeared in later Donkey Kong video games such as Donkey Kong 64, which was released a year after the show had started airing on ABC Family (Fox Family).
The show portrays Donkey Kong, an anthropomorphic ape in the jungle who happens to stumble upon a magic orb called the Crystal Coconut in the temple of Inka Dinka Doo, resulting in him being named the future ruler of Kongo Bongo Island. As he and his friends wait for the day when the Crystal Coconut will proclaim him the ruler of the island, they have to keep the mystical and powerful relic safe from the clutches of King K. Rool and his minions, who desire the coconut so that their leader may rule the island using its power.
The series features almost all of the Kongs from Donkey Kong Country and Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest, the exceptions being Swanky Kong and Wrinkly Kong. However, the show also features several characters exclusive to the TV series, such as Eddie the Mean Old Yeti, Kaptain Skurvy and his crew, and Bluster Kong.
 Japanese Cast
Note that the following episodes are in the order of the original North American air dates.
 Long version
 Short version
Four episodes 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 were not put together in the proper order; for example, a flashback shown in the third episode actually happened in the fourth episode of the tape. The American version of the tape was distributed by Paramount Pictures, Nintendo, and Nelvana.
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 were released in Australia) only feature one episode. Three years after the release of the previous DVDs, a new DVD titled I Spy With My Hairy Eye was released in England. There have been over 30 Donkey Kong Country DVDs, but only five have been released in English. As of 2013 however, English language North American DVD's have been released by Kaboom Entertainment.
The show had a large line of merchandise in Japan, including a collectible card game by Nintendo and Ahomaro Games. Some of the cards featuring characters that never appeared in the television series. The card game was later adapted to be based on Donkey Kong 64. The television series took over the TV Tokyo 6:30 P.M. timeslot from Gokudo, and was later replaced with Hamtaro. As with most programs in Japan, the show has received home releases through rental tapes.