Funky's Flights

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This article is about Funky Kong's location in Donkey Kong Country. For the mini-game in the Game Boy Advance remake of Donkey Kong Country 2, see Funky's Flights (Bonus Game).
Funky's Flights
Funky's Flights
In Donkey Kong Country
First appearance Donkey Kong Country (1994)
Latest appearance Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018)
Greater location Donkey Kong Island
Inhabitants Funky Kong

Funky's Flights, also called the Flight Barrel Service,[1] Funky Kong Airports,[2] or Funky Airways,[3] is a travel service operated by Funky Kong in Donkey Kong Country and DK: Jungle Climber. Its main purpose is to transport the Kongs to a previously visited location.

History[edit]

Donkey Kong Country series[edit]

Donkey Kong Country[edit]

Funky operates a Funky's Flights in every world of Donkey Kong Country. It is Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong's only alternative to accessing any previously visited worlds and levels without going through a boss stage. When the Kongs enter Funky's Flights, Funky lends them his Jumbo Barrel, which transports them to the Donkey Kong Island map. In the Game Boy Advance remake, a minigame titled Funky's Fishing is hosted at the place, and Funky's Flights was even renamed to "Funky's Fishing" on the world map. The Start Button menu added a new option titled "Call Funky," allowing the Kongs to use the Jumbo Barrel from the world map directly, though there still remains the option to do so from Funky's location.

Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest[edit]

Main article: Funky's Flights II

Funky's Flights has a successor location in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest. Funky's Flights II has a similar role to its original counterpart, with the biggest difference being that Funky Kong charges Diddy and Dixie two Banana Coins the first time they use his location from a world. Funky's Flights II also appears in Donkey Kong Land 2, although the original Funky's Flights does not.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze[edit]

Concept artwork of Funky's Fly 'n' Buy, unlocked after beating the game on Hard Mode
Funky's Fly 'n' Buy concept artwork from Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

Concept art of Funky's Fly 'n' Buy in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze shows it with the title "Funky's Flights" displayed on its tent.

Donkey Kong Country television series[edit]

In the Donkey Kong Country animated series, Funky's Flights is located near the beach and docks of Kongo Bongo Island and has a complex system built into that can raise the entire hut into the air and suspend it there. On the show, Funky's Flights, as well as offering plane rides to people, makes deliveries for Bluster Barrelworks as well. The inside of Funky's Flights is also shown on occasion on the show and is filled with surfer memorabilia along with common household objects such as a couch, refrigerator and paintings. In "Hunka Hunka Burnin' Bluster", Funky says he wants to transform Funky's Flights into a restaurant.

DK: Jungle Climber[edit]

Funky's Airplane in DK: Jungle Climber
Funky's Airplane in DK: Jungle Climber

Funky operates a similar flight service to Funky's Flights in DK: Jungle Climber, named Funky's Airplane. The player can visit him by pressing X Button from the world map. Funky's Airplane has a slightly different role than Funky's previous two flight services, as its intention is to fly DK and Diddy to the small, outer island of the current world. However, the Kongs are required to have a minimum number of oil barrels, which varies per world, to fuel Funky's airplane.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

The Kongo Jungle world map recreation in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Funky's Flights in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Funky's Flights makes a cameo appearance in the DK Island subarea of the World of Light, which in itself is a recreation of the Kongo Jungle world map from Donkey Kong Country. Funky Kong's spirit is fought here and, after defeating it, unlocks Funky Kong's Shack, one of the shops in Spirits mode. Additionally, Funky's Flights' background music, "Funky's Fugue," appears as a song in the game, including in Funky Kong's Shack.

Profiles[edit]

Instruction booklet: Funky's Flights are the only way to fly! However, Funky's practices have changed, and he has different plans for you this time out.[page number needed]

Gallery[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ファンキーコングの小屋
Fankī Kongu no Koya
ファンキーのこや
Fankī no Koya
Funky Kong's Hut

Funky's Hut (Game Boy Color)

French Vols de Funky
Funky's Flights
German Funkys Flugplatz
Funky's Airfield
Italian Vola con Funky
Pesca di Funky
Fly with Funky
Funky's fishing spot
Spanish Aerolínea de Funky
Funky's Airline

Trivia[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "DK’s surf-punk friend operates a Flight Barrel Service that can take our heroes to any level they’ve already finished." – Nintendo (2000). Donkey Kong Country Game Boy Color instruction booklet. Nintendo of America (American English). Page 14.
  2. ^ January 1995. Nintendo Magazine System (UK) Issue #28. Page 58.
  3. ^ "Part-time pilot of Funky Airways, part-time fisherman, and all-around ice-cool ape, this chilla gorilla inhabits his own fishing hut in each of the island's worlds." – Hodgson, David S. J. (June 17, 2003). Donkey Kong Country Prima's Official Strategy Guide. Prima Games (American English). ISBN 0-7615-4334-1. Page 12.
  4. ^ jared mckinney[sic] (August 14, 2008). Killer Instinct Arcade Promo (rare) (0:50). YouTube. Retrieved June 24, 2024.
  5. ^ XaikuTMH (January 5, 2016). DKC Remastered FUNKY'S FUGUE ~ORIGINAL KILLER MIX~. YouTube (English). Retrieved June 24, 2024.