Donkey Kong Planet

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Title logo of La planète de Donkey Kong.
The French logo of Donkey Kong Planet

Donkey Kong Planet[1] (known in French as La planète de Donkey Kong, and later renamed DKTV, DKTV.Cool[2], DKTV Cool[2] and D.K.T.V[2]) is a programming block that aired from September 4, 1996 to September 1st 2001 on France 2, reusing various assets from the Donkey Kong Country animated series. It was produced and animated by Medialab.

Unlike what is claimed by various publications,[citation needed] La planète de Donkey Kong is not the French name of the Donkey Kong Country cartoon (which simply had the same name in French), but rather a separate show which aired exclusively in France. The name is likely a reference to the French novel La Planète des singes, known in English as Planet of the Apes.


Using a children's anthology format (similar to King Koopa's Kool Kartoons), consisted of airings of various animated series and children's live-action shows interspersed with original material featuring part of the Donkey Kong Country series cast. The original incarnation of the show co-starred children show host Mélanie Angélie and Donkey Kong, with skits frequently deriving humor from Donkey Kong's dimwittedness and misunderstanding of human customs. After Mélanie Angélie departed the show in 2000, the show was retooled as DKTV, adding a new animated character in the form of a hip green Kremling named Krushy and featuring content ranging from comedic skits to musical numbers and parodies of current movies and TV shows. Although ostensibly aimed toward children, DKTV sometimes featured language and subject matters cruder than one would expect from its timeslot and source material.

Donkey Kong Planet used the same motion capture style of animation as Donkey Kong Country, but had the characters superimposed over a live-action set and frequently interacting with real actors.

The interstial segments featured Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong, Candy Kong, Funky Kong, and Krushy, whose models would often portray multiple different characters in a single skit. Although produced by the same company and reusing the models from the first season of Donkey Kong Country, Donkey Kong Planet's voice cast was completely different from the French dub of Donkey Kong Country.

Shows aired as a part of Donkey Kong Planet[edit]



DKTV won a 1999 7 d'Or for excellence in children programming, as decided by a public vote.[3]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Fabienne Legrand (November 11, 2011). Aventure_DonkeyKong_Medialab.wmv (promotional tape featuring Donkey Kong Country and Donkey Kong Planet footage). YouTube. Retrieved September 17, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Official website for Donkey Kong Planet
  3. ^ Télé Premiere: Les 7 d'Or 1999. Premiere. Archived August 1, 2015, 14:20:30 UTC from the original via Wayback Machine. Retrieved October 24, 2018.