Raiders of the Lost Banana

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Donkey Kong Country episode
"Raiders of the Lost Banana"
Title card of Raiders of the Lost Banana
Season 1
Episode 6
Airdate France November 13, 1996
USA August 30, 1998
Writer(s) Nadine van der Velde
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"Raiders of the Lost Banana" is the sixth episode of the Donkey Kong Country television series. It was the fourth episode to air in North America. The episode stars Donkey Kong, who visits the Temple of Inka Dinka Doo, where he foolishly touches a Golden Banana. Unfortunately for him and the inhabitants of Kongo Bongo Island, the banana has a curse upon it and wreaks havoc for anybody possessing it.

Plot synopsis[edit]

The episode begins in King K. Rool's hideout, where Polly Roger is seen annoying the Kremlings, including General Klump. Klump advises King K. Rool not to trust him, but the crocodile believes that the parrot will help him conquer Kongo Bongo Island. King K. Rool tells the bird to steal the Crystal Coconut, so he heads off to Cranky's Cabin.

At the cabin, Cranky Kong has trouble choosing the correct beaker for a potion. He asks the Crystal Coconut which one it best. After it is revealed which potion to take, Polly Roger flies into the room and abducts the Coconut, and Cranky is unable to catch him.

Meanwhile at Donkey and Diddy's treehouse, Donkey Kong practices dancing for his anniversary of his first date with Candy Kong. He messes up the dance, but Diddy encourages him to try again. As he dances a second time, the ape accidentally slips on a banana peel and falls down the elevator. Donkey Kong, no longer determined, decides to try something else for his anniversary, but Cranky comes and tells him the bad news about the Crystal Coconut. Diddy overhears the conversation, and he and Donkey Kong head out to retrieve the item.

The apes begin their new adventure by searching for the parrot in the jungle. The Kongs succeed in finding him, but have trouble catching him. After swinging on the jungle vines for quite some time, Donkey Kong crashes into a tree and the parrot flies away. Diddy helps him get up, and the two angrily chase him into the ancient temple of Inka Dinka Doo. After following the bird through the many twists and turns of the temple, the Kongs enter a hallway full of separate rooms and lose track of the villain. They split up to find him, and eventually attack the parrot, regaining the Crystal Coconut. As the apes head out of the temple, Diddy Kong accidentally steps on a hidden switch on the ground and accidentally sets off a booby trap, almost getting killed. The heroes panic and race through the remaining parts of the temple, running away from countless number of traps. The two Kongs soon get stuck at the dead end and fall through a trapdoor in the floor.

The heroes are sent into a small room, which contains a small table holding a Golden Banana. Donkey Kong foolishly tosses the Crystal Coconut out of his hands to Diddy and attempts to eat the banana, but quickly notices that it is only a gold fake, at which point he realizes that it is the perfect gift for Candy. However, they are frightened as soon as they hear the angry voice of Inka Dinka Doo's "sleeping idol." The primates fearfully race out of the temple, with the Golden Banana still in their hands.

Later in King K. Rool's hideout, Polly Roger tells the king what happened. The parrot and General Klump soon begin to fight again, which angers King K. Rool. He angrily fires both of them, so the two enemies leave the hideout.

Cranky notices the Golden Banana in Donkey Kong's hand.

Meanwhile, the Kongs are relieved to have the Crystal Coconut returned. However, Cranky Kong is mad at them for accidentally waking the idol of Inka Dinka Doo. He asks if they foolishly touched anything while they were in the temple, and he angrily notices the Golden Banana in Donkey Kong's hand. At that moment, an earthquake occurs, to which Cranky comments that "it's starting." When Diddy asks about the event, Cranky grabs the "Encyclopedia Bananica" that falls off the shelf. Cranky begins to read the book, and informs them (in song) that the Kongs have "brought the wrath of Inka Dinka Doo on down." Klump, hiding outside, spies on them as this happens. At the end of the song, Donkey Kong agrees to return the banana and heads out back to the temple.

On the way there, Donkey and Diddy run into Candy Kong. Candy notices the Golden Banana in the ape's hand and asks if it is for her. Donkey Kong immediately forgets about the banana's curse, and tells her that it is her gift for their anniversary. Candy is greatly pleased by the gift, and then walks away after kissing Donkey Kong. Diddy Kong, stunned at what he had just done, knocks some sense back into Donkey Kong, who face palms and regrets what he has just done.

Candy Kong heads to Bluster Barrelworks to finish her job for the day. Bluster notices that she is late, so Candy tells her that she was busy receiving. Bluster asks what she had received, so Candy shows him her Golden Banana from Donkey Kong. As Candy explains that the banana is no ordinary banana, the ground begins to shake and the barrels piled nearby begin to fall and roll everywhere. Bluster panics and runs out of his factory, but Candy angrily walks out, finding Bluster in his helicopter. Bluster happily gives her a ride home in the copter, but as they ride, the Helicopter begins to crash into the ground.

At that time, Cranky Kong is dancing in his cabin. Suddenly, Bluster's helicopter crashes through the doorway. Cranky orders him to get the copter out of his house, but then notices the Golden Banana in Candy's hand. After Cranky explains that it is from Donkey Kong for their anniversary, Cranky announces that Donkey Kong has brought bad luck to everyone.

Back at King K. Rool's hideout, Klump tells the Kremling king about the Golden Banana. Thinking that the Golden Banana is a special item like the Crystal Coconut, King K. Rool commands the general to steal it.

Donkey and Diddy Kong head back to Cranky's Cabin, but they are soon greeted by Candy. Candy, who doesn't believe that the Golden Banana is cursed, informs Donkey Kong about what has happened to she and Bluster. Donkey Kong tells her that it is the banana that is causing this, which makes Candy even more angry. She angrily tells the ape that she will not give him the banana back, unless he breaks up with her, as she does not believe him. Donkey and Diddy warn her about the bad luck it will cause, but she furiously continues to walk away. Before the Kongs can try to persuade her any more, Bluster demands them to help him move the helicopter.

Candy Kong angrily stomps through the jungle, infuriated about the excuses the other Kongs are giving her. However, she soon runs into the Kremlings, who command her to give it to them.

Donkey Kong singing to Candy.

At Donkey Kong's treehouse, Donkey and Diddy Kong discuss how they are going to get the Golden Banana back. Donkey Kong, not able to talk about the Golden Banana while hungry, goes to grab a normal banana out of his refrigerator. Inside the fridge, the ape notices Polly Roger. They tell him to get out, but Polly simply replies by saying that he will offer services to them. The Kongs do not trust him, but then Polly tells them that King K. Rool is holding Candy prisoner. Donkey Kong quickly rushes to King K. Rool's hideout, where Candy Kong is about to be taken to the dungeon for not giving the Golden Banana to King K. Rool. The Kremling soldiers dash out of the room at the sight of the might ape, and Donkey Kong begins to sing and dance with Candy as he prepares to take her home.

The Kongs return the Golden Banana.

After escaping the Kremling hideout, Donkey and Diddy manage to return the Golden Banana to Inka Dinka Doo, who is pleased. As the heroes head out of the temple, Polly Roger appears behind them and steals the Golden Banana again. This angers the Inka Dinka Doo idol again, and the Kongs quickly race out of the temple as the ground frantically shakes. They head up to Cranky's Cabin and tell him that King K. Rool now has the Golden Banana, so Cranky decides to check the Encyclopedia Bananica. To the Kongs' relief, Cranky reads "Anyone who takes the banana and plans on doing bad, evil, or mean things with it better beware." At that time the primates hear an explosion coming from King K. Rool's hideout; the Golden Banana had caused the explosion.

At the end of the episode, a short cut is seen of the Inka Dinka Doo idol saying "Inka Dinka...Doomed" and then laughing.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 黄金のバナナ
Ōgon no Banana
The Golden Banana
French Les aventuriers de la banane perdue Raiders of the Lost Banana
Portuguese Os Caçadores da Banana Perdida (Brazilian dubbing) The Hunters of the Lost Banana
Spanish Los Cazadores de la Banana Perdida (Latin America) The Hunters of the Lost Banana


  • The title of the episode is a pun on the Indiana Jones movie Raiders of the Lost Ark. The pun was also previously used for a title of an episode of the earlier animated series The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!, "Raiders of the Lost Mushroom."
  • The song "Our Love is Stronger Than a Golden Banana" is one of the few instances of Richard Yearwood, Donkey Kong's speaking voice actor, providing the singing vocals instead of Sterling Jarvis.
  • When Donkey Kong realizes that there will be no more bananas, he becomes shocked and falls in a similar manner to Mario's losing animation in the original Donkey Kong game.