Donkey Kong Country (1997–2000)

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Donkey Kong and his sidekick, Diddy Kong, star in a new computer-generated rendition of the classic video game. Donkey Kong isn't too smart, but he is the strongest monkey on the island of ... See full summary »

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 Donkey Kong (41 episodes, 1997-2000)
 Diddy Kong (41 episodes, 1997-2000)
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Donkey Kong and his sidekick, Diddy Kong, star in a new computer-generated rendition of the classic video game. Donkey Kong isn't too smart, but he is the strongest monkey on the island of Congo Bongo, thanks largely to his diet of bananas. He's charged with protecting the Orb Of Power, the Crystal Coconut, from King's constant attempts to steal it in his quest to rule the island - though he often seems more interested in luscious Candy Kong, who works in the barrel factory. Written by Cynan Rees <>

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Singing, Dancing, Slapstick . . . What Else Can Make This Show Worse?
24 October 2002 | by (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

There's two words that for a lot of people never seem to go together well. "TV" and "Video Games". Sometimes they work, but this is not one of those times.

You're favourite characters from the famous series that Rare(which has now, like rumor predicted, left Nintendo, or Nintendo sold it, whatever your view) really boosted. Donkey Kong has come a long way. It started as the villain in what I believe was the first Mario game. In a King-Kong like style, now used in Mario games by Bowser and fellow Koopas, he kidnapped Mario's girl, Princess Peach.

Since then, his son(the missing-from-the-show-and-practically-not-counted-as-a-character-in-the-fra nchise-anymore, Donkey Kong Jr.) has rescued him(but has only been seen in rereleased games since Mario Tennis), he's found a bunch of other monkey pals, including Diddy, and has been jumping, pumping and many other ping words until King K.Rool, the evil croc villain of the Donkey Kong Country series, kidnapped him in Donkey Kong 2.

Well, ignoring some characters, like the Baby Monkey from DK3 and DK64, the series goes back to the days when Donkey Kong, apparently, was a selfish, macho, self-aware guy, Diddy was the party-guy who was forced by instinct to look after him, and Dixie and Candy were only suspecting love interests, making my previous explanations of the whole video game run obsolete. Cranky, the old geiser, now protects a Crystal Coconut with enough power to rule the island they inhabit, the reason King K. Rool is after them, and doesn't give a lick as to how Donkey kong does it, unlike his advising ways in the game.

With stupid time-filler songs that will either repeat themselves again and again in your head or will immediately vanish from your memory, the same back and forth "excitement" over who has the Coconut between the crocs and apes, and maybe a change of setting or a strange thing(the mines and DK becoming a baby comes to mind) supposed to be a so-called "plot", and slapstick comedy aided by the fact they turned Donkey kong into a guy who doesn't care about a thing unless he gets food, like a hairy Shaggy of Scooby-Doo, and Diddy being a monkey that seems high, loves to laugh(and apparently sing) and panicks every 2 minutes make this show pretty pathetic. It can't even get close to capturing the fun of the games.

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