Kong: The Animated Series (2000-2001)

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Kong: The Animated Series
Kong: The Animated Series

Air date September 9, 2000 - March 26, 2001
Produced by BKN International, M6 Metropole Television, Philippine Animation Studio, Inc., Ellipseanime
Distributed by BKN International
Channel(s) BKN (Original run), Fox Kids, Jetix, TeletoonCA
Genre(s) Animated series
Episodes 40

Kong: The Animated Series is an American animated series starring the monster King Kong, which ran from September 9, 2000 to March 26, 2001.

Plot

With King Kong perishing after falling from the Empire State Building, a scientist named Dr. Lorna Jenkins took DNA samples from Kong and combined it with the DNA of her grandson Jason to create a clone of Kong. One day a group of bandits appeared at her lab and demand that she tell them the location of the Primal Stones. After Kong and Jason heard their grandmother's cries for help, they arrived and defeated the bandits. One of the bandits attempted to reach for a gun, but accidentally dipped his hand in acid and caused a chemical fire. Jason, Kong and Dr. Jenkins escaped, while the bandit vanished in the fire. Dr. Jenkins realized that Kong wasn't safe anymore and took him to Kong Island. Years later, Dr. Jenkins sends an email to Jason inviting him to Kong Island.

Jason decides to bring his friend Eric "Tan" Tannenbaum with him. Their university professor, Ramone De La Porta, asks to come along, and Jason sends an email to his grandmother to ask her if it is okay. De La Porta intercepts his message and tampers with the email, inviting himself to the island with Jason and Tan without anyone's knowledge. After crashing landing, the three were chased by a Tyrannosaurus rex and split up. The T-Rex continued to pursue them, eventually running into Kong, who fought the T-Rex and forced it to flee. They meet Lua, a girl native to the island, who takes them to Dr. Jenkins' lab. Upon arrival, Kong is aggressive towards Ramone for unknown reasons. Kong eventually leaves and Jason and Tan chase after him. Ramone then reveals to Dr. Jenkins that he was one of the bandits that attacked her lab years ago.

After learning about this, she sends a message to Jason and Kong without his knowledge. After De La Porta takes the Cyber-Link and a couple samples, Lua returns and orders Chondor to attack him. De La Porta then uses the Cyber-Link to merge with Chondor and become a sabretooth tiger-like beast. After a short scuffle, Jason merges with Kong and becomes Mega-Kong, successfully defeating De La Porta. De La Porta later kidnaps Dr. Jenkins and forces her to tell him the location of the Primal Stones. After learning of her disappearance, Jason, Lua and Tan go and look for her. They help Dr. Jenkins escape, but Ramone merges with a bear and attacks them. Kong arrives to help Dr. Jenkins and fights De La Porta at the top of a waterfall. During the battle, De La Porta is seemingly knocked over the waterfall to his death.

However, De La Porta survives the fall and finds the location of the Primal Stones. Upon taking them, he triggers multiple disasters on the island. After Kong regains memories of the original Kong, he finds the location of the Primal Stones, where he fights a giant snake before De La Porta merges with it. After a short scuffle, part of the temple collapses, burying Kong and De La Porta in rubble. De La Porta escapes and hops into the plane Jason and Tan used to get to the island. Jason jumps onto the plane and fights De La Porta. Before getting knocked out of the plane, Jason grabs some of the Primal Stones and is then caught by Kong. They learn that Primal Stones not only contain individual powers, but were also used as seals to keep the demon Chiros from escaping the island.

By using the Cyber-Link, Jason now has to merge with Kong and work along side his friends and his grandmother to reclaim the Primal Stones from De La Porta and his followers while fighting Chiros' forces.

Appearances

Characters & Monsters

  • King Kong
  • Jason Jenkins
  • Eric Tannenbaum IV
  • Dr. Lorna Jenkins
  • Lua
    • Chondar
    • Saura
  • Ramone De La Porta
  • Chiros
  • Rakhir
  • Andre
  • "Howling Jack" Crockett
  • Cyber-Link Mutants
  • Alternate Universe Ominous / Red Ominous (The Renewal)
  • Ancient Atlantean Kong (The Thirteenth Stone)
  • Apatosaurs / Brontosaurs (The Return, Part 1)
  • Badkat (The Return, Part 1)
  • Berserk Plant Life (Green Fear)
  • Billy (Billy)
  • Cave Snake / Cyber-Snake (Primal Power)
  • Cyber-Ant Eater (Master of Souls)
  • Cyber-Coyotes (Sir James Alexander’s Legacy)
  • Cyber-Cockatoo (Green Fear)
  • Cyber-Crocodile (The Sleeping City)
  • Cyber-Dog (Cobra God)
  • Cyber-Eagle (DNA Land)
  • Cyber-Fennec Fox (DNA Land)
  • Cyber-Germen Shepherd (Interview with a Monkey)
  • Cyber-Hyena (Enlil’s Wrath)
  • Cyber-Mandrill (Framed)
  • Cyber-Polar Bear (Blue Star)
  • Cyber-Pteranodon (The Renewal)
  • Cyber-Rat (The Giant Claw Robberies)
  • Cyber-Saber Tooth (Howling Jack)
  • Cyber-Spider Monkey (The Invisible Threat)
  • Cyber-Stegosaurus (Lies)
  • Cyber-Tarantula (Dangerous Melody)
  • Cyber-Thorny Devil (Sacred Songs)
  • Cyber-Triceratops 1 (Howling Jack)
  • Cyber-Triceratops 2 (The Renewal)
  • Cyber-Tyrannosaurus 1 (Howling Jack)
  • Cyber-Tyrannosaurus 2 (Hidden Fears)
  • Cyber-Wild Boar (The Infinity Stone)
  • Evil Kong / Alternative Universe Kong (The Renewal)
  • Giant Kong Island Alligator (Dark Forces Rising)
  • Giant One-Eyed Critter from Saturn (Interview with a Monkey)
  • Gryffin (Night of the Talons)
  • Ice Giant, the (Twilight of the Gods)
  • Jaguar God (Master of Souls)
  • Lava Men, the (Chiros Child)
  • Living Rock Monster (Indian Summer)
  • Locust Guardian / Swarm (Indian Summer)
  • Manticore, the (The Infinity Stone)
  • Mechanical Monster Suit (Howling Jack)
  • Mindcrawler, the (Hidden Fears)
  • Minotaur (Welcome To Ramone's)
  • Naga the Great Fire Cobra (Cobra God)
  • Nessai / Cyber-Nessie (The Aquanauts)
  • Over-sized Fly (Hidden Fears)
  • Pachycephalosaurus / 'Egg Heads' (The Return, Part 2)
  • Plesiosaur (The Thirteenth Stone)
  • Quetzalcoatl (Quetzalcoatl)
  • Renaldo the Komodo Dragon / Cyber-Dragon (Dragon Fire)
  • Servants of Set (The Sleeping City)
  • Set (The Sleeping City)
  • Slothbear / Cyber-Slothbear (The Return, Part 2)
  • Velociraptors (Reborn)
  • Venus Flytrap (Green Fear)
  • Windigo (Windigo)
  • Woolly Mammoth Family
  • Yeti / Cyber-Yeti (Top of the World)

Episodes

  1. The Return: Part 1
  2. The Return: Part 2
  3. Primal Power
  4. Dark Forces Rising
  5. The Giant Claw Robberies
  6. Dragon Fire
  7. Mistress of the Game
  8. Reborn
  9. The Infinity Stone
  10. Night of the Talons
  11. Howling Jack
  12. The Hidden Fears
  13. The Sleeping City
  14. Top of the World
  15. Master of Souls
  16. Billy
  17. Enlil's Wrath
  18. Indian Summer
  19. Welcome to Ramone's
  20. DNA Land
  21. Curse of the Dragon
  22. Blue Star
  23. Renewal
  24. Chiros' Child
  25. The Aquanauts
  26. Cobra God
  27. Windigo
  28. Dangerous Melody
  29. Green Fear
  30. Twilight of the Gods
  31. Framed
  32. The Invisible Threat
  33. Sir James Alex's Legacy
  34. Lies
  35. Sacred Songs
  36. Apocalypse
  37. Quetzalcoatl
  38. Return to Redwoods
  39. The Thirteenth Stone
  40. Interview with a Monkey

Movies

Two direct-to-DVD animated films were made after this series ended, Kong: King of Atlantis in 2005 and Kong: Return to the Jungle in 2007. As reported in Variety, a direct-to-video film was planned for the series as far back as 2000.[1]

Video Games

Two tie-in video games were created for the series, both for the Game Boy Advance. The first one, simply titled Kong: The Animated Series was released in 2002, while the second, Kong: King of Atlantis, was released in 2005 to tie in with the direct-to-DVD animated film of the same name.

Cast

  • Scott McNeil - King Kong, Eric "Tann" Tannenbaum IV, Omar, Wu-Chan
  • Kirby Morrow - Jason Jenkins, Frazetti, Rakhir
  • Daphne Goldrick - Dr. Lorna Jenkins
  • Kathy Morse - Dr. Lorna Jenkins
  • Saffron Henderson - Lua
  • David Kaye - Professor Ramon De La Porta
  • Nicole Oliver - Tiger Lucy
  • Paul Dobson - Chiros
  • Pauline Newstone - Harpy
  • Ron Halder - Andre

Gallery

Videos

Opening


Trivia

  • Kong: The Animated Series was created mainly to compete with the other popular contemporary giant monster cartoon, Godzilla: The Series, and managed to stay on the air for the same number of episodes. Both series were ultimately cancelled due to their inability to compete with popular children's anime series such as Pokémon and Digimon.[citation needed] However, Kong: The Animated Series did have reruns aired on Fox Kids long after its cancellation.
  • Kong: The Animated Series is one of three animated series based on King Kong, preceded by The King Kong Show (1966-1969) and succeeded by Kong: King of the Apes (2016). The latter shares some connections with Kong: The Animated Series, due to its production company, 41 Entertainment, splitting off from BKN International. The show's opening theme is actually a remix of the opening from Kong: The Animated Series, and its lead writer, Sean Catherine Derek, wrote for the previous series. Both series also feature protagonists who have known Kong since childhood and frequently refer to him as their "bro."

References

This is a list of references for Kong: The Animated Series. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

  1. JAZMINES, T. (2000, Nov 06). Television/International: Pasi initiates artists revenue sharing. Variety (Archive: 1905-2000), 380, 65.

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Alfaraptor

18 months ago
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The list of the episodes doesn't seem to be in chronological order. Some of them seem to be mixed.
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Toa Hydros

22 months ago
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My Thoughts: Kong: The Animated Series

Though an obvious attempt to cash in on the popularity of Godzilla: The Series, this show was actually one of the better series to come out of the early 2000's. The characters and action scenes were pretty solid, and the concept of humans merging with with animals to become enemies worthy of Kong had potential.

Granted, there were a few flaws: The animation, while hardly the worst I've seen, seemed a bit... phoned in. The main villain, Kyros, could've also been a bigger focus.

Overall, could've been better, but it still could've been A LOT worse. Recommended for curiosity's sake if nothing else.
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Green Blob Thing

26 months ago
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The title card is so bad but I can't stop laughing.
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The Boy Who Cried Godzilla

31 months ago
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First off, I've got to say, that this show is very... Canadian. But with that out of the way, I don't like it as much as Kong: King of the Apes, and that's saying something, considering Danny Kwan.
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The Boy Who Cried Godzilla

24 months ago
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100% retracted. this show is pretty good. and it lacks something K:KotA lacked. Heart.
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The Boy Who Cried Godzilla

23 months ago
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Deeper into the series, my opinion shifts again. K:Kota was silly and goofy and written for children by people who have no clue what children are like. This show, has a firm premise, but lacks focus. From time to time one forgets what the overarching story is. 7/10
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