The King Kong Show (1966-1967)

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The King Kong Show
The King Kong Show
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Producer(s) Arthur Rankin Jr., Jules Bass, et al.
Funded by Videocraft International
Production company Toei Animation
Channel(s) ABC,U.S. NETJP
Genre(s) Animated
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King Kong. You know the name of King Kong. You know the fame of King Kong. Ten times as big as a man!

— Refrain of the show's opening theme song

King Kong, commonly referred to as The King Kong Show and released to DVD as King Kong: The Animated Series, is an animated television series funded by Videocraft International of America with animation by Toei Animation of Japan. A 56-minute pilot episode premiered on ABC on September 6, 1966 and the series subsequently began airing on September 10 alongside the animated spy spoof series Tom of T.H.U.M.B.; each episode consisted of one Tom story bookended by two King Kong stories. The show concluded its initial run on March 4, 1967, with its pilot being split in half and aired as the series' 25th and 26th episodes, respectively. Reruns continued to be shown on ABC until August 31, 1969.[1]

In Japan, the series' pilot premiered on NET (presently TV Asahi) as King of the World: The King Kong Show (世界の王者 キングコング大会,   Sekai no Ōja Kingu Kongu Taikai) on December 31, 1966. The show was packaged with Tom of T.H.U.M.B. as in the U.S., and aired from April 5 to October 4 of 1967 under the title of simply King Kong (キングコング,   Kingu Kongu). Rebroadcasts followed into the early 1970s.[2]


In this TV series, King Kong befriends the Bond family and Captain Englehorn, with whom he goes on various adventures saving the world from monsters, robots, aliens, mad scientists and other threats.


Episode no. Title(s) Air date[1]
A part B part
0 "King Kong" 1966/09/06
1 "Under the Volcano" "The Treasure Trap" 1966/09/10
2 "The Horror of Mondo Island" "Dr. Who" 1966/09/17
3 "Rocket Island" "The African Bees" 1966/09/24
4 "The Hunter" "The Space Men" 1966/10/01
5 "The Jinx of the Sphinx" "The Greeneyed Monster" 1966/10/08
6 "The Top of the World" "The Golden Temple" 1966/10/15
7 "The Electric Circle" "Mirror of Destruction" 1966/10/22
8 "Tiger Tiger" "The Vise of Dr. Who" 1966/10/29
9 "King Kong's House" "MechaniKong" 1966/11/05
10 "The Giant Sloths" "The Legend of Loch Ness" 1966/11/12
11 "Dr. Bone" "No Man's Snowman" 1966/11/19
12 "The Desert Pirates" "Command Performance" 1966/11/26
13 "The Sea Surrounds Us" "Show Biz" 1966/12/03
14 "The Wizard of Overlord" "Perilous Porpoise" 1966/12/10
15 "The Trojan Horse" "The Man from K.O.N.G." 1966/12/17
16 "Caribbean Cruise" "Diver's Dilemma" 1966/12/24
17 "The Great Sun Spots" "Kong Is Missing" 1966/12/31
18 "In the Land of the Giant Trees" "Captain Kong" 1967/01/07
19 "Statue of Liberty Play" "Pandora's Box" 1967/01/14
20 "Thousand Year Knockout" "Desert City" 1967/01/21
21 "Eagle Squadron" "Kong of Stone" 1967/01/28
22 "Murderer's Maze" "Great Gold Strike" 1967/02/04
23 "It Wasn't There Again Today" "Mad Whale" 1967/02/11
24 "King Kong Diamond" "Anchors Away" 1967/02/18
25 "A Friend in Need" 1967/02/25
26 "The Key to the City" 1967/03/04
Episode no. Title(s) Air date[2]
A part B part
0 "King of the World: The King Kong Show"
(世界の王者 キングコング大会)
1 "Attack of the African Bees"
"King Kong Captured"
2 "The Rocket Island Conspiracy"
"The Mysterious Volcano Empire"
3 "Undersea Expedition"
"Crisis on Mondo Island"
4 "Terror of the Laser Gun"
"A Flying Saucer Appears"
5 "Terror of the Sphinx"
"Bobby's Mistake"
6 "Robot Kong"
"Mirror of Terror"
7 "Mystery of the Flood"
"The Golden Temple"
8 "The Atomic Wave Trap"
"Dr. Who's Scheme"
9 "The Terrible Journey"
"The Resurrected Tigers"
10 "The Giant Sloths"
"The Desert Pirates"
11 "Kaijin Dr. Skull"
"Mystery of the Snowman"
12 "The Loch Ness Monster"
"Kong's Recital"
13 "Rescue the Submarine"
"Kong the Actor"
14 "The Magic Emperor's Trap"
"Perilous Porpoise"
15 "The Trojan Horse"
"Professor Bond Disappeared"
16 "The Carribean Rebellion"
"Search for the Undersea Missile"
17 "The Mysterious Sunspots"
"Maiko of the Jungle"
18 "The Titan From the Dream"
"Captain Kong"
19 "The Amazonian Statue of Liberty"
"Pandora's Box"
20 "Delay the Parisian Monster"
"The Golden City in the Desert"
21 "King Kong vs. the Giant Eagle"
"The Southern Conspiracy"
22 "The Maze of Death"
"The One-Eyed Giant"
23 "Turtle in the Fog"
"The White Whale"
24 "King Kong Diamond"
"The Anchor is a Weapon"
25 "Our King Kong"
26 "King Kong in New York"


Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.

  • Written by   Lew Lewis, Bernard Cowan, Ron Levy
  • Executive producers   Arthur Rankin Jr., Jules Bass
  • Produced by   William J. Keenan
  • Associate producer   Larry Roemer
  • Character designs by   Jack Davis, Rod Willis
  • Animators   Sakei Kitamasa, Osamu Kobayashi, Norio Fukumoto, Tsutomu Shibayama, Midori Kusube, Takao Kasai, Yasuo Maeda, Yuji Mori
  • Theme song performed by   Maury Laws, Jules Bass
  • Japanese theme song performed by   Toshiko Fujita, Honey Nights
    • Lyrics and composing by   Asei Kobayashi


Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.

  • Carl Banas   as   Professor Bond
  • Billie Mae Richards   as   Bobby Bond
  • Susan Conway   as   Susan Bond
  • John Drainie, Alf Scopp, Paul Soles   as   additional voices

Japanese dub

Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.

  • Goro Naya   as   Professor Bond
  • Toshiko Fujita   as   Bobby Bond
  • Junko Hori   as   Susan Bond



  • Professor Bond
  • Susan Bond
  • Bobby Bond
  • Captain Englehorn
  • Dr. Who
  • Vestus
  • Von Kramer
  • Dr. Bone


Weapons, vehicles and races

  • Captain Englehorn's ship
  • Military tanks
  • Fighter jets
  • Volcanians
  • Dr. Who's helicopters
  • Dr. Who's ship
  • Dr. Who's rocket
  • Von Kramer's laser gun
  • Space Men
  • Space Men's UFO
  • Destroyer
  • Meltifier
  • Electric Circle
  • Mirror of Destruction


  • Mondo Island / "Skull Island"
  • United States
    • New York, New York
    • Anchorage, Alaska
    • San Francisco, California
    • Washington, D.C. (mentioned)
  • Egypt
    • Cairo
  • New Guinea
  • France
    • Paris

Video releases

Classic Media DVD (King Kong: The Animated Series Vol. 1)

  • Region: 1
  • Discs: 1
  • Audio: English (2.0 Mono)
  • Special features: None
  • Notes: Includes episodes 1-4 and 25, plus four episodes of Tom of T.H.U.M.B.

Classic Media DVD (King Kong: The Animated Series Vol. 2)

  • Region: 1
  • Discs: 1
  • Audio: English (2.0 Mono)
  • Special features: None
  • Notes: Includes episodes 5-8 and 26, plus four episodes of Tom of T.H.U.M.B.

Madman DVD (2006)[3]

  • Region: 4
  • Discs: 2
  • Audio: English (2.0 Mono)
  • Special features: An extended version of the pilot episode
  • Notes: Includes episodes 1-8 and 25-26, plus eight episodes of Tom of T.H.U.M.B.


Video releases



Segments unavailable on DVD

"King Kong's House"
"The Giant Sloths" (Spanish)
"Dr. Bone" (Portuguese, incomplete)
"No Man's Snowman" (Spanish)
"Commander Performance" (incomplete)
"Perilous Porpoise" (Italian)
"The Trojan Horse" (Spanish)
"The Man from K.O.N.G."
"Caribbean Cruise"
"The Great Sun Spots"
"Thousand Year Knockout"
"Desert City"
"Kong of Stone"
"Murderer's Maze"
"Great Gold Strike"
"Mad Whale"
"King Kong Diamond"


  • The King Kong Show was the first anime series produced in Japan for U.S. broadcast (not counting Rankin/Bass' previous Animagic stop-motion Christmas TV specials, which were also animated in Japan).
  • This series was successful enough for Rankin/Bass to extend the Kong franchise to another Japanese film company, Toho (who had already produced the hit film King Kong vs. Godzilla in 1962). This resulted in Ebirah, Horror of the Deep (originally intended as a Kong film named Operation Robinson Crusoe: King Kong vs. Ebirah) and King Kong Escapes, the latter of which was loosely based on The King Kong Show. Dr. Who and Mechani-Kong both appeared as villains in the latter film, while Susan Bond's first name was given to one of the film's protagonists, Lieutenant Susan Watson. Kong's home of Mondo Island was carried over into the film as well.

External links


This is a list of references for The King Kong Show. 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. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Aiken, Keith (20 December 2008). "KING KONG Cartoon Series Guide". SciFi Japan. Retrieved 10 April 2022.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "King Kong (キングコング)". Retrieved 28 August 2020.
  3. "King Kong (1966) (2 Disc Set)". Mighty Ape. Retrieved 10 April 2022.


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