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  • Actors: Gilbert Mack, Ray Owens, Sonia Owens, Hal Studer, Billie Lou Watt
  • Directors: Eiichi Yamamoto
  • Writers: Ray Owens, Sonia Owens, Billie Lou Watt, Eiichi Yamamoto, Osamu Tezuka
  • Producers: Osamu Tezuka, Fred Ladd
  • Format: Animated, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Rhino
  • DVD Release Date: March 25, 2003
  • Run Time: 650 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000089QCL
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #460,838 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Kimba Boxed Set" on IMDb

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Let the people have what they have been waiting for.
manicsounds
Picture and sound are not the greatest, but probably no worse than watching Kimba on a 1970's UHF cartoon channel.
Tacul
Kimba on DVD brings out the best in Saturday morning entertainment.
quasar

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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful By quasar on March 5, 2003
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One of the most wonderful and uniquely styled Japanese anime programs that aired in Japan during 1965 and later aired in syndication during Saturday mornings in the U.S. in 1966, returns to American audiences on DVD. That program is 'Kimba' which was produced by the legendary Japanese animator "Osamu Tezuka". Originally produced in Japan as the 'Jungle Emperor', this animated program was licensed and later aired in the U.S. So popular was this series that other "Osamu Tezuka" animations were released in the U.S. "Osamu Tezuka" has been credited for pioneering and creating the demand for Japanese Anime programs in the United States and in other countries.
Kimba is the story of a baby white lion born in captivity that escapes back to his homeland after the ship he was aboard sinks into the sea. The program depicts the life of this baby white lion growing up in the African forest learning the history of how his father was the king of this wild frontier. Kimba soon discovers that he is part of a long line of kings and begins his journey to regain his families' standing as king of the African forest.
The story and theme music became so popular that after the proliferation of Japanese anime in the U.S. and worldwide, additional programs were created. Kimba and its predecessor programs have been translated into some 8 languages and have appeared in several animation festivals in Europe and Australia.
The American release of this Japanese animated program included the widely popular theme music produced by "Isao Tomita", "Bill Giant", "Bernie Baum" and "Florence Kaye". This American release of this popular animation would not be complete without the voices of "Billie Lou Watt", "Cliff Owens", "Gilbert Mack" and "Hal Studer".
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Tacul on April 1, 2003
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Kimba is a great Saturday morning anime cartoon from the 70's. Miles ahead of mindless Sponge-Bob and Rugrats, it's still as fun for today's kids as it was 30+ years ago.
The DVD is of mediocre quality. This is not a "remastered" version. Picture and sound are not the greatest, but probably no worse than watching Kimba on a 1970's UHF cartoon channel.
I get a loud, annoying feedback screetch/buzz on the menu screen, but thankfully, the feedback goes away once I hit play and begin viewing the programs themselves.
A nice buy for those with a nostalgia for early Anime and fond memories of the original heroic white lion.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Beres on September 29, 2004
For a child born in the 60s this was deep stuff. Remember there was no 24-hour Disney channel, cartoon channel, Nickelodeon, or Discovery Kids, etc. I still remember Snowene's face appearing in the stars as the orphaned Kimba struggled to swim to shore. The song still brings tears to my eyes. Today's kids may not find it it has the bells and whistles of the crap they're used to, but classic anime fans will find the storylines and characters comforting.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By raine bow on April 7, 2004
I absolutely love Kimba and this boxed set is great, exactly as it was in my (australian) childhood...my only complaint is that we don't get every episode of Kimba...please release the other half of this boxed set...
Being Australian, I had to buy (another) DVD player, one that was multi-zoned...but when I heard and saw my first love, after all these years...aaawww[...]
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By NancyMc on July 16, 2005
I absolutely adored Kimba when I was seven years old. And when I grew up and Disney's The Lion King came along, I was certainly aware of some of the similarities in the story.

But the themes are very different in the two stories.

The Lion King presents a conservative view of society. The models for Simba's world are the hereditary monarchy and the circle of life, meaning the animals at the top of the food chain eat the lower animals. There are also bad animal castes: the hyenas in the Lion King are uniformly evil. And Simba seems to have no original ideas - he's out to save his own ass to become king, to reproduce to keep the dynasty going.

The Kimba of the original series was a visionary and a radical utopian. Kimba set up schools for animals, promoted vegetarianism - to hell with the "circle of life" - and sought to bring about an understanding between humans and animals.

Simba was a British monarch - Kimba was Gandhi.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kimba W. Lion VINE VOICE on September 16, 2005
Rhino seriously dropped the ball on this set. They did nothing to restore the shows to the way they should look. They just found old faded films from the 60s, and used these to master the DVDs. Then they threw in some blue tint to make up for the fading, but this made the pictures dark and very difficult to make out at times. You will not see the masterful and joyous use of color that went into these shows originally. And Rhino absolutely murdered the sound of the famous theme song.

The bonus features on disc 4 are a mixed bag. It's nice to hear Fred Ladd, the man in charge of bringing Kimba to America, reminisce about the show. And you get to read the original, first draft of Tezuka's plan for the show. But in his commentary, Fred Patten gets the sequence of events wrong on more than one occasion, which means that his theories of cause and effect are wrong.

But the bottom line is that the technical quality of this set is disastrously bad. Go for the new Kimba Ultra Edition box set instead.
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