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  • Actors: Billie Mae Richards, Carl Banas, Susan Conway, John Drainie, Alfie Scopp
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sony Wonder (Video)
  • DVD Release Date: November 15, 2005
  • Run Time: 30 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AM4P6S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #352,604 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Ten Times s Big As A Man! The King Kong Show’s Animated Series is here! 5 half hour shows(original air time that included commercials), 108 total runtime. King Kong, the mighty ape who scaled the Empire State Building in the 1933 movie is befriended by Professor Bond and his family in this classic series. The fifty-foot tall primate uses his colossal strength to fight injustice, prehistoric creatures and a succession of diabolical villains, who sought control Kong for their own nefarious ends. King Kong was produced Arthur Rankin, Jr. and Jules Bass for ABC-TV, where it debuted with a one hour prime-time special on September 6, 1966(included in 2 parts on each DVD in this series). The series was a Rankin-Bass Production with Videocraft International and this DVD also features the adventures of Tom from T.H.U.M.B., a tiny James Bond-type who was assisted by Swinging Jack, a martial arts expert. Never-before-seen on video or DVD since its TV run! The first U.S. release of Japanese anime for television!

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The ageless "King of the Beasts" never looked so good in this much-anticipated release of The Animated Series, a two-volume collection (sold separately) of long unseen episodes from the 1966 television series, The King Kong Show. The Saturday morning cartoon from Rankin/Bass Productions (of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer fame) ran until 1969 producing 24 episodes plus a pilot (which later split into two shows), based on the classic 1933 black and white Fay Wray film. This first volume of the set features the pilot show, "A Friend in Need," and four original episodes presented with opening and closing titles, commercial bumpers, and teaser footage of the next show. Each episode contains two seven-minute Kong adventures on Mondo Island where renowned scientist Professor Bond is conducting extended explorations aided by his children, Bobby and Susan. The tropical isle is home to prehistoric animals including the fifty-foot ape that rescues Bobby from a T-Rex and, subsequently, is befriended by the family. Whether battling the bad guys of Volcania, evil scientist Dr. Who, or the nefarious animal hunter Ulrich von Kramer, Kong plays the part of friend or foe in legendary struggles of good versus evil. The 1966 'toon marked the first time Japanese anime was specifically created for American audiences. While such early animation seems unrefined by today's standards, the DVD's picture quality is superb as are the sound effects, editing, and theme song. Sandwiched between each pair of Kong thrillers is a tongue-in cheek tale of Tom of T.H.U.M.B., the madcap spy spoof featuring 4-inch high agents Tom and sidekick "Swingin' Jack." Both storylines--Kong and Tom--are refreshingly simple blending humor, mild suspense, and witty repartee. Here's hoping that the remaining 16 Kong episodes will be forthcoming. (All ages) --Lynn Gibson

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JACK LOBO on December 31, 2005
These are the first 4 half hours of the 60s cartoon KING KONG. 2 Kongs per show with a Tom from T.H.U.M.B (Tiny Human Underground Military Bureau)sandwiched in between. The Tom episodes did very little for me. However [I was a 9 1/2 oz Weakling Till One Day...] was a bit charming and a little moving. Plus the first half of the KING KONG pilot episode. If memory serves correctly. This show vanished from television slightly before GIGANTOR.These were my two favorite cartoons when I was 5-7 years old. I was devastated when these great,exciting, adventurous cartoons were removed from my life. Thank God for DVDs and Film Vaults. Both shows had boys voiced by females named Billie. Billie Lou Watt for Jimmy Sparks (GIGANTOR) and Billie Mae Richards for Bobby Bond (KING KONG) Both boys wore shorts. Both boys were in charge of controlling their giant entities as a power of ultimate good. Both shows were animated in Japan.But not at the same studio. Both shows were made in the 60s,the opus era of television entertainment. Here are a few differences King Kong was shot in color. Gigantor although made in color was shot in Black and White. King Kong would only listen to Bobby. Gigantor would respond to who ever had his control box.(Which seldom happened) The live action movie King Kong Escapes was based on this cartoon. Gigantor was based on a live action movie made in the 50s. I don't remember the title but I've seen pictures on the internet many years ago plus a copy of the vhs at a comic book store,that I regret not buying
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By fredtownward VINE VOICE on December 3, 2005
In an obviously crass attempt to force King Kong fans to buy both disks, the pilot, which was later split into two episodes, is divided between the two volumes, with only the first half on this disk and the second half on King Kong, Vol.2 (Animated TV Series).

All in all a rather shabby presentation of a long, long, LONG awaited DVD release.
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The 1966 animated series King Kong, may be most remembered for its fun theme song, which states that Kong is `ten times as big as a man'. The production was a joint venture between Japan's Tohei Animation, and Videocraft based in the USA. The project had permission to use the character King Kong, from RKO Radio Studios, the producers of the 1933 King Kong feature film.

King Kong: The Animated Series - Volume One, contains the first four, of the 24 half hour episodes that were produced. Also included, is part one of the series pilot episode. The series originally debuted in an hour long program. This pilot would later be separated into two episodes, for broadcast in syndication. Compared to the 'regular' episodes that would follow, the animation is much more vivid and rich in the pilot, and the characters are drawn a little differently as well.

The first part of the pilot, entitled 'A Friend In Need', is included and tells the story of how Kong, became a friend to the Bond family. Professor Bond (voiced by Carl Banas), an archeologist, arrives on Mondo Island to do conduct some studies. Along with him are his young son Bobby (voiced by Billie Richards), and teenage daughter Susan (voiced by Susan Conway). According to local legend, Mondo Island is home to a mysterious creature named Kong. Bobbie wanders away, and has an encounter with a hungry dinosaur, but fortunately the giant ape Kong, comes to his rescue, and befriends him. Bobbie introduces his astonished family to his new simian friend, and it is not long before the big guy saves them from a tidal wave (tsunami). It is the beginning of a grand adventure, as the Bonds and their friend Captain Englehorn, the skipper of the ship Java Queen, take the great ape out to sea, afloat on a raft.
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First off my son and I love Kong. We've collected all the new toys, played the Xbox game to death, Kong's death that is, and watched the movies and new cartoons to the point that my wife is ready for the loony bin. That said I feel this DVD was a lost opportunity. The shows themselves are wonderful and Tom of T.H.U.M.B. while not that funny is an amusing little show to watch between episodes of Kong. The problem is there appears to be no order. The pilot show is the last one on the disk and the editing is horrible. I just wish more time and effort would be put into DVDs such as these even if it means spending a little more money.
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Would run home to see this on channel 17 after school, just wish they would put the whole series on DVD.
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I really enjoy the cartoons from the 1960's I love the graphics and the creative plots of these cartoons. Thank you
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