Donkey Kong Country (TV series)
Donkey Kong Country (titled simply Donkey Kong in France) is a Canadian-French 3D computer-animated musical comedy-adventure television series. It is based on the Nintendo franchise Donkey Kong as portrayed in the Donkey Kong Country video game series by Nintendo and Rare.
- While the 3D animation is decent for its time, the character models for every character are composed of different separate models for each body part that were animated separately via motion capture (a very lazy amateur animation technique, by the way), resulting in very weird, wonky and laughable CGI animation that sometimes borders on string puppets. The second season switched to key frame animation but it isn't any better.
- Bizarre writing. For example, in the episode "The Big Switch-A-Roo", King K Rool wants to use Cranky's brain swapping machine to get the knowledge out of books. This is extremely dumb, because books don't have brains.
- Almost non-existant lip synching (mostly due to the fact that the characters barely show their teeth or because of the animation).
- Most of the cast are obnoxious, more often than not acting like total idiots.
- Most of the songs are just plain silly and come out of nowhere. On top of that, there are usually two songs per episode (except for the finale episode which has zero songs whatsoever).
- Depending on the song, the singing voices for the characters are meh or just bad. Diddy's is worse in this regard, as it sounds like Andrew Sabiston (his voice actor) is doing a terrible Mickey Mouse impression.
- Also depending on the songs, the lyrics are usually pretty awful. For example, in "Metal Head", they just sing about computer stuff without much coherence or any understanding of computers. Sometimes the songs themselves have great instruments and a catchy beat but the lyrics somewhat ruin them.
- Bluster Kong and Eddie the Yeti are terrible characters and don't even appear in the games. Not to mention Bluster looks like a DeviantArt OC and Eddie is literally just a reskin of Donkey Kong but with a hat.
- Questionable moments, for example, during the "Our Love is Stronger than a Golden Banana" song, Donkey Kong says "I'd shower you with coconut cream pies", which later ended up spawning the Expand Dong meme.
- The final episode, "Message in a Bottle Show", was a clip show.
- Primitive character designs for both seasons, even more so the second season.
- Donkey Kong's voice acting sounds too childish for his character (The future Donkey Kong games have Donkey Kong grunting like a real gorilla).
- Candy Kong is extremely unlikable, as she constantly gets angry at Donkey Kong even when it's not his fault. For example, when Bluster threw a cake in her face, she blamed Donkey Kong for it even though he didn't do anything.
- Diddy Kong and Dixie Kong are also unlikable, Diddy Kong keeps manipulating Donkey Kong into doing bad deeds while Dixie Kong is only used just for filler.
- The show only uses elements from the first Donkey Kong Country (Minus Dixie and some of Skurvy's crew members being named after DKC2 enemies). As a result, Swanky Kong, Wrinkly Kong, and Kiddy Kong are nowhere to be seen. Also, the animal buddies aren't there nor even the other animal enemies from Donkey Kong Country such as Gnawties, Zingers, and Neckies. What makes this worse is that Donkey Kong Country 3 released a year before the show's premiere, so there's no real excuse.
- The theme song is catchy.
- Benedict Campbell is an excellent K. Rool.
- Aron Tager also does a great job voicing Cranky Kong and his voice fits Cranky's personality perfectly.
- Donkey Kong's singing voice is great.
- Some of the songs (Like "K. Rool's Finest Hour", "Eddie, Let Me Go Back To My Home", "The Mirror Never Lies", "Pirate's Scorn", "Road to Success", "Diddy Drop Rap" and "I'm Nobody's Hero) are fun to listen to.
- Despite how weird, wonky and laughable the CGI animation looks, the choice to use it fits with the SNES Donkey Kong Country Trilogy.
- Even though the characters can be obnoxious, they are also prone to many of the show’s hilarious moments, especially with K. Rool screaming “WHY NOT?!” in “Bug-A-Boogie”.
- Some of the characters are funny and likable such as Funky Kong, King K. Rool, General Klump, Krusha, and even Donkey Kong himself.
- There are also tons of funny moments.
- The show has its fair share of good episodes, most notably "Buried Treasure", "Bug-A-Boogie", and "Klump's Lumps".
- At the same time, most episodes always have an so-bad-it's-good vibe like in Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog due to how hilariously ridiculous and insane each episode can get.
- It was the first show to be entirely animated using Motion Capture technology, which was innovative back then.
- There are some funny one-liners, such as "GO HOME AND LET ME GET SOME SLEEP!" and "Monkey Kong? Lemme see that!" in the final episode.
- The cast of the Donkey Kong Country cartoon series was also featured in the France-only programming block, Planet Donkey Kong (French: La planète de Donkey Kong, later renamed DKTV and DKTV.cool), which had a format similar to The Bozo Show and King Koopa's Kool Kartoons and ran from September 4th, 1996 to September 1st, 2001. The voice cast was also completely different from the cartoon series.
- Some alumni from previous Nintendo cartoons appear, such as Andrew Sabiston (Who previously voiced Yoshi in Super Mario World) and Len Carlson (Who previously voiced Ganon in the Zelda cartoon).
- The show supposedly had unreleased scripts that were deemed too inappropriate to actually be made into a reality.
- The song "Pirate's Scorn" from the episode "Booty and the Beast" was covered by Scottish pirate metal band Alestorm for their sixth studio album Curse of the Crystal Coconut.
- This show spawned tons of memes thanks to Donkey Kong's hilariously off-model design and expressions along with his catchphrase "Banana Slamma".