Kimba The White Lion was known
as Jungle Taitei in Japan and translates as "The Jungle Emporer." It was a
colour anime series created and
produced by Osamu Tezuka, through his own company named Mushi Productions, released in
Japan in 1966 and aired on Melbourne TV in December 1967 at 4pm on channel 2 and as
recently as 1982. The English version was produced and coordinated by Fred Ladd with
Billie Lou Watt playing the voice of Kimba, who was a female and not a male as many people
believe. Billie passed away in 2001 and is survived by her husband Hal Studer. She was also the voice of Jimmy Sparks in Gigantor and Astroboy. The voice of
Danl Baboon was Cliff Owen who was also Inspector Blooper from Gigantor and Dr
Elefun from Astroboy. Gilbert Mack was the voice of Pauley Cracker as well as Dick Strong
from Gigantor and Mr Pompos from Astroboy. Roger Ranger was the voice of Hal Studer. 49
episodes were made and were released worldwide through NBC. Kimba was released on video in
1993 by a Canadian group titled Kimba the Lion Prince. The theme song, voices
and many of the character names have changed. The only thing that remains of the original
is the animation, but it has been digitally remastered. A huge disappointment! Leo
the Lion' was a sequel to Kimba following the adventures of Kimba as an adult. It was
produced in Japan in 1966 with the English version being released in America in 1984. It
has not been shown on Melbourne TV, but is available on video. 'The New Adventures
of Kimba' has just been released in the U.S with some of the episodes dubbed in
English and others in Japanese with Fan subs. The original names have been kept.
The very first episode titled Go White Lion opens up with the words Only the strong survive in the Jungle. Before Kimba is born, his father Caeser is killed trying to free Kimbas mother Snowlene from lion hunters. The lion hunters are hired by the game warden to kill Caeser who is always releasing the natives' livestock as he wants all the animals to live a free existence. Snowlene is taken away on a ship to be sold to a zoo, and it is aboard the ship that Kimba is born in a cage. His mother convinces him to jump overboard. He later sees the wreckage of the ship in the water and realises the ship must have sunk, with his mother who is now dead. Kimba swims ashore guided by the memory of his father and the voice of his mother with her image being formed from a group of stars in the dark sky. In his travels to reach the jungle he sees the great cities of the humans and decides if he ever reaches the jungle he will teach the animals to be civilised like the humans. When Kimba reaches his home he is against fighting Claw who has taken over as king of the jungle from Caeser, and it is not until Kimba is captured by hunters and saved by a human that he realises that sometimes you have to fight for what's right.
He comes back stronger, defeating Claw and, like his father, becomes king. Kimba believes that destroying fellow animals is wrong, no matter what (even though he kills a few in the series), and that animals should not eat one another but learn to farm and be vegetarians.
Some of the characters were Danl Baboon, his wisest and closest friend, Pauley Cracker (a parrot), Dodie Deer (female) and Bucky Deer with enemies including Cassius a black panther, Claw the Lion and Tom and Tab (two hyenas). Roger Ranger first appears in the episode titled "A human friend" where he teaches the animals to talk. He often helps the animals when in trouble from humans on hunting expeditions.
An interesting thing was pointed out to me by 'Dave Sternberg' in the episode "Such Sweet Sorrow". The character Mr Pompous from Astroboy appears in this episode. It is the same character and is drawn the same way and even his name is the same. He ends up in a cage towards the end of the episode and builds a fire to keep warm in a snow storm. It is the episode with the Magical Woolly Mammoth which comes down from the mountain to save Kimba and the other animals from being captured by Mary "The Poacher," who refers to Mr Pompous as "Uncle Pompous". He is also known in the episode to Roger the Ranger as Mr Pompous. It seems that Osamu Tezuka decided to recycle the Pompous character from the Astroboy series.
Many of the original episodes are available on video. See my home page
Side note: The Leo The Lion series was done immediately after Kimba, and
intended to be Kimba's adventures as an adult. Tezuka was so thrilled with NBC's reception
of Kimba, that he went ahead and did the series, neglecting to obtain a little something
called a contract. When he showed NBC the finished series, they told him Leo was too
"dark", not suitable for children, and they were quite happy with the 52
episodes they had. Too bad for us, because the folks who finally got a chance to dub it in
the 80s were not nearly as good as Billie Lou Watt and company.Tezuka's budget only
allowed for 2500 new cels per episode, hence the almost-trademark cyclical
animation.(Thanks to Dave Sternberg for this info)
JUNGLE EMPEROR / KIMBA THE WHITE LION  Comparison Chart (Japanese and
English Language Versions) BY Kelly Lannan (BASE_KOALA@bigpond.com)
Intended Chronolgical order - (last column) supplied by Dave Sternberg (email@example.com)
|JAPANESE TITLES||ENGLISH TITLES
|NBC CATALOGUE ORDER
(as shown on tv)
|INTENDED CHRONOLIGICAL ORDER|
|1. Go Child Of Panja||1. Go White Lion (*1)||1. Go White Lion||1. Go White Lion|
|2. The Wind Of The Desert||2. The Wind In The Desert (*2)||2. Jungle Thief||2. The Wind In The Desert|
|3. The Animal School||3. A Human Friend||3. Dangerous Journey||3. Battle At Dead River|
|4. The Wild Ox Samson||4. Great Caeser's Ghost||4. Great Caeser's Ghost||4. Volcano Island|
|5. Memory Of The Continent||5. Fair Game (*3)||5. Journey Into Time||5. Jungle Thief|
|6. The Starving Savannah||6. Jungle Thief||6. Restaurant Trouble||6. Insect Invasion|
|7. The Duel Of Konga||7. Battle At Dead River||7. A Bad Baboon||7. Great Caesar's Ghost|
|8. The Crazed Cloud||8. Insect Invasion||8. The Wind In The Desert||8. Dangerous Journey|
|9. The Winged Ruler||9. The Flying Tiger||9. Insect Invasion||9. A Human Friend|
|10. A Pair Of Hearts||10. Two Hearts And Two Minds||10. Battle At Dead River||10. The Troublemaker|
|11. The Hunting Ground Part 1||11. Catch 'Em If You can||11. Scarmbled Eggs||11. The Balloon that Blows Up|
|12. The Hunting Ground Part 2||12. The Hunting Ground||12. The Chameleon Who Cried Wolf||12. Journey Into Time|
|13. The Great Jungle Chorus||13. The Trappers||13. Gypsy's Purple Potion||13. Restaurant Trouble|
|14. The Androcles Story||14. Journey Into Time||14. A Human Friend||14. Running Wild|
|15. Eggs, Eggs, Eggs||15. Scrambled Eggs||15. The Wild Wildcat||15. The Cobweb Caper|
|16. The Burning River||16. Diamonds In The Gruff||16. City Of Gold||16. A Friend Indeed|
|17. The Ghastly Blue Serpent||17. The Magic Serpent||17. The Last Poacher||17. The Bad Baboon|
|18. Bera And The Medal||18. The Runaway||18. The Trappers||18. The Trappers|
|19. The Cabin's Revelation||19. The Mystery Of The Deserted Village||19. The Hunting Ground||19. The Hunting Ground|
|20. Restaurant Riot||20. Restaurant Trouble||20. The Legend Of Hippo Valley||20. Diamonds in the Gruff|
|21. The Return Of Sandy||21. A Bad Baboon||21. The Magic Serpent||21. Too Many Elephants|
|22. Uncle Varshy||22. Dangerous Journey||22. Volcano Island||22. Catch 'Em If You Can|
|23. The Strange Giant Insect||23. The Gigantic Grasshopper||23. The Flying Tiger||23. The Nightmare Narcissus|
|24. Mammy's Forest||24. Gypsy's Purple Potion||24. Running Wild||24. The Gigantic Grasshopper|
|25. The Baby Elephant Jumbo||25. Too Many Elephants (*5)||25. Destroyers From The Desert||25. The Revolting Development|
|26. The Flesh Of Peace||26. A Revolting Development||26. The Trouble-Maker||26. The Runaway|
|27. The Sad Chameleon||27. The Chameleon Who Cried Wolf||27. The Gigantic Grasshopper||27. Such Sweet Sorrow|
|28. The Wildcat Miyu||28. The Wild Wildcat||28. The Mystery Of The Deserted
|28. The Wild Wildcat|
|29. The Cannibal Beast Flower
|29. The Nightmare Narcissus||29. Jungle Justice||29. The Return of Fancy Prancy|
|30. The Pursuit Trip||30. Adventures In The City||30. Too Many Elephants||30. The Mystery of the Deserted Village|
|31. The Mystery Of Deadman's
|31. City Of Gold||31. Soldier of Fortune||31. Soldier of Fortune|
|32. The Last Poacher||32. The Last Poacher||32. Adventures In The City||32. Legend of Hippo Valley|
|33. The Tuskless Hiyuki Affair||33. Jungle Justice (*6)||33. Such Sweet Sorrow||33. Adventure in the City|
|34. The Panther Totto's
|34. Jungle Fun (*7)||34. Diamonds In The Gruff||34. The Chameleon Who Cried Wolf|
|35. The Panther Totto's
|35. The Pretenders (*8)||35. The Runaway||35. Silvertail the Renegade|
|36. The Monster Of Mask Valley||36. The Monster Of Petrified Valley||36. A Revolting Development||36. Fair Game|
|37. The Howling Evil Statue||37. The Legend Of Hippo Valley||37. Silvertail The Renegade||37. Jungle Fun|
|38. The Volcanic Crater Island||38. Volcano Island (*9)||38. A Friend In Deed||38. The Pretenders|
|39. The Season Of Insanity||39. Running Wild||39. Two Hearts And Two Minds||39. The Sun Tree|
|40. The Raging Boy Of The Prairie||40. The Trouble-Maker||40. Soldier Of Fortune||40. Two Hearts and Two Minds|
|41. The Wandering Gods Of Death||41. Destroyers From The Desert||41. The Day The Sun Went Out||41. Monster of the Mountain|
|42. The Mischief Operation||42. The Balloon That Blows Up(*10)||42. The Red Menace||42. Monster of Petrified Valley|
|43. The Angry Chimesetto||43.The Monster Of The Mountain||43. Jungle Fun||43. The Day the Sun Went Out|
|44. The Rainbow Valley||44. A friend In Deed||44. The Pretenders||44. The Red Menace|
|45. The Phantom Mountain||45. Such Sweet Sorrow||45. The Monster Of The Petrified
|45. Jungle Justice|
|46. Jane Returns From The City||46.The Return Of Fancy
|46. Fair Game||46. Gypsy's Purple Potion|
|47. The Spotted Spider||47. The Cobweb Caper (*13)||47. The Balloon That Blows Up(*10)||47. Scrambled Eggs|
|48. Red Fang||48. The Red Menace (*14)||48. The Monster Of The Mountain||48. The Magic Serpent|
|49. The Tree Invites The Dawn||49. The Sun Tree||49. The Sun Tree||49. The Flying Tiger|
|50. Otto's Adventure Clan||50. Soldier Of Fortune (*15)||50. The Cobweb Caper||50. City of Gold|
|51. The Great Temple Of The Nile||51. The Day The Sun Went Out||51. The Return Of Fancy Prancy||51. The Last Poacher|
|52. The Cannibal Lion||52. Silvertail The Renegade||52. Catch 'Em If You Can||52. Destroyers from the Desert|
NB: [*1] episode may also be known as "Little Kimba"
[*2] episode may also be known as "Return Of Kimba"
[*3] episode may also be known as "Memory Of The Louvre"
[*4] episode may also be known as "The Cabin"
[*5] episode may also be known as "Little Elephant"
[*6] episode may also be known as "The Tuskless Hippo"
[*7] episode may also be known as "The Dancing Jungle Pt.1"
[*8] episode may also be known as "The Dancing Jungle Pt.2"
[*9] episode may also be known as "The Volcanic Island"
[*10] episode may also be known as "Adventures Of A Balloon" or "Adventures In A Balloon"
[*11] episode may also be known as "The Rainbow Valley"
[*12] episode may also be known as "Prancey Returns From The City"
[*13] episode may also be known as "The Monstrous Spider"
[*14] episode may also be known as "The Red Monster"
[*15] episode may also be known as "Adventures With Floppo"
[*16] episode may also be known as "The Old Lion"
Titles listed directly above are alternative titles, most probably attributed to the Australian prints only. No titles are listed on the episodes themselves. The above comparison chart was compiled using:
The following information is from Dave Sternberg. There is
one slight problem.with NBC's official sequence.
Osamu Tezuka, who created Kimba, had a different idea for the show than NBC did. Tezuka had written this epic fable about his white lion, and he envisioned the TV series as a vehicle for it. Tezuka's story follows Kimba from birth to death. In the cartoons created for NBC, Kimba grows throughout the series. Character develops. But, like most television companies, NBC was looking at syndication, where they could not control the order in which the episodes were shown. NBC tried to play down any development throughout the series in order to make each episode self-sufficient. This causes several problems, like they try to make him talk in an early episode like 'Wind In The Desert' when in the story he doesn't learn to talk until 'A Human Friend'. As for the differences in his looks, I guess we were just supposed to think he wasn't drawn on model. A while back Robin Leyden and Wendell Washer consulted with Tezuka, Billie Lou Watt and Ray Owens to try to determine the order in which the episodes were meant to be shown. They came up with the list above in the last column (Intended Chronological order)
Kimba theme song (original)
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