Donkey Kong Country was a CGI animated series that aired on Fox Kids and ABC Family from 1997 and 2000. The animated series first premiered in France in 1996 and was later dubbed in English and brought to the United States. The show featured Donkey Kong and his friends, trying to protect the Crystal Coconut from the evil King K. Rool and his minions.

The show debuted in France on September 4, 1996, on France 2, on a block titled La Planète de Donkey Kong (The Planet of Donkey Kong). The French version of the show later premiered in Canada on Télétoon on September 8, 1997, making the series one of the channel's launch programs, while the English version debuted on its English counterpart on October 17, 1997, also as a launch program. In the United States, it was one of the first series to be shown on Fox Family, in which the series was broadcast in its entirety from August 15, 1998 (the same day Fox Family was launched) until 2000. It was also seen on Fox Kids from 1998-1999 for a very short time airing two episodes as specials on December 19, 1998, and aired a few more episodes during the summer of 1999 before being taken off. 40 episodes were produced.

In Japan, Donkey Kong Country took over TV Tokyo's 6:30 p.m. time-slot from Gokudo the Adventurer airing on October 1, 1999 and was later replaced with Hamtaro after ending on June 30, 2000.



Kongs from the TV series
  • Donkey Kong (DK for short): the future ruler of Kongo Bongo Island and protector of the Crystal Coconut. Donkey Kong is strong, loyal to his friends and a little...dumb. His girlfriend is Candy.
  • Diddy Kong: Diddy is DK's best friend and sidekick, and he's happy with things that way. Diddy is usually skeptical about most of DK's...bolder decisions. Diddy's love interest is with Dixie.
  • Cranky Kong: Cranky's name says it all. He grumpy, old, and sometimes even a little harsh. But that doesn't mean he doesn't have a sense of humor or feelings. The Crystal Coconut rests in Cranky's Cabin.
  • Funky Kong: Funky is a surfer who lives on the beach and runs Funky's Flights, the only flying delivery ape on the island. Funky believes in karma and is usually very forgiving. Funky usually hates fighting.
  • Bluster Kong: Bluster is considered a sleeze who is constantly hitting on Candy (his only employee). He runs Bluster's Barrel Works, a barrel-making factory. Bluster is a coward who always seems to be getting trapped in his own barrels.
  • Candy Kong: Candy is DK's tomboyishly beautiful, sweet but short-tempered girlfriend. She makes great banana cream pies(which she bakes for Cranky every Tuesday)and often wrongfully blames DK for things that happen to her.
  • Dixie Kong: Dixie is a Kong who rarely appears on the show. She is known for liking Diddy and often losing her pets.


  • King K. Rool: He is the king of the Kremlings. His name is a pun of "cruel". K. Rool is always wanting the Crystal Coconut and often hatches plans to obtain it.
  • General Klump: Loyal to King K. Rool, he is not the sharpest tool in the shed. Klump doesn't really need DK to foil his own plans, he does it himself most of the time. His only known family is his older brother, Captain Skurvy.
  • Krusha: Krusha is the muscular, five-year-old-IQ bodyguard to K. Rool. He usually accompanies Klump on his spying missions.
  • Junior the Giant Klaptrap: His teeth were stolen by Captain Skurvy. After helping DK and Diddy, they get his teeth back. He also rarely appears on the show.


  • Captain Skurvy: Captain of the pirate crew, Skurvy sails the seven seas looking for booty, including the Crystal Coconut.
  • Green Croc: Skurvy's first mate.
  • Kutlass: Skurvy's second mate.
  • Eddie the Mean Old Yeti: Eddie the Yeti isn't old. He isn't even that mean. He's just short-tempered and dumb as Krusha. Eddie lives in the white mountains, separated from the Kongs and Kremlings.

Voice cast[]

Character English voice actor Japanese voice actor
Donkey Kong Richard Yearwood Kōichi Yamadera
Diddy Kong Andrew Sabiston Megumi Hayashibara
Cranky Kong Aron Tager Ryusei Nakao
Funky Kong Damon D'Oliveira Banana Ice
Candy Kong Joy Tanner Mika Kanai
Dixie Kong Louise Vallance Becky
Bluster Kong Donald Burda Daiki Nakamura
King K. Rool Ben Campbell Jurota Kosugi


Home media[]


In Donkey Konga 3, the Japanese opening and ending theme appearing as a rhythm.

Benedict Campbell, Adrian Truss, Ron Rubin, and Richard Yearwood, the voice actors of King K. Rool, General Klump, Kaptain Skurvy, and Donkey Kong, reprised their roles in DKC: Return to Krocodile Isle, an animated short made by fans of the series.[1]


  • It was the last animated series to based on the Mario series. It is also the last animated production to be based on the Mario series until The Super Mario Bros. Movie released in 2023.


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