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Rankin Bass Series
The Kingu Kongu Show
The King Kong Show
Created by                 Produced by

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Arthur Rankin, Jr.
Jules Bass
William J. Keenan
Larry Roemer
Distributed by                       Genre       
Toei AnimationJP
Rankin/BassUS
Animated

Air date                           Channel
September 10, 1966 – August 31, 1969*,
April 5, 1967 - October 4, 1967*

ABCUS,
NETJP

Episodes
50*

The King Kong Show (世界の王者 キングコング大会,   Sekai no Ōja Kingu Kongu Taikaiis?, lit. King of the World: King Kong), later aired as King Kong & 001/7 Tom Thumb (キングコング・001/7親指トム,   Kingu Kongu 001/ 7 Oyayubitomu?) is an animated television series co-produced by Toei Animation, Videocraft, and Rankin/Bass that originally aired from September 10, 1966 to August 31, 1969. It also aired with the inclusion of Tom of T.H.U.M.B. from April 5, 1967 to October 4, 1967.


Plot

In this series, King Kong befriends the Bond Family, with whom he goes on various adventures, saving the world from monsters, robots, aliens, mad scientists and other threats.

Episodes

  1. A Friend in Need
  2. The Key to the City
  3. Under the Volcano
  4. The Treasure Trap
  5. The Horror of Mondo Island
  6. Dr. Who
  7. Rocket Island
  8. The African Bees
  9. The Hunter
  10. The Space Men
  11. The Jinx of the Sphinx
  12. The Greeneyed Monster
  13. The Top of the World
  14. The Golden Temple
  15. The Electric Circle
  16. Mirror of Destruction
  17. Tiger Tiger
  18. The Vise of Dr. Who
  19. King Kong's House
  20. Mechani-Kong
  21. The Giant Sloths
  22. The Legend of Loch Ness
  23. Dr. Bone
  24. No Man's Snowman
  25. The Desert Pirates
  26. Command Performance
  27. The Sea Surrounds Us
  28. Show Biz
  29. The Wizard of Overlord
  30. Perilous Porpoise
  31. The Trojan Horse
  32. The Man from K.O.N.G.
  33. Caribbean Cruise
  34. Diver's Dilemma
  35. The Great Sun Spots
  36. Kong is Missing
  37. In the Land of the Giant Trees
  38. Captain Kong
  39. Statue of Liberty Play
  40. Pandora's Box
  41. The Thousand Year Knockout
  42. Desert City
  43. Eagle Squadron
  44. The Kong of Stone
  45. Murderer's Maze
  46. The Great Gold Strike
  47. It Wasn't There Again Today
  48. The Mad Whale
  49. The King Kong Diamond
  50. Anchors Away

Staff

Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.

  • Produced by   Arthur Rankin, Jr., Jules Bass, William J. Keenan, and Larry Roemer
  • Character Designs by   Jack Davis and Rod Willis

Character and Monster Appearances

Details surrounding this series are sketchy at best, as many latter episodes have never received proper re-airings since their initial broadcasts. And the series as a whole has never been fully released to home video, with some episodes even being feared lost. The following list was created from the best sources that could be found on the subject, however little there currently is.

  • King Kong
  • Professor Bond
  • Susan Bond
  • Bobby Bond
  • Captain Englehorn
  • Dr. Who
  • Mechani-Kong
  • Tyrannosaurus rex (from A Friend In Need)
  • Kraken (from The Key to the City)
  • African Bee Swarm (from The African Bees)
  • Carnivorous Plants of Mondo Island (from The African Bees)
  • Giant Snake (from The Greeneyed Monster)
  • Giant Mondo Island Bird (from The Greeneyed Monster)
  • Robot Sphinx (from The Jinx of the Sphinx)
  • Killer Triceratops (from The Electric Circle)
  • Stegosaurus (from The Electric Circle, and The Hunter)
  • Brontosaurus (from The Hunter)
  • Saber-Toothed Tigers (from Tiger Tiger)
  • Giant Sloths (from The Giant Sloths)
  • The Loch Ness Monster (from The Legend of Loch Ness)
  • Abominable Snowman (from No Man's Snowman)
  • Statue of Liberty Robot (from Statue of Liberty Play)
  • The Great Gargoyle of Paris (from The Thousand Year Knockout)
  • Giant Eagle (from Eagle Squadron)
  • The Mad Whale / Giant White Whale (from The Mad Whale)
  • Cyclops / One-Eyed Giant (Unknown Episode Appearance)
  • Giant Electrical Angler-Fish (Unknown Episode Appearance)
  • Angry Sea Monster (from a coloring book tie-in)

Other original monsters that are currently unconfirmed includes a giant one-horned dragon; a fire-breathing panther; a giant jellyfish (a misidentified Giant Electrical Angler-Fish?); an orange bipedal dinosaur-like monster (possibly exclusive to a Japanese notebook cover); a green 'insect-lizard' (possibly exclusive to the artwork seen on a Magic Slate border); a subterranean dinosaur, heavily resembling Telesdon from Ultraman (from an unknown Japanese picture book); a burrowing scorpion-like beast (also from a Japanese picture book); a green-colored 'Android Kong' (could be an off-model Mechani-Kong, from a Japanese children's book); a big-eared, red and yellow colored robot humanoid; and a horde of giant ants (those last two possibly originated from a Japanese spin-off manga).

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Trivia

  • The pilot episode was originally 1-hour long, but was split up in to 2 shorter episodes, A Friend in Need and The Key to the City.
  • The character Susan Bond in this show was the basis for Susan Watson in King Kong Escapes.
  • This series was the first anime series produced in Japan for an American company (not counting Rankin/Bass' previous Animagic stop motion specials, also animated in Japan).
  • This series was successful enough for Rankin/Bass to extend the Kong franchise to another Japanese company, Toho (which already produced the hit King Kong vs. Godzilla in 1962). This resulted in Ebirah, Horror of the Deep (originally intended as a Kong film named Operation Robinson Crusoe: King Kong vs. Ebirah) and King Kong Escapes, which was based on The King Kong Show.

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