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ジャングル大帝 (1989) (Jungle Taitei (1989) also known as The New Adventures of Kimba the White Lion) is a remake of the original Kimba the White Lion series. The series was produced by Tezuka Productions and first shown on TV in Japan between October 12, 1989 - October 11, 1990 on TV Tokyo.

Overview[]

Compared to its 1965 predecessor, this interation of Kimba is much more dramatic, with significantly less 'cartoony' elements and comic relief. It is also more serialized, with episodes having a clear sequence.

Some fans criticized the series for its dark episodes (including unnecessary killings) at the point to consider the series unfaithful to the original version. As Osamu Tezuka had passed away after the first six episodes were completed, there is some speculation as to how true this series was to what its creator had in mind. With the exception of those first few episodes, the story line is very different from both the original manga or 1965 series.

However even if Tezuka passed away and the series was completed by another director, darker elements are present from the beginning. Even if he did not script the remaining episodes, the general outline for the series was likely established in the pre-production. Osamu Tezuka was no stranger to the use of serious and drama contents; notably the original manga, "Jungle Emperor" included them (with the subsequent change of the dramatic ending in the anime).

English Dub[]

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In 1998, Pioneer Family Entertainment (now known as NBCUniversal Entertainment Japan) picked up the rights to series for distribution in North America under license from Nippon Herald Films. They commissioned Ocean Productions in Vancouver, Canada, to produce an English dub of the series. They dubbed 13 episodes of the original series and released it directly to home video. The TV series was given its English title: “The New Adventures of Kimba the White Lion”. Japanese episodes 2 and 4 were recut to skip a story arc where Kimba meets with Kenichi before he goes back to the jungle (Episode 3 was cut completely). Therefore, besides the first episode, the English episodes have a different order than the original Japanese ones. In general, most of the dubbed episodes have cut footage, due to lightening the gore, violence and blood. The score was also entirely redone digitally by synthesizers. Production was canceled after the 13 episodes were dubbed. “The New Adventures of Kimba the White Lion“ (Jungle Emperor) dub has yet to be released on DVD. The English Dub remains incomplete. 6 home video cassettes were released from October 13, 1998 - July 13, 1999 by Geneon Entertainment.

International Dubs[]

See main page - Jungle Emperor 1989 (International Dubs)

As stated, this series is known to have been dubbed in English (incomplete), but also in Korean, German, Italian and Russian (commentary only).

Production Staff[]

Japanese[]

Director:

  • Takashi Ui

Writers:

  • Susumu Gotohda
  • Yukio Kurata
  • Takyuki Matsutani

Character Design:

  • Yoshiaki Kawajiri
  • Osamu Tezuka

Original Music:

  • Tomoyuki Asakawa

Lead Artists:

  • Katsumata Hageshi
  • Masumi Saito

Producers:

  • Daisuke Baba (Nikkeisha)
  • Kuniaki Ōnishi (Gakken)
  • TV Tokyo

Characters[]

Animals seen in the series[]

  • Lion
  • Parrot
  • Gazelle
  • Black Rhinoceros
  • Mandrill
  • African Elephant
  • Warthog
  • Leopard and black panther
  • Vulture
  • Wooly Mammoth
  • Cheetah
  • Zebra
  • Hippo
  • Giraffe
  • Cape buffalo
  • Wildebeest
  • Ostrich
  • Flamingo
  • Eagles
  • Hawk
  • Gorilla
  • Monkeys
  • Hyena
  • Cape painted dog
  • Gemsbok
  • Sable antelope
  • Hartebeest
  • Nile crocodile
  • Meerkat
  • squirrels
  • Camels
  • African penguins
  • Eland
  • Cows
  • okapi
  • Snakes
  • Chameleon
  • Aardvark
  • Carcharadontosaurus or Tyrannosaurus Rex
  • Dryosaurus or Hypsilophodon
  • Archaeopteryx

Episode list[]

52 Episodes
Episode # Title Release Date
1 誕生 Birth ("The Successor" in the Dub) October 12, 1989 Eliza 89 with Leo.PNG
2 約束 Promise October 19, 1989 Pdvd 048.jpg
3 旅立ち Departure October 26, 1989 89 ep 3 Kenichi playing with Leo.PNG
4 友達 Friends (#2 in the Dub) November 2, 1989 89 ep 4 Coco and Tony.PNG
5 故郷 Homeland (#3 in the Dub) November 9, 1989 89 ep 5 Leo and Lyra.PNG
6 侵入者 Intruder (#5 - "The Invaders" in the Dub) November 16, 1989 89 ep. 6 Lolo.PNG
7 勇気 Courage (#4 in the Dub) November 23, 1989 89 ep. 7 Conga - lock her up!.PNG
8 忠告 Warning (#6 in the Dub) November 30, 1989 Keruru and Amaji's First Appearance.JPG
9 仲間 Companions (#7 - "Flash Flood" in the Dub) December 7, 1989 89 ep. 9 Manwela saved.PNG
10 自由 Freedom (#8 in the Dub) December 14, 1989

Leona as a Goddess.JPG

11 森の掟 The Law of the Jungle (#9 in the Dub) December 21, 1989 89 ep. 11 Bizo's cornered.PNG
12 赤い翼 Red Wings (#10 in the Dub) December 28, 1989 89 ep. 12 saving Myu.png
13 予言 Prophecy (#11 in the Dub) January 4, 1990 89 ep. 13 Leo meets the Great Mother.PNG
14 野性 Wild (#12 - known as "Terrible Power" in the Dub) January 11, 1990 Kimba with Panja.JPG
15 失敗 Failure (#13 - known as "Growing Pains" in the Dub) January 18, 1990 Kimba's rage.JPG
16 白い獣 White Beast January 25, 1990 89 ep 16 No Mercy.PNG
17 誇り Pride February 1, 1990 Joe and his minions.jpg
18 闘志 Fighting Spirit February 8, 1990 Stalking Kimba.JPG
19 生命 Life February 15, 1990 Kimba finds water.JPG
20 赤指導者 Leader February 20, 1990 Kimba encounters a herd of gorillas.JPG
21 帰郷 Homecoming March 1, 1990 Kimba returns to Panja's jungle.JPG
22 再会 Reunion March 8, 1990 Jel89 ep22 friends by messy mane-d7wc2jq.jpg
23 移住 Migration March 15, 1990 Kimba getting beatup.JPG
24 友情 Friendship March 22, 1990 89 ep. 24 Tony finds a gun.PNG
25 犠牲 – 前編 Sacrifice Part 1 March 29, 1990 Leona is shot with a tranquilizer.JPG
26 犠牲 – 後編 Sacrifice Part 2 April 5, 1990 Kimba and Laiya running past a fire.JPG
27 惜別 Mourning April 12, 1990 89 ep. 27 admiring LEona's collar.PNG
28 面影 Image April 19, 1990 89 ep. 28 sparkles.PNG
29 保護 Protection April 26, 1990 89 ep. 29 Marody does not tolerate tame animals.PNG
30 冒険Adventure May 27, 1990 89 ep. 30 the curing herb from the crystal forest.PNG
31 信頼 Trust May 4, 1990 89 ep. 31 I wanna be your friend, clever gazelle.PNG
32 自然 Nature May 12, 1990 Billy accepted in the jungle.PNG
33 楽園 Paradise May 19, 1990 89 ep. 33 Bizo has tusks now.png
34 幻の時 Time Illusion May 26, 1990 Screenshot 20180505-222512.jpg
35 脅威 Threat June 1, 1990 Karabo defending the Jungle.JPG
36 和解 Reconciliation June 8, 1990 Conga wraps Kimba's leg.JPG
37 父親 Father June 5, 1990 89 ep 37 Panja's hide.PNG
38 親友 Best Friend June 22, 1990 89 ep. 38 Myu and Lulu.PNG
39 悪夢 Nightmare June 29, 1990 89 ep. 39 falling star.PNG
40 脱出 Escape July 6, 1990 89 ep. 40 the 3 black rhino brothers.PNG
41 予感 Premonition July 13, 1990 Wind blowing past Amaji.JPG
42 共存 Coexistence July 20, 1990 Screenshot 20200603-183941.jpg
43 決意 Decision July 27, 1990 Explosions.JPG
44 潜入 Infiltration August 8, 1990 Picking up Leo's scent.JPG
45 再生 Rebirth August 10, 1990 89 ep. 45 Follow Leo in his destiny, Laiya.PNG
46 憧憬 Longing August 17, 1990 89 ep. 46 Keruru and Maiya.PNG
47 栄冠 Crown August 24, 1990 89 ep. 47 Tony takes care of the lone mandrill.PNG
48 挑戦 Challenge August 31, 1990 Kimba faces Joe.JPG
49 結集 Concentration September 7, 1990 89 ep. 49 Electric fence.PNG
50 勝利 Victory September 14, 1990 Ep. 50 89 the crew.PNG
51 調和 – 前編 Harmony Part 1 September 21, 1990 Protests about Abipolion.JPG
52 調和 – 前編 Harmony Part 2 September 28, 1990 Rockets fired.JPG

Now Streaming[]

Animelog (Official YouTube Channel ) - Japanese audio with English subtitles (Only Episodes 1-27 and 29-40)

[Japan Only]


Gallery[]

Trivia[]

  • This anime series is the first to feature the animals that were not featured in the manga nor the 1965 series, such as the Wildebeest, the Meerkat, the Penguin etc.
  • This is the first series to feature Tommy's Hat from the begining of the series.
  • Tom, Tab, Mary, Jack, and the Destroyers of the Desert were absent in this series. (Queen Conga appears, but she doesn't have an alternate identity).
  • Although In episode 05 The Homeland, two Hyenas that strongly resemble Tom and Tab briefly appear alongside Claw, Cassius and Vulture.
  • It's the first Jungle Emperor Leo series, and one of the first Tezuka Anime, to air on TV Tokyo.
  • In 1990, there was a tie-in game planned to release on the Japanese Famicom titled, "Jungle Emperor", but it was cancelled.
  • Between 1998-1999, Pioneer held a coloring contest to those who bought their VHS releases. The prizes for the winners could receive various electronic prizes or Kimba/Raiya stuffed animals.

See also[]

Resources[]

  1. Kimba 89 Episode Guide
  2. Credits and Production Staff: German DVD
  3. Some of dubbing history taken from the Dubbing wiki
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