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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.


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


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



  • Takashi Ui


  • Susumu Gotohda
  • Yukio Kurata
  • Takyuki Matsutani

Character Design:

  • Yoshiaki Kawajiri
  • Osamu Tezuka

Original Music:

  • Tomoyuki Asakawa

Lead Artists:

  • Katsumata Hageshi
  • Masumi Saito


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


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

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[Japan Only]



  • 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).
  • 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.

Related Links


  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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