Donkey Kong Country (animation)

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A French-produced Animated Adaptation of the popular Super Nintendo game Donkey Kong Country.

On the island of Kongo Bongo, The Hero of the series, Donkey Kong, is the island's future ruler, as selected by a magical orb called the Crystal Coconut, which has the ability to grant wishes. But the Coconut is a prize coveted by the show's villain, King K. Rool, who aims to steal it and take over the island himself. Thus, DK has to always stand guard over it, which isn't an easy task since he's frequently taking time off to do activities such as eating his Trademark Favorite Food, bananas. Sometimes, another threat appears in the form of a group of Pirates led by Kaptain Skurvy, who believes the Coconut belongs to him. And did I mention there's a lot of singing? It happens at least Once an Episode.

While the series takes place in an Alternate Continuity from that of the games, a few elements of the show would find their way into the games, particularly in Donkey Kong 64, where Crystal Coconuts are an item (but not a MacGuffin like here), and Cranky Kong works as a potion-mixing Mad Scientist.

Tropes used in Donkey Kong Country (animation) include:
  • Almost Kiss
  • Alternative Foreign Theme Song: The Japanese version has a different opening and ending theme.
  • Arrogant Kung Fu Guy: The Ape-propriately-named one-episode character Kong Fu. In fact, he's so arrogant that when K. Rool's krew make fun of his phobia, he quits working for them.
  • Art Devolution: The animation takes a step down in quality in the second season.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: The Crystal Coconut can grant wishes, so this trope comes up now and again. The biggest example would be in 'The Day The Island Stood Still'; DK, about to take a nap, absent-mindedly wishes he could sleep forever. The result is time halting...and he can't protect the island if he's napping...
  • Beta Couple: Diddy and Dixie to Donkey and Candy's Alpha Couple
  • Be the Ball: DK does this to Diddy in one episode.
  • Big Red Button: K. Rool wanted to push it.
  • Big No: K. Rool's reaction to when Klump's video conference messes up his game playing in "Buried Treasure".
  • Broken Aesop: Subverted. In the episode "Bug A Boogie", Cranky tries to show DK and Diddy that practical jokes aren't fun... by pulling a practical joke on them. However, this actually comes back to bite him when not having DK around due to said practical joke leaves the Crystal Coconut unprotected, fixing the Aesop.
  • Butt Monkey: DK himself is this, in "Kong for a Day" and the majority of season two.
    • Cranky also qualifies, as he's been injured at least once by every other character in the show, most often by Donkey Kong.
  • Canon Foreigner: Bluster, Inka Dinka Doo, Polly Roger, Eddie the Mean Old Yeti and Skurvy and his crew.
  • Canon Immigrant: The Crystal Coconut, and Cranky dealing in potions.
  • Christmas Festival of Lights Episode
  • Chase Scene
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: For all of his failings, Klump is an amazing spy, often finding things out about the Kongs the same time as we do.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Diddy, K. Rool, and Cranky.
  • Decided by One Vote: Krusha in "Vote of Kong-fidence".
  • Dumb Muscle: Krusha, and to a lesser extent, Donkey Kong.
    • King K. Rool and all of his henchmen would qualify as Dumb Muscle.
    • Eddie the Mean Old Yeti would also qualify.
  • Do Not Adjust Your Set: In the B-plot of Bluster's Sales Ape-Straveganza, K. Rool decides to steal the Crystal Coconut on live TV.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: The way the Kritters march in the song "King K. Rool's Finest Hour".
  • Evil Virtues: K. Rool gives all of his minions Christmas the day of the Festival of Lights off every year.

"Even cerebrally-challenged, home-spun, pinheaded subordinates need to spend time with their scaly loved ones."


& New Age Retro Hippie: Funky Kong became this, man.

  • No Flow in CGI: K. Rool's cape is MUCH shorter than in the games.
  • No Indoor Voice: Inca Dinka Doo TALKS LIKE THIS.
  • No Pronunciation Guide: Everybody pronounces K. Rool as KUH Rool, when it should actually be pronounced as KAY Rool.
    • What's worse is that in the first episode, Cranky and a Robot Candy duplicate pronounce his name using the latter once, then only use the former for the remainder of the episode.
    • This whole pronunciation kerfuffle may be because this was made in France, who pronounce the letter K as "ka", hence "KA-Rool".
  • Odd Name Out: Bluster in the Kong's Theme Naming of ending with an "e" sound and in Skurvy's crew there's Green Croc. Who isn't even green.
  • Once Per Episode: There are two songs sung by the characters in each episode.
  • Palette Swap: Donkey Kong and Eddie the Mean Old Yeti. Also Captain Scurvy and his two henchmen are Palette Swaps of General Klump, King K. Rool and one of the Mooks.

Justified, however as Skurvy is a Kannon (a Klump in pirate clothes) and Green Kroc is just a Mook


Cranky: "Bluster Barrelworks...because their barrels have been around forever...and I should know 'cause so have I"? What kind of crock is that!?