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>Rankin Bass Productions, Videocraft International, Tei Company Ltd.
  • Rankin Bass Productions, Videocraft International, Tei Company Ltd.
  • Animated Characters: King Kong, Professor Bond, Bobby Bond, Mecha-Kong, Susan Bond, Captain Englehorne, Dr. Who.
  • First Aired in 1967.
  • Episode Number: 2C
  • Running Time: 8 minutes.
  • Season: 1
  • Color
  • Japan  Japan / U.S.A.  U.S.A.


Production Notes:

Forty-eight eight-minute and four ten-minute episodes of this show were produced. These were combined with forty-eight eight-minute episodes of the companion show 001 / 7 Oyayubi Tom.

"Sekai no Osha King Kong Daikai" (also titled "King Kong" and "King Kong Ruler of the World" for US showings) was the first Japanese anime to be produced specifically for the American market. It was commissioned by Rankin-Bass from Videocraft, an American company, which, in turn, farmed out the work to Japan-based Toei.

There were twenty-six shows in the run of the series. The first twenty-four episodes of the show featured one Tom Thumb and two King Kong episodes in the half-hour. The final two shows featured longer King Kong episodes only.

Toei funded part of the series itself, and did also show this series in Japan. However, designs, scripts, storyboards and voice track were supplied ready-made from the United States.

The Bond Family, based on Mondo Island in the Java Sea, meet and befriend King Kong. They try to keep him out of the hands of the notorious Dr. Who.

Some English episode titles:

  • The Jinx of the Sphinx
  • Green-Eyed Monster
  • The Top of the World
  • The Golden Temple
  • The Electric Circle
  • Mirror of Destruction
  • Tiger Tiger
  • Key to the City
  • The Vice of Dr Who
  • King Kong's House
  • Mechanikong

Traditional, Hand-drawn Animation.

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