|The King Kong Show|
|Voices of|| Carl Banas |
Billie Mae Richards
|Theme music composer||Maury Laws|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||25|
|Executive producers|| Arthur Rankin Jr. |
|Producers|| William J. Keenan |
|Running time||28 minutes (regular episodes)|
56 minutes (special episode)
|Production companies|| Videocraft International |
|Original network|| ABC (United States)|
|Original release||September 10, 1966 –|
August 31, 1969
The King Kong Show (キングコング００１⁄７親指トム, Kingu Kongu 001⁄7 Oyayubi Tomu) is a Japanese-American anime-influenced series produced by Videocraft International and Toei Animation. ABC ran the series in the United States between September 10, 1966, and August 31, 1969. It is the first anime series produced in Japan for an American company (not counting Rankin/Bass' previous Animagic stop motion productions, which were also animated in Japan).
This series is an animated adaptation of the famous movie monster King Kong with character designs by Jack Davis and Rod Willis. In this series, the giant ape befriends the Bond family, with whom he goes on various adventures, fighting monsters, robots, aliens, mad scientists and other threats.Unlike King Kong's destructive roles in his movies, the cartoon turned him into a protector of humanity.
Included is a parody of spy films of the 1960s called Tom of T.H.U.M.B., about a secret agent for T.H.U.M.B. (the Tiny Human Underground Military Bureau) named Tom and his Asian "sidekick" Swinging Jack, who are accidentally reduced by a shrinking laser ray gun to three inches tall.The pair are sent out in a variety of miniature vehicles by their bad-tempered boss Chief Homer J. Chief to foil the fiendish plots of M.A.D. (Maladjusted, Anti-social and Darn mean), an evil organization made up of black-hatted and black-cloaked scientists "bent on destroying the world for their own gains".
In Japan, the first two episodes were combined into a 56-minute special, titled King of the World: The King Kong Show (世界の王者 キングコング大会, Sekai no Ōja: Kingu Kongu Taikai), and was broadcast on NET (now TV Asahi) on December 31, 1966. The rest of the series, with the inclusion of Tom of T.H.U.M.B., was broadcast on NET as King Kong & 001⁄7 Tom Thumb (キングコング００１⁄７親指トム, Kingu Kongu 001⁄7 Oyayubi Tomu), and aired from April 5 to October 4, 1967, with a total of 25 episodes.
This series was successful enough for Rankin/Bass to extend the Kong franchise to another Japanese company, Toho (which had already produced the hit film King Kong vs. Godzilla in 1962). This resulted in two films: Ebirah, Horror of the Deep (originally intended to be a Kong film) and King Kong Escapes , which was based on The King Kong Show.
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