Kimba the White Lion - A powerful,
rare white lion (voice of Billie Lou Watt) who protected his jungle
kingdom from sinister forces on the cartoon adventure KIMBA, THE
WHITE LION/SYN/1966 (the first color TV animation series
created in Japan). The Japanese title for the series is "Janguru
Taitei" translated "Jungle Emperor".
Before Kimba was born, his father Caesar was
killed by hunters and his mother, Snowene was captured and shipped
overseas. Kimba was born during the long voyage, but his mother died
when the ship sank. Kimba survived and was rescued by humans.
Eventually, Kimba returned to Africa and using his new found knowledge
that not all humans were evil, Kimba tried to maintain a tentative
peace between humans and the other animals in his African kingdom.
Kimba's friend's included Kitty, Kimba's girlfriend; and Dan'l
Baboon, Kimba's mentor and advisor. Kimba's nemesis was Claw, a
villainous lion who wanted to take over Kimba's kingdom with the
help of Cassius, Claw's evil black panther advisor.
The 52 episode
30-minute series was produced by Japanese Mushi Corporation. A
sequel produced in 1966 by Osamu Tezuka called LEO THE LION chronicled Kimba as an adult.
An updated version of the original series (with new voices and theme
song) hit the market in 1994.
The Kimba series is based on a the original "Jungle Emperor"
story that first appeared in the 1950 issue of Manga Shonen
(Comic Boy) magazine. Many people believe that Disney's 1994 'Lion
King' feature film is an obvious rip-off of the "Jungle
Emperor" storyline. The name "Kimba" in Japanese translates to
THEME SONG LYRICS
Who lives down in deepest darkest Africa? (Africa)
Who's the one who brought the jungle fame?
Who's the king of Animals in Africa?
Kimba the white lion is his name!
When we get in trouble and we're in a fight
Who's the one who just won't turn and run?
Who believes in doing good and doing right?
Kimba the white lion is the one!
He's the greatest leader, there's no doubt of it.
He's the one we count on night and day.
When there's danger he can get us out of it--
Kimba the white lion leads the way!
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