Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Ten Times as Big as a Man

Anybody remember that animated King Kong series? Not old enough? Um, me neither. Ahem. Kong lived on Mondo Island in the Java Sea and fought prehistoric animals, injustice and occasional bad guys. King Kong was produced by Arthur Rankin, Jr. and Jules Bass for ABC-TV in 1966.

Would love to take a look at a few of those old episodes again.

King Kong you know the name of
King Kong you know the fame of
King Kong ten times as big as a man

Throughout the land you've heard about this wonder
Listen closely and you will here the thunder
Oft this mighty ape and he's a friend of man
So goes the legend The legend of

King Kong you know the name of
King Kong you know the fame of
King Kong ten times as big as a man

One day a boy, too young to know the danger;
Made a friend of this giant fearsome creature!
And the life they led on their island home became a legend, the legend of . . .

King Kong you know the name of
King Kong you know the fame of
King Kong ten times as big as a man.

4 comments:

Scott the Reader said...

Apparently they released a couple of DVDs last month, each with 4 episodes on them.

MaryAn Batchellor said...

Awesome! Thanks, Scott. I found them on Amazon. Merry Christmas to me! Okay, so it's not a sewing machine..

Grubber said...

That did bring back memories.....damn, I am showing my age there! :)

Nick said...

I got one of the videos the other day. "Kong" is very much of the anime/Japanimation genre as, of course, it was animated in the Land of the Rising Sun. It isn't an overly memorable cartoon, but certainly decent. The "Tom From T.H.U.M.B." segments are decent. I liked the opening with the cheerleaders in particular as that part of the intro was cute. "Kong" and the "Tom" segments never made any significant impact in syndication that I know of. Perhaps this is because (1) They didn't make enough of the cartoons to be able to offer it to local stations and/or (2) The Swinging Jack character from the "Tom" segments was possibly considered an ethnic stereotype of Orientals.

But "Kong", like many cartoons, may be recalled not as much for its content, but because people want to remember a more innocent time in their lives when they woke up on Saturday morning, ran downstairs in their pajamas to eat their Coca Puffs, Cap'n Crunch, and other high sugar content breakfast cereal and watch their favorite shows before going out to play with their friends. Their is a certain nostalgia in this and I must admit that all these years later, I sometimes miss being a kid! :-)