Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Kimba Boxed Set|
Actors: Gorô Naya, Junji Chiba, Gilbert Mack, Ray Owens, Sonia Owens
Director: Eiichi Yamamoto
Genres: Action & Adventure, Kids & Family, Anime & Manga, Animation
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Kimba on DVD - Great Animation Entertainment
gerald | 03/05/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"To Amazon Customers,
One of the most wonderful and uniquely styled Japanese anime programs that aired in Japan during 1965 and later aired in syndication during Saturday mornings in the U.S. in 1966, returns to American audiences on DVD. That program is 'Kimba' which was produced by the legendary Japanese animator "Osamu Tezuka". Originally produced in Japan as the 'Jungle Emperor', this animated program was licensed and later aired in the U.S. So popular was this series that other "Osamu Tezuka" animations were released in the U.S. "Osamu Tezuka" has been credited for pioneering and creating the demand for Japanese Anime programs in the United States and in other countries. Kimba is the story of a baby white lion born in captivity that escapes back to his homeland after the ship he was aboard sinks into the sea. The program depicts the life of this baby white lion growing up in the African forest learning the history of how his father was the king of this wild frontier. Kimba soon discovers that he is part of a long line of kings and begins his journey to regain his families' standing as king of the African forest. The story and theme music became so popular that after the proliferation of Japanese anime in the U.S. and worldwide, additional programs were created. Kimba and its predecessor programs have been translated into some 8 languages and have appeared in several animation festivals in Europe and Australia. The American release of this Japanese animated program included the widely popular theme music produced by "Isao Tomita", "Bill Giant", "Bernie Baum" and "Florence Kaye". This American release of this popular animation would not be complete without the voices of "Billie Lou Watt", "Cliff Owens", "Gilbert Mack" and "Hal Studer". Although controversy rose after the release of another African lion based animated motion picture in 1994 by a major American studio, Kimba has survived and remains as the premiere animation program enjoyed by children and adults throughout the world. There is no question that if you enjoy Saturday morning animated programs from the 60's and 70's, then you should purchase Kimba on DVD. This animated program has truly stood the test of time. The wonderful characters, colorful animated settings and the memorable music will have you and your family watching these DVDs over and over again. I strongly encourage you to buy Kimba on DVD for you and or your family. Kimba on DVD brings out the best in Saturday morning entertainment."
Why Kimba is different from the Lion King
NancyMc | New York, NY | 07/17/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I absolutely adored Kimba when I was seven years old. And when I grew up and Disney's The Lion King came along, I was certainly aware of some of the similarities in the story.
But the themes are very different in the two stories.
The Lion King presents a conservative view of society. The models for Simba's world are the hereditary monarchy and the circle of life, meaning the animals at the top of the food chain eat the lower animals. There are also bad animal castes: the hyenas in the Lion King are uniformly evil. And Simba seems to have no original ideas - he's out to save his own ass to become king, to reproduce to keep the dynasty going.
The Kimba of the original series was a visionary and a radical utopian. Kimba set up schools for animals, promoted vegetarianism - to hell with the "circle of life" - and sought to bring about an understanding between humans and animals.
Simba was a British monarch - Kimba was Gandhi."
Great Content, Mediocre DVD Quality
Tacul | Boulder, CO United States | 04/02/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Kimba is a great Saturday morning anime cartoon from the 70's. Miles ahead of mindless Sponge-Bob and Rugrats, it's still as fun for today's kids as it was 30+ years ago. The DVD is of mediocre quality. This is not a "remastered" version. Picture and sound are not the greatest, but probably no worse than watching Kimba on a 1970's UHF cartoon channel.
I get a loud, annoying feedback screetch/buzz on the menu screen, but thankfully, the feedback goes away once I hit play and begin viewing the programs themselves. A nice buy for those with a nostalgia for early Anime and fond memories of the original heroic white lion."
Classic anime and real lion king
Beres | USA | 09/30/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"For a child born in the 60s this was deep stuff. Remember there was no 24-hour Disney channel, cartoon channel, Nickelodeon, or Discovery Kids, etc. I still remember Snowene's face appearing in the stars as the orphaned Kimba struggled to swim to shore. The song still brings tears to my eyes. Today's kids may not find it it has the bells and whistles of the crap they're used to, but classic anime fans will find the storylines and characters comforting."