Now Kimba's enchanting adventures of friendship, jungle survival and harmony return once again in this beautifully restored complete DVD collection ready to be introduced to a whole new generation of fans. Join Kimba along... more » with his pals Pauly the Parrot, Daniel Baboon, and a charming assortment of other loveable characters, as he follows in the footsteps of his late father, the great lion king, making the jungle a safer, better place for everyone to live. This DVD Box Set collects all 52 color episodes masterfully restored on 10 DVDs plus an additional bonus DVD packed with tons of extras. Each episode is presented in order according to Osamu Tezuka's original storyline. Also includes a special "How Kimba Came to Be" booklet written by Fred Patten and Robin Leyden. From Osamu Tezuka, the creator of Astro Boy, comes Kimba, one of the "first-generation anime classics" to reach American TV - the very first Japanese animation to be broadcast in color, in 1965. Fans have long remembered its catchy theme song, spectacular designs, pioneering animation techniques and gentle stories. Includes a special "How Kimba Came to Be" booklet written by Fred Patten and Robin Leyden. DVD Features: All original 52 Kimba Episodes masterfully restored, a special "How Kimba Came to Be" booklet written by Fred Patten and Robin Leyden, Original Japanese Episode 1 (with English subtitles), Interview with Fred Ladd, Deleted Scenes, Textless English Opening, Original English Closing, Original Character Art Gallery, Merchandise Gallery, and Character Profiles. Spoken Languages: English« less
"Kimba The White Lion is one of the greatest animated series of all time. It has been (and is) shown all over the world and is still popular today, 40 years after it was first made. It is accessible to the youngest children, and its themes of love for all life and the need for understanding between humanity and the animal kingdom keep it alive in adults' hearts.
Kimba is publicized as the first color anime. You might then think that it is primitive, but the use of color in the show was truly joyous, and the quality of animation is fully the equal of any TV anime today--often superior. The rich, expressive full-orchestral score by Isao Tomita (played by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra) is a major asset, too.
For the American dubbed version, experienced radio actors were employed to give voices to the characters. (Billie Lou Watt, the voice of Kimba, had an impressive list of credits reaching up to the recent Courage The Cowardly Dog.) Their superb skill and talent make me wonder what happened to the art of dubbing since then.
Kimba the White Lion is a brilliant, fun, and thoughtful show. Everyone to whom I've shown this show, loves it.
The shows on this DVD set are the original, 1966 version with Billie Lou Watt as Kimba. I have seen test pressings of these DVDs, and they present Kimba looking better than ever before. You can safely trash any and all Kimba DVDs you might have bought before. These are that much better."
Brilliant! The original theme music and voices!
Anne Garnett | Australia | 11/04/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is the one that fans of Kimba the White Lion have been waiting for! It contains the original theme music and voices from the 1965 version! The video releases of some Kimba episodes in the 1990s were disappointing, containing a new, somewhat boring theme tune, and different character voices. This box set is superb - all 52 episodes are fully restored, complete with the original soundtrack, and the discs are beautifully presented. It brought back wonderful memories, and the new generation just love the stories!"
A very enjoyable product!
Rick Hobson | Boise, ID USA | 08/23/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I had never seen Kimba before, although I was certainly aware of the Japanese animation appearing on American television in the '60's. Along with Kimba, there was Speed Racer, Marine Boy and Astro Boy, as well as many others. I purchased this product based on word of mouth and the reviews online, including here at Amazon.
I was not disappointed at all. Physically, the product arrived as advertised. All the DVDs were packaged in high quality materials, brightly designed. I couldn't wait to view the programs and extras.
The included booklet and bonus features disc were informative and entertaining. The inclusion, on the bonus disc, of songs from the original Japanese version made me wish I could understand Japanese. A minor nitpick: Subtitles would have been nice here, but subtitles -are- included for the included original Japanese version of the first episode.
No worries though, as the rest of the 52 original episodes, as they appeared on 1960's American television, had been expertly dubbed into English at the time.
The Japanese version of Kimba was the first anime series broadcast in color in Japan. Kimba is an odd sort of cartoon, a kind you unfortunately don't see much on television these days. Certainly it was designed for children; there are bright colors, songs and entertaining and sympathetic characters. I would suggest Kimba for any family with children.
But there's more. There are lessons here for children and adults alike. Tezuka's original story, as it appeared in manga (Japanese comic books, basically) in the 1950's, had very adult themes at times. The main character, orphaned by humans, fought against his own animal instincts and desires for revenge in an attempt to live peacefully with all creatures, including humans. Death happens, usually leading to an epiphany for the main character or a sort of "deathbed" conversion of the unfortunate. These are certainly odd topics for an American cartoon of the 1960's, made even more odd by the dubbing and editing attempts made by the Americans to soften events.
"Kimba" tells the story of the first half of the life of the young lion prince. The adult portion of his life was covered in the 1960's Japanese animated series "Jungle Emperor: Onward Leo" as well as in a big-budget theatrical release in 1997 called "Jungle Emperor Leo." This movie is available from Amazon. Be warned though, both the sequel series and the movie are darker and more realistically violent, while retaining there lessons about life and family. The movie ends as the orginal manga did, with the ultimate sacrifice of a major character, and the promise of the continuation of the main character's progeny. NOT for small kids, in my opinion. But worth seeing.
The music in Kimba is incredible, once again above and beyond anything in "Made in America" cartoons. This is because the music, scored for full orchestra and choir, was created by Isao Tomita. Tomita went on to create great electronic music in the 70's and 80's, but it is said that he believes his works for Kimba (especially in it's Japanese form Jungle Emperor) was some of his best.
In summary, Kimba is worth having for it's historical and nostalgic value. Moreover it has important messages for children (and adults!) who may otherwise be lost in a sea of violent videos and cartoons. I highly suggest you give it a look. You can find more information on Kimba at http://www.kimbawlion.com/"
I USED TO RUN HOME AFTER SCHOOL TO WATCH THIS!
! MR. KNOW IT ALL ;-b | TRI STATE AREA | 03/20/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This really brought back memories for me. This along with Speed Racer, Marine Boy, Astro Boy, Gigantor and Tobar the 8th Man were just some of the many great cartoons of the day! This box set is excellent,though you can find it much cheaper if you look around. The transfer is really good all things considered. The first episode seemed a little dirty, but they got much better after that. All things considered it should not keep anyone who wants this from buying it! It's Great!"
Sweet and Unforgetable
' Groovin' guy | 06/02/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"For those lucky in childhood to see Kimba, The White Lion, this is sweets galore.
Lessons taught by courageous Kimba will always be remembered, but in case his high morality is forgotten ,we should as adults take a..,hmm,a "refresher course" from this great cartoon series.