Donkey Kong And The Legend Of The Crystal Coconut [Movie Review]

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So about twenty years ago, there was a certain cartoon that was based off of the Donkey Kong video game franchise. It was originally a Canadian/French cartoon that was later released in the United States. It’s amusing to me that this cartoon came out around the same time as the Pokemon franchise and comparing how the two have aged over time.

I didn’t realize it came out around the same time as Pokemon. Or I, at least, didn’t make that connection. The movie is 3D cartoon, similar to Pixar’s style. It’s based off of Donkey Kong Country with similar music, font styles, and characters. I had completely forgotten about the movie until Kris mentioned it. Even then, while the beginning was vaguely familiar to me, I barely remembered the movie at all.

The animation is a treat to see, considering it was computer animated with motion capture to try to get it as close to the video game style as possible. The Legend of the Crystal Coconut was one of the many video releases of episodes of the show packaged together. I remember renting this particular “feature-length film” from Blockbuster every once in a while as a kid before I tended to just stick to renting video games.

It was a musical too. Donkey Kong sang and he actually has the best voice out of all the characters. Seriously, I’d buy DK’s CD if he ever came out with one. The songs and the movie itself was kind of ridiculous, but it had good lines and was pretty funny at times.

Each episode of the cartoon had at least two songs, I believe. It made us burst into giggles when the first song started up, especially since the animation didn’t exactly allow the smoothest dance moves for the characters. Actually, the pirate villains had the best song and dance combos!

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Oh, right. DK had the best singing voice, but he was certainly the worst dancer. The entire thing was them, King K. Rool, and the pirates all trying to get the Crystal Coconut for themselves. It was an hour and a half of keep-away. It was hilarious though and honestly, I don’t think we ever found out the “legend” of the Crystal Coconut, which was what DK was originally trying to figure out.

Considering it was just a collection of four episodes of the cartoon series, I imagine more of the Crystal Coconut’s lore was uncovered in the other thirty-six or so episode of the series. Since this was just a collection, the timeline of the four episodes was a bit off — in the third episode, or part, of the movie, there was a flashback to an incident that didn’t happen until the fourth episode on the movie! Nevertheless, we were very amused by this cartoon and we had a great time revisiting it.

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Yes, that’s true. It was a great movie and certainly fun to revisit! I’m sure we’ll sit down to watch it again at some point too.

Have you ever seen this movie? What did you think? Let us know in the comments below!

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Readers Comments (6)

  1. I still get these songs stuck in my head all the time!

  2. I don’t remember watching the movie but I did watch the show. It was alright for the most part. Maybe they’ll put out a new Donkey Kong movie like they are with Mario.

    • I think the movie was the show’s episodes smooshed together. It was a great trip down memory lane. That’d be interesting if they made a DK movie again.

  3. I actually remember this series pretty fondly.
    I was a huge fan of the Donkey Kong Country games on the SNES & N64, and I somehow found out about this show, naturally.
    I hope Nintendo makes more animated series in the future.

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