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Credited cast:
Kathleen Barr Kathleen Barr ... (voice)
Lisa Ann Beley ... (voice)
Michael Dobson ...  Various (1994) (voice)
Paul Dobson ... (voice)
Janyse Jaud ... (voice)
David Kaye ...  Icara (voice)
Richard Newman ... (voice)
Brad Swaile ...  Kimba (voice)
Venus Terzo ... (voice)
French Tickner French Tickner ... (voice)
Cathy Weseluck ... (voice)


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A hamstrung classic
14 February 2004 | by LupercaliSee all my reviews

The original US version of Tezuka's 'Kimba the White Lion' cartoon series from the 1960's, with Billy Lou Watt voicing Kimba, was an absolute classic: it still dwells in the hearts of many middle aged people who remember it.

Unfortunately this 1994 version, due presumably to some copyright issues, was re-dubbed with a new voice cast; the soundtrack and sound effects have been altered, and the 'new' theme song is just absolutely godawful. Unless you just want something to play your kids on a rainy day, avoid it. In fact, avoid it anyway. Why deny your kids the joy of the 'original'?

Fortunately the original series has recently become re-available in all its glory. It really is a one of a kind. usually contains information about where to get the genuine versions. When IMDB lists this re-release as a separate title, I'll review it. Meanwhile, let's just say it rocks.

Oh yes, and The Lion King thing - yes, an amazingly transparent piece of plagiarism by whoever owns Disney this week.

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