I received a copy of Donkey Kong Country and promotional items from Phase 4 Kaboom to facilitate this review. My opinions are my own.

Donkey Kong Country

It’s 80s flashback time! Does anyone remember the Donkey Kong Country television show? It seems like there was a time when all the popular games were turned into Saturday Morning cartoons. I remember a Pac-Man and Q-Bert show too! Sure, the graphics in the games weren’t as advanced as they are now, but that was part of the charm. Donkey Kong was extremely popular when I was little. I remember playing the game and trying to jump all those rolling barrels.

Over the years, Donkey Kong has gotten some major makeovers. At some point, he stopped being that crazy ape who tried to knock you down with barrels and became a peace-loving monkey! Donkey Kong Country celebrates that phase of the franchise. The show originally aired back in 1996, but since Donkey Kong is really a product of the 80s at heart, it was more fun to have an 80s flashback night instead!

Flashback to the 80s with Donkey Kong Country!

Along with the DVD, we received some fun 80s swag to help us get in the right mood. Jacob took to this idea right away. He even sported a pair of ripped jeans to complete the ensemble!

Donkey Kong 1

Donkey Kong 2

The Donkey Kong Country DVD contains 4 episodes that run for 90 minutes total. These episodes include:

Bad Hair Day
Ape Foo Young
Booty and the Beast
Barrel, Barrel, Who’s Got the Barrel

In the episodes, Donkey Kong and his sidekick Diddy Kong are constantly defending the Crystal Coconut against the nasty, villainous King K. Rool and his minions. The shows are fun and humorous. Parents will love the reminder of their own youth while kids will get a kick out of the characters. It’s a great show to watch together. I love any opportunity that allows me to connect with Jacob by sharing a piece of my own youth.

Jacob has already watched the entire DVD a good four times since we got it. I was surprised that he was so into it at first. He’s very fickle. Then again, it’s Donkey Kong! How could he not be into it?

Want to host your own 80s flashback party? Dig through your treasure trunks! If you were a child of the 80s, chances are you still have some goodies left over from that time period. Search for those jelly bracelets, ripped jeans and hairband t-shirts! Can’t find them? The 80s are making a comeback (scary thought), so you should be able to find the goods in party stores now. Then grab your copy of Donkey Kong Country on DVD at a retailer near you! The price is right at $9.99!

What was your favorite Saturday Morning Cartoon as a kid?