La planète de Donkey Kong/DKTV (partially found French programming block; 1996-2001)

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Status: Partially Found

DKTV (not to be confused with the CGI animated series Donkey Kong Country) was a programming block that aired in France from 1996 to 2001.

The block was first introduced as La Planète de Donkey Kong ("Donkey Kong's Planet") and centered around various cartoons and children's shows such as Beetlejuice, The Addams Family, Cat's Eye, City Hunter and Reboot with short segments ranging from fake commercials to music videos.

Many of these segments had CGI characters interacting with the real world and live action actors. This was achieved by using motion-capture technology to easily insert the models into the scene as opposed to animating them from scratch every time.

MediaLab Technology, the team behind DKTV, was also responsible for the Donkey Kong Country television series. Because of this, both DKTV and DKC shared many assets, namely the models and animation. Despite this (or possibly due to this), nearly every skit only featured Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong, Candy Kong, Funky Kong, and various recolors or reskins of them; only rarely would other characters from the show appear in some form.

Availability

Due to the nature of programming interstitials, DKTV has fallen into obscurity, with only roughly 40 minutes of footage available of the block.

Gallery

Demonstration of the block's technology.
A 40-minute collection of DKTV footage.
Another full episode of the show.