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Jungle Emperor Leo

Story

  • This is a saga depicting the law of the jungle and the relationship between humans and animals, with Panja the white lion and his son Leo as the main characters. As this was the first full-color animated TV program in Japan, the coloring process was done by trial and error. For the music, a solemn symphony was prepared right from the beginning, so that it could also be used for the theatrical version. (Japanese animated films still tend to have bigger budgets for music compared to camera-shot films, and the reason behind this is the success of "Jungle Emperor Leo." However, most films have not been able to copy this Hollywood style of recording, in which an orchestra plays while viewing the film as in "Jungle Emperor Leo.") It is well known that when Tezuka Osamu went to the U.S. to promote the film, the U.S. staff was astonished to hear such solemn music. This film was put on the air with the title "Kimba, the White Lion," and became very popular.
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Preview

Characters

STAFF

  • Original Story: Tezuka Osamu
    Producer: Yamamoto Eichi
    Chief Director: Hayashi Shigeyuki
    Animation Director: Katsui Chikao
    Original pictures: Saito Hiroshi, Hikone Norio, Hirata Toshio, Masanobu Kozo, Ueguchi Teruhito, Sakaguchi Shozo, Uchida Yukihiko, Hayashi Masayuki, Akahori Kanji
    Motion pictures: Numamoto Kiyomi, Ogawa Takao, Rachi Yoshitaka, Shindo Mitsuo, Uenashi Ichiya, Jingu Satoshi, Kanayama Akihiro, Saruyama Jiro, Araki Shingo, Nishimura Hiroshi
    Art Director: Matsumoto Tsuyoshi
    Art: Ito Shinji, Abe Koji, Yatsumura Hiroya, and Yoshiwara Kazusuke
    Backgrounds: Suzuki Morishige, Hirabayashi Shigeru, Mizutani Noboru, Tanaka Masako, Owaki Shoko, Watanabe Tsuyoshi, Ishii Ken, Ho Iso, Tajima Wakako, Kataoka Junko
    Processing: Shimizu Tatsumasa
    Special Processing: Yasuda Takanobu
    Editing: Furukawa Masashi
    Music: Tomita Isao

    Theme Songs:
    "Jungle Emperor Leo's Theme": lyrics by Ishizato Okatake, music by Tomita Isao and vocals by Hirano Tadahiko
    "Leo's Song": lyrics by Tsuji Masaki, music by Tomita Isao and vocals by Hirota Mieko
    Conductor: Morita Goichi
    Sound: Tashiro Atsumi
    Recording: Iwata Koichi
    Data Processing: Nozaki Yoshihiro
    Animation Production: Koyama Teru
    Production Coordinator: Mori Masaki
    Managers: Kishimoto Yoshiisa, Yawata Tadashi, Mogi Soichi, Koyama Hikari, Adachi Noboru, Iwasaki Masami
    Animal Supervisor: Obara Hideo
    Idea: Kume Minoru

    CAST
    Leo: Ota Toshiko
    Lyre: Matsuo Keiko
    Tommy: Akashi Hajime
    Coco: Tamura Kinto
    Mandy: Katsuta Hisashi
    Totto: Kato Seizo
    Dick: Kawakubo Kiyoshi
    Bo: Kumakura Kazuo
    Kenichi: Sekine Nobuaki
    Mary: Yamamoto Yoshiko
    Higeoyaji: Chiba Junji

Descriptions

  • (c) Tezuka Productions Co., Ltd. / Mushi Production

    Broadcast via Fuji TV network / 23 minutes /In color / 52 episodes
    October 6, 1965 - September 28, 1966, Wednesdays 7:00 - 7:30 PM

    Special Award of the 4th TV Editors' Award in 1966
    The best annual TV film for the Central Children's Culture Association under the Ministry of Health and Welfare, in 1966
    Cultural Award of Children's Welfare under the Minister of Health and Welfare, in 1966

Episodes

  • 1st Episode: Go, Panja's child
    Publish:October 6, 1965
    Screenplay: Tsuji Masaki
    Rendition: Nagashima Shinji, Hayashi Shigeyuki, Katsui Chikao
    Introduction:The white lion Panja, king of the jungle, dies. He sacrifices himself for his wife Eliza in trying to save her when she is captured by humans. Eliza gives birth to a baby on a transport ship, and names him Leo. She wants to save Leo, who carried the blood of Panja, so she has him escape from the sinking ship in the middle of a storm.

    2nd Episode: Desert storm
    Publish:October 13, 1965
    Screenplay: Tsuji Masaki, Ando Chieo, Yukimuro Shunichi
    Rendition: Hayashi Shigeyuki
    Introduction:Mandy the orangutan and Coco the parrot are very glad to find that the white baby lion that had been washed ashore is Panja's child. However, Leo is abducted by a group of death traders. Then the poet Buribal saves him, and Leo returns to the jungle to fight villains.

    3rd Episode: Animal School
    Publish:October 20, 1965
    Introduction:Kenichi and Mary, who were involved in an airplane accident, wander into the jungle where Leo and his friends live. Leo is very impressed when he sees Kenichi curing an animal by playing his flute, so he opens an animal school to absorb this kind of wisdom.

    4th Episode: Fierce bull Samson
    Publish:October 27, 1965
    Introduction:Panja's old friend Samson discriminates against animals that live with humans. He gives Leo a mule and says that domestic animals are traitors that must eat by others according to the law of the jungle. However, Leo firmly rejects such barbarism...

    5th Episode: The continent as one remembered
    Publish:November 3, 1965
    Introduction:The child leopard Rugar, who thinks his grandfather Rupe was killed by Panja, attacks Leo. But Leo had met Rupe in a sewer in Paris, and had promised Rupe that he would...

    6th Episode: Starved savanna
    Publish:November 10, 1965
    Introduction:There is a long spell of drought, and somebody has eaten all the precious grass. Seeing his fellows going hungry, Leo tells them that they can live without being bothered by the weather if they cultivate fields like humans do.

    7th Episode: The duel in Donga
    Publish:November 17, 1965
    Screenplay: Yukimuro Shunichi, Ishizato Okatake
    Rendition: Seyama Yoshifumi
    Introduction:The Black Panther Totto is against the jungle being firmly united by Leo. So he cunningly engenders distrust among the animals of the jungle. Leo tries to sort out the situation, but is tricked and pushed down to the Sulfur Valley.

    8th Episode: Crazy clouds
    Publish:November 24, 1965
    Screenplay: Tsuji Masaki
    Rendition: Yamamoto Eichi
    Introduction:The carnivorous animals stop eating meat and become herbivorous upon Leo's suggestion, but they grow weak due to lack of protein. Leo is at a loss when they begin complaining. Then he hits upon the idea that insects such as grasshoppers can be substitutes for meat.

    9th Episode: The king with wings
    Publish:December 1, 1965
    Screenplay: Tsuji Masaki
    Rendition: Kataoka Chuzo
    Introduction:A scientist named Beast transplants the nerve of a great eagle to a tiger, and creates Winger, a tiger with wings. Then Winger kidnaps Romi's mother. Leo asks the doctor to put wings on his back so that he can get back the mother.

    10th Episode: Two hearts
    Publish:December 8, 1965
    Screenplay: Tsuji Masaki
    Rendition: Seyama Yoshifumi
    Introduction:The film crews that come to the jungle where Leo and his friends live think they have the right to do anything for their film. They set fire in the jungle, and try to kill Lyre in the fire. Leo sets out to rescue her.

    11th Episode: Conga Hunting Ground (first part)
    Publish:December 15, 1965
    Screenplay: Tsuji Masaki
    Rendition: Nagashima Shinji
    Introduction:The chief guard of the Conga Hunting Ground continues training captured animals to become violent, because he thinks hunting would be more fun that way. Leo prevails upon him to stop this outrage, but is lured into a trap by Congo's lion Kim. He is in a desperate situation when a huge mammoth of a legendary mountain saves him. What is this mammoth called "Ofukurosan"?

    13th Episode: Big chorus in the thick forest
    Publish:December 29, 1965
    Screenplay: Yukimuro Shunichi. Ishizato Okatake
    Rendition: Hayashi Shigeyuki
    Introduction:Kenichi gets depressed because he misses his country. Leo and his friends begin a chorus to cheer him up. However, Ham egg and his hunting friends appear and take away the animals.

    14th Episode: Androcres Story
    Publish:January 5, 1966
    Screenplay: Ishizato Okatake
    Rendition: Nagashima Shinji
    Introduction:I am different form others. Why am I the only lion different from others? Leo gets depressed when he is treated like a failure. To comfort Leo, Kenichi tells him the story of the white lion Androcres, who was known as a god of Egypt.

    15th Episode: Egg, Egg, Egg
    Publish:January 12, 1966
    Screenplay: Tsuji Masaki
    Rendition: Kitano Hideaki
    Introduction:During a spring-cleaning of the Jungle School, Tarchie takes some eggs for garbage and throws them into the river. The mother birds were panic. The students go down the river and at last retrieve the eggs. The mother birds collect their eggs, but one egg is left untouched. So Leo is obliged to take the egg himself.

    16th Episode: The flaming river
    Publish:January 19, 1966
    Screenplay: Ishizato Okatake,Yukimuro Shunichi
    Rendition: Seyama Yoshifumi
    Introduction:The crocodile Gabuga attacks animals on the land. When he sees that his baby crocodile Pichie has drunk gasoline by mistake, he thinks Pichie's friends on the land have poisoned his child. Leo sets out to rescue the animals Gabuga has captured...

    17th Episode: The strange blue snake
    Publish:1966/1/26
    Screenplay: Tsuji Masaki
    Rendition: Seyama Yoshifumi
    Introduction:The blue snake Nura come to the jungle. Nura uses hypnotism to catch the birds of their guard, and tries to eat them. When Leo comes to rescue the birds, however, he is attacked by a hypnotized birds instead.

    18th Episode: Vera and a medal
    Publish:February 2, 1966
    Screenplay: Ando Chieo,Yukimuro Shunichi
    Rendition: Kitano Hideaki
    Introduction:The wild boar Vera, who has a strong inferior complex about her appearance, is laughed at even by her dear friend Ruca's mother. She becomes desperate, and goes by herself to destroy the rough baboon that disturbs the peaceful jungle.

    19th Episode: The forbidden hut
    Publish:February 9, 1966
    Screenplay: Tsuji Masaki
    Rendition: Katsui Chikao
    Introduction:Leo meets his sister Ryona by chance in an abandoned village of a wood he has accidentally wandered into. Then Leo learns that Panja had once lived in the village as its guardian angel.

    20th Episode: Confusion in the restaurant
    1966/2/16
    Screenplay: Tsuji Masaki
    Rendition: Hayashi Shigeyuki,Kitano Hideaki
    Introduction:A barter restaurant opens so that animals used to different kinds of diet can avoid killing each other.

    21th Episode: Sandy comes back
    Publish:February 23, 1966
    Screenplay: Tsuji Masaki
    Rendition: Nagashima Shinji
    Introduction:Sandy lost a fight with Mandy for the position of boss ten years ago. Now Sandy comes back to the jungle with his followers to take revenge on Mandy. Sandy threatens to spray sulfurous gas in the jungle if Mandy is not handed over to him.

    22th Episode: Old boy Percy
    Publish:1966/3/2
    Screenplay: Gomi Akira
    Rendition: Kitano Hideaki
    Introduction:An epidemic breaks out in a village, so Leo and the old barberry sheep Percy head for the rocky mountain Rock to find the cure. However, it is a dangerous place haunted by flying lizards that appear at night.

    23th Episode: The gigantic insect
    Publish:March 9, 1966
    Screenplay: Ishizato Okatake
    Rendition: Hirata Toshio
    Introduction:A swarm of grasshoppers fly out of the cracks on the ground. Suddenly there is an excess supply of food, and carnivorous animals become stout. Then appears a grasshopper that has become gigantic by radioactivity. The carnivorous animals are too fat to move, so Leo has to fight the huge grasshopper alone.

    24th Episode: Mammy in the forest
    Publish:March 16, 1966
    Screenplay: Tsuji Masaki
    Rendition: Hirata Toshio
    Introduction:Bubu and Totto force an old horned owl to make a poisonous drug, and give it to Leo. The two are pleased because they think they have killed Leo by poison. However, the drug causes only numbness. When they find that Leo is still alive, they try to make the old owl create a real poison this time.

    25th Episode: The little elephant Jumbo
    Publish:1966/3/23
    Screenplay: Tsuji Masaki
    Rendition: Katsui Chikao
    Introduction:Leo finds out that thousands of elephants have been killed by Congo and his men, and tells the elephant boss Darba about it. Darba, however, does not believe him. The elephants ignore Leo's warning, only to find themselves victims of massacre by an army of tanks.

    26th Episode: Meat of peace
    Publish:1966/3/30
    Screenplay: Ishizato Okatake,Yukimuro Shunichi
    Rendition: Hayashi Shigeyuki
    Introduction:Oba does not like the idea of making friends with herbivorous animals. So she gives meat to her children, and has them come to like its taste. The children are fascinated by the taste; their instincts as carnivorous animals are awakened and they try to attack herbivorous animals.

    27th Episode: The sad chameleon
    Publish:April 6, 1966
    Screenplay: Tsuji Masaki
    Rendition: Seyama Yoshifumi
    Introduction:The chameleon Bero is a liar and he makes everybody angry by his lies. A pigmy hippopotamus Kabu is after him. So Leo tries to put an end to Bero's lying habit, only to get himself angry when he is deceived by Bero's lying. Leo expels Bero from the jungle, but finding that Bero is trying to commit suicide out of despair, he follows Bero hurriedly.

    28th Episode: The wildcat Myuu
    Publish:April 13, 1966
    Screenplay: Tsuji Masaki
    Rendition: Kitano Hideaki
    Introduction:The wild cat Myuu disturbs the order of the jungle. Nevertheless, Leo tries to accept her as one of their members. So he dares to act as if she were his friend. However, Myuu's behavior does not change. Moreover, humans come into the jungle because of her, and the jungle is exposed to danger.

    29th Episode: The carnivorous plant Araune
    Publish:April 20, 1966
    Screenplay: Tsuji Masaki
    Rendition: Seyama Yoshifumi
    Introduction:The animals of the jungle suddenly start fighting each other in a fit of madness. The cause of this behavior turns out to be the smell of a gigantic plant Araune. Moreover, it is a carnivorous flower.

    30th Episode: The tracking journey
    Publish:April 27, 1966
    Screenplay: Tsuji Masaki
    Rendition: Kitano Hideaki
    Introduction:Raiza and Maroji come to see Leo. Maroji, who does not want Leo to treat him as an elderly one, follows the car that humans Don and his father Lowtle are driving to town.

    31th Episode: The mystery of the dead man's cave
    Publish:May 4, 1966
    Screenplay: Tsuji Masaki
    Rendition: Hirata Toshio
    Introduction:Leo jumps into the dead man's cave to save one of his fellows. A lizard attacks Leo in the cave, but Leo does manage to save his friend. When they are passing through a hollow, they find a golden city protected by an old turtle at its end. Then appear the humans Gold and Rush who are looking for gold, and they attack Leo and his friend.

    32th Episode: The last poacher
    Publish:May 11, 1966
    Screenplay: Tsuji Masaki
    Rendition: Katsui Chikao
    Introduction:Mesamu, who is a ranger who controls poachers, is after a big poacher called "Devil's Mask." Leo wants to help Mesamu, so he deliberately tries to get captured by Devil's Mask...

    33th Episode: The case of tusk less Huke
    Publish:May 18, 1966
    Screenplay: Yukimuro Shunichi,Ishizato Okatake
    Rendition: Hayashi Shigeyuki
    Introduction:Tom, the child of a white egret, is thrown into a river. Then the drifter hippopotamus Huke is accused of killing Tom. Leo does not think Huke is responsible, so he tries to prove Huke's innocence. Despite Leo's desperate plea, Huke is sentenced to death.

    34th Episode: The counterattack by Black Panther Totto (the first part)
    Publish:May 25, 1966
    Screenplay: Tsuji Masaki,Yamamoto Eichi
    Rendition: Hayashi Shigeyuki,Nagashima Shinji and others
    Introduction:Leo and his fellows try to build an amusement park in the jungle, but it is in Bubu's territory. Bubu becomes angry, and tells his followers to attack Leo.
    The amusement park is now going to be built. However, soon after Totto betrays Bubu and joins Leo and his fellows, Totto encourages them to behave languidly and in a slovenly manner. Totto in fact has pretended to betray Bubu, and they are planning to expel Leo from the jungle.

    35th Episode: The counterattack by Black Panther Totto (the latter part)
    Publish:June 1, 1966
    Screenplay: Tsuji Masaki,Yamamoto Eichi
    Rendition: Hayashi Shigeyuki,Nagashima Shinji and others
    Introduction:Leo and his fellows try to build an amusement park in the jungle, but it is in Bubu's territory. Bubu becomes angry, and tells his followers to attack Leo.
    The amusement park is now going to be built. However, soon after Totto betrays Bubu and joins Leo and his fellows, Totto encourages them to behave languidly and in a slovenly manner. Totto in fact has pretended to betray Bubu, and they are planning to expel Leo from the jungle.

    36th Episode: The monster in Mask Valley
    Publish:1966/6/8
    Screenplay: Yamamoto Eichi,Toyoda Aritsune
    Rendition: Nagashima Shinji
    Introduction:The monster of Mask Valley, the strange bird Moa, becomes friends with Leo and comes to the jungle, but cannot get used to the life there. Leo continues to cover up for Moa, who causes trouble all over the jungle. However, when Moa chases the hedgehog Harley and nearly scares him to death because he wants to eat it, Leo can no longer cover up for him.

    37th Episode: The howling statue of evil
    Publish:June 15, 1966
    Screenplay: Tsuji Masaki,Yamamoto Eichi
    Rendition: Seyama Yoshifumi
    Introduction:Leo and Mandy are thinking of leveling down the east valley, where the statue of evil is kept, to irrigate water to the fields. However, the valley turns out to be a sacred place for hippopotamuses. Fearing that their sacred place might be sunk, the hippopotamus boss Bacchas offers to talk to Leo...

    38th Episode: The island of volcanic lake
    Publish:June 22, 1966
    Screenplay: Tsuji Masaki
    Rendition: Kitano Hideaki
    Introduction:As the white hippopotamus couple, who are Leo's friends, go back to their den in the island of volcanic lake to reproduce, and Saibos, who hates humans, drives Leo and his friends out of the island as they are making a playing field there.

    39th Episode: The crazed season
    Publish:June 29, 1966
    Screenplay: Tsuji Masaki
    Rendition: Hirata Toshio
    Introduction:A herd of antelope is going to move to another place because they are starving due to drought. Leo tries to stop them because it is too dangerous to move the whole herd right now. However, the antelopes are determined to protect their herd and do not listen to Leo's warning. So Leo has to stop them by force.

    40th Episode: The rowdy ones of the plains
    Publish:July 6, 1966
    Screenplay: Tsuji Masaki
    Rendition: Katsui Chikao
    Introduction:The little boy Mar is so fond of Leo that he always follows him. Mar's grandfather Tom, however, it is not aware of this. One day he thinks that Leo had taken Mar away, so he goes to take Mar back from the camping site where Mar and Leo are staying.

    41th Episode: The wandering gods of death
    Publish:July 13, 1966
    Screenplay: Tsuji Masaki
    Rendition: Nagashima Shinji
    Introduction:Three outlaws that are feared as the gods of death appear. Even Leo is no match for them. Seeing Leo being defeated, Mandy argues that they should leave the jungle as soon as Leo's wound heals. Coco, however, objects, saying that simply running away from vicious enemies doesn't solve any problems. He encourages the injured Leo, and trains him for a return match with the gods of death.

    42th Episode: The mischievous deed
    Publish:July 20, 1966
    Screenplay: Tsuji Masaki
    Rendition: Hayashi Shigeyuki
    Introduction:Leo and the Tenpai Trio climb on a balloon just for fun, but it floats up into the air. They happily begin their flight, but carelessly crash into the hut of an old blind man...

    43th Episode: The raged Chimiset
    Publish:July 27, 1966
    Screenplay: Tsuji Masaki
    Rendition: Seyama Yoshifumi
    Introduction:Leo and Kuma-suke go down a river on a raft looking for a Chimiset bear, but a storm throws them into the river. This misfortune, however, gives them a chance to meet the Chimiset's baby Misette.

    44th Episode: The rainbow valley
    Publish:August 3, 1966
    Screenplay: Ando Chieo
    Rendition: Kataoka Chuzo
    Introduction:Leo and his friends are talking about the rainbow valley that they have not yet been to. Kenny hears them talking and goes to investigate the route to the valley, but gets captured by the elephant Pagura on his way. When Leo goes to save him, Pagura tells Leo that he will let Leo pass into the rainbow valley if he keeps swimming in the bottomless marsh for ten days.

    45th Episode: The illusionary mountain
    Publish:August 10, 1966
    Screenplay: Tsuji Masaki
    Rendition: Nagashima Shinji
    Introduction:An army of tanks led by Mary together with a wild beast corps stage an assault on the jungle. Despite their brave fight, Leo and his fellows are driven into the sandbank of a river, and Kenichi and Higeoyaji are captured.

    46th Episode: Jane from the town
    Publish:August 17, 1966
    Screenplay: Tsuji Masaki
    Rendition: Kitano Hideaki
    Introduction:Tarchi's older sister Jane, who had been living with humans, comes back to the jungle. Jane behaves like a queen and says she is going to build her house on the ground where Leo and his friends have their play tree. The jungle is now separated into two opposing groups: Jane's henchmen and Leo's friends led by Mandy.

    47th Episode: The spotted spider
    Publish:August 24, 1966
    Screenplay: Tsuji Masaki
    Rendition: Hirata Toshio
    Introduction:A huge spider attacks Leo, and he is hung on a spider's web deep in the jungle. The trapped Leo is barely saved by lightning. When he returns to the jungle in relief, he is astounded to find the whole forest covered with spider webs.

    48th Episode: The red tusk
    Publish:August 31, 1966
    Screenplay: Tsuji Masaki
    Rendition: Katsui Chikao
    Introduction:A fire called the "Red Tusk" sweeps over the jungle where the elephant Jumbo lives. Jumbo and his fellows lose their food and place to live, so Leo takes them to the swamp that is the territory of another group of elephants. Pagura, who is guarding the feeding area, however, refuses to accept the "refugees."

    49th Episode: The tree of the morning sun
    Publish:September 7, 1966
    Screenplay: Tsuji Masaki
    Rendition: Nagashima Shinji
    Introduction:An old mandrill named Canty lives in a big tree called the "tree of the morning sun." When Leo and Mandy visit him, he asks them to find a cure for this wonderful tree, which is suffering from a disease.

    50th Episode: Explorer Otto
    Publish:September 14, 1966
    Screenplay: Tsuji Masaki
    Rendition: Masanobu Kozo, Saito Hiroshi, Hikone Norio
    Introduction:A fur seal Otto comes from the western sea, with as host of various adventures behind him. Leo is so impressed by Otto's daunting adventures and courage that he says he will travel to the eastern sea with Otto.

    51th Episode: The big shrine on the Nile
    Publish:September 21, 1966
    Screenplay: Tsuji Masaki
    Rendition: Seyama Yoshifumi
    Introduction:Leo, his older sister Ryona, and some okapis are carrying their ancestors' fur to a big shrine when they encounter enemies, and some precious furs are thrown into the river during the fight. When Ryona finds out, she gets angry and quarrels with Leo. Immediately after that, the news that Ryona was killed in the shrine reaches the jungle.

    52th Episode: The man-eating lion
    Publish:September 28, 1966
    Screenplay: Tsuji Masaki
    Rendition: Kitano Hideaki
    Introduction:A lion that was too old to get any food has no choice but to eat a human baby. Then he runs away into the jungle with a squad of hunters after him. Mandy shelters him, but Coco accuses Mandy of putting the whole jungle in danger of a human attack by saving the lion. When Leo and Mandy let the lion go, the squad of hunters raid the jungle and try to set it on fire.

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