This story revolves around the grown-up Leo and his family (childhood friend Lyre as his wife, Rune who is the spitting image of Leo, and Rukkio who is the spitting image of Lyre). In the original story, the ending was quite tragic and brought tears to the eyes of the audience, but the ending was altered to a happy one for this animated film. This change emphasizes the "bonds of family."
Original Story: Tezuka Osamu Producer: Yamamoto Eichi Chief Director: Hayashi Shigeyuki Animation Director: Katsui Chikao Original Picture: Saito Hiroshi, Hikone Norio Art Director: Ito Nobuharu Backgrounds: Suzuki Morishige Trace: Taguchi Kazuko Coloring: Matsumoto Futaba, Hidaka Akiko Shooting Director: Misawa Katsuji Editing: Furukawa Masashi Sound Director: Tashiro Atsumi Sound Assistant: Aketagawa Susumu Effects: Aketagawa Susumu, Tsukioka Hiroshi, Urakami Yasuo, Tashiro Atsumi, (Mushi Pro group for Effect) Data Processing: Nozaki Yoshihiro Music: Tomita Isao Conductor: Morita Goichi Music Performance: MGA Theme Songs:
"The Song of Jungle Emperor Leo": lyrics and music by Miki Toriro, arrangement by Tomita Isao and vocals by Happy Beans
"Leo's Song": lyrics by Tsuji Masaki, music by Tomita Isao and vocals by Hirota Mieko
(c) Tezuka Productions Co., Ltd. / Mushi Production
Broadcast via Fuji TV network / 23 minutes / In Color/ 26 minutes
Mushi Production / October 5, 1966 - March 29, 1967, Wednesdays 7:00-7:30 PM
The 6th Nippon Tele-Film Technical Award in 1967 (the 14th episode)
1st Episode: The white kingOctober 5, 1966
2nd Episode: Confrontation on the vast plainsOctober 12, 1966
The gorilla Donbe is in a danger, surrounded by baboons, but then Leo....
7th Episode: The golden bowNovember 16, 1966Screenplay: Tsuji Masaki Rendition: Hayashi Shigeyuki
A leopard man confronts a magician. Leo and Rune go to help...
8th Episode: The secret of the moonlight stoneNovember 23, 1966Screenplay: Tezuka Osamu Rendition: Tezuka Osamu
The peoples of country A and country B confront each other over the moonlight stone at the foot of Mt. Moon....
9th Episode: The bird of terrorNovember 30, 1966Screenplay: Tsuji Masaki Rendition: Seyama Yoshifumi
A big flock of peregrine falcons are carried to the jungle in a tornado, and they begin to attack the animals. The animals fight back desperately. During the fight, another tornado suddenly hits the jungle...
10th Episode: Ricaons do not cryDecember 7, 1966Screenplay: Tsuji Masaki Rendition: Nagashima Shinji
Rick loses the fight with another ricaon for the position of boss, so he tries to prove that he is the real boss by attempting to kill Leo. He wins Rune and Rukkio over to his side, and when the children are nearly swallowed up in a muddy stream, he tries to save them...
Panja's fur, which Rune had put outside, is stolen. When the boy Riander puts on the fur, a cheetah attacks him. Leo, who has been following the boy, saves him, but he is running a high fever. He recovers after an operation, and then a policeman appears chasing Leo and Rune...
Leo and Rune try to take a round-eared elephant away from poachers and back to the jungle. Leo also brings along Bado, who is insane, but he becomes violent on the way and is captured by humans. Leo tries to be a decoy...
13th Episode: The duel in Ruber ValleyDecember 28, 1966Screenplay: Sakamoto Yusaku Rendition: Sakamoto Yusaku
The Black Panther Totto is almost made sacrifice to the devil's waterfall. When he tries to eat the children, Leo, in an attempt to kill Totto, knocks down Mandy, who tries to stop Leo. Leo falls into despair...
14th Episode: The howling glacierJanuary 5, 1967
15th Episode: The lonesome tombJanuary 12, 1967
16th Episode: The black tusk in the jungleJanuary 19, 1967
17th Episode: The devil's waterfallJanuary 26, 1967
18th Episode: Confusion in the locomotiveFebruary 2, 1967Screenplay: Tsuji Masaki Rendition: Katsui Chikao
Humans attack Bizo, the son of the boss elephant. Rune, who tries to help him, is also captured. The two escape chained to each other, and wait for a train in the valley...
19th Episode: The stone fortressFebruary 9, 1967Screenplay: Tsuji Masaki Rendition: Tsukioka Sadao
Rune starts building a stone house, but elephants that hate humans are opposed to it. So Rune has a fight with the boss' son Bizo for the house.
20th Episode: The white cliffFebruary 16, 1967Screenplay: Tsuji Masaki Rendition: Hirata Toshio
Animals are dying one after another because of a dam. Leo is furious but Kuroyon, the person in charge of the dam, persuades Leo to evacuate the animals.
21st Episode: The one who sold the jungleFebruary 23, 1967
22nd Episode: The elephants' graveyardMarch 1, 1967
23rd Episode: The silver wolfMarch 8, 1967
24th Episode: Adventure on a volcanic islandMarch 15, 1967
25th Episode: The sun will rise again over the King's castleMarch 22, 1967