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Monkey

"Born from an egg on a mountain top, the funkiest Monkey that ever rocked."

ANY show that started with such groovy lyrics deserved to be watched.

This essentially featured 4 people/beasts. A monkey, a pig, a fish and a Buddha. It was the story of how the 3 animal-people escorted the Budda to wherever they were going.

It was really badly dubbed, and yet really watchable. Originally it was all in Japanese, but in order that us English speakers could enjoy it's story, it was translated and (badly) dubbed for us.


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Do You Remember Monkey?

Do You Remember Monkey?

  • Anonymous user
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    watched this as a kid but it was one of the weirdest tv programs ever! lol
  • Anonymous user
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    I am & always will be an avid & absolutely huge monkey fan though I need to put on very popular misconception to bed which the lyrics actually were (&still are) "Born from an egg on a mountain top the PUNKIEST Monkey that ever POPPED, he knew every magic trick under the sun to tease the gods so everyone could have some fun, monkey magic, monkey magic, monkey magic etc. also thoug I loved the intro song the end credits tune was just as awesome "Ghandara, Ghandara they say it was in India..." the reason the dubbing was so bad was that when bbc bought the series from the East there were very few scripts & the small budget would not allow for translation so the voiceover artists were pretty much given free reign as long as they stuck to the original storyline, which is why especially in the first episode ("grow stick, grow" it sounds like a 'carry on' film tripitaka was a girl playing the part of a child priest who was aupposed to be completely pure hence the girl playing the part.
  • Gojira
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    This series was a lot of fun. Sadly, Masako Natsume (Tripitaka) died of luekemia back in the mid-eighties. Apparently, Masaaki Sakai was originally a singer in a band 7 was responsible for quite a lot of the music in the series.
  • Anonymous user
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    embedded itself on the nation's conciousness so much that the Gorillaz turned it into an opera over 25 years later. (Actually the opera was called Journey To The West, after the ancient chinese saga on which Monkey is based but the TV seris was the main inspiration.)
  • Anonymous user
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    Did they ever get to where they were going and was trippi tarka a girl never quite the same after they changed the origional pigsy but still a fantastic show
  • Anonymous user
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    brilliant show and guess what, you can catch it at the original time of 6pm every friday,i think, on itv 4!
  • Anonymous user
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    "And the nature of Monkey was irrepressible" As a kid I thought that this show rocked. It was fun, not taking itself too seriously, and how I laughed. Things got sillier in in later episodes, I seem to remember they added a motor to the cloud that Monkey would fly around on. When I have the money spare I intend to get the DVDs
  • Anonymous user
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    MONKEY - WHERE'S MY CLOUD!! Wow, what an awesome and much missed show that was! BBC-2, 6pm week - days i would be glued to my tv set watching the fantastic capers of Monkey, sandy and pigsy! True telly history, recently released onto dvd in its full fun, hilarious entirity! One definately NOT to be missed!