Monday, July 18, 2011
Childhood Heroes: Jungle Emperor
I think my earliest memory is of being amazed by Kimba the White Lion (1965).
After a horriffic beginning when his mother drowns in a cage on a sinking ship, Kimba manages to swim to shore and return to his fathers kingdom. (I remember crying on many occasions during the series)
In his fight against his evil aunt and rogue lion, Claw; Kimba feels beaten and useless. He finds and hides away with the skinned remains of his father...which rather than causing him more grief inspires him to fight for his friends and his fathers land....wearing his fathers skin...ew.
This was pretty hardcore exciting when I was 5, and I was lucky enough at 24 to be able to visit a museum in his creators honour (Osamu Tezuka) and buy some of the original books and music. I know Osamu would have been delighted to know his story inspired someone as far away as Ireland. Its still an inspirational story to me, and was weird for me to find out the year Tezuka died was the same year I was so enjoying his story about a little white lion.
Uh...anyway....this washed-out picture was inspired by Kimbas speech to his father as he lay with the remains. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0LiFZUIaHs Excuse my bad Japanese.
Also because I am a jerk here's the ones that didnt make the cut while I made up my mind: