Loved this so much and if like me you might want to take a Trip Down Monkey! Memory Lane !!
What a cocky saucy monkey this one is
All the Gods were angered
Monkey magic, Monkey magic
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`In the worlds before Monkey, Primal Chaos reigned. Heaven sought order. But the Phoenix can fly only when its feathers are grown. The four world's formed again and yet again, as endless aeons wheeled and passed. Time and the pure essences of heaven, the moisture of the Earth, the powers of the sun and the moon worked upon a certain rock, old as creation. And it became magically fertile. That first egg was named "Thought". Tathagata Buddha, the Father Buddha, said "With our thoughts we make the world". Elemental forces caused the egg to hatch. From it then came a stone monkey. The nature of Monkey was irrepressible.'
Thus begins Monkey, a television programme that defies description but we'll give it a go: a bizarre combination of spectacular acrobatics and martial arts; tacky special effects; magic tricks; 70's disco music; hilarious dubbing; crazy storylines; the odd bit of Buddhist philosophy thrown in for good measure and an unforgettable theme song. Monkey followed the incredible adventures of three fallen angels: Monkey (Masaaki Sakai); Pigsy (Toshiyuki Nishida) and Sandy (Shiro Kishibe). Thrown out of heaven for various acts of sacrilege and general misbehaviour they hook up with a young Buddhist monk, Tripitaka (Masako Natsume) and embark on an epic, adventure-packed pilgrimage to spread the teachings of Buddha on the path to true enlightenment.
Monkey's UK success was due as much to the hilarious dubbing and narration as the spectacular visuals. David Weir, a Londoner with not a drop of Oriental blood (he didn't even speak Japanese or Chinese) was given a translation of the original dialogue and re-worked it for a British audience, incorporating idiomatic English humour and numerous double entendres, often with no equivalent in the original.
In total, two series' were made, but only 39 of the original 52 episodes were dubbed for the BBC. However, for the DVD release, Fabulous Films have searched the archives and re-discovered all the original materials. The remaining never-before-seen episodes are being painstakingly translated and each DVD volume will contain a new, never-before-seen, episode and even more Monkey Magic!
This incredible, fantastical and completely hilarious programme is truly one of a kind and is actually more enjoyable to watch as an adult than as a child. It's still completely incomprehensible but nonetheless completely brilliant entertainment.