!![[VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry The Video Games]]
* The music in the swamp levels in [=DKC2=] has the exact same drumbeat as "In the Air Tonight" by PhilCollins, which inevitably led to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEjoz9egJDs&feature=more_related this.]]
** The Bramble levels BGM [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J67nkzoJ_2M "Stickerbrush Symphony"]] takes chord progressions, beats, and a short excerpt from [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2wrtoloJ6k "I Will Remember You" by Amy Grant.]]
** The ice cave level BGM, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYwx5A8Z1n0 "In a Snow-bound Land"]], is based on [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5w0Xy_6WIY0 "Theme of Antarctica" by Vangelis]].
** In [=DKC3=], when you enter Wrinkly's Save Cave, on occasion Wrinkly will be playing her {{Nintendo 64}}, as evidenced by the music being an {{Expy}} of the ''VideoGame/SuperMario64'' "Inside the Castle Walls" theme [[note]]note they are not the same pieces of music: compare the original theme [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpOP0L3A7_Q here]] and the [=DKC3=] version [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEBqm9bGi3g here]][[/note]].
*** Also in Wrinkly's Cave, sometimes she will be sleeping, and the background music will be the baseline from the "Jungle Hijinx" tune from the first game.
** Also in [=DKC3=], the mill music, appropriately named [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LiXLRjclk1s "Mill Fever"]], is based on [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGb5IweiYG8 "Fever" by Peggy Lee]].
* BadExportForYou: "Jungle Fantasy", the Japanese OST for the original ''DKC'', contained seven arranged songs, all exclusive to the soundtrack. The OST was eventually released in Amercia as "DK [[XtremeKoolLetterz Jamz]]", though out of all the arrangements, it only contained [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYWBe_JcL-o Jungle Groove]], leaving out the other six songs ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9XyLawZNTM two]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTXghhkQG5Q examples]]).
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: The original DKC trilogy was removed from the NA and PAL Wii Virtual Console services for reasons known only to Nintendo, meaning the only way to get copies of the game is finding either the original SNES cartridges or the GBA remakes.
* TropeNamer: This series is the trope namer for:
** BlackoutBasement
** GangplankGalleon
** GustyGlade
** HornetHole
** JungleJapes
** MinecartMadness
** TreeTopTown
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Cranky was meant to be a lot nicer during development of the first game, as seen [[http://tcrf.net/Donkey_Kong_Country_%28SNES%29#Unused_Dialogue here]]. A giraffe animal buddy was planned, as well, allowing DK to climb the giraffe's neck to reach high areas.
** [=DKC2=] has some sprites of Diddy and Dixie mourning, which have been DummiedOut. They seem to have been meant for when they lose a bonus game much like with DK and Diddy in the first game, rather than the screen freezing in the actual game.
** The Puftup enemies in [=DKC2=] were planned for [=DKC1=].

!![[WesternAnimation/DonkeyKongCountry The Cartoon]]
* HeyItsThatVoice:
** The English version has a few notable voices, for instance, [[WesternAnimation/SuperMarioWorld Andrew "Yoshi" Sabiston]] as Diddy Kong. While Richard Yearwood (Rick from ''VideoGame/DinoCrisis'') is Donkey Kong himself.
** Dixie is [[WesternAnimation/{{Madeline}} Miss Clavel]].
** Klump is [[WesternAnimation/TheRaccoons Bert Raccoon]], [[WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfZelda Ganon]], WesternAnimation/SwampThing, and [[WesternAnimation/RoliePolieOlie Pappy]].
** Krusha is [[Anime/SailorMoon Artemis]] and [[WesternAnimation/XMen Morph]].
** Inka Dinka Doo is [[WesternAnimation/XMen Cable]], [[VideoGame/StreetFighterIII Gill]], and [[WesternAnimation/MyDadTheRockStar Rockzilla]].
** In Japan, DK [[Creator/KoichiYamadera is]] [[Anime/DragonBallZBattleOfGods Beerus]], [[Anime/CowboyBebop Spike Spiegel]], and WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck, Diddy [[Creator/MegumiHayashibara is]] [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} Jessie]], [[Anime/BlueExorcist Yuri Egin]], and [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Rei Ayanami]], Dixie is [[Anime/PokemonLucarioAndTheMysteryOfMew Kidd Summers]] and [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsonsMovie Lisa Simpson]], Cranky [[Creator/RyuseiNakao is]] [[Anime/DragonBallZ Frieza]], K. Rool [[Creator/JurotaKosugi is]] [[Anime/JojosBizarreAdventure Jotaro Kujo]], Klump is [[Manga/OnePiece Terracotta, Silvers Rayleigh]], and [[WesternAnimation/TheWildThornberrys Nigel Thornberry]], Krusha is [[Franchise/StarFox Peppy Hare]], Candy [[Creator/MikaKanai is]] [[Anime/SailorMoon Mimete]], [[Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple Renka Ma]], and [[Anime/TalesOfPhantasia Arche Klein]], Bluster [[Creator/DaikiNakamura is]] [[Manga/{{Naruto}} Inoichi Yamanaka]], and Skurvy is [[Manga/OnePiece Jinbe]].
** [[WesternAnimation/TrippingTheRift Whip]] is Inka Dinka Doo [[ActingForTwo and Polly Roger the parrot]].
** [[Series/AreYouAfraidOfTheDark Dr. Vink]] is Cranky Kong.
** [[WesternAnimation/RubyGloom Poe]] is Eddie the Mean Yeti.
** On the Kremling side of things, [[TheBerenstainBears The 2003 incarnation of Papa Q. Bear]] is King K. Rool, [[WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfZelda Ganon]] is Klump and [[Anime/SailorMoon Artemis]] is Krusha (and Skurvy).
** The Japanese version contains an all-star cast of veteran voice actors, including Creator/KoichiYamadera as DK himself, Music/MegumiHayashibara as Diddy, Creator/RyuseiNakao as Cranky, MikaKanai as Candy, Creator/JurotaKosugi as King K. Rool, Creator/KenyuHoriuchi as Eddie the Mean Old Yeti and HochuOtsuka as the one-time character Kong Fu.
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: Outside a handful of episodes released on VHS and DVD, a complete series has yet to surface in any English speaking countries.
** For a while, a U.S. release (at least from Creator/ShoutFactory) seems unlikely, as [[http://www.shoutfactory.com/community/205/thread.aspx#axzz1KrqJLqOQ the distribution rights to the first season are owned by another company]], which means they could only release episodes from the second season onwards.
*** Peace Arch Trinity is currently releasing sets containing the episodes in production order in the U.S., but it's unclear if this will include Season 2.
* InternationalCoproduction: The season was produced by Canadian-based {{Creator/Nelvana}} and French company [=MediaLab=]. The second season swaps out the latter with Taiwanese companies Creator/WangFilmProductions and [=CGCG=].
* NamesTheSame: The song in ''[[VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry Donkey Kong Country 3]]'''s factory levels was named "[[BanjoKazooie Nuts and Bolts]]".
** One of the two [[PiranhaProblem piranha]] enemies in [=DKC2=] is named "Snapjaw". "Snapjaw" is also the name of an enemy from the 1982 arcade game ''[[Franchise/DonkeyKong Donkey Kong Junior]]'' (they're the blue and red "walking bear trap" enemies).
* RelationshipVoiceActor: In the Japanese dub, the actors who voiced DK and Candy were married in real life (they have since divorced, though).
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