The lion is the undisputed King of The Jungle… aaallllmost. Hold your paws and your applause because in the Kingdom of The Animals, every 1,000 years the lion’s crown is up for grabs. When that happens, for an entire 365 days, Lion King Kikoumba must match wits, strength and sheer cunning with every single animal in his kingdom who’d like to take his throne, with a new animal having the right to go head to head with Kikoumba in a new series of challenges each day.

If Kikoumba loses, he has to leave behind his cushy lifestyle on the warm savannah, lazing under a tree, stuffing his face while his rhino guards keep watch, pack his tail between his legs and go back where he came from – his ancestral lands in the barren, snowy wastes of Mount Kilimanjaro.

But Kikoumba doesn’t just want to win for himself, his wife and son are watching. So are the judges, Clodomir the bear, Vindaloo the tiger and Habiba the giraffe. And Kikoumba’s snide and malcontent master of ceremonies, Khamsin the fennec fox with his gigantic ears, snickering laugh and little black boots, makes no secret of the fact that he’d love for anyone else to take over the throne.

It’s all happening in the animated series Kikoumba S1 on Boomerang (DStv 302) this March (a French production dubbed into English).

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1 terrible week for Kikoumba

Here are just a week’s worth of the fearsome opponents that Kikoumba will face. 7 days, 7 shocking challengers:

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Episode 1: Kokotsu

This kung-fu champ has perfect form, a scream that can slice fruit, and she’s filled with a powerful rage whenever anyone implies that she is a you-know (whispers) chicken. Feathers will fly, eggs will roll.


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Episode 2: Tonio Silverbeak

This gossipy hairdressing heron is the most celebrated stylist on the savannah. With his bill, he can scissor and tweak and fluff until any client looks simply magnificent. Kikoumba, meanwhile, doesn’t even know what a comb is, and his mane is full of twigs.


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Episode 6: Nicklaus of Tigerwood

This golf-playing heron is absurdly poised, and demonstrates his perfect sense of balance as he stands on 1 leg and swings his golf club with the other. But King Kikoumba knows just where this country club snob is under par – Nicklaus is a germaphobe, can’t stand dirt, and his ball-polishing cloth could really be acting as a security blanket.


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Episode 8: Clodomir

Kikoumba faces off against an unexpected opponent in this episode – Clodomir the bear. That’s right, 1 of the judges is challenging the King to feats of chivalry, bravery and gallantry. Aside from having fleas, what could sleepy Clodomir’s weaknesses be?


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Episode 9: Octapaloosa

This diva octopus is 1 of the best acts in the circus, with 8 arms at her service to juggle starfish. But her real skill is in charming her guests, and the judges soon fall prey to her generosity, agility, sense of humour, and skills as a mimic. But she should watch her step before she gets carried away by those 8 frisky legs. Certain animals don’t like being made fun of.


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Episode 10: Berengere

Kikoumba likes sport if you mean a little casual soccer, just kicking the ball about. But Berengere the black panther is a cat of a different colour. She’s a born athlete, and believes she’s unbeatable on grass, sand and clay. She can jump higher, run faster and lift more than Kikoumba. King, what are you going to do?


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Episode 12: Houdino

Houdino the cool and collected rabbit magician and his lovely assistant, Melusine the dove, are a fearsome double act with plenty of tricks up their sleeves. But when Kikoumba realises that Melusine has lost her heart to Houdino, he realises that he could save his crown if he can pull a rabbit out of the hat for her, as they say.


With plenty more contenders to come and episodes filled with animal battles, sneaky puns and nods to real-life animals’ special skills, the real winner of every Crown Down battle will be the kids watching at home.

Watch Kikoumba S1 Mondays-Fridays on Boomerang (DStv channel 302) at 17:45

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