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Myth of the Monkey King
Myth of the Monkey King
Television show information

Genre

Action
Adventure
Fantasy

Created by

Kent Osborne

Voices of

Dante Basco
Richard Steven Horvitz
Elizabeth Daily
Tara Strong

Country of
origin

United States

Original
language(s)

English

Production

Executive
producer(s)

Kent Osborne

Running time

22 min. (approx.)

Production
company(s)

Walt Disney Television Animation (original)
ABC Signature (revival)

Distributor

Disney-ABC Domestic Television

Broadcast

Original
network

Disney Channel (first-run, Season 1-4)
Disney XD (reruns, Season 1-4)
XYZ (Season 5)

Original release

July 14th, 2004-April 5th, 2008 (original)
September 21st, 2019-January 18th, 2020 (revival)

Myth of the Monkey King, alternately known as Disney's Myth of the Monkey King (Season 1-4), was an American animated action-adventure-fantasy television series, being created by Kent Osborne. It was produced by Walt Disney Television Animation (Season 1-4) and ABC Signature (Season 5) and it aired on Disney Channel from July 14th, 2004 until April 5th, 2008, with a revival season airing on XYZ from September 21st, 2019 until January 18th, 2020.

Synopsis

Set in the prosperous region of Vyden, a young monkey named Wu gains the Scimitar of Light as he heads to fight against the forces of darkness and evil.

Season 5

Three years after the events of Season 4, Wu and Lena are now married and waiting for a child as they continue dealing with new threats while dealing with a more powerful horde of villains known as the Oni.

Characters

Main

  • Wu (voiced by Dante Basco) - a brave and adventurous spider monkey who wields the Scimitar of Light and uses it to battle against the forces of darkness. In the fifth season, he's now married to Lena and is out once more to fight the forces of evil, even if they are now stronger than before.
  • Ey-Ey (voiced by Richard Steven Horvitz) - a comedic yet loyal aye-aye who is Wu's best friend and helps him out, even if he isn't as strong as him. In the fifth season, he is basically the same.
  • Hana (voiced by Elizabeth Daily) - a kind and athletic human villager capable of manipulating chi as she joins Wu in his quest to fight any evil force. In the fifth season, she and Erik are dating for two years as she continues her quest to TBD.
  • Lena (voiced by Tara Strong) - a playful and feisty tomboyish ring-tailed lemur who has a crush on Wu and occasionally joins him in his adventures as she wields a bo and is willing to protect anyone. In the fifth season, she is married to Wu and is pregnant with a girl and hopes that she will become as great as them.

Supporting

  • Master Shun (voiced by James Hong) - Wu's senile but wise mentor who teaches him how to use the Scimitar of Light and to battle evil, sadly ascending to another realm in the original series finale.
  • Erik (voiced by James Arnold Taylor) - a friendly and resourceful human villager who is Hana's childhood friend as he is usually supportive of her goals to defeat TBD while occasionally providing TBD to the crew. In the fifth season, he and Hana are dating for two years and TBD.
  • Lord Lao (voiced by Jim Cummings) - the caring and loyal leader of the Bloom Sun Village who cares about the safety of TBD.
  • Hailey (voiced by Vanessa Marshall) - a short-tempered but protective Southern-accent teenage girl who is a friend to Hana and TBD.
  • Shanga Lahn (voiced by TBD) - TBD
  • Courtney (voiced by TBD) - TBD
  • Stevie (voiced by Corey Burton) - a brave human survivalist who searches for whatever is dangerous and TBD.
  • The Family, consisting of:
    • Claudius (voiced by Maurice LaMarche) - a strict but TBD wolf who is the patriarch of the family as TBD.
    • Amy (voiced by Grey Griffin) - a caring fox who is Claudius' wife and often worries about TBD.
    • Curt (voiced by Will Friedle) - a TBD wolf-fox hybrid boy who TBD.
    • Emily (voiced by Hynden Walch) - a TBD wolf-fox hybrid girl who TBD.
  • Marilyn (voiced by Jennifer Hale) - a beautiful rabbit actress who is well known around Vynden, although she is also infamously known for sleeping with several men as [for laughs, she gains a crush on Wu].
  • Arthur O. Pod (voiced by Tom Kenny) - a friendly spider who often TBD.
  • Barry Bearson (voiced by TBD) - TBD
  • Kosmi (voiced by George Takei) - a powerful cosmic deity who crafted the world into its current state and TBD.

Season 5 exclusive

  • Flick and Flack (voiced by Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell, respectively) - two bartenders who TBD.
  • Pix (also voiced by Grey Griffin) - a pixie who TBD.
  • Wei Chii (voiced by James Sie) - the first wielder of the Scimitar of Light who TBD.
  • Ozi (voiced by Laura Bailey) - TBD
  • Lotus (voiced by Ella Jay Basco) - a chill and jokey monkey-lemur hybrid who is Wu and Lena's daughter and appears in the epilogue of the series finale.

Antagonists

  • Oza (voiced by J.K. Simmons) - a vicious dragon who is out to destroy all forms of life by using several different schemes to TBD.
  • Lord Shemru (voiced by Jeffrey Combs) - a vicious warlord who wants to control Vyden by using powerful TBD.
    • Lei (also voiced by Tara Strong) - Shemru's loyal handmaiden who TBD.
    • Meko the Traitor (voiced by Jack DeSena) - Hana's childhood friend who TBD.
    • The Bandit Queen (also voiced by Grey Griffin) - the leader of a group of bandits who work for Shemru and TBD.
  • Ace (also voiced by Tom Kenny) - a justice-seeking yet cruel tanuki who hunts anyone who supposedly disrespects the law, even if they are risking their life to provide aid for the ones in need, being rather sadistic and ruthless.
  • Lady Husk (voiced by Cristina Pucelli) - a seductive and aggressive husky who hunts for anyone who challenges anyone who gets in her way as TBD.
  • Nicole Foxee (voiced by Nika Futterman) - a tough and TBD fox who works for an agency responsible for several TBD as Ey-Ey is smitten with her, becoming what she is today by circumstances rather than an option due to the TBD she experienced as a child. In Season 5, she reluctantly aligns itself with Wu to fight the Oni since she admits that she finds Ey-Ey funny.
  • Silver (voiced by Jeff Bennett) - a greedy tax collector who is shown to TBD.
  • Luka (voiced by Tim Curry) - a vicious big game hunter who enjoys hunting TBD.
  • Kris (voiced by Bill Farmer) - a strange sea turtle who is a master of Dark Chi and has a TBD.
  • The Circus of Mind, consisting of:
    • Ringmistress Mesmra (also voiced by Jennifer Hale) - a flamboyant porcupine who runs a circus and can control minds using several different devices TBD.
    • Squicky the Clown (voiced by Mr. Lawrence) - a creepy clown who is TBD.
    • Stefan and Stefano (also voiced by Jim Cummings and Jeff Bennett, respectively) - two eccentric Italian rats who are often TBD.
    • Pinky (voiced by Kath Soucie) - a TBD chipmunk who is Mesmra's personal assistant and TBD.
    • Lady Ele (voiced by Candi Milo) - a TBD bearded feminine elephant who TBD.
  • Armando (voiced by André Sogliuzzo) - TBD
  • Madame Broade (voiced by Tress MacNeille) - an elder fashion designer who wants to create a massive fur clothing line TBD.
  • Mimic and Echo (voiced by Dee Bradley Baker and Kari Wahlgren, respectively) - two dangerous and sadistic assassins who are obsessed with TBD.
  • Blank (also voiced by Dante Basco) - an evil doppelgänger of Wu who is the opposite of what it defines him as he is TBD.
  • Malice (voiced by Kimberly Brooks) - TBD
  • Da Llama (also voiced by Jeff Bennett) - an egotistical wrestler who is TBD.
  • The Geo-Titan (voiced by Brad Garrett) - an ancient Titan who TBD.
  • The Hornet Queen (voiced by TBD) - TBD

Season 5 exclusive

  • The Oni, consisting of:
    • The Grand Oni King (voiced by Matthew Mercer) - the ruthless king of the Onis who thrives on enslaving inferior life forms as TBD.
    • Elixa (voiced by Linda Cardellini) - a mentally insane oni who is the Grand Oni King's loyal henchwoman as she's willing to do anything to TBD.
    • Ezra (voiced by Darin De Paul) - a TBD oni who TBD.
    • TBD (voiced by Jen Taylor) - a TBD oni who TBD.
    • Krusher (voiced by David Sobolov) - a TBD oni who TBD.
    • Sciss (voiced by Erica Lindbeck) - a TBD oni who TBD.

Episodes

See List of Myth of the Monkey King episodes.

Production

Animation

The animation for the series is outsourced to AKOM Production, Ltd. in Seoul, South Korea.

Release

Broadcast history

[original series airdates, Disney Channel in the US and most territories with reruns on ABC and Toon Disney/Disney XD and Family in Canada]

[Season 5 airdates on XYZ in the US, ABC Spark in Canada and Fox in most international territories (Latin America, Brazil, Italy, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Scandinavia, Turkey, Africa, Southeast Asia and Japan), Fox8 in Australia, E4 in the UK and France 4 in France]

The first four seasons are available for streaming on Disney+ while the final season is available instead on Hulu due to being darker and more mature.

Critical reception

The series has received critical acclaim by critics and fans alike, being praised for its art style, writing, voice cast, character development, TBD

In addition, fans often list it as one of the greatest Disney Channel/Disney XD shows of all time, alongside Kim Possible, Phineas and Ferb, Gravity Falls, Star vs. the Forces of Evil and TBD.

Video game

See Myth of the Monkey King: TBD.

Comic book sequel

See Legacy of the Monkey King.

In February TBDth, 2020, Marvel Comics revealed that they are developing a sequel series where an older Lotus is now her own up starting heroine as she moves to a region separate from Vyden to get a new start.

Gallery

Tropes

See Myth of the Monkey King/Tropes.

Trivia

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