Earlier hit

PUBLISHED : Monday, 04 May, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 04 May, 1998, 12:00am

I am afraid that the Journey to the West series on TVB Pearl (referred to in letters by Winnie Ho, of TVB and Norman Barry, South China Morning Post, April 23, and April 29 respectively), does not compare very favourably with a previous version I have seen of this classic story.

The series Monkey (which I believe was made in Japan, and dubbed into English) was shown on the government ABC network in Australia, in the late 1970s and early '80s and was a great hit with Australian kids. Playgrounds (and classrooms) were filled with spirited re-enactments of the main sequences, and renditions of the theme song Monkey Magic.

I'm sure if the idea was executed well Hong Kong could have yet another export market.