Conker once was a cute squirrel, and he retained that image for one other game which was released about 1½ year after DKR: http://www.gamefaqs.com/gbc/575394-conkers-pocket-tales/images Bad Fur Day wasn't even planned (or maybe planned, but in a style more reminding of the GB game or the Banjo games) when this was released, but since Conker really wasn't that famous Rare just thought they could do whatever with the license.
As for Banjo, Banjo-Kazooie was probably worked on much parallell with DKR, so they included Banjo as a sort of pre-cameo or marketing. It's all pretty clever, involving everything in one big world.
Also, somewhere I THINK I've heard that Timber (tiger) was planned to have his own game too, but for some reason Rare scrapped that idea.
"You're a jerk, Dent" Wowbagger from The hitchhikers guide to the galaxy
It's pointless. It's like you're either desperate to keep a thread alive on this dead board, or you're desperate for attention. If you want to discuss something, make a new thread about it, or actually contribute to the discussion here.
It annoys me when people bump threads that have ran their course without adding anything to them. Even on dead boards like this one.
I am Lord Bowser, King of the Koopas! Bwahaha.. Playing Bowser on Mario Kart, and Noxus on Metroid Prime. I am not a cookie cutter!
Maybe I'm just keeping it alive so that other, more friendly folks less prone to annoyance might find it and post something? If it seriously bothers you that someone you don't know is pointlessly bumping a now pointless topic for a fifteen year old game, get off the f***ing Internet.
You became the boss. You are great. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jA7nRwQp_E