We’ve reached a Milestone in the ToonOlympics! The First Round of Competition is complete! There were 8 matches. You all did a great job voting to determine who would make it to the second round. Now, as the second round begins, you will see that some of your first round winners will be going up against some new cartoons. These new cartoons all had first round byes in the competition due to their ratings around the world. So, there are still 16 animated shows left! 8 winners of first round matches versus 8 new shows that had first round byes. The countries that didn’t advance to the second round are: India, United Kingdom, Ireland, Japan, Russia, United Arab Emirates, Spain, and Germany. United Kingdom and Japan still have a chance with other entries in the contest. Here is how the brackets look going into the second round of the ToonOlympics on ToonBarn:
The ToonOlympics competition continues today with our 1st match of the second round. The matchup is between USA and Canada. The cartoon from USA is called The Legend of Korra. The Legend of Korra is going up against a Canadian cartoon series called Sidekick, which defeated India’s Chhota Bheem in the first round.
Before we start the match, if this is your first visit to the ToonOlympics, you can go back and catch the opening ceremonies, hosted by our resident cartoon, ToonBarn Harry, at this link:
LET THE SECOND ROUND BEGIN!
The Legend of Korra
The Legend of Korra is an American television series set in the Avatar universe as a spin-off of Avatar: The Last Airbender. The premiere aired on Nickelodeon on April 14, 2012. However, the first two episodes were first released online on March 24–25, 2012 and were available in high-definition for free on iTunes. The series is currently under production and is expected to run for two seasons, spanning four books, and a total of fifty-two episodes. The co-creators of the original series, Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, will personally write all of the episodes to allow for a tighter storyline.
The new series takes place seventy years after the end of the Avatar: The Last Airbender story arc with new characters and settings. The protagonist of the new series, Korra, the Avatar after Aang, is a hot-headed and rebellious young woman from the Southern Water Tribe who is “ready to take on the world”. The series will follow Korra as she faces an Anti-bending Revolution while mastering the art of airbending from Aang and Katara’s son, Tenzin.
At present time, seventy years after the end of the Hundred Year War, Korra, a rebellious seventeen year-old girl is set to complete her training and fulfill her role as the Avatar. She has already mastered waterbending, earthbending, and firebending by then. At the beginning of the series, Korra travels to Republic City and starts her airbending training with Tenzin.
However, Republic City is not what Korra imagined it to be. Anti-benders called “Equalists”, who oppose the arts of bending, utilize techniques such as chi blocking to further their goals of revolution, led by Amon. Korra must fight rampant crime and the Anti-bending Revolution, assisted by two brothers, Mako, a firebender, and Bolin, an earthbender. She is also joined by her animal guide, Naga, and the Metalbending Police Force of Republic City, who are led by Toph’s daughter, Lin Beifong.
Korra (Voiced by Janet Varney) is the Avatar immediately succeeding Aang and the main protagonist of the series. She is a talented bender, eager to learn. Hotheaded and rebellious, Korra relishes her role as “The Chosen One”. She also has a polar bear dog named Naga as her animal guide.
Mako (Voiced by David Faustino) is a firebender who grew up on the streets of Republic City with his younger brother Bolin, who introduces him to Korra. Tall, lean, and handsome, he is a skilled participant in pro-bending and the captain of the Fire Ferrets, of which Korra and Bolin are members.
Bolin (Voiced by P. J. Byrne) is an earthbender who, along with his brother Mako, becomes friends with Korra. He shares a deep bond with his brother and keeps a fire ferret named Pabu. Bolin is enthusiastic and optimistic and, as a pro-bender, enjoys all the attention he receives from his female fans.
Asami Sato (Voiced by Seychelle Gabriel) is the daughter of Hiroshi Sato. Asami has lived a life of luxury, but despite her fancy clothes and polite manners, she has a tough side. She is an expert driver and has had extensive self-defense training. Asami is a “big fan” of pro-bending.
Tenzin (Voiced by J.K. Simmons) is the youngest son of Aang and Katara and an airbending master. A calm and serious man, he carries a great burden to protect not only Korra, but also Republic City. Tenzin resides on Air Temple Island with his wife, Pema, and his four children, Jinora, Ikki, Meelo, and Rohan.
Lin Beifong (Voiced by Mindy Sterling) leads the Metalbending Police Force of Republic City and is the daughter of Toph Beifong. She is tough and uncompromising, believing that the only way to maintain peace and stability in the city is through the use of military might.
Amon (Voiced by Steve Blum) is the main antagonist of the first season of the series. He is the charismatic and mysterious leader of the Equalists, whose ultimate goal is to create equality through an anti-bending revolution. He wears a mask to conceal his face. A nimble and stealthy fighter, Amon is fearless in facing his opponents, regardless of their bending skills, and also forms a great danger for the benders, being able to take their bending away.
Created By: Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko
No. of Episodes: 52 (scheduled, 12 aired)
Length of Episodes: 22 min
Country of Origin: USA
Originally Aired: April 14, 2012 – present
Here is a video of the moment when Korra becomes the Avatar (pretty powerful stuff):
And here is a link to an actual episode of The Legend of Korra (Skeletons in the Closet & End Game) on Nickelodeon’s website:
The Legend of Korra Episode on Nickelodeon
Sidekick is a Canadian animated television series about a boy named Eric and his best friend Trevor, who are training to become sidekicks at the Academy for Aspiring Sidekicks. While dealing with intense sidekick training, Eric must also contend with the disappearance of his superhero mentor, Maxum Man, and keep it a secret from the town of Splitsboro.
Eric Needles – Eric is the main character of the series. Eric was adopted as the sidekick to Maxum Man, the greatest superhero of all time (before he disappeared). He also has a huge crush on Vana, but he later seems to be more infatuated with Mandy Struction. He grew up in an orphanage because he has no parents. He was adopted by Maxum Brain. Eric always brings a t-shirt with a skull on it. He is voiced by Miklos Perlus.
Trevor Troublemeyer – Eric’s best friend and partner-in-shenanigans, Trevor, always ropes Eric into all sorts of hijinks. His father is Master XOX but he, along with everyone else, is completely unaware of this. He is voiced by Christian Potenza.
Kitty Ko – An energentic Asian heroine who, despite being a bit strange, gives the rest of the group advice, and is somewhat a good hacker and fixer. She has a huge crush on Eric and has a bit of a stalker-like obsession towards him. She is voiced by Denise Oliver.
Vana Glama – A self-absorbed, narcissistic, hyper-ambitious prima donna who’s not easily impressed and is extremely shallow. Eric has a huge crush on her. She often tortures Eric and hates him for no apparent reason, but eventually comes to view Eric somewhat affectionately. She is voiced by Stephanie Anne Mills.
Created by: Todd Kauffman, Joey So
Directed by: Joey So
Voices of: Miklos Perlus, Christian Potenza, Denise Oliver, Stephanie Anne Mills
Theme music composer: William Kevin Anderson
Composer(s): Don Ereithaupt, Anthony Vanderburgh
Country of origin: Canada
No. of seasons: 3
No. of episodes: 52
Original run: September 3, 2010 – present
Check out the following full episode (Episode 33: House of Helmut / Supermodels) to get a full taste of Sidekick:
The time has come to decide which you like better: USA’s The Legend of Korra or Canada’s Sidekick?
- The Legend of Korra (USA) (65%, 20 Votes)
- Sidekick (CANADA) (35%, 11 Votes)
Your ToonOlympics Match 9 Choice is:
Total Voters: 31
Voting polls will remain open until the end of the second round matches, so you have about 10 days.
Match 10 of the ToonOlympics is all lined up for Wednesday. Join us for the 2nd match of Round 2 to Vote for either Mexico or France.
France had a first round bye with Zig and Sharko:
Mexico comes off its first round victory over United Kingdom with El Chavo:
See you Wednesday for the 2nd match of Round 2 of the ToonOlympics… on ToonBarn.