Wow! We’ve reached the Quarterfinals of the ToonOlympics! We are down to only 8 Cartoons across 5 Countries. USA has 3 Cartoons in the running, while France has 2 and United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Canada each have 1. It’s been an incredible ride so far! Unfortunately, we have to say goodbye to some of our second round participants. Those cartoons that were eliminated from the ToonOlympics were:
El Chavo (MEXICO)
Huntik: Secrets & Seekers (ITALY)
Alf Proysens Barnesanger (NORWAY)
Escola Pra Cachorro (Doggy Day School) (BRAZIL)
Century Sonny (CHINA)
Zeke’s Pad (AUSTRALIA)
Space Battleship Yamato 2199 (JAPAN)
As for the remaining cartoons in the contest, if we were to line up the medal winners just based on the number of total votes they have received so far, this is how the end result would look:
Phineas and Ferb (USA) – Gold – 112 votes
Pocket Protectors (NEW ZEALAND) – Silver – 34 votes
Totally Spies! (FRANCE) – Bronze – 31 votes
But, as we all know, that is not how this contest is judged. It’s the head-to-head match winners that count. So, since you are only allowed to vote once per computer, you’ll have to tell as many people as you can about the ToonOlympics. Share it everywhere you can: on Facebook, Twitter, emails, texts, cartoon forums sites, etc. Spread the links! Get the Vote out!
Here is how the brackets look for the QuarterFinal round of the ToonOlympics on ToonBarn:
The ToonOlympics competition continues today with our 1st match of the Quarterfinal round. The matchup is between USA and France. The cartoon from USA is called The Legend of Korra. The Legend of Korra won its second round match by defeating Canada’s Sidekick 20-11. The Legend of Korra is going up against a French cartoon series called Zig and Sharko, which defeated Mexico’s El Chavo 13-3 in the second 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:
Exciting Announcement!: ToonBarn Harry will be back for the ToonOlympics Closing Ceremonies and Medal Winners, so stay tuned for that animated ToonOlympics sendoff.
LET THE MATCH BEGIN!
Zig and Sharko (FRANCE)
Zig and Sharko is a French animated television series about a hyena named Zig, who always tries to eat Marina, the mermaid. Sharko is her protector from both Zig and Neptune, the King of the sea who tries to charm Marina. This cartoon series is done in the same style of the Looney Tunes animated shorts starring Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner. The characters do not talk, but they make sounds and movements that indicate their emotions.
Zig – a hyena living in a lone volcano island, he tries to eat Marina in every episode.
Marina – a mermaid, who has a house in the bottom of the sea, but spends her days on a small rock.
Sharko – a shark, who protects Marina from Zig and Neptune.
Bernie – a hermit crab, who helps Zig, or gets caught up in his failures.
King Neptune – King of the sea, who tries to charm Marina.
Created by: Xilam Studios
Country of origin: France
Episode length: 7 min
No. of episodes: 78
Original run: December 21, 2010 – present
Check out the following full episode of Zig and Sharko (Marina’s new friend):
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
The time has come to decide which you like better: France’s Zig and Sharko or USA’s The Legend of Korra?
- The Legend of Korra (USA) (80%, 12 Votes)
- Zig and Sharko (FRANCE) (20%, 3 Votes)
Your ToonOlympics Match 17 Choice is:
Total Voters: 15
Voting polls for the QuarterFinals close on Wednesday at Midnight (EDT), so you have 6 days to vote.
Match 18 of the ToonOlympics is all lined up for Monday. Join us for the 2nd match of the QuarterFinal round to Vote for either USA or France. I know, sounds like today’s match, but these are two different cartoons.
USA had defeated Italy in the second round with Ben 10: Ultimate Alien:
France comes off its second round victory over Norway with Totally Spies!:
See you Monday for the 2nd match of the QuarterFinal round of the ToonOlympics… on ToonBarn.