ToonOlympics Score Update: NZ 56, USA 26
FINAL MATCH SCORE UPDATE!
New Zealand’s Pocket Protectors is currently leading the ToonOlympics Final Match by a score of 56-26 over USA’s The Legend of Korra. The ToonOlympics started way back on August 1, with the Opening Ceremonies. Starting with a field of 24 participating cartoons across 18 different countries, in a single-elimination tournament, our 23rd and Final Match is here. ToonBarn readers have participated with a total of 678 votes, so far. The 2 Semi-Final Matches were complete opposites. The Legend of Korra came from behind, ignoring the “no bending” law and defeated Ben 10: Ultimate Alien by 1 Vote, winning by a margin of 16-15. In the other Semi-Final Match, it looks like the step-brothers, Phineas and Ferb, finally got busted, when Pocket Protectors defeated them 77-12.
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Here’s a breakdown of the Final Match Cartoons for your consideration in voting:
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
Pocket Protectors (New Zealand)
Pocket Protectors is an animated cartoon series made in New Zealand by Mukpuddy Animation, an animation studio based in Auckland, NZ. They specialise in 2D
animation and making cartoons. It follows Ollie, a young boy who inherits a pocket protector full of tiny robot stationery.
When Ollie is given a pocket protector full of old fashioned stationery by his Dad, the last thing he expected was for them to transform into tiny robots, known as the Pocket Protectors, intent on guiding Ollie through “tough times”. The only problem is… the Pocket Protectors make Ollie’s life more difficult than it already was… thanks to them being completely delusional.
Ollie – (voiced by Ryan Inglis)
Ballpoint – (voiced by Ryan Cooper)
Straight Edge – (voiced by Ryan Cooper)
Erazer – (voiced by Ryan Cooper)
Radius – (voiced by Ryan Cooper)
Grubb – (voiced by Vaughan Smith)
Created by: Mukpuddy Animation (Ryan Cooper, Tim Evans, Alex Leighton)
Country of origin: New Zealand
No. of episodes: 10
Original channel: TV2’s WhatNow
Episode length: 5 min
Originally aired: April 29, 2012 – August 9, 2012
Here is an episode of Pocket Protectors (Ep10: Cool, Calm & Calculated – Part 2):
Score Updates will be coming while the polls are open all this week… on ToonBarn.