We are almost at the halfway point of our ToonOlympics competition! We want to know from the readers: Who do you think will win the whole thing? Who will come away with the Gold Medal as the Best Cartoon in the World? Take a look at the bracket, so you can see who is still competing. Let’s hear your predictions! And tell us why you think it will be the overall winner. Please comment below. Here is how the brackets look for the second round of the ToonOlympics on ToonBarn:
Yesterday’s 2nd match of the second round has generated an early lead for France’s Zig and Sharko.
Second Round Results:
The Legend of Korra (USA): 14
Sidekick (CANADA): 6
Zig and Sharko (FRANCE): 11
El Chavo (MEXICO): 2
Remember, voting can continue through the end of the second round. Hurry ToonOlympians! There are only 8 days left to vote in the second round.
The ToonOlympics competition continues today with our 3rd match of the second round. The matchup is between USA and Italy. The cartoon from USA is called Ben 10: Ultimate Alien. Ben 10: Ultimate Alien is going up against an Italian cartoon series called Huntik: Secrets & Seekers, which defeated Ireland’s Punky 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 MATCH BEGIN!
Ben 10: Ultimate Alien (USA)
Ben 10: Ultimate Alien is an American animated television series – the third incarnation of Cartoon Network’s Ben 10 franchise created by team “Man of Action” (a group consisting of Duncan Rouleau, Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, and Steven T. Seagle), and produced by Cartoon Network Studios.
The plot follows on from Ben 10: Alien Force; set one year after the events of the last series. The Omnitrix has been destroyed, and Ben must learn to master the secrets of the new Ultimatrix, a gauntlet-like version of the old Omnitrix that not only gives him access to all of his original powers and abilities, but also allows him to evolve his alien forms into even stronger and more powerful versions (called “ultimate forms”).
However, in the premiere episode, “Fame”, a young ten-year-old fan named Jimmy Jones deduces Ben’s secret identity and reveals it to the world. Ben becomes an overnight celebrity, hailed by kids as a hero but distrusted by most adults as a possible threat. With Gwen, Kevin, Julie, and Grandpa Max still at his side, Ben continues to battle alien threats to the galaxy, including finding five aliens that were attacked and kidnapped by an Osmosian villain named Aggregor. Their names were Bivalvan, Galapegus, P’andor, Andreas, and Ra’ad. After Aggregor captured and fused with all five aliens, he began searching for the Map of Infinity to go to the Forge of Creation and absorb the vastly limitless God/cosmic-like powers of Celestialsapiens.
Later Kevin becomes once again a main antagonist to the Ben 10 series after he is forced to absorb energy from the Ultimatrix and goes insane with tremendous energy and power, but is shown that he does still have a good human heart, and still does care, and that he has not gone completely evil. Kevin is eventually returned to normal and Aggregor’s actions are reversed.
The second season features more self-contained stories rather than employing an overall storyline, although a real storyline is developing with the appearance of the mysterious but dangerous Sir George and the extra-dimensional demon called “Diagon”.
After the defeat of Vilgax who absorbed the powers of Diagon to become more powerful, Azmuth appears to ask Ben to give his sword and the Ultimatrix back, giving Ben the new & improved version of the omnitrix.
The Good Guys:
Benjamin “Ben” Kirby Tennyson (Voiced by Yuri Lowenthal) – At sixteen years old, Ben now wields the immensely strong and powerful Ultimatrix. After his identity was revealed, children and teenagers adore him, while adults view him with suspicion. Due to his intense fame, he comes off as a little cocky and rude in the first few episodes. However, in this series, Ben is in places he has never been before; such as the “Forge of Creation”.
Gwendolyn “Gwen” Catherine Tennyson (Voiced by Ashley Johnson) – At sixteen years old, Gwen is still the level-headed one of the superpowered trio. Continuing to refine the use of both her natural Anodite and magical powers, which both appear to have greatly strengthened and magnified over the past year, Gwen is shown to be a valued member of the team. She also shows deep romantic affection and infatuation towards Kevin.
Kevin Ethan Levin (Voiced by Greg Cipes) – At seventeen years old, Kevin continues to be the arrogant and trouble-making member of the group. Despite questionable antics, Kevin excels far more often, proving to be a true and loyal friend now that he has learned from his past mistakes. After his Omnitrix mutation was cured, Kevin regained his original Osmosian powers and abilities to absorb all numerous types of energy and matter. He can copy any matter he absorbs into an armor. Moreover, learning from his experience, Kevin is also able to temporarily absorb extra mass to greatly strengthen and augment his powers and abilities even further and shapeshift his limbs into makeshift tools and weapons. He can also morph or fuse together the object he absorbed, and he is shown to be able to temporarily transform an object into any matter he has absorbed as long as he remains in contact with the object. He now owns a modified Plumber spaceship in addition to his car.
The Bad Guys:
Aggregor (Voiced by John DiMaggio) – A mysterious Osmosian who kidnapped five aliens (Bivalvan, Andreas, P’andor, Ra’ad, and Galapagus) from the Andromeda Galaxy, who then escaped from his ship to Earth. Now he is hunting them down one by one, intent on draining their powers to obtain what he calls “the ultimate prize” which eventually turns him into Ultimate Aggregor. Aggregor currently serves as the main antagonist in season 1, searching for the Map of Infinity which can give the user its power to travel anywhere in seventeen dimensions. In “The Forge of Creation” he is defeated by Kevin Levin who absorbs all of the abilities of the five aliens. It’s confirmed that Aggregor was arrested by the Plumbers after the two-part first season finale “Absolute Power”.
Diagon (Voiced by John DiMaggio) – An extradimensional squid-like alien who has enslaved 100 dimensions. He tried to enslave Earth and the universe at large but was sealed away by the first knight Sir George after he cut out the beast’s heart. In the episode “The Creature From Beyond”, after Forever Knight Sir Reginald drilled a small crack through the seal, The Diagon sends a Lucubra into Earth to enslave a few humans who of which formed the Flame Keeper’s Circle while under The Diagon’s influence.
Vilgax (Voiced by James Remar) – Vilgax returns as Ben’s main enemy again. He pretends to serve Diagon so that he can gain all of Diagon’s powers.
Created by: “Man of Action” (a group consisting of Duncan Rouleau, Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, and Steven T. Seagle)
Country of origin: USA
No. of seasons: 2
No. of episodes: 52
Running time: 22 minutes
Original channel: Cartoon Network
Original run: April 23, 2010 – March 31, 2012 (Will be replaced by Ben 10: Omniverse next season)
Here is a partial episode of Ben 10: Ultimate Alien (Episode 21 The Transmogrification of Eunice ):
Huntik: Secrets & Seekers (ITALY)
Huntik: Secrets & Seekers is an Italian-based, animated series which was created and directed by Iginio Straffi. Huntik is an action-adventure comedy about a group of Seekers traveling around the globe in search of ancient Amulets that can produce different types of monsters.
Long before our time, humanity fought against an evil of unimaginable power. The darkness was broken only by the Seekers, humans able to invoke legendary creatures -the Titans -into their own plane of existence. With the Titans executing their every order, the first Seekers fought against the dark forces of the underworld and against themselves. Centuries went by, and one by one, the Titans were hidden; some were buried following grueling battles, while others were merely forgotten as time passed. The magical and powerful creatures lie hidden and dormant in the most remote parts of the universe, waiting to be awoken by a new group of Seekers.
After centuries passed, the Seekers divided themselves into groups in order to find traces and clues of past and extinct populations in order to reveal the mystery of the Titans. One such division, The Huntik Foundation, travels in search of these answers: from the tip of South America to Europe; from North America to the African terrains. Only the most worthy of Seekers are able to invoke the Titans and benefit from their unbelievable powers. But there are those who plot in the shadows: a secret organization, led by the The Professor, is another division of Seekers and wants to possess the Titans’ powers for their own evil plans.
Lok Lambert is the main character of the Huntik television series. He is the son of legendary Seekers, Eathon and Sandra Lambert. He is voiced by Yuri Lowenthal during season 1 and Drew Aaron in season 2 in the English version. Alessio Nissolino provides his voice in the original Italian.
Sophie Casterwill, also known as Sophie Casterville in the Italian version, is the best friend and classmate of Lok Lambert. She particularly enjoys reading books, and has an excellent memory for myths and legends. As one of the last surviving noble of the Casterwill family, she has been raised from birth to be a Seeker. She is not actually part of The Huntik Foundation, but they have an alliance based on the need to fight evil. When talking gets nowhere, Sophie Casterwill uses powerful attack and defense magic along with Mighty Sabriel, an elegant Titan that favors speed over brawn.
As the top Operative of the Huntik Foundation, Dante Vale is the king of treasure hunters. With the mind of a hard-boiled detective, the body of an extreme sports athlete and the nerves of a cowboy gunslinger at High Noon, Dante leads the team of Lok Lambert, Sophie Casterwill, and Zhalia Moon. Along with his signature Titan, the powerful Caliban, Dante Vale has played an enormous role in several major events in the modern Seeker world.
Zhalia Moon is like an elegant lone wolf; she is a witty, yet reserved lady who had an ongoing bitterness with fellow hero Sophie Casterwill. Zhalia Moon was once a rival of Dante’s team, but she later decided to join them instead. An orphan, her troubled past is initially shrouded in mystery. She had a connection to The Organization, but she shows no sign of betraying our heroes. Additionally, her developing feelings for Dante Vale may be causing her to question her loyalties. Her signature titan is Gareon.
Den Fears is a boy that used to live in the orphanage where Zhalia Moon previously grew up. Den is forced to become part of the Bloodspiral; however he is a good Seeker and despite his hatred of bullies at the orphanage, does not bond to the Marauder that Tantras gave him. His brother, Harrison Fears, is an important Silent Soldier of the Bloodspiral Brotherhood. Both are marked with the Bloodspiral brand. Den escaped and, aided by the same Zhalia from the orphange, entered the Huntik Foundation after bonding to Vigilante. Den was sort of a replacement of Zhalia when she infiltrated the Bloodspiral Brotherhood, so the team could still be composed of four people.
Originally aired: January 3, 2009
Here is a full episode of Huntik: Secrets & Seekers (Season 2 Ep 23 : Words from Eathon):
The time has come to decide which you like better: USA’s Ben 10: Ultimate Alien or Italy’s Huntik: Secrets & Seekers?[poll id=”13″]
Voting polls will remain open until the end of the second round matches, so you have about 8 days.
Match 12 of the ToonOlympics is all lined up for Friday. Join us for the 4th match of Round 2 to Vote for either France or Norway.
Norway had a first round bye with Alf Prøysens Barnesanger:
France comes off its first round victory over Japan with Totally Spies!:
See you Friday for the 4th match of Round 2 of the ToonOlympics… on ToonBarn.