Yesterday’s Olympic Men’s Basketball Gold Medal Match between USA and Spain was watched by millions of people all over the world, as the USA prevailed by a score of 107-100 over Spain. Amazingly enough, the ToonOlympics also had a match between USA and Spain over the weekend, and it seems USA’s Phineas and Ferb will prevail over Spain’s Lucky Fred, with the score of 34-3 in USA’s favor.
The first round of the ToonOlympics ends tonight! The voting on all our first round matches has been terrific! We need more judges, so tell your friends about the ToonOlympics, so everyone can vote. We really want to make this a worldwide event. So far, here are the numbers as of Monday, August 13, at Noon (EDT):
Sidekick (CANADA) = 23 Votes
Chhota Bheem (INDIA) = 4 Votes
El Chavo (MEXICO) = 11 Votes
Horrid Henry (UNITED KINGDOM) = 6 Votes
Huntik: Secrets & Seekers (ITALY) = 14 Votes
Punky (IRELAND) = 6 Votes
Totally Spies! (FRANCE) = 14 Votes
Doraemon (JAPAN) = 5 Votes
Escola pra Cachorro (Doggy Day School) (BRAZIL) = 13 Votes
Mountain of Gems (RUSSIA) = 1 Votes
Century Sonny (CHINA) = 14 Votes
Freej (UNITED ARAB EMIRATES) = 4 Votes
As a reminder, these polls will remain open until all the first round matches are done. If you haven’t voted yet, go HERE to vote for Match 1, go HERE to vote for Match 2, go HERE to vote for Match 3, go HERE to vote for Match 4, go HERE to vote for Match 5, and go HERE to vote for Match 6. The ToonOlympics competition continues today with our 8th match of the first round. The matchup is between Germany and Australia. The cartoon from Germany is called Die Biene Maja (Maya the Bee). Maya the Bee is going up against an Australian cartoon series called Zeke’s Pad.
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!
Die Biene Maja (Maya the Bee) (GERMANY)
Die Biene Maja (Maya the Bee) is an animated series for children from the story of Waldemar Bonsels. The story centres on Maya, an inquisitive, adventurous and somewhat flighty young honeybee, and her adventures in the forest around her. Maya is a bee born in a bee hive during internal unrest: the hive is dividing itself into two new colonies. Maya is raised by her teacher, Mrs. Cassandra. Despite Mrs. Cassandra’s warnings, Maya wants to explore the wide world and commits the unforgivable crime of leaving the hive. During her adventures, Maya, now in exile, befriends other insects and braves dangers with them. In the last two episodes of the series, Maya is taken prisoner by hornets, the bees’ sworn enemies. Prisoner of the hornets, Maya learns of a hornet plan to attack her native hive. Maya is faced with the decision to either return to hive and suffer her due punishment, saving the hive, or leaving the plan unannounced, saving herself but destroying the hive. As may be expected, Maya, after severe pondering, makes the decision to return. In the hive, she announces the coming attack and is, totally unexpectedly, pardoned. The forewarned bees triumph over the hornet attack force. Maya, now a heroine of the hive, becomes a teacher, like Mrs. Cassandra and shares her experiences and wisdom with the future generation.
For the television version, several characters were created, which occurred in Bonsels’ book presentation “Maya the Bee and her adventures”, from the year 1912, not including Willi and Flip. Maya the Bee was a classic in children’s programs and innumerable times again. Their adventures appeared on a radio plays, cassettes, and vinyl LPs. The 25th Birthday broadcast in September 2001, a long night with Maya the Bee, played 17 episodes in a row. The famous German title song, “In an unknown country, in not too long ago, was a well-known bee …” has Karel Gott singing.
Maya (Voiced by Scarlet Lubowski) Maya is an adventurous and curious bee who enjoys life and wants to have fun. Only in the beginning, she is a bit shy and does not hatch from the same comb, but then she gets to fly and wants to learn about the world.
Willy (Voiced by Storeck Eberhard) A young drone (male bee), Willy, who is Maya’s best friend, always tired, hungry, skeptical, also somewhat of a coward but generally good-natured. Willy is prone to jealousy when Maya’s attentions turn to others. He is often reluctantly dragged into adventures by Maya. He is lazy, cowardly and greedy, and complains incessantly, but is still a great sympathetic figure.
Flip Flip is a wise, top-hatted grasshopper, effectively a father-figure for Maya and Willy. He is much more relaxed than Willy.
Miss Cassandra She is Maya’s teacher and chief authority figure, who Maya goes to for advise and counsel.
Created By: Waldemar Bonsels
No. of Episodes: 104
Length of Episodes: 13 min
Country of Origin: Germany
Originally Aired: April 1, 1975 – 1979
Here is an English version of the opening theme for an episode of Die Biene Maja (Maya the Bee):
And here is an actual episode in its original German language (Folge 1 – Maja wird geboren #1):
Zeke’s Pad (AUSTRALIA)
Zeke’s Pad is an animated TV show produced by Bardel Entertainment and Leaping Lizard Productions. It is about the adventures of a 14-year old skateboarder and artist named Zeke who owns a magic electronic pad that brings life to anything he draws on it. Zeke Palmer is an imaginative artist and skateboarder who lives with a weird and wacky family. His Pad is an amazing electronic gadget that is a mobile phone, PDA, GPS, MP3 player and a drawing tablet all rolled into one. Zeke’s pad has a unique glitch: anything he draws comes to life. Being a creative artist that he is, Zeke is constantly drawing and making his drawings come to life. But he learns that for every action there is a reaction, and things don’t turn out the way he imagines.
Zeke (Ezekiel) Palmer (Voiced by Michael Adamthwaite): Zeke Palmer is a talented and creative 14 year-old artist/skateboarder. He follows his own path, however wiggly and weird it might become. Most importantly, Zeke is a risk taker. He is totally into making his ideas happen, but he is also inherently short sighted. The term action equals reaction is something he is blind to. Because of his over-enthusiasm about his own creative ideas, Zeke must deal with the consequences of his actions.
Jay (Jayden) Fritter (Voiced by Tim Hamaguchi): Jay is Zeke’s best friend. Jay’s computer knowledge and technical wizardry often help Zeke out of a jam. Jay is the only person who knows about the special power of Zeke’s Pad.
Rachel Palmer (Voiced by Chiara Zanni): She is Zeke’s annoying 13 year-old sister who is a drama queen, turning every moment into a gripping monologue, all for her love of the theatre.
Ike (Isacc) Palmer (Voiced by Trevor Devall): Zeke’s 17 year-old brother is a star athlete who is all about training. He tries one weird training and diet program after another to obtain peak physical fitness.
Ida Palmer (Voiced by Tabitha St. Germain): Zeke’s mom is a quick change artist with panache, whether she is in stripes refereeing a sibling squabble or leading a cleaning inspection in her white lab coat. Organization and order is the order of the day.
Alvin Palmer (Voiced by Trevor Devall): Zeke’s dad has two true loves, music and his wife Ida. He lives with his head in a musical cloud and depends on Ida to manage the rest.
Maxine Marx (Voiced by Tabitha St. Germain): The old adage “opposites attract” works well for Maxine and Zeke. Pretty, smart and super athletic, she is Zeke’s secret crush.
Created by: Liz Scully
No. of episodes: 26
Length of each episode: 22 min
Country of origin: Australia
Originally Aired: January 9, 2010 – present
Here is a video of Zeke’s Pad (Episode 9: Portrait of a Young Artist):
The time has come to decide which you like better: Germany’s Die Biene Maja (Maya the Bee) or Australia’s Zeke’s Pad?[poll id=”10″]
Match 9 of the ToonOlympics is all lined up for Tuesday. Join us for the start of Round 2 to Vote for either USA or Canada.
USA had a first round bye with The Legend of Korra:
Canada comes off its first round victory with Sidekick:
See you Tuesday for the first match of Round 2 of the ToonOlympics… on ToonBarn.