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ToonOlympics Match 4 Japan vs. France

ToonOlympics First Round Match Japan Vs. France

ToonOlympics Match 4 Japan vs. France

ToonOlympics time again! The voting on our first 3 matches has been fast and furious! So far, here are the numbers as of Tuesday, August 7, at Noon (EDT):

Match 1:

Sidekick (CANADA) = 19 Votes
Chhota Bheem (INDIA) = 3 Votes

Match 2:

El Chavo (MEXICO) = 10 Votes
Horrid Henry (UNITED KINGDOM) = 5 Votes

Match 3:

Huntik: Secrets & Seekers (ITALY) = 8 Votes
Punky (IRELAND) = 5 Votes

Like we said before, 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, and go HERE to vote for Match 3. The ToonOlympics competition continues today with our 4th match of the first round. The matchup is between Japan and France. The cartoon from Japan is called Doraemon. Doraemon is going up against a French cartoon called Totally Spies!.

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:

ToonOlympics Opening Ceremonies


Doraemon (JAPAN)

Japan's Doraemon

Doraemon is a Japanese manga series created by Fujiko F. Fujio which later became an anime series and an Asian franchise. The series is about an earless robotic cat named Doraemon, who travels back in time from the 22nd century to aid a schoolboy, Nobita Nobi. Doraemon is one of the longest running TV series in Japan. While the original 1973 series was not very well received and fizzled after only 26 episodes, the 1979 series still runs today, with over 2000 episodes (total) to date.

A majority of Doraemon episodes are comedies with lessons regarding values such as honesty, perseverance, courage, family and respect for elders. Various environmental issues are often visited, including homeless animals, global warming, endangered species, deforestation, and pollution. Miscellaneous educational topics such as dinosaurs, the flat Earth theory, wormhole traveling, Gulliver’s Travels, and the history of Japan are often covered.

Nobita Nobi is so hapless that his 22nd century decendants are still impoverished as a result of his 20th century bumbling. In a bid to raise their social status, their servant, a robotic cat named Doraemon, decides to travel back in time and guide Nobita on the proper path to fortune. Unfortunately Doraemon, a dysfunctional robot that the familly acquired by accident (but chose to keep nonetheless), isn’t much better off than Nobita. The robot leads Nobita on many adventures, and while Nobita’s life certainly is more exciting with the robot cat from the future, it is questionable if it is in fact better in the way that Doraemon planned.

Wasabi Mizuta (Born August 4, 1974) is a Japanese voice actress. She provides the voice of Doraemon in Doraemon (anime) (2005 – present).

In March 2008, Japan’s Foreign Ministry appointed Doraemon as the nation’s first “anime ambassador.” Ministry spokesman explained the novel decision as an attempt to help people in other countries to understand Japanese anime better and to deepen their interest in Japanese culture. The Foreign Ministry action confirms that Doraemon has come to be considered a Japanese cultural icon.


Doraemon (Blue Ball) is a blue robotic cat from the 22nd century. He is manufactured on September 3rd in the year 2112, bearing the code MS-903, at the Matsushiba Robot Factory. Doraemon (Blue Ball) is considered a substandard product because many of his robotic features (ie. radar whiskers and cat-calling be ll) malfunctioned after production. During his manufacture, he got struck by lighting and lost an important screw that is part of his brain, thus affecting his performance in both his studies and towards society. His favourite food is dorayaki, a Japanese treat consisting of two pancake-like patties wrapped around a filling of sweet red bean paste. According to a story arc in the spin-off manga series, “The Doraemons”, Doraemon’s original paint colour was yellow. He changed colour after getting his ears gnawed off by a robot mouse, which caused him to slip into depression on top of a tower, where he drank a potion labelled “sadness” and as he wept, the yellow color was washed off and his voice changed due to the potion. These events are what caused Doraemon to have such a huge fear of mice, despite the fact he’s actually a robot cat and these events were also animated into a 2005 intro to the current anime series.

Doraemon also has a fourth-dimensional pocket on his body from which he can acquire various colourful, awesome and futuristic gadgets, tools and playthings from a future department store, mostly each one he acquires in each story are to help out Nobita Nobi with anything he has trouble with in the story. He also has the tendency to panic during emergencies, characterized by him frantically trying to pull out a very much-needed tool from his pocket, only to produce a huge assortment of unrelated household items, which are quite irritating at times.

Suneo Honekawa is a rich kid who likes to show off his cool stuff to his friends to make them jealous. The friends he hangs out mostly are Nobita, Shizuka, Doraemon, and Gian. He sometimes brags to his friends to things like meeting up with famous stars or to gain fame. He usually hangs out with Gian to think he is the coolest kid in the world like Gian. He sometimes bully and/or beat up Nobita with Gian. Sometimes, he lies to Gian in order to please him and avoid being beaten up by him. He is a member of the baseball team named The Giants. He is not that good in baseball, but he is better than Nobita.

Nobita Nobi is the protagonist of the Doraemon Series. Nobita is usually found procrastinating. He’s a little lazy. He’s not very smart, but very nice to friends and even strangers. Nobita has had a crush on Shizuka since forever, and most of his gadgets are used to impress or help Shizuka. Shizuka’s affection towards him ranges from just friend (most time) to secret crush on him (in the Three Muskeeter Movie, Shizuka dreamed as Princess Shizuka, married Nobita as Silver Knight Nobitania). Nobita also has a bad habit of walking through the Anywhere Door and seeing Shizuka bathing. While they sometimes quarrel, usually by the end of the episode, they will makeup. Through Doraemon’s intervension, Nobita will eventually marry Shizuka and have a child named Nobisuke.

Shizuka Minamoto is one of the main characters in the series, being the main female character. Shizuka is a smart, kind, and pretty neighborhood girl who is the object of Nobita’s affections. She is everything Nobita is not, being quick-witted, hard-working, clever in studies and drop-dead gorgeous. She takes baths several times a day. Somehow, Nobita always seems to unintentionally walk in on her while she is still in the bathtub. She is also known for taking piano lessons unwillingly, which is sometimes used as an excuse for declining to hang out with Nobita. Her true passions are sweet potatoes and the violin, in which her playing is as atrocious as her singing. Shizuka will become Nobita’s wife and mother of his child in the timeline.

Gian is one of the main characters in the Doraemon series. He is recognized by his large build (might partly be attributed to obesity), as well as mean, selfish and violent manner. He “rules” the neighborhood with force, often to the physical expense of other children, especially Nobita, who often resorts to asking Doraemon for gadgets to get even with him. In addition, he has a tendency to rob things from other children, usually Suneo, who offers himself to be Gian’s sidekick in most occasions.

After a brief and unpopular animated series in 1973 by Nippon Television, Doraemon remained fairly exclusive in manga from until 1979 when a newly formed animation studio, Shin-Ei Animation (Now owned by TV Asahi) produced an anime series of Doraemon. This series became incredibly popular, and ended with 1,787 episodes on March 25, 2005.
Celebrating Doraemon’s anniversary, a new Doraemon series began airing on TV Asahi on April 15, 2005 with new voice actors and staff, and updated character designs.

Here is a full episode of Doraemon (New Doraemon – Ep 1):

Totally Spies! (France)

France's Totally Spies!

Totally Spies! is an Anime-influenced television series produced by the French company Marathon Production. Production began in 2001; in 2008 the show ran its fifth season. A movie based on the show aired in France on July 22, 2009. In December 2011, it was announced that a sixth season is currently in production and is scheduled to air in 2013.

Totally Spies! features the adventures and missions of three teenage spies (Sam, Alex, and Clover) led by the founder and administrator of WOOHP (World Organization of Human Protection), Jerry.
WOOHP uses cutting-edge technology and highly skilled agents to fight crime and diffuse humanitarian crises all over the world. Its headquarters is located in Downtown Los Angeles. The building itself has been shown to be in the shape of a W.

Clover, Sam, and Alex are their top three superspies, frequently called in to solve the most difficult cases worldwide. When he needs them, Jerry can “WOOHP” them to his office at the press of a button from wherever they might be. This is usually done via vacuum tunnels that lead to the office, but they have also been blasted to their destination via rocket ship, teleported, picked right off the freeway via helicopter, and scooped up by a passing train. On missions, Jerry provides the spies with information, analyzes clues, and occasionally steps in to give them a hand.

In season three, Jerry added the computer system G.L.A.D.I.S. (Gadget Lending And Distributing Interactive System) to help him run his office but GLADIS tends to have a mind of her own. GLADIS has been met with a fair share of hostility from fans, which claim that because she now distributes the gadgets she tends to reduce Jerry to a subordinate role in WOOHP, even though he is the founder and administrator. After two seasons, GLADIS was written off the show in season five as having been deactivated due to its attitude.
W.O.O.H.P. is shown to actually have four branches, in America, Europe, Australia and Antarctica. It was revealed to have a sister organization: W.O.O.A.P., the World Organization of Animal Protection.


Samantha “Sam” – (Seasons 1–6, including the movie): Sam has long, wavy red hair. She has green eyes that match her spy outfit. She is the most intelligent, responsible, and practical of the girls; she is serious, worries a lot and is an athlete. She likes reading a good book along with being an outdoors kind of girl. Her favorite color is green and purple, according to episode “The Granny”. She can play the accordion (her ability was taken from, then returned to her in “Scam Camp, Much?”). Her mother’s name is Gabby (short for Gabrielle). Gabby is near identical to her daughter.

Clover – (Seasons 1–6, including the movie): She has medium-short, blonde hair with blue eyes. She wears a red catsuit. Clover is a boy-crazy, shopaholic, only slightly conceited, fashion fanatic. She always knows the latest trends and always makes sure she looks good. Mandy is her rival. Their constant fighting about the simplest things is a source of comic relief in the show. She goes through many boys in the show, and she cares deeply about fashion and designer paraphernalia. She greatly resembles her mother, Stella. Clover sometimes comes across as rude, but is always there for her friends.

Alexandra “Alex” – (Seasons 1–6, including the movie): Alex has short black hair styled in a bob. She is half white on her father’s side, and her mother appears to be Afro-hispanic. Alex’s spy outfit is yellow-orange. Despite her clumsiness when it comes to gadgets, Alex excels in athletics — particularly in soccer, her favorite sport. She is funny and always there for her friends. Though she is somewhat of a tomboy compared to Clover and Sam, Alex is just as eager when it comes to fashion and boys. She has a toy turtle named Ollie, who she identifies as her “bestest friend”. Her favorite color is yellow as it said a two-part episode adventure called, “Like, So Totally Not Spies”. Alex resembles her mother, Carmen, more than her father (Alex is the only character to have her father make an appearance on the show).

Gerald “Jerry” Lewis – (Seasons 1–6, including the movie): He is the founder and administrator of W.O.O.H.P. (World Organization of Human Protection). He is a middle-aged, very serious British gentleman. He finds means of transporting the girls to their headquarters (even if it upsets them – they get their vengeance on him in a set of episodes about their trip to France when he is transported), briefs them on their missions, distributes their gadgets, and provides mission support with information or direct involvement. He often annoys the girls with his attitude and constant missions but when in danger the girls are there to help. It is also known that he has trouble keeping his spy identity a secret from his nosy mother, who has only been mentioned a few times in the season. Sam, Clover and Alex once noted that they don’t listen to anyone but Jerry, and usually they don’t even listen to him, but they all love him.

G.L.A.D.I.S – (Seasons 3–4) Gadget Lending And Distribution Interactive System. She appears to be very proud of her title and will often refuse to carry out odd jobs, stating that they are “beneath her”. This is proved to be a constant source of irritation for both the girls and Jerry. She is later shown to develop her own personality, expressing her own opinions and deliberately disobeying Jerry’s orders. She is even shown to be capable of taking up hobbies, such as magic. She takes up a motherly role for the girls, is shown to defy orders and add additions of her own, if she feels that it is best for the girl’s safety. In season 5, G.L.A.D.I.S. is sent to a recycling facility (in actuality, she was written out of the series almost entirely due to fan complaints). G.L.A.D.I.S.’s design is an homage to Shirka, a character nearly identical in appearance from the classic French-Japanese animation, Ulysse 31.

Voices of:
(English version)
Katie Leigh as Alex (Seasons 1 and 2), Caitlin and Carmen
Katie Griffin as Alex (Seasons 3 to 6)
Jennifer Hale as Sam and Mandy
Andrea Baker as Clover, Dominique, Stella (Seasons 3 to 5), and Crimson
Jess Harnell as Jerry Lewis (Season 1–2)
Adrian Truss as Jerry Lewis (Season 3–6)
(French version)
Céline Mauge as Alex, Mandy and Carmen
Claire Guyot as Sam and Gabby
Fily Keita as Clover and Stella
Jean-Claude Donda as Jerry Lewis and Terence

Created by: Vincent Chalvon-Demersay, David Michel
Country of origin: France
No. of episodes: 156
Originally Aired: November 3, 2001 – present

Here is a full episode of Totally Spies! (Season 4 Episode 79 – The Dream Teens):

The time has come to decide which you like better: Japan’s Doraemon or France’s Totally Spies!?

    Your ToonOlympics Match 4 Choice is:

    • Totally Spies! (FRANCE) (74%, 14 Votes)
    • Doraemon (JAPAN) (26%, 5 Votes)

    Total Voters: 19

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Match 5 of the ToonOlympics is all lined up for tomorrow. Join us again on Tuesday to Vote for either Brazil or Russia.

Brazil is being represented by Escola pra Cachorro:

Brazil's Escola pra Cachorro

Russia is being represented by Mountain of Gems:

Russia's Mountain of Gems

See you Tuesday for more ToonOlympics… on ToonBarn.

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I am a Big Fan of all types of animation. Like a lot of things, the cream always rises to the top. My favorites have included Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Rebels, anything Pixar, Phineas and Ferb, Voltron Legendary Defender, and the DC/WB Animated Films. I have a lot of Old School favorites as well, such as Star Blazers, Voltron, Looney Toons, Tom & Jerry, and Scooby Doo.

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