The ToonOlympics are currently the only Olympics in town. We hope you are enjoying the competition, as well as learning about cartoons from other countries which you may have never seen before. Have there been any that surprised you? Are there any you would watch more, if they were accessible on a regular basis? Obviously, we want you to vote for every match, but if you feel compelled to comment, please place your thoughts at the end of the article after you have voted. Here is how the brackets look for the second round of the ToonOlympics on ToonBarn:
Yesterday’s first match of the second round has generated an early lead for USA’s The Legend of Korra.
Second Round Results:
The Legend of Korra (USA): 14
Sidekick (CANADA): 6
Remember, voting can continue through the end of the second round. Hurry ToonOlympians! There are only 9 days left to vote in the second round.
The ToonOlympics competition continues today with our 2nd match of the second round. The matchup is between Mexico and France. The cartoon from France is called Zig and Sharko. Zig and Sharko is going up against a Mexican cartoon series called El Chavo, which defeated United Kingdom’s Horrid Henry 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!
El Chavo (MEXICO)
El Chavo is an animated series based on a live-action TV series of the same name, created by Roberto Gómez Bolaños.
After several years of successful reruns of the original series, Televisa launched simultaneously in Mexico, and the rest of Latin America, an animated version of the program made by Anima Studios on October 21, 2006, to capitalize on the nostalgia and popularity of the original series. The animated series was created using 3D computer models as backgrounds and 2D drawings for the main characters, animated with Flash. Along with the series, Televisa launched a huge marketing campaign that included merchandise tie-ins to capitalize on the expected success of the show. For the series launching event a full set was built imitating the computerized background, where a presentation showed how the animation was made. Many elements of the original series, including most of the original stories were included in the animated series.
The series aired in Kabillion On Demand as an English dub in North America and the show, like Pokémon and others, was Amercianized and redubbed to air in North America for an English-speaking audience, since the series is difficult to translate to other foreign languages due to the common phrases said by the characters that lack translation. Despite appearing in the video-on-demand service, the series does not appear or mentioned in the official Kabillion website.
Due to the series’ English dub only to be shown in one American channel so far, the episodes are extremely rare except videos of the episodes where it features a Chavo episode that either aired in Canal 5 with the English audiotrack or the video is recorded via camcorder on KaBillion. Episodes of the actual dub can be found in Totallytoonedin.com.
Created by: Roberto Gómez Bolaños
Spanish Version: Jesus Guzman
Juan Carlos Tinoco
English Dubbed Version: Mona Marshall
Country of origin: Mexico
Languages: Spanish, English, Portuguese
No. of seasons: 5
No. of episodes: 115
Running time: 22 minutes
Original channel: Canal 5 (MEX), Kabillion (USA), YouTube (USA)
Original run: October 21, 2006 – present
Here is a full episode of the English-dubbed version of El Chavo, “Wasting Water”, provided in 2 parts:
Part 1 of Wasting Water
Part 2 of Wasting Water
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 time has come to decide which you like better: Mexico’s El Chavo or France’s Zig and Sharko?[poll id=”12″]
Voting polls will remain open until the end of the second round matches, so you have about 9 days.
Match 11 of the ToonOlympics is all lined up for Thursday. Join us for the 3rd match of Round 2 to Vote for either USA or Italy.
USA had a first round bye with Ben 10 Ultimate Alien:
Italy comes off its first round victory over Ireland with Huntik Secrets & Seekers:
See you Thursday for the 3rd match of Round 2 of the ToonOlympics… on ToonBarn.