We just passed the halfway point of our ToonOlympics competition! The second half is certainly going to heat up the race to the finish. It only gets more difficult to decide between your favorite cartoons from here on out. This is where we separate the men from the boys. We haven’t heard anyone declare who will win yet. 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 3rd match of the second round has generated an early lead for USA’s Ben 10: Ultimate Alien.
Second Round Results:
The Legend of Korra (USA): 17
Sidekick (CANADA): 8
Zig and Sharko (FRANCE): 12
El Chavo (MEXICO): 3
Ben 10: Ultimate Alien (USA): 13
Huntik: Secrets & Seekers (Italy): 0
Remember, voting can continue through the end of the second round. Hurry ToonOlympians! There are only 7 days left to vote in the second round.
The ToonOlympics competition continues today with our 4th match of the second round. The matchup is between Norway and France. The cartoon from Norway is called Alf Prøysens Barnesanger. Alf Prøysens Barnesanger is going up against a French cartoon series called Totally Spies!, which defeated Japan’s Doraemon 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!
Alf Prøysens Barnesanger (NORWAY)
Alf Prøysens Barnesanger is an Norwegian animation series of well-known children’s songs, by famed Norwegian singer/songwriter Alf Prøysen. They are done in the traditional style of animation for Norway’s largest public TV broadcaster, NRK, aimed at children, age 3-8. The title translates to “Alf Proysen’s children’s songs.”
Animator/Director Hans Jørgen Sandnes, via his studio, Sandnes Media, produced a mini-series of children’s animated music videos for NRK:
“They’re based on the songs of famed Norwegian singer/songwriter Alf Prøysen (1914 – 1970). The series is hand-drawn, made in-house by me and my five collegues. The episodes are short “music-videos” following Prøysen’s original recordings. We’re very passionate about our work, trying to master the medium of traditional 2D animation.”
Hans talks about the process, and more about the tools used to create this wonderful animation, in a Forum post on TVPaint.com (Apr 29, 2011):
“…it’s ALL sketched, animated and coloured in TVPaint.
The backgrounds are PhotoShop, and the composite is in AppleMotion.
We’re working on the subject of painting the backgrounds in TVP as well.
The composite is very minimal, and AppleMotion works great with FinalCut.
OK – so, the paper flicker:
It’s not drawn on paper. The flicker is added later. BUT the charts, sketches and everyting else is authentic.
So, why the paper? We’re visiting hundreds of schools each year, talking about what animation IS and how hand-drawn animation works.
This video is not a “promotional piece”, but a video we’re using when talking to the students.
We’re explaining how animation works, that many drawings are put together in sequense. This is a way to visualize this.
You see the fluid movement, and still feels all of the drawings passing by.
After that, we’re telling them that we can now draw directly on the screen, and shows them the images from our studio:
Sandnes Media Studio Blog
We’re also telling how that changes the process of animation, and that it’s still hand-drawn, drawing after drawing.
Of course we’re telling about TVPaint, and how it changed our work.
I see that David Nethery is active on you forum, and he posted a very nice comment on CartoonBrew.
Well, he’s the reason we started using TVPaint in the first place : ) We researched the software, and found his blog.
The way he presented the software made us very curious, and we tried the software.
It’s now our all-time favourite software.
I hope this gives you some insight. But since others are so interested in our process, I will make a post on how we’re working.
I’ll also include how the animation is actually done in the software. I’ll post it on your forum and my blog.
Anyway, feel free to share this information : ) Looking forward to hear from you again!
All the best,
The episodes that have been completed so far include:
Miss Helen Hare (Helene harefrøken)
Teddy Bear Show (Teddybjørnens vise)
Blueberries Trip (Blåbærturen)
Sun Hits (Nøtteliten)
The staff at Sandnes Media includes:
- Ingeborg Faugstad Maeland (illustration)
- Hans Jørgen Sandnes (animation and illustration)
- Lars Thorsen (design and development)
- Sven Erik Sandnes (producer)
Created by: Hans Jørgen Sandnes
Country of origin: Norway
No. of episodes: 6
Original channel: NRK (Norweigan TV Network)
Originally aired: April 28, 2011 – present
Here is a Trailer of Alf Prøysens Barnesanger (Trailer):
Totally Spies! (France)
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.
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)
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: Norway’s Alf Prøysens Barnesanger or France’s Totally Spies!?
- Totally Spies! (FRANCE) (94%, 17 Votes)
- Alf Prøysens Barnesanger (NORWAY) (6%, 1 Votes)
Your ToonOlympics Match 12 Choice is:
Total Voters: 18
Voting polls will remain open until the end of the second round matches, so you have about 7 days.
Match 13 of the ToonOlympics is all lined up for Monday. Join us for the 5th match of Round 2 to Vote for either United Kingdom or Brazil.
United Kingdom had a first round bye with Dreamland (Doctor Who):
Brazil comes off its first round victory over Russia with Escola pra Cachorro (Doggy Day School):
See you Friday for the 4th match of Round 2 of the ToonOlympics… on ToonBarn.