ToonOlympics Final Four! That’s right! Only 3 matches left. One of these final four cartoons has to go home with nothing, while the other 3 all get Medals. If you’re wondering how we decide on who gets the Bronze Medal, here’s the method we use. After the voting is complete on Sunday Night at Midnight for the 2 Semi-Final Matches, we look at both losing cartoons. The cartoon with the most votes between the two losers becomes the Bronze Medal Winner.
Here are the FINAL results of the Quarterfinal Round matches:
The Legend of Korra (USA) – 12
Zig and Sharko (FRANCE) – 3
Ben 10: Ultimate Alien (USA) – 15
Totally Spies! (FRANCE) – 7
Pocket Protectors (NEW ZEALAND) – 24
Dreamland (Doctor Who) (UNITED KINGDOM) – 4
Phineas and Ferb (USA) – 8
Total Drama (CANADA) – 2
Adding our new winners into the mix, here is what the ToonOlympics Semi-Final Bracket looks like:
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 ):
The Legend of Korra
The Legend of Korra is an American television series set in the Avatar universe as a spin-off of Avatar: The Last Airbender. The premiere aired on Nickelodeon on April 14, 2012. However, the first two episodes were first released online on March 24–25, 2012 and were available in high-definition for free on iTunes. The series is currently under production and is expected to run for two seasons, spanning four books, and a total of fifty-two episodes. The co-creators of the original series, Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, will personally write all of the episodes to allow for a tighter storyline.
The new series takes place seventy years after the end of the Avatar: The Last Airbender story arc with new characters and settings. The protagonist of the new series, Korra, the Avatar after Aang, is a hot-headed and rebellious young woman from the Southern Water Tribe who is “ready to take on the world”. The series will follow Korra as she faces an Anti-bending Revolution while mastering the art of airbending from Aang and Katara’s son, Tenzin.
At present time, seventy years after the end of the Hundred Year War, Korra, a rebellious seventeen year-old girl is set to complete her training and fulfill her role as the Avatar. She has already mastered waterbending, earthbending, and firebending by then. At the beginning of the series, Korra travels to Republic City and starts her airbending training with Tenzin.
However, Republic City is not what Korra imagined it to be. Anti-benders called “Equalists”, who oppose the arts of bending, utilize techniques such as chi blocking to further their goals of revolution, led by Amon. Korra must fight rampant crime and the Anti-bending Revolution, assisted by two brothers, Mako, a firebender, and Bolin, an earthbender. She is also joined by her animal guide, Naga, and the Metalbending Police Force of Republic City, who are led by Toph’s daughter, Lin Beifong.
Korra (Voiced by Janet Varney) is the Avatar immediately succeeding Aang and the main protagonist of the series. She is a talented bender, eager to learn. Hotheaded and rebellious, Korra relishes her role as “The Chosen One”. She also has a polar bear dog named Naga as her animal guide.
Mako (Voiced by David Faustino) is a firebender who grew up on the streets of Republic City with his younger brother Bolin, who introduces him to Korra. Tall, lean, and handsome, he is a skilled participant in pro-bending and the captain of the Fire Ferrets, of which Korra and Bolin are members.
Bolin (Voiced by P. J. Byrne) is an earthbender who, along with his brother Mako, becomes friends with Korra. He shares a deep bond with his brother and keeps a fire ferret named Pabu. Bolin is enthusiastic and optimistic and, as a pro-bender, enjoys all the attention he receives from his female fans.
Asami Sato (Voiced by Seychelle Gabriel) is the daughter of Hiroshi Sato. Asami has lived a life of luxury, but despite her fancy clothes and polite manners, she has a tough side. She is an expert driver and has had extensive self-defense training. Asami is a “big fan” of pro-bending.
Tenzin (Voiced by J.K. Simmons) is the youngest son of Aang and Katara and an airbending master. A calm and serious man, he carries a great burden to protect not only Korra, but also Republic City. Tenzin resides on Air Temple Island with his wife, Pema, and his four children, Jinora, Ikki, Meelo, and Rohan.
Lin Beifong (Voiced by Mindy Sterling) leads the Metalbending Police Force of Republic City and is the daughter of Toph Beifong. She is tough and uncompromising, believing that the only way to maintain peace and stability in the city is through the use of military might.
Amon (Voiced by Steve Blum) is the main antagonist of the first season of the series. He is the charismatic and mysterious leader of the Equalists, whose ultimate goal is to create equality through an anti-bending revolution. He wears a mask to conceal his face. A nimble and stealthy fighter, Amon is fearless in facing his opponents, regardless of their bending skills, and also forms a great danger for the benders, being able to take their bending away.
Created By: Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko
No. of Episodes: 52 (scheduled, 12 aired)
Length of Episodes: 22 min
Country of Origin: USA
Originally Aired: April 14, 2012 – present
Here is a video of the moment when Korra becomes the Avatar (pretty powerful stuff):
And here is a link to an actual episode of The Legend of Korra (Skeletons in the Closet & End Game) on Nickelodeon’s website:
The Legend of Korra Episode on Nickelodeon
The time has come to decide which you like better: USA’s Ben 10: Ultimate Alien or USA’s The Legend of Korra?[poll id=”23″]
Voting polls for the Semi-Finals close on Sunday at Midnight (EDT), so you have 4 days to vote.
Match 22 of the ToonOlympics is all lined up for Friday. Join us for the 2nd match of the Semi-Final round to Vote for either USA or New Zealand. In tomorrow’s post, we are going to change things up a bit, and give you a special treat. So, DON’T MISS IT!
USA had defeated Canada in the Quarterfinal round with Phineas and Ferb:
New Zealand comes off its Quarterfinal round victory over United Kingdom with Pocket Protectors:
See you Friday for the 2nd match of the Semi-Final round of the ToonOlympics… on ToonBarn.