Total Drama Island
Country of Origin
United States: Cartoon Network
Teletoon: July 8, 2007
Cartoon Network: June 5, 2008
Fresh TV Inc./Teletoon
Total Drama Island is the first season of the Total Drama series. Total Drama Island premiered in the Canadian television channel, Teletoon on July 8, 2007. It is rated TV-PG or TV-PG-D for Cartoon Network. Total Drama Island is a show that is similar to Survivor, taking place at Camp Wawanakwa in Muskoka, Ontario.
The show involves about twenty-two teenage contestants who signed up for a reality show on an island known as Camp Wawanakwa or Total Drama Island. The teens were originally under the impression that they were going to be on a show called I Wanna Be Famous, where they live in a luxurious mansion and "play guitars and have a great time." According to Chris, to be on the show, you had to be at least sixteen years old, and "kooky, obnoxious, stuck-up, dense, loud, annoying, filthy, or anywhere remotely in between."
The twenty-two teens are divided into two separate teams, the Screaming Gophers and the Killer Bass. The two teams were given challenges every three days which they must compete in. The losing team would then vote one of their members off. The losing contestant must walk the Dock of Shame and board the Boat of Losers, which will then take the losing camper away. This process perpetuates on and on until only two people are left and then they compete in a final challenge until only one person remains on the island. The last contestant standing wins $100,000 in prize money.
|Ezekiel||Killer Bass||1st Voted Out|
in Not So Happy Campers - Part 2
|Eva||Killer Bass||Returns in No Pain, No Game|
2nd Voted Out in The Big Sleep
|Noah||Screaming Gophers||3rd Voted Out|
|Justin||Screaming Gophers||4th Voted Out|
in Not Quite Famous
|Katie||Killer Bass||5th Voted Out|
in The Sucky Outdoors
|Tyler||Killer Bass||6th Voted Out|
in Phobia Factor
|Izzy||Screaming Gophers||Returns in No Pain, No Game|
7th Left in Up The Creek
|Cody||Screaming Gophers||8th Voted Out|
in Paintball Deer Hunter
|Beth||Screaming Gophers||9th Voted Out|
in If You Can't Take The Heat...
|Sadie||Killer Bass||10th Voted Out|
in Who Can You Trust?
|Courtney||Killer Bass||11th Eliminated|
in Basic Straining
|Harold||Killer Bass||12th Voted Out|
in X-Treme Torture
|Eva||Killer Bass||13th Voted Out|
in No Pain, No Game
|Trent||Screaming Gophers||14th Voted Out|
in Search and Do Not Destroy
|Bridgette||Killer Bass||15th Voted Out|
in Hide and Be Sneaky
|Lindsay||Screaming Gophers||16th Eliminated|
in That's Off the Chain!
|DJ||Killer Bass||17th Eliminated|
in Hook, Line, and Screamer
|Izzy||Screaming Gophers||18th Voted Out|
in Wawanakwa Gone Wild!
|Geoff||Killer Bass||19th Voted Out|
in Trial by Tri-Armed Triathlon
|LeShawna||Screaming Gophers||20th Voted Out|
in Haute Camp-ture
|Duncan||Killer Bass||21st Voted Out|
in Are We There Yeti?
|Heather||Screaming Gophers||22nd Eliminated|
in I Triple Dog Dare You!
|Gwen||Screaming Gophers||Runner-Up in The Very Last Episode, Really!|
|Owen||Screaming Gophers||Winner in The Very Last Episode, Really!|
This is the process in Total Drama Island in which a camper is eliminated; initially, the team that lost the most recent challenge, unless the last challenge happened to be a reward challenge, would vote for a camper and the one with the most votes against them would be voted off the island. Since the teams eventually merged, all the campers began to vote for each other and only the challenge winner received immunity. In certain challenges, a camper would be automatically eliminated without any votes if they lost a challenge after the merge.
- See: Episodes
There are twenty-six episodes, twenty-seven counting the exclusives. TDI Rundown and Total Drama Island Recap are exclusive episodes, only being aired on Cartoon Network and Teletoon in the United States and Canada respectively.
Total Drama Island, originally developed as "Camp TV"; was created by Tom McGillis and Jennifer Pertsh. It was developed and produced by Fresh TV on a budget of $8 million and animated at Elliott Animation using the Flash program. All of the episodes were directed by Todd Kauffman and Mark Thornton of Neptoon Studios with Kauffman also designing all of the characters.
Total Drama Island became a big success both in Canada on Teletoon and in the United States on Cartoon Network and, along with fellow Fresh TV show 6TEEN, was a consistently top performer for an audience of ages 6-11 and helped bring in older viewers along the way. The December 11, 2008 airing of the show on Cartoon Network reportedly garnered 3.5 million viewers. A marathong of the show on the Memorial Day weekend of 2009 increased viewership in the age groups 2-11, 6-11, and 9-14, each by 20% or more compared to the same week in 2008.
The show was nominated for a Gemini Award for Best Animated Program or Series with Tom McGillis, Jennifer Pertsch, George Elliott, and Brian Irving to have been the recipients had the shown won the award.
Total Drama Island has since spawned three sequel shows, Total Drama Action, Total Drama World Tour, and Total Drama: Revenge of the Island. For the purpose of continuity with Total Drama Academy, all three shows are not recognized. However, Lord Akiyama has noted that elements from the shows would be used to his liking.