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Total Drama Island

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Country of Origin
Canada
Genre
Reality TV/Comedy/Animation
Television channel
Canada: Teletoon
United States: Cartoon Network
First Premiered
Teletoon: July 8, 2007
Cartoon Network: June 5, 2008
Created by
Jennifer Pertsch
Tom McGillis
Developed by
Fresh TV Inc./Teletoon
Directed by
Todd Kauffman
Mark Thornton

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.

OverviewEdit

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.

CharactersEdit

Twenty-two teenagers, plus Chris McLean, the host, and Chef Hatchet, the camp's cook. The twenty-two teenagers are competing, while the host and cook aren't.

Participant Team Status Placing
Ezekiel Killer Bass 1st Voted Out
in Not So Happy Campers - Part 2
24th Place Non-Merged
Eva Killer Bass Returns in No Pain, No Game
2nd Voted Out in The Big Sleep
Noah Screaming Gophers 3rd Voted Out
in Dodgebrawl
22nd Place
Justin Screaming Gophers 4th Voted Out
in Not Quite Famous
21st Place
Katie Killer Bass 5th Voted Out
in The Sucky Outdoors
20th Place
Tyler Killer Bass 6th Voted Out
in Phobia Factor
19th Place
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
17th Place
Beth Screaming Gophers 9th Voted Out
in If You Can't Take The Heat...
16th Place
Sadie Killer Bass 10th Voted Out
in Who Can You Trust?
15th Place
Courtney Killer Bass 11th Eliminated
in Basic Straining
14th Place
Harold Killer Bass 12th Voted Out
in X-Treme Torture
13th Place
Eva Killer Bass 13th Voted Out
in No Pain, No Game
12th Place Merged
Trent Screaming Gophers 14th Voted Out
in Search and Do Not Destroy
11th Place
Bridgette Killer Bass 15th Voted Out
in Hide and Be Sneaky
10th Place
Lindsay Screaming Gophers 16th Eliminated
in That's Off the Chain!
9th Place
DJ Killer Bass 17th Eliminated
in Hook, Line, and Screamer
8th Place
Izzy Screaming Gophers 18th Voted Out
in Wawanakwa Gone Wild!
7th Place
Geoff Killer Bass 19th Voted Out
in Trial by Tri-Armed Triathlon
6th Place
LeShawna Screaming Gophers 20th Voted Out
in Haute Camp-ture
5th Place
Duncan Killer Bass 21st Voted Out
in Are We There Yeti?
4th Place
Heather Screaming Gophers 22nd Eliminated
in I Triple Dog Dare You!
3rd Place
Gwen Screaming Gophers Runner-Up in The Very Last Episode, Really!
Owen Screaming Gophers Winner in The Very Last Episode, Really!

EliminationEdit

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.

EpisodesEdit

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.

ProductionEdit

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.

ReceptionEdit

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.

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