Total Drama World Tour

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Total Drama World Tour
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The Total Drama World Tour logo.
Starring
Country of originCanada
No. of episodes26 (no special)
Release
Original networkTeletoon
Original releaseJune 10, 2010 (2010-06-10) – April 24, 2011 (2011-04-24)
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Total Drama World Tour is the third season of the Total Drama franchise that began with Total Drama Island and Total Drama Action. The series extension was commissioned by Teletoon from the producers, Fresh TV, Inc.[1] The season's elements and plot structure is largely based on The Amazing Race, with the semi-final episode being a direct parody of the reality series.

In this series, fifteen returning contestants and two new contestants are taken on a trip around the world, and compete in cultural themed challenges of countries they visit. An added twist in this season is that they are required to break spontaneously into song, or else be immediately eliminated. The original cast from this and past seasons do not compete in the next season, Total Drama: Revenge of the Island, as there is a new cast. However, nine of these original contestants each have a cameo in the next season, while seven of them return to compete again in the fifth season, Total Drama All-Stars.[2] This series is rated TV-PG-D in the United States and Australia.

A spin-off series based on this season, The Ridonculous Race, premiered in September 2015.

Plot[edit]

As with the previous seasons, fifteen returning contestants and three new ones (Alejandro, Sierra, and Blaineley) partake in an elimination-based competition for the grand prize of C$1,000,000, led by series host Chris McLean (Christian Potenza).

In this season, contestants are taken around the world throughout international based challenges and are required to break into song whenever Chris rings a special chime, or face instant elimination. There are 30 songs in total, and every episode takes place in a different location.

As the contestants are eliminated, they take the "Drop of Shame"[3] by parachuting out of the plane in which the elimination ceremonies take place. When eliminated, they lose the chance at the million dollars (though such an elimination may not be permanent) and are forced to be sent home.[3]

The winner of Total Drama World Tour is Alejandro in Canada, while Heather is the runner-up. However, in the American version and iTunes version, Heather is the winner. Beth, Eva, Geoff, Justin, Katie, Sadie, and Trent do not return to compete; instead, they appear on the aftermath special, sitting in the peanut gallery and on the last episode while cheering for the finalists, Alejandro and Heather.

However, as stated multiple times in following seasons, there was never any clear winner, as the money was thrown into a volcano by Ezekiel, making the money burn into ashes. This is the second season (first being Total Drama Island) in the series where no contestant wins anything.

This season's entire plot structure and elements is expanded into a related series called Total Drama Presents: The Ridonculous Race which aired in 2015. This series also takes place around the world and also features eighteen competitors (teams) like Total Drama World Tour, however whereas World Tour was still organized like Survivor, The Ridonculous Race was based on The Amazing Race.[4]

Episodes[edit]

Total Drama World Tour is a Canadian animated television series which premiered on June 10, 2010 at 8:30 p.m. EST on Teletoon and it premiered on June 21, 2010 at 9:00 p.m. EST on Cartoon Network. It aired on ABC3 at 6:40 a.m. in Australia.

Season Episodes Country Network First air date Last air date
3 26[5] Australia ABC3 July 28, 2010 September 1, 2010
Canada Teletoon June 10, 2010 April 24, 2011
United States Cartoon Network June 21, 2010 November 15, 2010

Staff[edit]

Character Voice actor Description
Chris McLean Christian Potenza Chris returns as the host of the series.
Chef Hatchet Clé Bennett Hatchet returns as the cook and co-host of the series.
Blaineley Carla Collins Blaineley is the co-host of the Total Drama Aftermath segment of the show. She has waist-length blonde hair and blue eyes, and typically wears a red dress. She is obsessed with gossip and fame, and wants more than anything to obtain a "juicy" story and attempts to delve into topics that could potentially cause a scandal. Prior to World Tour, she co-hosted the show Celebrity Manhunt with Josh as featured on the Total Drama Action special. On Aftermath, she demonstrates she is conceited, mean, and willing to do whatever it takes to remain in the spotlight, which led her to clash with the other two co-hosts, Bridgette and Geoff. When she takes it too far by kidnapping Bridgette and sending her to Siberia, Geoff gets his revenge by making Blaineley a contestant in World Tour.

Contestants[edit]

The contestant pool consists of 15 characters from the previous Total Drama seasons, and 2 new characters, Alejandro and Sierra. Midway through the season, Blaineley was brought on to compete, bringing the total number of contestants to 18, but was quickly eliminated.

List of Total Drama World Tour contestants
Contestant Original team Merge Finish
Duncan N/A Quit[a]
Returned to game
Ezekiel
The Homeschooled Guy
Team Victory 18th place
Harold
The Dweeb
Team Victory Quit[b]
17th place
Bridgette
The Surfer Girl
Team Victory 16th place
Leshawna
The Sister With 'Tude
Team Victory 15th place
Lindsay
The Dumb Princess
Team Victory 14th place[c]
Izzy
The Psycho Hose Beast
Team Chris is
Really Really Really Really Hot[d]
Medically Evacuated[e]
13th place
DJ
The Brickhouse With a Heart
Team Victory 12th place[f]
Noah
The Schemer
Team Chris is
Really Really Really Really Hot
11th place
Tyler
The Jock
Team Chris is
Really Really Really Really Hot
10th place
Gwen
The Loner
Team Amazon 9th place[g]
Owen
The Party Guy
Team Chris is
Really Really Really Really Hot
Merge 8th place
Blaineley
Celebrity Manhunt Host
N/A 7th/6th place[h]
Courtney
The Type A
Team Amazon 7th/6th place[h]
Duncan
The Delinquent
Team Chris is
Really Really Really Really Hot
5th place
Sierra
The Obsessive Uber-Fan
Team Amazon[i] Disqualified[j]
4th place
Cody
The Geek
Team Amazon 3rd place[k]
Heather
The Queen Bee
Team Amazon Winner/Runner-up
Alejandro
The Arch Villain
Team Chris is
Really Really Really Really Hot
Winner/Runner-up


Contestant Voice actor Nickname Description
Alejandro Marco Grazzini The Arch Villain Alejandro is one of the two newcomers to the series. On the surface, he appears to be a polite, dashing, charming gentleman, but underneath he is dark and twisted. He is known to use his charm and exceptional persuasion to advance him further in the game and is responsible for the eliminations of the majority of the contestants. Alejandro is very proud of his Hispanic heritage and has been shown to possess a large quantity of skills ranging from hypnotism to speaking several languages, thanks to his highly successful family. He has secret romantic feelings for Heather.
Bridgette Kristin Fairlie The Surfer Girl Bridgette is a calm, compassionate surfer girl who had co-hosted the Aftermath sessions in Total Drama Action with her boyfriend Geoff. Her relationship with Geoff is briefly strained in World Tour due to being manipulated by Alejandro into cheating on him, but they eventually make up and become a couple again. Due to her early elimination in World Tour, she becomes a co-host of Aftermath once again, but her presence is challenged by one of the new co-hosts, Blaineley.
Cody Peter Oldring The Geek Cody is a tech-savvy geek, who sees himself as a ladies' man instead of a nerd. He has a large crush on Gwen and thinks he has a better shot with her after she broke up with Trent, but ends up on the receiving end of a major fixation when his biggest fangirl, Sierra, joins his team and won't leave his side.
Courtney Emilie-Claire Barlow The Type A Courtney is a perfectionist who desires to be best at everything, and sees herself as a born leader. Her desire for success often clashes with her own principles and can come off as being quite bossy and critical, which leads her to be disliked by many contestants. In World Tour, her relationship with Duncan was ruined when he chose Gwen over her, causing her to obsess over getting revenge on the two.
DJ Clé Bennett The Brickhouse With Heart DJ is a very soft-spoken and sensitive guy who is compassionate and kind to those around him despite his intimidating size. During World Tour, DJ is seemingly cursed by a broken dog statue in Egypt which causes him to accidentally hurt any nearby animal much to his sorrow.
Duncan Drew Nelson The Delinquent Duncan is a crafty juvenile delinquent who knows many tactics from his time spent in juvenile detention centers. In the first episode, he quits the show after getting sick of Courtney and Gwen arguing and the new rule where the contestants have to sing. Despite his exit, Chris sent a team out to find him to return to the show due to his popularity, and he is eventually returned and forced to compete thanks to Courtney and Gwen. His shaky relationship with Courtney finally come to an end when he kissed Gwen, forming an intense love triangle between the three.
Ezekiel Peter Oldring The Home Schooled Guy Ezekiel is a naïve country boy who was homeschooled at his farm. His lack of interaction with other kids has left him with incredibly poor social skills. After being eliminated first on Total Drama Island, Ezekiel enters the third season boasting with confidence that he'll win much to the annoyance of everyone. Despite his intentions, he ends up being voted off first once again, but manages to grab hold of the wings and hide on the plane cargo to secretly stay in the competition. Over time, this has a drastic effect on his humanity and sanity, greatly altering his physical appearance into a green, clawed, bald, crazy, and deformed creature who is no longer capable of speaking and attacks anybody he considers a threat.
Gwen Megan Fahlenbock The Goth Gwen is a goth girl whose interests lie in art and astronomy. After her break-up with Trent the previous season, Gwen starts showing romantic feelings towards Duncan, leading to a large conflict between her and Courtney.
Harold Brian Froud The Dweeb Harold is a skinny, awkward-looking guy who takes pride in his knowledge, resourcefulness, and "Mad Skills" in subjects like filming and beatboxing. He has a large crush on Leshawna and continually tries to impress her.
Heather Rachel Wilson Queen Bee Heather competes with her sights solely on the prize money and not on making friends, using others to her advantage and only being kind when she may ultimately be benefited. In World Tour, she finds her true rival in the form of Alejandro, who throws her off her game because of her hidden romantic feelings towards him. Despite this, Heather remains a strong enough competitor to make it to the Finale to compete against Alejandro.
Izzy Katie Crown The Psycho Hose Beast Izzy is seen as one of the show's craziest contestants. She is fun but hard to handle and to the other contestants, more trouble than she is worth. Izzy has extraordinary athletic and fighting abilities, and also sticks herself to the wild environment. She is forced to withdraw early in the season due to a head injury causing her to become highly intelligent, which also led her to break up with Owen. In one of the Aftermaths, another head injury turned Izzy back to her former self.
Leshawna Novie Edwards The Sister With 'Tude Leshawna is loyal and sassy, yet also can be affectionate and caring. If shown respect, she will reciprocate it indefinitely. Leshawna tells it like it is, and has no fear whatsoever of calling people out on their mistakes. However, she is not one to be messed with, and will not hold back on someone who has wronged her.
Lindsay Stephanie Anne Mills The Dumb Princess Lindsay is described as being beautiful, but not vain. While Lindsay is one of the prettiest competitors on the show and is spoilt silly by her father, she is kind hearted and is able to make friends with almost everyone. However her lack of intelligence often leads to her downfall. In World Tour, she has a difficult time remembering her boyfriend, Tyler, despite Tyler competing on this season with her.
Noah Carter Hayden The Schemer Noah comes off as being sarcastic, cynical, and lazy to most. He is extremely intelligent, but finds physical activity as laughable as the ridiculous antics of some of his peers. His attitude has a tendency to repel friendships although he finds his best ally in Owen.
Owen Scott McCord The Party Guy Owen is a huggable, upbeat, fun-loving, friendly, passionate, and optimistic competitor, who is basically in Total Drama to have fun more than win the grand prize. Owen's three biggest loves are eating, having a good time and passing a large amount of gas. Among his peers, he is arguably the most popular contestant of all time for his cheerful ways, optimistic viewpoints no matter what the situation is, and ability to see the best in other people. He annoys Alejandro by continuously calling him "Al" (Which Alejandro hates because his older brother calls him that), and becomes wary of his activities after Noah is eliminated.
Sierra Annick Obonsawin The Obsessive Uber-Fan Sierra is the show's biggest fan and blogger and one of the two newcomers to World Tour. She is a parody of real life Total Drama fans. She is obsessed with every member of the cast, especially Cody whom she has an obsessive crush on.
Tyler Peter Oldring The Jock Tyler is a sports fan who loves anything physical. Unfortunately, he is extremely uncoordinated and dim, constantly putting himself and others at risk with his clumsiness. In World Tour, Tyler is desperate for his girlfriend Lindsay to remember him.

Other characters[edit]

Some characters from the previous Total Drama seasons make an appearance in the special "Aftermath" episodes as well as the finale. They include:

Production[edit]

The season began production in 2009 when Fresh TV Inc. told Teletoon to order new Total Drama episodes for an upcoming third season.[1] This season was to be called Total Drama: The Musical when it first entered production. Keith Oliver and Chad Hicks directed this new season while two new voice actors, Marco Grazzini and Annick Obonsawin had to be hired if they wanted to voice the two new characters, Alejandro and Sierra. The season's title was later changed to the current title, Total Drama World Tour in 2010 upon the airing of Celebrity Manhunt's Total Drama Action Reunion Special due to the singing no longer being the main focus for this season.

Episode finale variations[edit]

The show's producers create two alternate endings for the final episode, such that the winner seen in one country's broadcasts is the runner-up in other countries (and vice versa) where the show airs. Heather was shown as the first winner when Australia aired the season for the first time worldwide.[citation needed] Heather was also depicted as the winner in airings from Brazil, Catalonia, France, Israel, Italy, Latin America, New Zealand, Norway, the Philippines, Portugal, Serbia, Singapore, Spain, and in the United States.[citation needed] Canada then aired Alejandro as the winner, which was later aired in Croatia, Denmark, Finland, Hungary, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Russia, South Africa, and in Sweden.[citation needed]

Reception[edit]

Awards and accolades[edit]

Total Drama World Tour won numerous awards in 2011, from such outlets as the ToonZone Awards and the KidScreen Awards. At the ToonZone Awards, it won "Best Foreign Series," "Best Music Score on a TV Series," and "Best Voice Actress" for Annick Obonsawin. It was additionally nominated for "Best Original Song" for Oh My Izzy (sung by Scott McCord and Megan Fahlenbock), and "Best Voice Actor" for Carter Hayden.[6] In the 2011 KidScreen Awards, the season won "Best Animated Series," "Best Voice Talent," and "Best Tweens/Teens Program."[7]

Critical reception[edit]

Despite the many accolades and the enormous critical acclaim, some events of this season were severely criticized, such as the under-use of characters who had smaller roles in the preceding seasons, and the overuse of characters who had already won a preceding season or, at the very least, made it far into them. Other aspects of the season that had a negative reception were Ezekiel being turned into a feral monster, the constant losing streak of Team Victory and the love triangle between Duncan, Courtney and Gwen. The love triangle was eventually addressed in a video with the show's creators on Christian Potenza's YouTube channel, revealing that the breaking up of Duncan and Courtney was actually a network request, rather than a decision on the creator's part.[8] Total Drama World Tour currently holds an 7.8 on Metacritic, which indicates "generally favorable reviews."[9]

Media[edit]

DVD releases[edit]

Australia is the only country that released Total Drama World Tour on home video, which was released on a Region 4 DVD. The first part of the season was released in a Collection 1 DVD on April 3, 2013[10] while the second half of the season was released in a Collection 2 DVD on August 7, 2013.[11]

Online website[edit]

Teletoon hosted a Total Drama World Tour based website starting in 2010 called Total Drama Online where people could play games and earn badges to win prizes, but was only available in Canada.[12] The site was then replaced with universal games available to everyone in 2013, but removed all special features from the site.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Duncan refused to follow Chris' orders to sing and quit the game.
  2. ^ DJ had the most votes, but Harold left the competition in order to restore his "honor" to his teammates after being self-absorbed in the last challenge.
  3. ^ Due to Lindsay and DJ being the only two members left on Team Victory, they had to go into a tiebreaker. The challenge, judged by Heather, Owen, and Chris, was to pick a contestant to wear an outfit made by them and walk down the runaway. DJ won the challenge, and Lindsay was sent home.
  4. ^ This contestant was originally on Team Amazon, but was switched over to Team Chris is Really Really Really Really Hot.
  5. ^ During a crash landing in Jamaica, Izzy dragged both her and Owen out of the plane, and were eventually crushed by it. Owen was able to recover and stay in the competition. However, Izzy was taken by the military due to her newfound intelligence after the crash fixed a clog in her brain.
  6. ^ Due to DJ being the last member of Team Victory, he was automatically eliminated upon his team's loss.
  7. ^ Gwen and Courtney tied for the most votes, so they went into a tiebreaker challenge. The challenge was to see who could feed a koala bear eucalyptus first. Gwen lost the challenge due to her being allergic to eucalyptus.
  8. ^ a b The voting tied between Courtney and Blaineley, so Chris decided to eliminate both because of budget issues.
  9. ^ This contestant was originally on Team Chris is Really Really Really Really Hot, but was switched over to Team Amazon.
  10. ^ Alejandro had the most votes, but Sierra accidentally blew up the plane with the lit firecrackers on Cody's cake, causing Chris to disqualify her despite the fact she had won immunity.
  11. ^ After Alejandro and Cody tied for second place in the last challenge, they had to go into a tiebreaker. The challenge, chosen by Heather, was the "Traditional Hawaiian Fire Dance of Death". The first person to knock their opponent off the platform won the challenge. Alejandro knocked Cody off the platform, thus eliminating him from the competition.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Fresh TV:News". Fresh TV, Inc. 2008-09-23. Archived from the original on 2009-04-20. Retrieved 2009-06-18.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-04-05. Retrieved 2014-03-04.
  3. ^ a b "Animated Shorts 596: Tom McGillis and Fresh TV". Newsarama.com. 2008-06-26. Retrieved 2009-08-28.
  4. ^ "Pressroom". Retrieved 19 June 2018.
  5. ^ TV.com. "Total Drama Island". TV.com. Retrieved 19 June 2018.
  6. ^ "Toonzone Awards 2011 - Results!". Retrieved 19 June 2018.
  7. ^ https://www.licensing.org/press-release/kidscreen-awards-2011-winners-announced/
  8. ^ SwitchBoardNetwork (29 July 2012). "Behind the DRAMA part 2". Retrieved 19 June 2018 – via YouTube.
  9. ^ "Total Drama Island". Retrieved 19 June 2018.
  10. ^ "Total Drama World Tour Collection 1 - DVD". Madman Entertainment. Retrieved 19 June 2018.
  11. ^ "Madman Entertainment". Madman Entertainment. Retrieved 19 June 2018.
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-10-28. Retrieved 2014-05-29.

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