Total DramaRama

Total DramaRama (originally titled Total Drama Daycare) is an animated comedy children's television series. It is a crossover prequel spin-off set in an alternate universe of Total Drama and 6teen and is the second spin-off of Total Drama, after The Ridonculous Race. Created by Tom McGillis and Jennifer Pertsch, the series is produced by Fresh TV Inc. in association with Corus Entertainment and Cartoon Network, and distributed by Cake Entertainment. It premiered on Cartoon Network in the United States on September 1, 2018, and on Teletoon in Canada on October 7, 2018. On June 23, 2020, Corus Entertainment announced that the series was renewed for a third season.

Total DramaRama
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Genre
Created byTom McGillis
Jennifer Pertsch
Directed byChad Hicks
Keith Oliver
Christos Katopodis
George Elliott
Voices of
Theme music composerVoodoo Highway Music & Post Inc.
ComposerVoodoo Highway Music & Post Inc.
Country of originCanada
United States
Original languagesEnglish
French
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes110 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
ProducersWren Errington
Sonia Santarelli
EditorLesley Mackey Hunter
Running time10 minutes
Production companiesFresh TV Inc.
Corus Entertainment
DistributorCake Entertainment
Release
Original networkTeletoon (Canada)
Cartoon Network (U.S.)
Picture formatHDTV 1080p
Original releaseSeptember 1, 2018 (2018-09-01) –
present
Chronology
Preceded byTotal Drama
Related showsThe Ridonculous Race
6teen

PremiseEdit

The series re-introduces some of the original "Total Drama" characters in an alternate universe where they are aged down from teenagers to toddlers, being taken care of by Chef Hatchet. Each episode features dream sequences, cutaways, visual jokes, confessionals, and flashbacks.[1] A Ridonculous Race contestant, MacArthur, has made recurring appearances and several other characters from the Total Drama series and The Ridonculous Race have made cameo appearances throughout the series.

CharactersEdit

In addition, notable characters and voice actors have cameoed in the series:

Season 1:

  • Nikki, another character from 6teen has made a non-speaking cameo in "Duck Duck Juice".
  • Megan Fahlenbock reprises her role as Gwen in "Tiger Fail".
  • Terry McGurrin also reprises his role as Don, the host of The Ridonculous Race, who is working as a scientist in "Know it All".
  • Geoff makes a very brief cameo in a slot machine in "Stay Goth, Poodle Girl, Stay Goth"
  • Katie, Trent, and DJ make a cameo in the episode "Gum and Gummer".
  • Devin, Carrie, and Chet make a brief cameo in Harold's comic in "Invasion Of The Booger Snatchers".
  • Geoff and Katie make a cameo at the beach in "Duncan Disorderly".

Season 2:

  • Dwayne Hill reprises his role as Josh in "The Tooth About Zombies" and "Total Eclipse of the Fart."
  • Don makes a non-speaking cameo in "Exercising the Demons".
  • Max and Ella make an appearance in "Dissing Cousins" as Owen and Gwen's cousins respectively; Sunday Muse reprises her role as Ella while Tristan Mammitzsch voices Max.
  • Chef pulls out a Chris McLean Invincibility Statue looking for a shirt for Cody in "Grody to the Maximum."
  • Ella makes an appearance during the credits scene of "Stingin' in the Rain".
  • Max makes an appearance in "Snack to the Future".
  • Laurie make a brief cameo on the picture in "Life of Pie".

Season 3:

  • Geoff, DJ, Trent, and Katie make a cameo in the episode "Gumbearable".
  • Chris McLean makes an appearance as a news reporter and competition host in "Broken Back Kotter", with lines.

ProductionEdit

The show was under production as of December 19, 2017 under the title Total Drama Daycare.[1][2][3] It first aired in the on Cartoon Network in the United States on September 1, 2018.[4] Jennifer Pertsch revealed in an interview with TV Kids that Fresh took "11 favorites from the original cast and aged them down to 4".[5]

On February 13, 2019, the series was green lit for a second season.[6] On June 23, 2020, Corus Entertainment announced that the series was renewed for a third season, set to premiere in Canada in mid-year 2021. Revenge of the Island contestant, Lightning, and Pahkitew Island contestant, Sugar, are set to be aged down to join the cast.[7][8]

EpisodesEdit

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
151September 1, 2018 (2018-09-01)November 30, 2019 (2019-11-30)
251January 11, 2020 (2020-01-11)March 27, 2021 (2021-03-27)
352[9]April 3, 2021 (2021-04-03)TBA

ReceptionEdit

CriticalEdit

Total DramaRama has received mixed reviews. Emily Ashby of Common Sense Media gave the series three stars out of five and found that it was as entertaining as previous entries in the Total Drama franchise, declaring that "Total Drama fans who tune in for DramaRama will appreciate the humor in seeing these familiar characters' big personalities in little bodies."[10] The Washington Post found that "the satire that defined the “Total Drama” shows is less clever" than it had been in previous seasons, and recommended the series for ages 7 and up.[11]

RatingsEdit

Viewership and ratings per season of Total DramaRama
Season Episodes First aired Last aired Avg. viewers
(millions)
Date Viewers
(millions)
Date Viewers
(millions)
1 51 September 1, 2018 (2018-09-01) 0.72[12] November 30, 2019 (2019-11-30) 0.37[13] 0.61
2 51 January 11, 2020 (2020-01-11) 0.47[14] March 27, 2021 (2021-03-27) 0.30[15] 0.30
3 5 April 3, 2021 (2021-04-03) 0.18[16] TBA TBD 0.19

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Elizabeth Foster (December 19, 2017). "CN, Teletoon open up Total Drama Daycare". Kidscreen. Retrieved December 19, 2017.
  2. ^ Mercedes Milligan (December 19, 2017). "Pint-Sized Prequel Total Drama Daycare Announced". Animation Magazine. Retrieved August 25, 2018.
  3. ^ Jeremy Dickson (June 4, 2018). "Corus unveils 2018/19 kids programming slate". Kidscreen. Retrieved June 4, 2018.
  4. ^ Mercedes Milligan (August 24, 2018). "Cartoon Network Dates Adventure Time Finale Amid September Highlights". Animation Magazine. Retrieved August 27, 2020.
  5. ^ Daswani, Mansha (2018-03-17). "TV Kids MIPTV 2018". Issuu. Archived from the original on 2019-06-21. Retrieved 19 June 2018.
  6. ^ Ryan Tuchow (February 13, 2019). "CAKE, Fresh TV get more Dramarama". Kidscreen. Retrieved March 30, 2019.
  7. ^ Mercedes Milligan (June 23, 2020). "Corus Ent. Bolsters Specialty Portfolios, Including Toons for All Ages". Animation Magazine. Retrieved June 25, 2020.
  8. ^ Mercedes Milligan (July 31, 2020). "CAKE and Fresh TV Order Up 3rd Season of Total Dramarama". Animation Magazine. Retrieved August 1, 2020.
  9. ^ Mercedes Milligan (July 31, 2020). "CAKE and Fresh TV Order Up 3rd Season of Total Dramarama". Animation Magazine. Retrieved March 22, 2021.
  10. ^ Ashby, Emily (2018). "Total DramaRama". Common Sense Media. Retrieved May 31, 2021.
  11. ^ "What to watch with your kids: 'The House With a Clock in Its Walls' and more". The Washington Post. September 20, 2018. Retrieved May 31, 2021.
  12. ^ Mitch Metcalf (September 5, 2018). "Top 150 Saturday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 9.1.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Archived from the original on September 5, 2018. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  13. ^ Mitch Metcalf (December 4, 2019). "Top 150 Saturday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 11.30.2019". Showbuzz Daily. Archived from the original on December 4, 2019. Retrieved December 4, 2019.
  14. ^ Mitch Metcalf (January 14, 2020). "Top 150 Saturday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 1.11.2020". Showbuzz Daily. Archived from the original on January 14, 2020. Retrieved January 14, 2020.
  15. ^ Mitch Metcalf (March 30, 2021). "Top 150 Saturday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 3.27.2021". Showbuzz Daily. Archived from the original on March 30, 2021. Retrieved March 30, 2021.
  16. ^ Mitch Metcalf (April 6, 2021). "Top 150 Saturday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 4.3.2021". Showbuzz Daily. Archived from the original on April 6, 2021. Retrieved April 6, 2021.

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