Minorities in cartoons: “B” (“Total Drama”)

B from "Total Drama: Revenge of the Island"

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is “B,” a character on Teletoon’s “Total Drama” series.

B debuted during the series’ fourth season, “Total Drama: Revenge of the Island,” which featured a new batch of contestants competing for the show’s $1 million (Canadian) prize. B’s main two traits are that he doesn’t speak even once (and thus has no voice actor), and is an engineering genius.

Minorities in cartoons: Alejandro (“Total Drama”)

Alejandro Burromuerto from "Total Drama World Tour"

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Alejandro, a character on Teletoon’s “Total Drama” series.

Alejandro (full name: Alejandro Burromuerto) is introduced along with a few other new contestants during the series’ third season, “Total Drama World Tour.” “World Tour” features a giant race around the world (parodying “The Amazing Race”), for a prize of $1 million (Canadian dollars, since the show in-universe is set in Canada).

The best of minorities in cartoons: Thanksgiving

Wild Kratts in episode "Turkey Day"

In this “best of” minorities in cartoons entry, I’ll look at how various minority characters have celebrated or been involved with Thanksgiving. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving This 1972 “Peanuts” special features Franklin. This one’s memorable just for the fight between Snoopy and the lawn chair, plus the snack food Thanksgiving meal. The Thanksgiving That Almost Wasn’t … Read more

The best of minorities in cartoons: Movember

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Movember is an annual month-long event during November. Movember involves men growing mustaches to raise awareness of men’s health issues (depression, cancer, etc.)—the term “Movember” is a portmanteau of the British English spelling of “mustache” (“moustache”) and “November.” As such, I thought it’d be interesting to list some minority cartoon characters (out of the ones I’ve already … Read more

Thoughts on Cartoon Network’s 2013 lineup

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I thought I’d update my post from last winter about Cartoon Network’s then-upcoming 2013 lineup, and give my observations about what’s aired on Cartoon Network so far this year. Some of the shows debuted earlier than expected, while others have yet to appear. Incredible Crew This live-action show was cancelled as of a few months … Read more

Cartoon Network announces its 2013-14 season lineup

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Update (9/22/13): I have a newer post outlining my thoughts on this season’s shows to date. Earlier today, Cartoon Network announced its revised lineup of shows for the 2013-2014 season. The full press release is available on Toonzone. As for my thoughts on what’s available, let’s go with what’s new first: Incredible Crew: a live-action … Read more

The best and worst of 2012 in animation

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Next on the “best and worst of 2012” rundown is animation. Best Pixar’s “Brave” and Disney-proper’s “Wreck-It Ralph” were both enjoyable films. Oddly, “Brave” felt more like a Disney film, while “Ralph” felt like a Pixar one. Seth MacFarlane’s take on “The Flintstones” is apparently dead in the water. Thank goodness. The last thing I … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: Chef Hatchet

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Finishing up (for now) the spate of “Total Drama Island” characters on who I’ve devoted the past several installments, this week’s featured character is Chef Hatchet, one of the two recurring adult characters on the show (besides the show’s host, Chris McLean). Background Unlike the similarly-named “South Park” character, Chef either doesn’t have a real first … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: DJ

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Continuing along with the “Total Drama Island” theme of the past few weeks, this week’s “minorities in cartoons” entry is DJ, one of said show’s cast members. (No relation to A.J. of “The Fairly OddParents,” of course.) Background DJ’s shtick was being presented as a “mama’s boy,” as some of the show’s other characters called him. … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: Cameron

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Following up last week’s post about Lightning, this week’s “minorities in cartoons” entry is Cameron, also from “Total Drama: Revenge of the Island.” Background Cameron is the polar opposite of the egotistical, athletic Lightning. He’s portrayed as a literal “98-pound weakling,” having spent most of his life in a disease-proof bubble. He’s thus easily pushed … Read more