Canadian cable channel Teletoon Retro is currently running a contest (limited to Canadians only, unfortunately) to vote for your five favorite cartoon characters. Teletoon Retro is a companion channel to Canada’s Teletoon (Cartoon Network’s Canadian analogue), airing reruns of older classic cartoons, similar to the US’ Boomerang. In Teletoon Retro’s case, however, they seem to air a larger variety of programming than Boomerang, as well as put more effort into promotional efforts, such as this contest. Per Canadian content requirements, Retro also airs several Canadian-made cartoons (“Rocket Robin Hood,” “The Raccoons,” etc.).
The five characters with the most votes will each see a 24-hour marathon of their cartoons during “Boxing Week,” the week that Boxing Day falls on. (Boxing Day, which is on December 26, is a day-after-Christmas holiday the non-US English speaking world celebrates.) Finally, one voter will be selected to win a trip for four to see “Bugs Bunny at the Symphony” in one North American city. As for the poll nominees, there’s a large variety of classic characters, ranging from Bugs Bunny and Bullwinkle to Superman and the Transformers. (A full press release is posted on Cartoon Brew).
There’s also a running tally of the current top 10 vote-getters. So far, to my surprise, Bugs Bunny is in the lead in first place, followed in order by: Scooby-Doo; Optimus Prime; Batman; Spider-Man; Fred Flintstone; Tweety; Megatron (another Transformer); Inspector Gadget; and Bumblebee (yet another Transformer). A brief web search suggests the contest is getting some attention on a few Transformer fan-sites, which might explain three of the 10 slots going to the shape-shifting robots. Still, I’m pleased to see that the Looney Tunes are still popular enough to win two slots so far, along with the Flintstones.
Since I’m not Canadian, I’m not eligible to vote (or even receive Teletoon Retro), but for any Canadian readers, feel free to cast your vote in the contest; voting closes December 6. If I *could* vote, my five choices would be:
- Bugs Bunny
- Fred Flintstone
- Wile E. Coyote
I had a hard time choosing a fifth selection… there’s so many classic characters to choose from!
Finally, Time-Warner could learn much from how Teletoon Retro’s handled in improving Boomerang, which is in need of updating. Unfortunately, that’d also require Time-Warner to learn how to improve Cartoon Network first, a network that’s perpetually in third place behind Nickelodeon and Disney Channel in ratings. Losing the live-action reality shows and third-rate live-action movie flops (“Son of the Mask?” “Most Valuable Primate?”) and airing a more diverse range of animated programming on CN and Boomerang would go a long way. Additionally, fixing their ill-conceived, half-baked lack of corporate unity between the Warner Bros. and Turner divisions and bringing Looney Tunes (and/or its modern spinoffs such as “Taz-Mania”) back in a regular timeslot would also help, especially with a new Looney Tunes show now in production.