I’ve recently fallen for a downright witty and entertaining show that’s been running on Cartoon Network for a couple months, Total Drama Island. If you haven’t seen it yet, imagine an animated series that places cartoon embodiments of all of the archetypes that you’ve grown used to finding on reality competition shows (ie. the preppy girl, the jock, the lovestruck musician) in a campsite where the characters battle each other for $100,000, and you’ve got a pretty clear idea of my favorite cartoon of the moment – Total Drama Island!
The show is less vulgar than Comedy Central’s Drawn Together, but it’s got some of the same fun snark that MTV’s Clone High used to emanate. Many of the characters’ inspirations are obvious – from the Jeff Probst-ish host, Chris, to sassy contestant Leshawna who channels the attitude of Tanisha from Season 2 of Oxygen’s Bad Girls Club!
But what’s most enjoyable about the show is how it parodies the reality genre while still paying homage to it. On Thursday’s finale, we’ll get to see who walks away with the grand prize – gassy party boy Owen or clever emo girl Gwen. Either way, word on the web is that Cartoon Network is bringing this puppy back for a second season in March ‘09!
Are you already a fan?