Cartoon Network is the only television channel to air Total Drama in the United States. Its programming mostly consists of cartoons (as the name implies), but the channel has also aired live-action shows in the past. Total Drama Island has been one of the first Cartoon Network shows that has been rated TV-PG, even though it was created by Teletoon.
Total Drama Island formerly aired on the network's Har Har Tharsdays block before June 11, 2009, once it was replaced by the second season of Total Drama, Total Drama Action. Total Drama World Tour ran as part of Cartoon Network's Monday night comedy block beginning on June 21, 2010. Total Drama: Revenge of the Island would later premiere on June 5, 2012, followed by Total Drama All-Stars on September 10, 2013. Total Drama: Pahkitew Island debuted on July 7, 2014 and aired over the course of two weeks advertised as a "Two Week Summer Showdown." Continuing this trend, the spin-off series, Total Drama Presents: The Ridonculous Race, aired over the course of a month on September 7, 2015 in 5:00 EST timeslot before being moved to a 7:00 EST timeslot.
Edits to the series
During Cartoon Network's broadcast of Total Drama Island, there were many edits to maintain its assigned PG rating. The animation was almost completely untouched; mainly the edits would be to correct dialogue. However, this has caused some lip syncing errors and problems in acting, as it usually sounds like the voice actors went back to change the words. For instance, tones in a sentence would sound different or the lip-syncing would be off. On an original trailer for Total Drama Island on Cartoon Network, on the top left-hand screen, its rating is "TV-PG-DLS." They kept the D (which stands for "mild suggestive dialogue"), but edited out most of the content that could have gotten it the L ("infrequent coarse language") and the S ("some sexual situations").
However, subsequent seasons were hardly edited in comparison to the first season, while Total Drama All-Stars and Total Drama: Pahkitew Island weren't even touched. This was most likely due to the network realizing that they were getting a larger age-ranged audience outside its original age 8-12 demographic.
Broadway, Baby! was the only episode in Total Drama history where there was a cut scene. The censorship in the United States is most likely because Canada has a slightly different meaning of TV-PG than the United States.
Total Drama Island and every season following it has been aired in a widescreen 16x9 aspect ratio onTeletoon (in Canada) and at least Total Drama World Tour has been broadcast the same way on ABC3 in Australia (as well as K2, the Italian channel which broadcast Total Drama: Revenge of the Island). However, in the United States, every Total Drama series has been cropped to a 4x3 aspect ratio, which was the normal standard for all television shows before the era of HDTV. However, by now Cartoon Network has been gradually airing several other shows in their original 16x9 ratio; why they continue to crop the Total Drama series is unknown. Though most of the time the cropping has not affected the viewing experience of the show, but there are certain scenes that will look completely off-focus due to the cropping, such as a certain scene in Beach Blanket Bogus where Chris is about to use his automated machine gun to fire seagulls at Gwen.
Cartoon Network allows the viewing of Total Drama episodes via their website, however their video player is built for a widescreen presentation. To get around this with their cropped editions of the episodes, all of the footage is stretched out, enlarged, and cropped even more to create the illusion that the episodes are in widescreen format. Sometimes, it can look fairly convincing if the scenes are simple and focused on the center, but other times the faux-widescreen is very obvious to the viewer.
However, this is no longer the case, now that Cartoon Network aired Total Drama: Revenge of the Island in 16x9 widescreen aspect ratio, making it the first season to do so. Total Drama All-Stars, Total Drama: Pahkitew Island, and Total Drama Presents: The Ridonculous Race were also aired in 16x9 format.
Total Drama's first season was released on DVD on August 18, 2009 by Cartoon Network, and the second season was released only in Australia on November 2nd. Despite claiming that the first season DVD features all twenty seven episodes and cast interviews, Total Drama, Drama, Drama, Drama Island was not included (instead being replaced by the TDI Rundown), and the cast interviews are really the character auditions. Many people weren't happy at this. Some of the edits were removed and some original dialogue was retained, but most edits were left in. Despite this, an advertisement from Amazon.com, along with the summary on the back of the box saying "crappy", a word that was replaced in most episodes, had suggested that the DVD would be uncut.
Total Drama Tuesdays
Total Drama was such a hit on the network that Cartoon Network started to design blocks and special marathons around it. Total Drama Tuesdays was a short-lived block that debuted in early 2009, after the conclusion of Total Drama Island's original run on the network. The block would pair episodes of Total Drama Island with two other Fresh TV-produced shows, 6teen and Stoked. The programming block aired on Tuesdays. Branding was designed by Stuart Golley and Candice House and is available to view on Behance.
Spring Break '09
A few months later in April 2009, Chris hosted a special marathon called "Spring Break '09". It featured the first sneak peeks of Total Drama Action on Cartoon Network, along with other shows that were new to Cartoon Network during 2009.
Cartoon Network used to feature Noods, human-like creatures that were Cartoon Network's advertising staples, that has been made into various Total Drama Island characters. Heather, Gwen, DJ, Chris, Harold, Cody, Trent, Chef, and the Bear have all been created as Noods. If a ball of color hits a Nood, they turn into whatever color that ball of color was, or they change into a camper who wears that color. For example, a Nood that gets hit with a ball the color of Heather's shirt will turn into Heather, or a Nood that touches an object blue will turn into the color blue. The look changed a bit in early 2010, not using the animation bumpers as much, but using live action. The Noods were retired along with the logo in May of 2010.
After the Noods were retired and the old Cartoon Network logo, the next (and current) era was called the CHECK it era. "CHECK it" appeared after the Cartoon Network logo in bumpers or advertisements involved Cartoon Network, as of June 2010. There are blocks/squares in the background and it has more of a retro feel. The Total Drama series had bumpers for prime time, new episodes, and if they were on next or later. The "CHECK it" bumpers were later renamed to the "YEEEEAUHHHH!" bumpers and were retired in May of 2013.
The Cartoon Network website has had games and a show page for Total Drama Island, Total Drama Action, Total Drama World Tour, Total Drama: Revenge of the Island, Total Drama All-Stars and Total Drama: Pahkitew Island.
There are also several games on Cartoon Network's website. They are The Big Picture, Best Game Ever, Drop of Shame, H-Bomb's Killah Beatz, Flight Simmerator, Chomp Sewey, Total Pandamonium, Splat! Oberfest, Oh No U Di'n't!!!, Toxic Targets, and Rain of Terror.
FusionFall was an online game created by Cartoon Network that was closed down permanently on August 29, 2013. The game featured Cartoon Network characters and allowed avatars to be customized with shirts and weapons, through special codes. Such items based on Total Drama World Tour include:
- The shirts of the three teams as well as other characters of Total Drama World Tour, including:
- DJ's shirt.
- Duncan's shirt.
- Leshawna's shirt.
- Owen's shirt.
- Trent's shirt.
- Oddly, the Camp TV version of Trent is seen in the Total Drama Island video banner, as his shirt has "Smith's" on it instead of the handprint.
- The contestants who have appeared in each individual season's video banners are:
- Total Drama Island: Trent, Sadie, Katie, Owen, Cody, and Gwen.
- Total Drama Action: Beth, Owen, Heather, Harold, and Leshawna.
- Total Drama World Tour: Alejandro, Owen, Gwen, Sierra, and Duncan.
- Total Drama: Revenge of the Island: Brick, Anne Maria, and Mike.
- The banners for Total Drama All-Stars and Total Drama: Pahkitew Island only feature Chris.
- In the first three seasons banners, at least one member of the final two appears:
- In Total Drama Island, both Owen and Gwen appear.
- In Total Drama Action, Beth appears.
- In Total Drama World Tour, Alejandro appears.
- Thus, Total Drama: Revenge of the Island is the only one to not feature a finalist.
- Total Drama: Revenge of the Island's banner features the lowest amount of contestants from the season, with only three, while the other seasons all feature five each.
- For the second season, the show page featured Total Drama Action EXTRA, a website in a blog/newspaper format.
- For the third season, the show featured a Total Drama World Tour website with subpages including games, videos and the map.
- For the Total Drama: Revenge of the Island and Total Drama All-Stars pages, there were character descriptions, winners and a recap from previous seasons, and a game.
- For Total Drama: Pahkitew Island, no official page was made. Instead, only videos featuring full episodes, clips, and audition tapes were made available through Cartoon Network Video, along with blog posts put on their website discussing the recently eliminated contestant.
Below, are images of the showpickers that are seen in the Cartoon Network navigational bar on the top of most Cartoon Network pages. The showpickers have Chris' face while the season is occurring, but when the winner is announced, the winner will be the showpicker instead. However, this is not the case for season three, for reasons unknown.
|The original Total Drama Island showpicker before the redesign of Cartoon Network's website in 2011.|
|The newer Total Drama Island showpicker before the redesign of Cartoon Network's website.|
|The Total Drama Action showpicker before the redesign of Cartoon Network's website.|
|The Total Drama World Tour showpicker before the redesign of Cartoon Network's website.|
|The Total Drama Island showpicker after the redesign of Cartoon Network's website.|
|The Total Drama Action showpicker after the redesign of Cartoon Network's website.|
|The Total Drama World Tour showpicker after the redesign of Cartoon Network's website.|
|The Total Drama: Revenge of the Island, Total Drama All-Stars and Total Drama: Pahkitew Island showpicker.|
Cartoon Network released four Total Drama applications that were available on iTunes for download (on iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch) on August 2, 2010, but have since been removed.
The Total Drama World Tour Facebook Page's Fart Blaster
In this Fart Blaster, one can send different kinds of farts to their Facebook friends. Some of the farts available to send are:
- Northern Explosion
- Grand Central Gasser
- El Farto Supremo
- Crumpet Trumpet
- Parisian Poot
- Stinky Sphinxy
- Tokyo Toot
- Deep Sea Doody
After one picks the kind of fart they want to send, they have to pick the friend that they want to send it to. The friend will get a notification that they have been blasted.