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Countryballs: The Animated Series, more commonly known as Countryballs, is a satricial animated television series that first aired on September 29, 2016. It is created by Canadian animator Mark Thronfon and Todd Kaufman, Italian-El Kadsreian creator Pasi Peure when American animator Chris Savino and Mala M. took the occupation. Canadian animation studio Atomic Cartoons led the production of the series, which was broadcast initially on El TV Kadsre Animation. Due to the international nature of the series, it has attracted attention and efforts from people of other nationalities over the past years.

Countryballs is based on the Internet meme of the same name, in which countries of Earth are shown to be comical personas and communicate using imperfect English (excluding Anglophone countries or personas). As with the countryball comics, the series tends to poke fun at various aspects of countries such as historical events and leadership. This has the potential to lead to criticism from the audience, as seen in several cases since the first airing in 2016.

Countryballs has been applauded by some notable viewers, while others expressed dismay. The satricial approach to sensitive topics has been one of the most debated subjects regarding the series.

Development and production

The first countryball comics were created in 2009, and within a few years, it had become a well-known meme to Internet users.

Canadian animator Bob Davies, employed in Canadian animation studio Atomic Cartoons, planned for an animated countryball series in early 2013. While Davies is not the first person to suggest the development of a series based on countryballs, he was the first to receive approval of such a series. Atomic Cartoons approved of the proposal, but initially, it failed to locate a company to which the series will be produced for. Davies had pitched the idea to the El TV Kadsre Television Network, which accepted the series proposal contrary to Jones's beliefs.

Development of Countryballs commenced in March 2011. Intending for the series to cover topics of other nations, El TV Kadsre Animation gathered producers of non-El Kadsreian backgrounds so as to achieve the intention. The series is assembled mostly in studios that are located in El Kadsre City. English is used as the lingua franca for all involved characters, although non-Anglophone personas are to speak broken English as consistent with the countryball comics. The idea to provide each persona with a different font (for subtitles) was developed months before the first airing.

Due to several setbacks such as financial problems, the development, and airing of Countryballs were postponed several times. Following the delays, the series continued in smoother production and it was the first broadcast on international aired on September 29, 2016. As expected by Jones and involved companies, Countryballs garnered both acclaim and condemnation.

In 2017, Chris Savino left the show due to his sexual assault allegations, and Sung Gim took his role. The newer episodes feature musical segments and other more "creative" additions to the show.

Characters and voice actors

Within Countryballs, the personas have a tendency to refer to each other using "[country]ball" such as "El Kadsreball" for example, but sometimes such naming is reserved for the audience and viewers. Some of the personas also take their forms as non-spherical shapes such as cubes, and some countryballs of historical origins may make an appearance. The representation of provinces, states, subnational territories, supranational organizations, etc. are seen in the series. It is important to note that while some such representations appear in the logos of Countryballs, they do not truly show up in the series (an example being USAball) Some English voice actors were actors from the MyStreet, Technic Heroes, and Bionicle franchise, voice actors for Canadian, American and El Kadsreian, while some are YouTubers. There are no Nuclear Islands countryballs.

The list English version voice actors of Countryballs: The Animated Series.

The series is voice-directed by Christopher Berger and Presbitero Mahi.

Episodes

Countryballs has several notable episodes that attained their statuses. Three reasons may be attributed as explanations: one, the topics in which they possess; two, the random nature of the episodes; and three, the occasional departure from reality.

Global events, national news, and local news are examples that have been used in Countryballs episodes, regardless of the date, while some of the episodes tell stories about the historical events. WW1, WW2, Cold War, Korean War, Vietnam War, US Civil War, Syria Civil War ,and numerous general elections are subjects that made appearances in the series. Their comical portrayal had led to both acclaim and anger among audiences.

Random natures are a factor in two kinds of episodes, once in every season for each kind starting from Season 2. The first kind is the "Grand Rounds" episode, which involves randomized conflicts between countries and concludes with a conflict fought by remnants (always superstates). This can lead to countries such as "State of the Vicnora." The second variant is the "Single Stand" episode, in which a countryball possessing extreme combat skills battle against all other countryballs on the quest for global domination.

Some of the episodes had differences from what occurred or existed in reality. While anachronistic technologies and equipment are well-known samples, other samples have included historical inaccuracies (either deliberate or unintentional) and implausible proportions, such as expanding a small persona's size to be much greater than those of others.

International broadcasts

North America

Country Channels Date of Premiere
Alexonia ATS Two (English)

AHT Two (Japanese)

July 5, 2016

Canada Teletoon At Night
Croeya CT Kidstoon
El Kadsre El TV Kadsre 3
Indosa PBS Kids Go!
Kawa Canal Six
Mahri Treet TV2
Mexico Canal 4
North El Kadsre EYE TV1
North Pacific Nations
(Alau Islands, Le Sauveur, and Mavant)
Nickelodeon
Piramca Pira TV 2
Sentan STN 2
United El Kadsreian Nations Adult Swim
Schelipoerys Paramount Comedy (English)

Dois (Portuguese)

TV3 (French)

United States UltraToons Network
CubenRocks Channel
Vicnora TWO2 (English)

Vicnora One (Vicnoran)

Vertnelia Canal 2020 (Spanish)

Gonsaogu (Korean)
Vertinelian Comedy (Chinese)
Rede Comedia (Portuguese)
Coenami Keiteel (Vertinelian)
RCN 1 (English)

August 7, 2017
Windows City Cartoon Network, Cinetoon At Night, Nickelodeon August 19, 2016
YinYangia Cartoon Network (YinYangiese, Mandarin, Japanese, and English)
XCT One (Mandarin Chinese)
Cartoon Network Pilpinã (Filipino)
October 3, 2016

South America

Country Channels Date of Premiere
Argentina Telefe September 28, 2016
Brazil SBT
Chile TVN
Colombia Canal RCN
Deconara LATV Adult
Latin America Fox

Europe

Country Channels Date of Premiere
Agoland Jump TV July 5, 2016
Austria ORF2
Belgium JIM
La Trois (French)
Bridan ATV2
ETV2
Six Network
Croatia HRT2
Cubentonia Comedy Central (Swedish)
CPN3 (Cubentonian)
Cyrumuland Ras 2
Czechia (Czech Republic) CT2
Denmark DR3
Estonia Kanal 2
Erwica EOM 4
Erwica 2
Finland YLE TV2 (Finnish)

Elset TV Kids (Elset)

France TF1
Germany

ZDF

Gozavasia Kenaul 5
Helvmark HT-2
Hungary RTL
Iceland Stood 2
Ireland TG4
Italy Italia 1
Jaftsland LifeTV Kids and Family (Jaftslish)
RTDY English (English)
Kuboia Vision One
Malta TVM
Netherlands NPO3
Norway NRK3
Poland TVP2
Portugal RTP2
Puerto Chango Puerto Chango 5 (Spanish)
PC Zwei (German)
Puerto Chango in English (English)
Puerto Chango en Français (French)
Republic of Guy South TV1
TV2 (Republic of Guy)
TV4 (Republic of Guy)
SplaaTV
Romania TVR2
Russia 2x2
Serbia RTS2
Skogtranemo SWT2
Slovakia STV2
Slovenia RTV SLO2
Spain La 2 (Spanish)
ETB 3 (Basque)
Super3 (Catalan)
Sweden SVT2
Switzerland SRF Zwei
RTS Deux
RSI2
United Kingdom Channel 4
United Noobian Nations NTC (UNN), NTC Comedy (UNN)
Yurusirsk Union YRU1 and more

Asia

Country Channel(s) Date of premiere
Bangladesh Channel I September 29, 2016
China CCTV-1
Harmonia HPBC Comedy
Hong Kong

TVB Pearl

India

Zee Cafe

Indonesia RCTI
Israel Channel 2
Japan JATIS stations (Tokyo MX, etc.)
Malaysia TV9
Merriamia Star Television
Philippines TV5
Saudi Arabia Saudi 2
Singapore Channel 5
Southeast Asia Animax
South Korea SBS
Taiwan PTS
Thailand ThaiPBS
Oasina OBN 1

CubenRocks Teens (Thai)

Vietnam HTV3

Africa

Country Channel(s) Date of premiere
South Africa SABC2 September 29, 2016
Diursia DBCe September 29, 2016

Oceania

Country Channel(s) Date of premiere
Australia

ABC Comedy (formerly ABC2)

September 29, 2016
New Zealand TVNZ 2

Nuclear Islands

Country Channel(s) Date of premiere
Heartlake CBBC June 11, 2017
Island of Sally TV24 (subtitled)
SBC3 (dubbed)
Sea Country Island PlyPly TV

Others

Country Channel(s) Date of premiere
Worldwide CubenRocks Channel May 30, 2016
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