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Countryballs: The Animated Series, more commonly known as Countryballs, is an American-Canadian-El Kadsreian satricial animated 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.

  • Bryce Papenbrook as 1ball
  • Travis Willingham as 2ball
  • James Williams as 3ball
  • Stan Lewis as 4ball
  • Kirk Jonhson as 5ball
  • Kira Buckland as 7ball
  • Lee Eddy as 8ball
  • Grey Griffin as Alandball
  • Jamie Marchi as Alaskaball
  • Michael Jones as Albaniaball
  • Destiny Eatmon as Albertaball
  • Smith Kennedy as Alexoniaball
  • Mary Jenalay as Afghanistanball
  • Steven Yuen as Algeriaball
  • Lance Stewart as Antarcticaball
  • Rick Jones as Argentinaball, Cataloniaball, CarolingianRawr, Jewish Autonomous Oblastcube, and Palestineball
  • Lisa Norton as ASEANball
  • Darran Norris as Austriaball
  • Bradley Gareth as Australiaball
  • Colin Brice Herrera as Azaraball
  • Todd Haberkorn as Azerbaijanball
  • Jyang Xingwong as Bahrainball
  • Bree Hearn as Bangladeshball
  • Fard Aleh Muhammad as Barokiapyramid
  • Aisha Phoebe Ayari as Belarusball
  • Flea as Belgiumball
  • Kelly Sanchez as Bosniaball
  • Presbitero Mahi as Brazilball
  • Deven Elliott as British Columbiaball
  • Dee Bradley Baker as Bulgariaball
  • Flash Olajumoke as Bermudatriangle and Jerusalemcube (New Zealand)
  • Abu al-Qasim Ghannouchi as Botswanaball
  • Ian Andrew Hecox as Californiaball
  • Samuel Vincent as Canadaball
  • Hiro Kanagawa as Chileball
  • SNO-Cone as Chinaball
  • Megan Fahlenbock as Christmas Islandball
  • Michael Potok as Commonwealthball
  • Ben Schwartz as Cook Islandsball
  • Lauren Tom as Crimeaball
  • Matthew Fredrick as Croatiaball
  • Sendi Kisivoka as Crootchistanball
  • Logan Leaks as Cubentonicube
  • Zhong Ma as Cubaball and Hokushiball
  • Sean Chiplock as Cyprusball
  • Sophia De Leo as Cyrumulandball
  • Keith Sliverstein as Czechiaball
  • Lee Tockar as Denmarkball
  • Eddy Unrah as Dominicaball
  • Evan Fong as Dominican Republicball
  • Alan Marriott as Djiboutiball, SPQRball, eSwatiniball, and Burkina Fasoball
  • Jesse Ridgway as Egyptball
  • Andy Wilson as El Kadsreball
  • Kris England as Englandball
  • Erin Fitzgerald as Estonian SSRball
  • Stephanie Anne Mills as EUball
  • Robo Gravy as Faore Islandsball
  • Cristnia Vee as Falklandsball
  • Wendee Lee as Fijiball
  • Roy Chester as Finlandball
  • Flora Balzano as Franceball
  • Terrence Scammell as Germanyball and Noobian Unionball
  • Cree Summer as Ghanaball
  • Pearce Joza as Gibaraltarball
  • Kathleen Barr as Greeceball
  • Adam Montoya as Greenlandball
  • Venus Olajumoke as Guernesyball and Kenyaball
  • Krystal Meadows as Guamball
  • Nelisa Ponina as Harmoniaball
  • Corbin Berger as Hawaiiball and Seahausrawr
  • Fred Valzia as Helvmarkball
  • Curtis Tirrell as Hong Kongball
  • Michael Jones as Hungaryball
  • Joel McDonald as Icelandball and Turks and Caicosrawr
  • Jordan Maron as Indiaball
  • Janice Messal as Indonesiaball
  • Kilg War as Internetball
  • Rodger Bumpass as Iranball
  • Tony Sampson as Iraqball
  • Vendelín Černý as Iraqi Kurdistanball
  • Yoshi Sudarso as ISISball
  • Świętopełk Wrzesiński as Irelandball, El Kadsreian Antarcticaball, DR Congoball, and Polandball
  • Sean Vok as Isle of Manball
  • Yaseen Hussein as Israelcube
  • Marcel Casey as Italyball
  • Ed Skudder as Jamaicaball
  • Bryn McAuley as Japanball
  • Greg Cipes as Jerseyball
  • Goro Yukimura as Jetaniaball
  • Matthew Mackay as Jordanball
  • Adam Arama Arbuthnott as Kosovoball
  • Jaeda Lily Miller as Kuboiaball
  • Laura Faverty as Kuwaitball
  • Doron Bell as Latviaball
  • Sarah Anne Williams as Libyaball
  • Julie Lemieux as Liechtensteinball
  • Lyon Smith as Lithuaniaball
  • Richard Ian Cox as Luxembourgball
  • Jennifer Hale as Macedoniaball
  • Logan Paul as Madagascarball
  • Denise Oliver as Mahriball
  • Akira Yamaguchi as Macauball
  • Samantha Ireland as Malaysiaball
  • Joey Graceffa as Maliball
  • Mala M. as Maltaball
  • Caitlin Danielle as Manitobaball
  • Ismat Al-Fusid as Massachusettsball
  • Abel Masson as Mexicoball
  • Patrick M. Seymour as Maoriball
  • Rachael Messer as Micronesiaball
  • Zihan Wang as Minecraftiaball
  • Michelle Marie as Miss Australiaball
  • Kimlinh Tran as Miss Canadaball
  • Ayzere Niyazova as Miss El Kadsreball, Guyanaball, and Taugaranball
  • Jayde Smith as Miss New Zealandball
  • Skye Green as Miss UKball
  • Jessica Bravura as Miss USAball
  • Anneliese van der Pol as Moldovaball
  • Rob Paulsen as Monacoball
  • Kouki Ueda as Mongoliaball
  • Bree Hearn as Montenegroball
  • Thomas Sanders as Moroccoball
  • Nicola Foti as Mozambiqueball
  • Lizzy Hofe as NATOball
  • Lauren Lipson as Nepalrawr
  • Hörður Faheemsson as Netherlandsball
  • Ryan Andrew Seewald as Newfoundlandball
  • Michael Fordham as New Brunswickball
  • Jedidiah Cudby as New Zealandball
  • Susan Roman as Nigeriaball
  • Kayla Edwards as Niueball
  • Jermey Shada as Northern Irelandball
  • Perry Gray as North El Kadsreball
  • Drew Sani as North Koreaball
  • James Edwards as Norwayball
  • Ausitn Hivley as Nova Scotiaball
  • Grace Hall as Nunavutball
  • CubenRocks as Oasinaball, Vertineliaballs
  • Harley Michaels as Omskbird
  • Morgan Peure as Omanball
  • Saadeddine al-Maghribi as Ontarioball
  • Mark Hauser as Pakistanball
  • Binndy Coda as Papua New Guineaball
  • Coty Hodges as Peruball
  • Cristina Pucelli as Piramcaball
  • John Angelo Sanchez as Philippinesball
  • Harrison Lu as Portugalball
  • Holly Gauthier-Frankel as Puerto Changoball, Eukestauziaball, and Estoniaball
  • Kyo Saeba Moutinho as Puerto Ricoball
  • Bahri Fadel Al-Khafaji as Qatarball
  • Jessica DiCicco as Romaniaball
  • Michael McMloehrne as Republic of Guyball
  • Captain Drat as Russiaball
  • Ted Brown as Samonaball
  • Ryota Ružička as Saudi Arabiaball
  • Mark Edward Fischbach as Sentanball
  • Jepson Macías as Serbiaball
  • Stéphane Archambault as Scotlandball
  • Jillian Michaels as Sloveniaball
  • Terry McGurrin as Slovakiaball
  • Lindsay Jones as South Africaball
  • Tomoko Berger as South Koreaball
  • Mark Camacho as South Sudanball
  • Christopher Berger as Somaliaball and OhioRawr
  • Vlasta Vrána as Soviet Unionball
  • Ellen David as Spainball
  • Rachel Wilson as Sri Lankaball
  • Sam A. Webster as Sudanball
  • Eli Gabay as Surinameball
  • Vaughn Nathans as Swedenball
  • Ben Tuller as Switzerlandball
  • Boris Hussein as Syriaball
  • JoJoJo as Taiwanball
  • Chrisitan Potenza as Texasball
  • Tabhita St. Germain as Thailandball
  • Muhammad Kemal as The Gambiaball
  • Eric Medina as Tokelauball
  • Giada Torres Kaufman as Tringapore
  • Kyle McCarley as Tunisiaball
  • Grant George as Turkeyball
  • Wheatley Yrahcaz as UAEball
  • Corey Burton as UEKNball
  • John Oliver as UKball and Kazakhbrick
  • Sonja Ball as UNball and Qingball
  • Brock Baker as USAball and Reichtangle
  • Jenna van Öy as Ukraineball
  • Pui Fan Lee as Uyghurball
  • Christopher Von Meyer as Vacatian Cityball and Ikeda Islandsball
  • Amir Sám Nakhjavani as Venezuelaball and Quebecball
  • Bobcat Nani as Vicnoraball
  • Stacey DePass as Vietnamball
  • Jill Harris as Virgin Islandsball
  • Velibor Košar as Vlokozu Unionball
  • John Alderton as Walesball
  • Kamia Pere as Yemenball
  • Eric V. James as YinYangiaball
  • Gerard Aarens as Yukonball
  • Austin St. John as Zambiaball
  • Jess Gibsons as Zimbabweball

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 broadcasters

North America

Country Channels Date of Premiere
Alexonia ATS Two (English)

AHT Two (Japanese)

July 5, 2016

Canada Teletoon At Night
El Kadsre El TV Kadsre 3
Mahri Treet TV2
Mexico Canal 4
North El Kadsre EYE TV1
Piramca Pira TV 2
Sentan STN 2
United El Kadsreian Nations Adult Swim
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)
VBC 2 (English)

August 7, 2017
YinYangia Cartoon Network (YinYangiese and English)
XCT One (Mandarin Chinese)
October 3, 2016

South America

Country Channels Date of Premiere
Argentina Telefe September 28, 2016
Brazil SBT
Chile TVN
Colombia Canal RCN
Latin America Cartoon Network

Europe

Country Channels Date of Premiere
Austria ORF2

July 5, 2016

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
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)
Jetania Import
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
Slovakia STV2
Slovenia RTV SLO2
Spain La 2
Sweden SVT2
Switzerland SRF Zwei
RTS Deux
RSI2
United Kingdom Channel 4

Asia

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

TVB Pearl

India

Zee Cafe

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

CubenRocks Channel (Thai)

Vietnam HTV3

Africa

Country Channel(s) Date of premiere
South Africa SABC2 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 (subtitled) TV24
Island of Sally (dubbed) SBC3
Sea Country Island PlyPly TV

Others

Country Channel(s) Date of premiere
Worldwide TheCuben2006 Channel May 30, 2016