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A Look Back at the Card Chronicle Cartoon Challenge

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Looney Tunes won. That’s the short of it. The end was, as could have been expected, less-than-stellar (and by the final score a totally unexciting blowout). However, the means justify the end. For almost a month I researched shows I hadn’t watched in years and even found ones I’d never heard of (hello, Reboot). Some of you really enjoyed it, and some of you probably gave up after the bracket was released. The beauty in all of this is that aside from Looney Tunes, we could vote again knowing everything we know now and probably come up with MOST of the same shows but in different seeding order. We would probably also have Batman.

There were one-hundred-ninety entries. That means that one-hundred-twenty-three nominations never even made it in. that’s 123 Seth Greenberg Virginia Techs with no NIT to fall back on. Some of the nominations were more far-fetched than others (The Brak Show, Josie and the Pussycats, Bleach, Home Movies) which tells me that some of you were nominating shows just to nominate them…not that you really thought Frisky Dingo was the best cartoon ever.

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Seventy-Seven of the one-hundred-ninety nominations received one vote. Forty-three received two nominations. Sixty-three percent of all the shows nominated had either one or two votes. No one or two-vote show made the field. Every show that received three votes made the field, except for Hong Kong Phooey and Jabberjaw who were both in the Last Four Out. Conversely, the top four highest-voted shows (Looney Tunes, Scooby Doo, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Animaniacs) accounted for 11% (56 total votes between the four) of the total number of votes, which was exactly five-hundred. The Bracket was top-heavy…but I’m left to wonder if some of the straggler votes and one-vote shows had instead gone to shows like Batman: The Animated Series; would the outcome of this entire bracket have changed? The end result is unlikely to have been changed, but I would say the outcomes of the contests leading up to at least the Animated Eight would have been slightly different.

The question was raised as to whether or not we could migrate the tournament from Card Chronicle over to SB Nation proper, in order to increase the voting pool and sample size. While it would have been cool to have a championship (and earlier round games) with potentially thousands of votes…I’m glad it stayed here. We, the Card Chronicloids, did this ourselves. Selfishly...I wasn’t left tallying the votes of thousands of SB Nation readers. Propensity for error would have skyrocketed, and I would have had to devote much more than evenings and lunch breaks to making sure it was done right. Plus, this is ours. We own it. A larger sample size may not have even changed the outcome.

Now that it’s over and you, the readers of Card Chronicle, have spoken; Looney Tunes is King and that’s probably fair despite any criticism of the show based on some certain themes and ideas present at the time. The Simpsons is also equally deserving of its runner-up achievement, although Mr. Burns will undoubtedly steal the banner and hang it above his desk. Thanks for allowing me to take what started as a Facebook status and turn it into something for which people were holding office pools (although I am not really sure I believe that). I won’t clutter up the FanPost section any longer!

P.S. maybe a nice ‘bonus round’ would be to put Looney Tunes up against Batman: The Animated Series…

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