Shout Out: Total Drama
aka: Total Drama Island
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- World Tour has many towards The Amazing Race, the most obvious being the world travel aspect of the show, and that almost every episode has a challenge that include racing to a "finish line".
- The episode title "The Am-AH-zon Race" is a direct reference to the show's title.
- In "Walk Like an Egyptian - Part 1", racers are given the option of going over or under a pyramid, presented in the exact same way Detours are given on the Race.
- In several later episodes, team are given tasks for only one team member to perform, which mirrors Roadblock on the Race.
- Both challenges from "Walk Like an Egyptian - Part 2" (the camel race and boat building) were lifted from different seasons of the Race.
- The statue assembly challenge from "Can't Help Falling In Louvre" was originally a Roadblock on Season 9 of the Race.
- In "Niagara Brawls", players are split into teams of two. Later, they're tasked with crossing a high wire over Niagara Falls, another frequent Race challenge.
- Owen's jump on the first challenge of season one is a reference to Survivor: The Australian Outback, when one contestant overcame his fear of heights to jump off a cliff, giving his tribe the victory.
- An episode was called "Phobia Factor", in tribute to Fear Factor.
- "Wawanakwa Gone Wild!" is a reference to "E! gone Wild" shows.
- Blaineley apparently hosted The Puppy Bachlorette.
- Team Victory and their abysmal record is likely a reference to the infamous Ulong tribe in Survivor.
- The second episode of Revenge has a challenge reminiscent of Wipeout, the Big Balls included.
- The Reality Pros mention that they've participated in series such as "Fear Tractor" and "Meltdown Kitchen".
- Since Total Drama Action takes place in a film studio, pretty much everything in it makes reference to movies. Not to mention that A LOT of episodes are named after movies (even some from other seasons):
- "2008: A Space Owen" to 2001: A Space Odyssey.
- "3:10 to Crazytown" to 3:10 to Yuma.
- "A Blast from the Past" to A Blast From The Past.
- "Alien Resurr-eggtion" to Alien: Resurrection.
- "Beach Blanket Bogus" to Beach Blanket Bingo.
- "Camp Castaways" to Cast Away.
- "Crouching Courtney, Hidden Owen" to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
- "Dial M for Merge" to Dial M for Murder.
- "Full Metal Drama" to Full Metal Jacket.
- "Get A Clue" to the movie with the same name.
- "Hawaiian Style" to Paradise Hawaiian Style
- "Master of Disasters" to Irwin Allen, who bears such a title for producing movies like The Poseidon Adventure.
- "Million Dollar Babies" to Million Dollar Baby.
- "Not Quite Famous" to Almost Famous.
- "Ocean's Eight - Or Nine" to Ocean's Eleven.
- "Rock n' Rule" to Rock & Rule.
- "One Flu Over the Cuckoos" to One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.
- "One Million Bucks, B.C." to One Million Years B.C..
- "Paintball Deer Hunter" to The Deer Hunter.
- "Picnic at Hanging Dork" to Picnic at Hanging Rock.
- "Planes, Trains, and Hot Air Mobiles" to Planes, Trains and Automobiles.
- "Riot On Set" to Riot On Sunset.
- "The Big Sleep" to the movie with the same title.
- "The Princess Pride" to The Princess Bride.
- "The Sand Witch Project" to The Blair Witch Project.
- "The Evil Dread" to The Evil Dead (1981).
- "Saving Private Leechball" to Saving Private Ryan.
- "Suckers Punched" to Sucker Punch.
- "Sky Fall" to Sky Fall.
- To Star Wars:
- The orange pilot suit Chris wears when driving the helicopter is just like Luke's.
- In "Masters of Disasters" Chris is shooting a golf-ball gun. When he first hits one of the contestants, he boasts "I got one." Chef's reply... "Don't get cocky, kid."
- In "Super Happy Crazy Fun Time Japan", when Harold is eliminated, he takes out a light sabre and stabs himself in the style of samurai seppuku.
- In the final scene of the finale for World Tour, Alejandro, after having been deformed by a volcano, reconstructed as a cyborg. Complete with Chris dressed as Darth Sidious and a Narmy Big "NO!" from Alejandro when he finds out the prize money's been destroyed. Fittingly he has been dubbed as Darth Alejandro.
- In "Runaway Model", Anne Maria pokes fun at Zoey's hair, calling her pigtails "Princess Leia buns"; however, Zoey compares her hair to Queen Amidala's.
- To Heathers. ("What's your damage, Heather?")
- Harold's entire character is a Shout-Out to Napoleon Dynamite. Heck, the final episode of TDA had him asking Duncan and Beth to draw a picture of an imaginary animal to win his vote.
- Napoleon's older brother has a black girlfriend named Lafawnduh. Does that sound familiar somehow? Lindsay's even called her Lafawnduh a couple times.
- To Fight Club:
Chris: The first rule of dodgeball is-Noah: (amused) Do not talk about dodgeball?
- Heather's aforementioned evil little brother Damien references Damien Thorn from The Omen films.
- "2008: A Space Owen" also gives us a horrified "those aren't pillows!"
- In "Top Dog", Beth panics on camera when she gets left in the woods alone with her animal.
- In "Camp Castaways", Chris says they're using props from a film called Bigassic Park.
- The Celebrity Manhunt special revealed Izzy pursued acting and played the female leads of Kill Bill, Attack of the 50-Foot Woman, King Kong, and The Sound of Music
- Chris's farewell to Leshawna in "Slap Slap Revolution" references both The Sound of Music and Project Runway.
Chris: So long, farewell, Auf Wiedersehen!
- E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and The Dark Knight in the Area51 episode
- Ezekiel starts to look like Gollum as World Tour progresses. Hell, in the last episode of the season, he falls into a volcano.
- In "I see London..." Owen tells Jack the Ripper that "Nobody knocks my little buddy [Noah] in the corner!"
- A skeleton with a scarf, a hat and a duffle bag is holding an umbrella and flying during the London recap. This is a clear and rather dark nod to Mary Poppins.
- Chef's Replacement Pilot is a clear one to Airplane!.
- Owen seeing Ezekiel on the wing of the Jet is an obvious one to the Twilight Zone episode, "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet".
- Lindsay sports a Little Black Dress and hairstyle similar to Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffany's in musical number in "Broadway Baby".
- The leg lamp from A Christmas Story shows up in the pirate treasure episode as a prize.
- In "Finders Creepers" the spider's infrared vision is a Shout-Out to Predator.
- In "Grand Chef Auto", Duncan makes his cameo constrained a la Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs.
- In the finale of Revenge of the Island Teen Genius Bubble Boy Cameron builds a high-tech super-powered self-assembling suit of armour and turns into Iron Cam, which he built IN A CAMP! WITH A BOX OF SCRAPS!
- In "Food Fright," as Chris introduces the Salad Spinner he says, "Say 'hello' to my metal friend!"
- In "Saving Private Leechball", Zoey dodges leeches in Bullet Time like Neo.
- Shawn seems to make a reference to Walking Dead or Resident Evil in every episode. He's one big shout out to the Zombie genre, especially Shaun of the Dead.
- Sammy tricking Amy into eating a poison apple is a role-reversed version of Snow White.
- In "A Blast From The Past", Dave puts Ella's shoe he found on her foot, which pays homage to the ending of the Disney movie, Cinderella.
- "Scarlett Fever" contains countless references to Resident Evil, especially from Shawn and Scarlett.
- The laser dodging scene was also a clear shout out to Mission: Impossible.
- In one episode of The Ridonculous Race, Emma and Noah mention that they've both watched "that movie with the couple on a sinking ship".
- "HAVE YOU SEEN MY SON!?"
Music and Musicals
- Some of the episodes are named after music:
- The episode titled "Newf Kids on the Rock" is a reference to New Kids on the Block.
- "No Pain, No Game" to "No Pain, No Gain" by the Scorpions.
- "Search and Do Not Destroy" to "Seek and Destroy" by Metallica.
- "Walk Like An Egyptian 1" and "Walk Like An Egyptian 2" are reference to the song by The Bangles.
- "Bjorken Telephone" makes reference to Icelandic singer, Björk. In addition, the Icelandic local in the first challenge closely resembles Björk wearing her iconic swan dress.
- "I Love Ridonc & Roll" is a reference to "I Love Rock & Roll" by The Blackhearts.
- Some of the episodes feature references to music:
- To 6teen:
MacArthur: I know where you live Jennifer Masterson!
- In "Dial M for Merger", they parody the intro.
- In World Tour, Lindsey mentions the Khaki Barn, a store from the show.
- In "Dude Buggies", MacArthur had a babysitter that she swore revenge on when she was six for not giving her dessert like she promised and said this...
- In "Wawanakwa Gone Wild", the raccoon mecha references Transformers. Duncan even utters the franchise's mantra: "That's more than meets the eye."
- The title of "The Ex-Files" is a reference to The X-Files.
- When Heather loses her hair we get a reaction shot of a squirrel played just like the Dramatic Chipmunk meme.
- The Total Drama Action episode "Crouching Courtney, Hidden Owen" had one to Mortal Kombat character Raiden.
- In the Action episode "Ocean's Eight - or Nine," when Owen smells chicken scented perfume coming from outside his cell, his eyes turn green and he goes, "People shouldn't make me hungry! "You wouldn't like me when I'm hungry!"
- To Saturday Night Live, of all things (specifically the Synchrnoized Swimmers episodes) in the second episode:
Owen: I'm not really a strong swimmer...
- To Spider-Man in the first episode of World Tour.
Noah: (as contestants face three different tunnels) Oh great. Our friendly neighborhood host-dude failed to mention there were different paths.
- The expression Tyler makes after his Dream Sequence in, "The Big Sleep" is a slightly obscure shout-out to the painting, "The Scream".
- During the third TDA aftermath, the boy in the webcam has a Halo poster.
- The unmasking of Ezekiel in "I See London..." plays out like a scene from Scooby-Doo.
- "Slap Slap Revolution" is an allusion to Dance Dance Revolution.
- Owen's mantra of, "Al, Al, Al, Al, Al!" in, "Anything Yukon Do, I Can Do Better" may be a reference to this video.
- In the finale of Total Drama World Tour they give Sierra (who lost her hair in an explosion) a wheelchair and a mohawk.
- "Grand Chef Auto" is obviously one to Grand Theft Auto, particularly San Andreas, where the campers had to steal Chef's prized go karts and race to graffiti tag three (later four) landmarks.
- In the second episode of Island, Duncan refers to Katie & Sadie as Tweedledum and Tweedleidiot.
- In the first episode of All-Stars, Duncan asks Gwen: "How about a kiss for luck?"
- Courtney's 32 page letter to Duncan brings to mind the massive letter outlining his faults of their past relationship that Rachel wrote to Ross in ''Friends.
- Gwen's attempt at fixing Chris' self-portrait in "The Bold and the Booty-ful" is a reference to "Potato Jesus."
- The Tennis Robot in "Hello and Dubai" is modeled after a Dalek.
- In "French is an Eiffel Language", the guest judge looks like Vincent van Gogh.