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Western Animation / Chop Chop Ninja Challenge

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Left to right: Neeko, Jo, Iro, and Tetsuo

In 2012, the Canadian animation studio Sardine Productions (My Goldfish is Evil, ToonMarty) made a deal with Quebec-based video game developers Gamerizon Studio to produce an animated series based on Gamerizon's 2009 iOS platformer game Chop Chop Ninja. In 2014, the fruits of this agreement came to television in the form of Chop Chop Ninja Challenge.

Chop Chop Ninja Challenge is a series consisting of 90-second shorts that aired on Teletoon as interstitials between other shows beginning November 8, 2014. Each short starred one of four different ninjas — Iro, Jo, Neeko, and Tetsuo — and in every short, they were given a different task to complete by their sensei Master Enoki. The catch however is that the ninjas only have three tries or else they fail the challenge. And so, plenty of mistakes are made by the young ninjas-in-training, and plenty of Hilarity Ensues.

While only a total of 40 Chop Chop Ninja Challenge shorts were produced, they proved to be quite the hit, thanks to their slapstick humour and lack of dialogue giving them a broad audience appeal. As a result, Chop Chop Ninja Challenge was broadcasted in over 100 international markets. Impressed with the success of the shorts, Sardine Productions and Gamerizon continued to collaborate on adapting Chop Chop Ninja, this time moving on to a much bigger animated series that debuted in 2018 under the simple title of Chop Chop Ninja. This version of Chop Chop Ninja modified the artstyle of the shorts and games and expanded upon the kinds of plots the characters could engage in by adding plenty of new characters and increasing the length of each episode to 11 minutes, although Teletoon remained the series' home network.

Tropes for the 2018 animated series can be found here.

This series provides examples of:

  • Amusing Injuries: The shorts contain a lot of slapstick, so it comes naturally.
  • Animated Adaptation: Based on a series of iOS platformers beginning with the original Chop Chop Ninja.
  • Improvised Jet Pack:
    • In the short "Ring The Bell", one of Tetsuo's attempts involves strapping a bunch of shaken up soda bottles to his back and fly over to ring the bell, only for the bat guard to distract him long enough for all the soda to run out and cause Tetsuo to fall to the ground.
    • Unintentional examples happen in both "Hang The Painting", when one of Iro's attempts end in him being blasted into the sky from holding onto an accidentally lit firework and "Catch The Fish", when one of Tetsuo's attempts end in the same way but with a torpedo shot from a submarine.
  • Rule of Three: Each of the Chop Chops is given exactly three tries to complete their individual task.
  • Silence Is Golden: The shorts contain zero dialogue.