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Total DramaRama (originally announced as Total Daycare Drama or Total Drama Daycare) is a Spin-Off Babies show to the Total Drama series, and is the second Spin-Off created in the overall franchise, after Total Drama Presents: The Ridonculous Race. The series is created by Fresh TV and premiered on Cartoon Network in the United States on September 1st, 2018note  and Teletoon in Canada on October 7th, 2018.

The show re-introduces eleven contestants from the first season of the original Total Drama (and one character from 6teen, TD's sister show), including iconic cast members like Owen and Courtney, and places them in an Alternate Continuity where they are aged down from sixteen-year-olds to four-year-olds and attend a daycare centre run by Chef Hatchet (now the kids' long-suffering teacher instead of a cook). Although the show switches out the spoofing of reality TV for all sorts of wacky adventures around the daycare, the characters retain all their teenage attitude inside of their tiny toddler bodies. Each episode features plenty of dream sequences, cutaways, visual jokes, confessionals, and flashbacks, as the kids concoct all manner of zany schemes and get into plenty of mayhem.


On December 22nd, 2018 it was announced that the series had been renewed for a second season which began airing on Cartoon Network in the US in January 2020.

Total DramaRama features examples of the following tropes:

  • Age Lift: While Jude was 16 years old when 6teen premiered in 2004, the rest of the cast were 16 when Total Drama Island debuted in 2007. Right here, Jude is around the same age as some of the Total Drama characters.
  • Alternate Continuity: The creators has said that the series is set in an alternate timeline, meaning that it won't affect the main Total Drama continuity (and, by extension, The Ridonculous Race and possibly 6teen) in any way. Each cast of contestants in the original series meets each other for the first time on the show (except Katie and Sadie, Duncan and Mike, Amy and Samey, and the RR pairs).
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  • Animation Bump: One of the positive qualities of the show is that the animation is smoother and more pleasing to the eye.
  • The Artifact: DramaRama still has confessionals as a core element. While this made perfect sense in the previous series due to them being parodies of reality shows that also had confessional segments, there's no reason for them to be a thing in DramaRama's setting, which carries no implication of being a reality show.
  • Art Evolution: The backgrounds are more detailed and colorful than in the original series.
  • Art Shift: Whenever one of the kids has an Imagine Spot, it's in a crude art-style similar to a child's drawing or Owen's tall tales in the main series.
  • Bait-and-Switch:
    • In "From Badge to Worse", Courtney needs to earn the Make-A-Friend badge, so she tries to become friends with Gwen. They end up becoming friends, and then Courtney pulls out a paper and asks Gwen to sign a paper for the verification of the Make-A-Friend badge. At first, Gwen seems to be livid that Courtney was using her, but then says "Well played" and signs the paper.
    • In "Having the Timeout of Our Lives", Noah talks about how his pie is exactly the size of his face. Owen pantses him, then the pie falls out of its tin.
  • Bee Afraid: In "Stay Goth, Poodle Girl, Stay Goth", the montage of Izzy falling asleep in random places includes her falling off a tree branch and headfirst into a Stock Beehive.
  • Big "NO!":
    • Often comes from Chef.
    • In "Melter Skelter", this is Beth's reaction to seeing the destroyed Everything Horse after it was used as a rocket and broke up on reentry.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: The confessional aspect from the main series has been carried over to this one, despite them (presumably) not being on a reality show. It is currently unknown if they are actually being filmed or if this trope is in effect.
  • The Bus Came Back:
    • Beth, Cody, Harold and Leshawna all make their first actual appearances after their brief cameos in the first episode of Revenge of the Island, which aired more than six and a half years earlier.
    • After only getting a couple of off-screen mentions in The Ridonculous Race, Bridgette makes her first new on-screen appearance since the fifth episode of Revenge of the Island, which was also more than six and a half years earlier.
    • In a way, this also applies for the characters in this series who were last seen in All-Stars, as it marks the first appearances of Gwen, Courtney, Duncan and Izzy in about half a decade.
    • This is the first series/season to focus specifically on Island characters since World Tour. No Revenge/Pahkitew/Ridonculous Race characters note  are part of the main cast, nor are Alejandro or Sierra.
    • "Gum and Gummer" contain cameos by kid versions of Trent, Katie and DJ. The first two haven't appeared since the first episode of Revenge of the Island while the third hasn't been seen since the eleventh episode of the same season, both of which first aired about seven years earlier.
  • Casting Gag: In 6teen, Darth Mall was always considered Harold's counterpart. Come DramaRama he's now voiced by Darren Frost, meaning Darth and Harold are voiced by the same person.
  • Crossover: The series features characters from Total Drama, as well as Jude and Nikki from 6teen.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • Courtney is often seen holding the doll she reclaimed from Chef's safe in "Venthalla" in subsequent episodes.
    • Chef's "Rainbow Juice" addiction is brought up again in "The Bad Guy Busters".
  • Crazy-Prepared: When Courtney and Duncan sneak out of the Day Care Center, he taunts her that there is no way she can make him return. Cue Courtney pulling handcuffs out of her pocket, chaining them together and dragging him away.
  • Denser and Wackier: DramaRama is noticeably more cartoony and sillier than its parent show, even compared to the later seasons. For instance: Uber balls can defy physics and bounce to outer space, dares can summon people to a form of purgatory where they must make a vow with a talking Cerberus, aliens shaped like hot dogs are planning to invade Earth, werewolfism is a real thing, normally inanimate objects such as sock puppets and trees now gain sentience and at least dogs and lice have been given the ability to speak.
  • Exorcist Head: In "Germ Factory", when all of the kids other than Leshawna succeed in making themselves sick and experience the repercussions, Izzy does this to Beth to tell her to find her own bathroom.
  • Eye Scream: In "The Price of Advice", Chef puts cucumber slices on his eyes, only for it to turn out that he's allergic to cucumbers and his eyelids swell up.
  • Fire-Breathing Diner:
    • In "Cuttin' Corners", Duncan, Leshawna, and Beth have this reaction to eating ghost peppers as one of Izzy's tests to get a piece of her cake.
    • Happens to Chef in "A Licking Time Bomb" from eating Jude's ghost pepper sauce chicken.
  • Fright Beside Them: In the episode "That's a Wrap", the kids visit a museum where Duncan repeatedly tries to scare the other kids. When they accidentally awaken a mummy, Courtney assumes the mummy is Duncan. Despite its repeated attempts to scare her, Courtney shows no fear and beats the mummy up. It isn't until the real Duncan, also dressed as a mummy, appears does Courtney realize the truth and finally panics.
  • Genre Shift: The original series was a serialized reality show spoof aimed at pre-teens. This show completely drops the reality show premise for an episodic, Slice of Life format, in addition, this show is aimed solely at elementary schoolers.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    • At one point in the first episode, Jude gets the terms "retinal" and "rectal" mixed up.
      Jude: What about the rectal scan?
      Courtney: For the last time, Jude. Retinal is the eye. Rectal is the-
      Owen: BUT, how will we open the lock?
    • The episode title "Inglorious Toddlers", taken from the title of the film Inglourious Basterds.
    • "Duncan Disorderly" is a pun on "drunk and disorderly conduct."
    • In "Paint That a Shame", the kids asked Chef where babies came from.
  • Groin Attack: In "Free Chili", Jude takes a toy train to the groin.
  • Hiccup Hijinks: In "Hic Hic Hooray", Bridgette gets hiccups when she drinks soda too fast when she accidentally eats a worm. Noah then tricks her into thinking she'll be sent to Hiccup Island. Eventually, she scares herself into losing them due to paranoia.
  • Holiday Episode: "There Are No Hoppy Endings", an Easter episode, is about the kids causing lots of chaos in the daycare center and blaming it on Hoppy, a stuffed bunny.
  • Human Head on the Wall: While trying to work out how to catch a worm in "Hic Hic Hooray", Owen has an Imagine Spot where he bites a worm on the end of a fishing line and ends up mounted on the wall like a trophy fish.
  • I Got a Rock: In the credits for "Harold Swatter and the Goblet of Flies", it's Halloween and the kids are coming up to Chef for candy. When Chef sees Owen trying to get more candy by changing costumes, he gives him an apple, much to Owen's disappointment.
  • Malaproper: Jude inappropriately confuses the words "Retinal" and "Rectal".
  • Meat-O-Vision: When Owen is deprived of ice cream in "Cone in 60 Seconds", he hallucinates that an overflowing trash can is a giant ice cream cone. Noah has to run away with the bin to prevent Owen from licking it.
  • Mobile-Suit Human: The credits for "Exercising the Demons" show Izzy turning out to be a robot piloted by a squirrel, much to the other kids' horror.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • The series' title originates from Anne Maria's audition tape in Revenge of the Island, where she calls World Tour "Total Drama Rama".
    • Beth being dressed as a bee is a nod to her Island label, which referred to her as "the wannabe". This makes her younger self a "wanna-bee".
    • Jude says: "I Triple Dog Dare You" to Izzy, which his voice actor also said back in Island in the episode of the same name.
    • Toy versions of the Drama Machine and Fang are shown.
  • Naked People Are Funny:
    • One promotional image shows Jude naked, with his privates conveniently covered by some railing.
    • Jude is also seen walking around nude in one trailer, much to Chef's shock.
      Chef: Are you naked?!
      Jude: Yes.
  • Negative Continuity: Unlike the parent series' serial nature, very few changes stick, aside from a few Continuity Nods.
  • Nobody Can Die: Subverted. At the end of "Tiger Fail", a bedridden Cody goes flatline from old age while playing the quiet game with Gwen for 78 years, making this the first time in the entire franchise that a named character died onscreen.
  • Non-Indicative Name: The show's title; there's nothing there that indicates the Spinoff Babies premise, which is the main theme of the show. The title makes it sound like just another season of the old show.
  • Non-Serial Movie: It's a Non-Serial Series, being self-contained and not part of the Total Drama franchise with this being in its own continuity.
  • Not Hyperbole: When Duncan says that he was born in timeout, there's a cutaway of him being delivered and the doctor giving him a timeout for slapping him.
  • Please Put Some Clothes On: In one trailer, Chef Hatchet demands a naked Jude to put some clothes on.
    Chef: (to Jude) Put some clothes on! Stat!
  • Reality Ensues: "Germ Factory" centers around the kids trying to make themselves sick to stay home (with the exception of Courtney, who was trying to avoid getting sick to maintain her perfect attendance record). They succeed, only to quickly experience diarrhea and vomiting that makes them realize just how bad their idea was.
  • Related in the Adaptation: As confirmed in "Dissing Cousins", Max is Owen's cousin and Ella is Gwen's cousin. In the main series, none of them are related to each other and haven't even interacted once.
  • Reused Character Design: Some legacy character models from Total Drama and The Ridonculous Race are repurposed as background characters.
  • Recycled Animation: A lot of the characters' movements/expressions are used over and over again in different episodes, sometimes even in the same episodes.
  • Running Gag:
    • Duncan's repeated, and often unsuccessful, attempts to escape the daycare.
    • Courtney slapping herself to get a control of herself.
    • MacArthur's New Job as the Plot Demands.
    • Chef's car getting damaged or destroyed.
  • Saturday Morning Cartoon: The show airs every Saturday at 9 AM in the US.
  • Self-Deprecation: A hilarious meta-example on the part of the writers is in the episode "Tiger Fail". The writers often seem to forget to include certain characters in scenes which should logically have everyone involved, their negligence of Cody being the most egregious case by far. So when it seems like they forgot about Cody in the episode's plot yet again, he actually shows up and Jude says "dude, I forgot he even was here!" This is a Lampshade Hanging of how often they make this mistake.
  • Scout-Out: Courtney is part of the Wilderness Girls.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Spin-Off Babies: Of the Total Drama series.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: In spite of not being a reality show with eliminations and having a rather small main cast of only 13 characters, the infamous trope from the original series carries on to this spinoff, with the following examples:
    • As a result of being the only main adult character and the daycare teacher, Chef can be expected to have at least a minor role in every episode.
    • Even though there are 52 episodes and everyone seems to finally get a major role at some point, most of the episodes focus on Courtney, Beth, Duncan, Izzy, Harold, Jude and Owen (the first, third, fourth and last of which were already members of the original series' spotlight stealing squad). Cody, although he appears in episodes, doesn't get a single one focusing on him, and when he is in a episode, he's used as a pain magnet and is forgotten by the others. This even gets lampshaded in "Tiger Fail", an episode where he appears in the beginning, and disappears until the end.
      Jude: Dude I totally forgot he even went here!
    • A third through the first season, Chef is the only character who has appeared in every single episode.
  • Sudden Eye Color: Owen & Carrie from The Ridonculous Race have green irises, Gwen's are blue and Courtney's are brown. In their respective shows, all characters' irises were black.
  • Transplant: Jude is from 6teen but appears in this Total Drama continuity. Moreover, given the few nods before, he wouldn't be any closer in age with any of the Total Drama contestants.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: In "Aquarium for a Dream" Chef spends the whole episode protecting the kids from the Awful Truth that they've repeatedly killed the class fish. When the truth comes out, rather than be sad, the kids are mad that Chef would let them hurt so many fish, especially since his actions made them think it could survive their actions.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Beth and Leshawna both do this in "Wristy Business", though it eventually backfires on them.
  • Wrong Parachute Gag: In "Cuttin' Corners", Beth, LeShawna, and Duncan try to become Izzy's best friends to get a corner piece of her cake. While playing 'Parachute', Izzy says it was lucky she found enough parachutes for everyone. However, when they jump out of the tree, it turns out only Izzy has a parachute, and the other three have ordinary backpacks.
  • Younger and Hipper: The cast of Total Drama and (and Jude from 6teen) have been aged down from teenagers to toddlers.


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