Kids' WB! Top 20 Pokéthon Countdown (partially found promos and bumpers; 1999)

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Screencap of one of the surviving promo.

Status: Partially Found

The Top 20 Pokéthon Countdown was a week-long event held by Kids' WB! from September 6 to September 11, 1999 involving a sweepstakes contest and the Pokémon anime. Viewers would send in letters describing their favorite Pokémon, and during the week, random letters would be drawn and read on the air by Meowth and Professor Oak. An episode would be shown after each of these animated segments, usually prominently featuring the favorite Pokémon. On Saturday, episodes highlighting the top five favorite characters lasted from 8:00-10:30 a.m., and the event concluded with an hour-long block of Pokémon.[1]

Results

The results were as follows:[2]

  • 20. Snorlax
  • 19. Primeape
  • 18. Growlithe
  • 17. Cubone
  • 16. Ponyta
  • 15. Butterfree
  • 14. Psyduck
  • 13. Charmeleon
  • 12. Vulpix
  • 11. Meowth
  • 10. Raichu
  • 09. Eevee
  • 08. Blastoise
  • 07. Ditto
  • 06. Jigglypuff
  • 05. Bulbasaur
  • 04. Squirtle
  • 03. Charmander
  • 02. Charizard
  • 01. Pikachu

Known Promos

  • A promo announcing the event, aired before it started.
  • A short bumper in which Professor Oak tells the viewer to stay where they are because the Countdown will return.
  • According to a comment on the private site Myspleen, a segment where Meowth and Professor Oak read a letter from a viewer whose favorite Pokémon was Eevee because it looks like a dog. Meowth remarks "Acts like one too. EEVEE, ON THE PAPER!"

Availability

Of all the segments featuring Meowth and Professor Oak, only two are known to have survived: the promo for the event itself, aired before it started, and the aforementioned bumper featuring Oak aired during breaks. A torrent exists on MySpleen consisting of recordings made during the event, but none of the Meowth and Professor Oak host segments are included as they aired before the theme song.

References