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


Kids' WB! Top 20 Pokéthon Countdown
Screencap of one of the surviving promo.
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

  1. Press release by Time Warner. Retrieved 27 September '17.
  2. Description of YouTube upload of the only known surviving promo. Retrieved 27 September '17.

Comments


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TeridaxXD001

2 months ago
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Are we allowed to use MySpleen for references? I mean, unless you're a member, you can't access them.
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Ryanskii

2 months ago
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No, Myspleen is private, so it would be useless to put it as a reference because only the people who have it can see it

Besides, you can't post private trackers on articles. i think it says that in rules
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Ryanskii

2 months ago
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But I always like it when I don't have to edit an article

So that means it was good
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Pokematic

2 months ago
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Oh man, I think I remember a babysitter bringing a tape of this when he watched my brother and I as kids. Before the commercials was it Brock saying "we'll be right back after these messages" while he, Ash, and Misty walked on a sunset? The screenshot looks vaguely familiar to what I saw once 17 years ago. Alas, my family has lost contact with his family, and even if we didn't I doubt they still have the tape.

If I remember correctly, the intro to the episode featured Oak introducing the episode, and then pulling a lever with the episode doing a film count down on his screen.
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TeridaxXD001

2 months ago
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You're actually probably thinking of when it aired in syndication, before Kids WB became the exclusive network. I don't think they ever aired the "after these messages" eyecatches you mentioned. They're also currently included in the first season episodes streaming on pokemon.com. You can see them here: https://www....=7Sox2gYSG08

As for the Professor Oak thing, you're probably thinking of the first movie VHS opening: https://www....=Mhgnrq-fG5M

But even if it was just a tape of the syndication episodes, it would still be a great find.
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Pokematic

2 months ago
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Now that you bring those up, I suspect it was just a REALLY good bootleg tape. It definitely wasn't the full professor Oak VHS opening as it didn't reference anything on the first movie VHS, but the animation was the same and the dialogue was similar. I'm suspecting a YTP before youtube. Then there's the eyecatches, which I remember being only happening when I watched it on UPN, and there weren't any commercials. It would be a cool bootleg to see again though (and it might have had some of these lost bumpers, because Pokémon bumpers, why not).
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PannenkoekenNL

2 months ago
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Only known? I posted two promos in the Kametsu thread. Kids' WB! Top 20 Pokéthon Countdown 1999 - Pokémon Emergency Broadcasting System [390697C3].mp4 Kids' WB! Top 20 Pokéthon Countdown 1999 - 1 [226375F9].mp4 https://mega...AoviY7FRTe6U

https://mega...C9MFauUO2pMg
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TeridaxXD001

2 months ago
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I must have overlooked that. The links aren't working for me, though.
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TeridaxXD001

2 months ago
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That's bizarre... Firefox outright refuses to even navigate to mega.nz.
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TeridaxXD001

2 months ago
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OK, had to use the extension. The short bumper has been added to the article.
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