Welcome to the Doodle Champion Island Games! Over the coming weeks, join calico (c)athlete Lucky as she explores Doodle Champion Island: a world filled with seven sport mini-games, legendary opponents, dozens of daring side quests, and a few new (and old ;)) friends. Her ultimate goal? Defeat each sport Champion to collect all seven sacred scrolls—and complete extra hidden challenges across Champion Island in the purrr-ocess.
Are you feline Lucky 😼 ? Click on today’s Doodle, join one of the four color teams to contribute to the real-time global leaderboard, and let the games begin!
Go behind-the-scenes of today’s interactive Doodle, made in partnership with Tokyo-based animation studio, STUDIO 4°C!
Come back tomorrow to keep up with Lucky, check the real-time team leaderboard standings, and watch the action unfold in the Doodle Champion Island Games!
Doodle Champion Island Purrr-sonalities
Your Calico (C)athlete: Lucky
Compete in the Champion Island Games as Lucky—your new favorite feline.
Your Fur-midable Opponents: The Legendary Champions
Sport | Table Tennis
Legendary Champion | Tengu
Take a shot at table tennis against this mischievous bird of prey
Sport | Skateboarding
Legendary Champion | Tanuki
Show your gnarliest aerial moves to beat this shapeshifting trickster
Sport | Archery
Legendary Champion | Yoichi
Aim quickly and accurately to outscore this Samurai general and expert marksman
Sport | Rugby
Legendary Champions | The Oni
Dart, dip, and dodge these fearsome foes to reach your goal
Sur-purrr-ise Supporting Lineup | Momotaro& friends
Sport | Artistic Swimming
Legendary Champions | Princess Otohime
Sea if your rhythm is unWAVEring when you visit this champion’s underwater kingdom
Sport | Climbing
Legendary Champion | Fukuro
Scale to the mountain top, but avoid the obstacles from this ladle-yielding owl champion
Sport | Marathon
Legendary Champions | The Kijimuna
Outsprint these spry tree spirits, and don’t let the crazy crustaceans slow you down
Your Team Mascots
Team Blue | Ushi
Team Red | Karasu
Team Yellow | Inari
Team Green | Kappa
Guest Artist Q&A with STUDIO4°C
The cutscene animations and characters for Doodle Champion Island Games were created by Tokyo, Japan-based animation studio, STUDIO4°C. Below they share their thoughts behind the making of this Doodle:
Q. Can you tell us about your creative process for adapting each of the characters in the Doodle?
First, we identified stories and folktales from all over the country with characters that are highly recognized. Next, we connected those folktales and characters with each of the sport events included in the game. In the design process, each event champion was selected from those unique stories. The team mascots and the characters in the city such as Kappa, Yatagarasu, lion dance, were also chosen as they are very well known across Japan. Each character’s design was based on their original story image, but then adapted for the game.
Q. What’s your team’s favorite aspect of the Doodle?
Lucky the Ninja Cat, who is both cool and cute, is definitely a favorite aspect!
We're pleased that we were able to allude to various stories from Hokkaido in the north to Okinawa in the south in the Doodle. Besides drawing inspiration from stories known across Japan, we also hoped to convey the rich and diverse natural beauty of the country, including underwater, sandy tropical beaches, forests, and snowy mountains.
Q: Does your team have any favorite characters or sports that appear in the Doodle?
Character: The stone guardians. They can be a bit scary given that they’re lions, but we love how charming they are in the game’s final design. We think the fact that they serve as gatekeepers in Japanese culture made it interesting to have them serve as guides in the game.
Sport: Table tennis! The combination of Tengu and table tennis is not something you'd find in the traditional folktale, but we think it was a fitting combination given the nature of the Tengu, who holds a fan and moves swiftly.
Q. What does your team hope people take away from this Doodle game?
First, we hope people enjoy the game and make it to the end! But also convey that by completing the mini games, Lucky brings happiness in the form of flowers and dangos…which will be a treat to everyone in the world! Also, only Champions know how hard Lucky worked. In other words, we want to convey that joy can result from the focus and hard work of every one of us, which is not always recognized by others.
We’re also hoping for a sanshoku dango (three colored dumplings) trend :)
THE DOODLE CHAMPION ISLAND GAMES TEAM
Nate Swinehart, Sophie Diao, Ben Tobias, Hélène Leroux
Mark Ivey, Eric Arnold, Daniel Dovali, David Lu, Audrey LoVan, Conner Lane, Jacob Katzeff, Jacob Howcroft, Kathy Lee, Stephanie Gu, Leah Sandacz, Jonathan Shneier
Diana Tran, Anthony Irwin
Perla Campos, Sierra Menzies
Midori Okamura, Sayuri Tawara, Ken Miura, Mai Fukue
Peter Saathoff-Harshfield, Kiran Kaja, Dominic Mazzoni
Jessica Yu, Brian Kaas, Tom Tabanao
CHARACTER DESIGN & ANIMATION SERVICES | STUDIO4°C
Director, Storyboard, Character Designer, & Key Animation | Takahiro Tanaka
監督・コンテ・キャラクターデザイン・原画 | 田中孝弘
CGI Director, Compositor, & Editor | Masaya Inaba
CGI監督・撮影・編集 | 稲葉昌也
Art Director & Background | Hisako Akagi (Orange Co., Ltd.)
美術監督・背景 | 赤木寿子 (有限会社オレンジ)
Color Stylist & Color Coordinator | Wakako Takahashi
色彩設計・色指定 | 高橋和歌子
In-between Supervisor | Hidemi Okusaka
動画検査 | 奥坂英珠
In-between | Miyu Nakazawa, Chiharu Haraguchi, REVOROOT, qIXIE STUDIO, studio Hibari Osaka studio, STUDIO GIMLET, STUDIO MASSKET, STUDIO・MOO, M.S.C, StudioL, OLM Asia
動画 | 中沢海友, 原口ちはる, レヴォルト, qIXIE STUDIO, スタジオ雲雀 大阪スタジオ, スタジオギムレット, STUDIO MASSKET, スタジオ・ムー, M.S.C, スタジオエル, OLM Asia
Desital Ink & Paint | D-COLORS, studio step, Defa, M.S.C, STUDIO MASSKET, Jumondou
仕上げ | D-COLORS, スタジオ ステップ, （株）デファー, M.S.C, STUDIO MASSKET, 寿門堂
Legal & Coordinator | Ayumi Inoguchi
法務・翻訳 | 井ノ口歩
Animation Assistant Producer | Sayuri Yoshiyama, Moruto Yamashita
制作進行 | 吉山小百合, 山下諸人
Animation Producer | Tomoko Ogiwara
アニメーションプロデューサー | 荻原知子
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Doodle Champion Island Games
The Doodle Champion Island Games is an interactive game created by Google in collaboration with Tokyo-based animation studio, STUDIO 4°C. The game features a world called Champion Island, where players can join the calico (c)athlete named Lucky on her journey to collect seven sacred scrolls and defeat legendary opponents in seven different sports mini-games. The game also includes side quests and hidden challenges across Champion Island. Players can choose one of the four color teams to contribute to the real-time global leaderboard. The game was released as a Google Doodle and allows players to compete and engage with the game's characters and challenges.
Characters and Sports in the Doodle Champion Island Games
The Doodle Champion Island Games features various characters and sports. Here are the legendary champions and their corresponding sports:
- Legendary Champion: Tengu, a mischievous bird of prey [].
- Legendary Champion: Tanuki, a shapeshifting trickster [].
- Legendary Champion: Yoichi, a Samurai general and expert marksman [].
- Legendary Champions: The Oni, fearsome foes that players need to dart, dip, and dodge to reach their goal [].
- Legendary Champions: Princess Otohime, who resides in an underwater kingdom [].
- Legendary Champion: Fukuro, an owl champion who yields a ladle and presents obstacles to climbers [].
- Legendary Champions: The Kijimuna, spry tree spirits that players need to outsprint while avoiding crazy crustaceans [].
In addition to the legendary champions, there is also a supporting lineup of characters called "Momotaro & friends" [].
Players can choose to join one of the four color teams in the Doodle Champion Island Games. Here are the team mascots for each color team:
- Team Blue: Ushi
- Team Red: Karasu
- Team Yellow: Inari
- Team Green: Kappa
These mascots represent the different color teams and add a fun element to the game [].
STUDIO4°C's Creative Process and Favorite Aspects
STUDIO4°C, the animation studio behind the Doodle Champion Island Games, shared some insights into their creative process and favorite aspects of the game. They mentioned that they first searched for highly recognized stories and folktales from all over Japan and connected them with the sport events in the game. Each event champion was selected from these unique stories. The team also chose well-known characters from Japanese culture, such as Kappa, Yatagarasu, and lion dance, to be part of the game. The design of each character was based on their original story image but adapted for the game [].
STUDIO4°C's favorite aspect of the game is Lucky the Ninja Cat, who is described as both cool and cute. They also expressed their pleasure in being able to incorporate various stories from different regions of Japan, showcasing the country's diverse natural beauty, including underwater scenes, sandy tropical beaches, forests, and snowy mountains [].
Takeaways from the Doodle Champion Island Games
STUDIO4°C hopes that people will enjoy the game and complete it. They want to convey the message that by completing the mini-games, Lucky brings happiness in the form of flowers and dangos (a type of Japanese dumpling) to everyone in the world. They also want to emphasize that the hard work and efforts of individuals, even if not recognized by others, can contribute to the happiness of everyone. Additionally, they expressed their hope for a sanshoku dango (three-colored dumplings) trend [].
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