KidVid Tournament 2009: Introduction and Brackets

It's that time of year again. The year's best slugging it out against one another -- who will go on a hot streak and win Zooglobble's 3rd annual family music video competition? That's right, it's KidVid Tournament 2009! Over the next 2 weeks, we'll be pitting 16 of the best kids' music videos from the past year or so head-to-head with readers voting to determine their favorite video of the year.

Who picked the videos? Well, me. And only me. They're not exactly my 16 favorites of the year as I've limited each artist to just one video each and omitted live videos. But they're all among my favorites, and take into account the creativity of the video, the originality of the song, and a whole bunch of undefinable variables.

Now, some of you might remember last year's epic semifinal battle between Mr. Richard and the Jimmies, which after 750 or so votes ended up in a tie and had to go to overtime. In hopes of not having to sort through 750 votes, I've decided to set up the actual polls through PollDaddy. So while you should feel free to comment on your favorites in the comments, each matchup will actually use a poll. Those matchups will start Monday morning.

But without further ado, here are the matchups:

Ella Jenkins Region
1. The Jimmies - "Cool To Be Uncool"
2. Barenaked Ladies - "Pollywog in a Bog"
3. Central Services Board of Education - "The Lonely Tomato"
4. The Hipwaders - "Cat in a Bathysphere"

Leadbelly Region
1. They Might Be Giants - "The Ballad of Davy Crockett"
2. Mark Kozelek - "Bedtime Lullaby"
3. Egg - "Night Time Party"
4. Shana Berry - "The Pink Whale"

Pete Seeger Region
1. The Sippy Cups - "The Day After Halloween"
2. Debbie and Friends - "Hangin' Around"
3. Secret Agent 23 Skidoo - "Gotta Be Me"
4. Readeez - "Circle and Square"

Woody Guthrie Region
1. Caspar Babypants - "The Island Hop"
2. Gustafer Yellowgold - "Getting in a Treetop"
3. Eric Herman - "Tale of the Sun and the Moon"
4. Hullabaloo - "All of These Things"

And as always: please, no wagering!