The findings of Dude Dudu - 2016 edition - Part 2/3
Posted by Dudu on 06/27/2016 at 16:24
Here it is, the second round of findings. 9 years after Code Lyoko ended, dive into the new findings and travel behind the scenes of the series. From the origin of the series to the final Code Lyoko Evolution merchandise after the success of the series in Spain. Enjoy and come back for more in 3 months' time!
Season 4 drafts / Merchandise
It's 2005, season 2 is being aired while behind the scenes at France 3, a third and fourth season have just been approved. And new seasons means new ideas, new stories and new things to explore: it's in this area that Michael Guarniere was asked to conceptualise various monsters that may have appeared in the following seasons. But that's not all; there's also work on season 4 costumes, as well as Marvel-made merchandise that was looked at. Here are all the images:
Scans of Spanish magazines
Let's step out of the digital universe to look at glossy paper found in the magazines released exclusively in Spain, another attempt to promote the series universe in the country...even if it didn't always work.
The first magazine in question is simply called "Codigo Lyoko Stickers Collection": published by the company E-max (which no longer exists) in English and Spanish, this album contains almost 200 stickers, most of which are renders from the 4 seasons and focus more on the Lyoko Warriors, the main secondary characters as well as the 5 Sectors and XANA's monsters.
The second is much more recent, not only dating post-CL, but also post-CLE! Indeed, the Spanish, although they never had the "opportunity" to watch the 26 episodes of the sequel, bizarrely still had the chance to release a sticker album for the series. Published by Panini this time (which already released a sticker album in France in 2005), this album contained mostly screenshots, with brief information on the characters and episodes (with a summary for each of them) as well as a few renders from CLE and CL.
This third magazine is a new version of the previous sticker album above (thanks to the Spanish site codigolyoko.net), also published by E-max only in Spanish this time, it contains 200 new stickers, most of which are new renders.
The final magazine is a collection of renders, released in 2014, this "magazine" lets its owner recreate their favourite scenes from the series by sticking these renders on the emblematic backdrops of Code Lyoko Evolution! (Well...on paper...these are actually just screenshots...)
And finally, here's an update on articles on Code Lyoko released in Spanish news (mainly in "Clan Magazine", released by the channel that airs the series). As well as new articles, you'll also find out how to recreate Odd or Ulrich's outfits on your own, a test to discover which Lyoko Warrior you'd be good friends with, or even the first conceptual sketches of the characters of Code Lyoko Evolution. (Thanks also to the site codigolyoko.net.)
Code Lyoko trailer (HQ version)
This time, it's November of 2011, the series ended 4 years ago but is making waves in Spain. The idea of creating a sequel to Code Lyoko had already been anncounced, and the mother company is excitedly promoting the original series with the aim of creating a good reception for its sequel. Thus were created an amount of season 4 merchandise in Spain, such as the famous action figures, but also the Code Lyoko meetup in Spain, the musical comedy and the social game. Moonscoop's final goal was to take advantage of the craze provoked by this renewal so they could convince other countries to buy the licence to Code Lyoko and/or its sequel. To do that, Moonscoop created a brand new TV advertisement that it offered to different broadcasters and potential buyers. This ad is comprised of clips from all 4 seasons.
One small detail, you'll notice that the music at the end was created especially for this ad, but it was reused once and only once - in the trailer for Code Lyoko Evolution ;)
Interview with Sophie Decroisette
The writing director of the first three seasons of the series, Sophie Decroisette, accepted to play the question-answer game, responding to questions asked by Berik on the site codigolyoko.net, allowing fans to discover even more about the series.
And now we turn to something some of you may recognise. In French and in English, the DVD release of the series met a period of disaster. In France, you could find the first 9 episodes of season 1 on DVD and VHS, and that was it until 2008. It wasn't until after the release of season 4 when the first season was finally released on DVD in its entirety. In the USA, its fate was more or less the same. After being able to find the first 14 episodes of season 1 and their respective bonus features on DVD, the production and distribution of DVDs skipped straight to the first episodes of season 2 on a single DVD before, once again, ceasing the release of this season and the one before it (before a 97-episode edition was made available on Amazon years later). (Translator's note: a complete season 1 disc set did come out around the same time as the third season 1 DVD "XANA Possessed", but it meant that if you'd already bought the original three volumes, in order to complete the season, you needed to re-purchase those 14 episodes by getting the complete season set. But in Australia we never got the complete season set...) And it seems, that even though just one season 2 DVD was released, advertisements for a second began to surface despite the volume never hitting the shelves. So here's that advertisement.