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From scripts to episodes
 
 Hello there LyokoFan!

Do you think you know the whole series down to the tiniest detail? You'll be surprised to see how your charming episodes were envisaged by the scriptwriters...and at what point certain elements had to be changed. Here you can discover the fruit of an enormous amount of work comparing the scripts to the episodes, right here on CodeLyoko.Fr.

Welcome to the largest file in the LyokoSphere!

[Introduction] [Methodology: compare an episode to its script] [Change in creation during seasons] [Top 10 of the most incredible changes] [The censored lines...] [All the modifications...] [History of the project and credits]
 
 

Introduction
 
The episodes of the animated series Code Lyoko undergo, like any multimedia production, a long creation process. During this process, a key step is editing the episode script. This script is a document by the person who wrote the whole episode: the places and times, the events that take place, the characters' speech. You can find all the scripts of seasons 1, 2 and 4 of Code Lyoko as well as Code Lyoko Evolution on the [Conceptual Documents] page.
For now, we haven't succeeded in obtaining season 4's scripts.

When the writers finished their work and the writing director checked it all, the episode scripts go to directing. The directors work on several tasks ranging from the creation of storyboards, the final creation of the animated episode and finally, adding the characters' voices (dubbing).

However, between the script itself and the creation of the episode, certain things were changed by the creators. Episodes that were too long had to be cut down, others made longer. Characters' lines and entire scenes could be modified for many reasons: creating the scene was too complicated, presence of elements deemed to be vulgar or too violent for a cartoon, story preference of the creator.

This is the base of this file. The CodeLyoko.fr team took on the titanic task of comparing the scripts before their passage into creation of the final episode once edited...and to list all the changes that were made. All the missing scenes that were removed before making it to the screen.
The changes are sometimes desirable, while sometimes, they are really worth visiting.

On this welcome page, we present to you the method that we used. Then we summarise in a condensed fashion some of the changes that have overriding importance in the eyes of a fan. For those who want to go deeper, go down lower in the file where all the differences from all episodes are revealed! Have a nice read!
 

Methodology: compare an episode to its script
 
To do this, we simply rewatched all 93 episodes (Seasons 1 to 3 + Evolution) for which we have the scripts. While VLC played the episodes in the background, the authors of the file scrutinised the episode's script, line by line, on the lookout for differences and reporting them on Word once they found one. After that, work was done to select the changes to put on the page.

You must know that the directors made an immense amount of small modifications and adjustments. As such, recounting everything that changed between the script and the episode is, per se, useless. So here is a quick little introduction on what we have and haven't kept.

What we haven't summarised...

Insignificant scene order changes...
In the script...
Scene X1: Odd destroys a Krab, turns and realises the Scyphozoa has captured Aelita.
Scene X2: On Earth, the Xanafied person forces open the Laboratory door.
Scene X3: Odd chases the Scyphozoa away. Aelita enters the Tower and enters the Code Lyoko.
Scene X4: The Xanafied person approaches Jeremy with a threatening look, then falls unconscious.
In the episode...
Scene X1: Odd destroys a Krab, turns and realises the Scyphozoa has captured Aelita. Odd shoots and frees her.
Scene X2: On Earth, the Xanafied person forces open the Laboratory door. He approaches Jeremy with a threatening look.
Scene X3: Aelita enters the Tower and enters the Code Lyoko.
Scene X4: The Xanafied person falls unconscious.

Minor changes in the action or the heroes' speech...
No example currently available.

The addition or removal of recurring filler scenes...
- Virtualisation sequences
- Entering of the Code Lyoko and launch of the return to the past
- The Skidbladnir leaving the Hangar
- Shot to set the scene at Kadic outside or in the cafeteria
- Etc...


What we have summarised...

Interesting changes in the characters' dialogue.
In the script...
Aelita: Stones. Aelita Stones. Like the rock group. I'm Odd's cousin from Holland!
Episode 27 - Nouvelle donne
In the episode...
Aelita: Stones. Aelita Stones. Like the rock group. I'm Odd's cousin from Canada!
Episode 27 - New Order

Actions in the scripts that weren't applied in the episodes.
Example: discovery of the Hermitage by Aelita
It seems very sinister despite the sunny weather, a little like a house from a horror film, with wind roaring through the cracked roof tiles and the garden in a wild state...
It may only be an impression, but we think we can hear the wind call: "Aelita... Aelita...."

Episode 27 - New Order

Scenes modified from the ones in the scripts...or even cut!
- Action scenes on Lyoko during which the fights happen differently or with other monsters.
- The daily scenes at Kadic Academy in which we can learn about the characters and the relationships they maintain.

Example: discovery of the Hermitage by Odd, Ulrich and Yumi
Ulrich (to Odd): Your mutt is such a chicken!
Yumi (unsure): I get it... It's like a house from a horror movie!
Ulrich (ironic, to Yumi): You just have to ask William to protect you.
Yumi (shocked): Ahhh...it's because of him you're so annoyed at me!
Ulrich (angry): Maybe.
Odd: Stop! You're overfeeding me on your arguments! Let's look inside...

Episode 27 - New Order
 

Change in creation during seasons
 
Some changes decided and worked on by the creators didn't only concern a single episode, but regular sequences or writing points that are throughout the season. Rather than listing these points in each episode, we've listed them here!

Season 1

ImageIn the original concept of Lyoko's Towers by the writers on season 1, the second floor of the Towers didn't exist. In fact, in the descriptions at the end of the episode, Aelita flies to the top of the tower and reaches an interface floating in mid-air. She typed in the Code Lyoko while levitating in front of it.
ImageIn season 1's scripts, the episode systematically opened on a flash-forward, in other words a future scene of the episode. It was always the scene in which XANA attacks and the suspense reaches its climax. Evidently, we know that the heroes always save the day at the last moment in season 1, but the start of the episode would give us a taste of the final action.
Reminiscent of the Evolution episodes and their introduction.
ImageFinally, episode 23 of Code Lyoko "Rock Bottom?" ("36ème dessous" in French) teaches us a bit about the names of certain characters in season 1. On one hand, the script tells us that Samantha's original first name was..."Francesca"! Certainly very charming, but may sound a little strange for a dark-skinned girl!
Hang onto your seat, we learn in a deleted scene that Jim's family name was originally...Spinalunga!

Season 2

ImageThe Code Earth, a central new feature of season 1 that allowed Aelita to materialise from a Way Tower, is rapidly forgotten in season 2. Jeremy does mention it briefly but Aelita is more often brought back to Earth using a Return to the Past. In the scripts, it's a little different: not only is it called Code "TERRA", but it was also supposed to be typed in on the Tower interface, like the Code Lyoko.
ImageIn the last episode of season 1, Odd told the principal that "Stones", Aelita's fictional last name, is from Holland. In season 2, Aelita however becomes Odd's Canadian cousin. In the scripts, Aelita remained of Dutch origin, which is mentioned on several occasions (episodes 27, 28, 30). The directors changed the nationality so that it would make sense that Aelita was fluent in French, and by extension English in the dub.
ImageIn certain video games or production documents, Mantas are often said to be "Flying Mantas". The scripts of season 2 are of no exception: that should be the way the heroes designate XANA's blue monsters. In the end, the name was cut down to Manta in the series.
ImageThe appearance of Mantas in Sector 5 was adapted by production during the creation of episodes. In the scripts, it was a question of the enigmatic "Manta Nests" that enlarged on-screen until the point where the nest opened and the Mantas appeared. This "nest", surveyed by the heroes when Aelita worked on the interface, is presented as if suspended in the Celestial Dome.
ImageStill regarding XANA's monsters, but about the Scyphozoa this time. Its constant puncturing of Aelita's memory in season 2 was more deadly than just stealing her memories; in the scripts, the phenomenon also drained her life points in a progressive manner. That's the reason why Aelita is weakened when she is caught by the Scyphozoa.
ImageTo conclude on a lighter note, we'll talk about Jim's recurrent mythical line during season 2. At first, the exact line in the scripts was "I don't want to talk about it." To reinforce the humour, it evolved to become what it is now" "I'd rather not talk about it!"

Evolution

ImageThe big bad of Code Lyoko has had many names. Firstly Alan Meyer in the promotional content, he became Ikonov in the concepts before finding a definitive name in the series: Tyron.
But you'll still find in the episode scripts (as well as the official summaries) that he still goes by the name Ikonov. The reasons for the changes are explained in this file.
ImageThe heroes' TransWatches, watches whose purpose was to measure their source code percentage, didn't originally simply connect to Jeremy's laptop. They connected to an interface called the dock, present in the factory.
This element was shown in the conceptual drawings for Evolution, so the image gives you an idea of what it would look like. It's often mentioned in the scripts.
 

Top 10 of the most incredible changes
 
This section is the most interesting of the file. Rather than having to go through the huge file where everything is revealed, we've gathered a top 10 of the most fundamental changes. The differences listed below fundamentally change our potential appreciation of a scene, of an episode of even of the relationships between characters in the long run.

Most of the time, we find three big reasons to justify the difference between the scripts and the episodes. The first is censoring because of "too much violence" between characters (in red). The second concerns the love scenes where the heroes kiss, or behave in a borderline sexual way (in pink). The final is a scenario modification of the episode wanted by production (in blue).

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10th place

Evolution
Episode 15 "The Codeless"

Type of scene: Daily life/relationship between characters
Characters involved: Yumi, Ulrich and William

Type of change: Filming constraint
Cause: Episode was already too long

The logic of the relationships between characters sometimes seemed difficult to follow in Code Lyoko Evolution. We can notably remember episode 15 "The Codeless" during which William seemed abnormally and suddenly hostile towards the group and irritated at Yumi. The reason was actually perfectly explained in the scenario. A scene was cut. During it, Yumi is seen being close to Ulrich (as a reminder, we're in the continuity of episode 14 "Intrusion" during which the two teens put all their cards on the table).
Witnessing this tender exchange between the two teens, William reacts badly and that's the origin of his anger towards Yumi, which will have consequences in the episode.

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9th place

Evolution
Episode 18 "Tenacity"

Type of scene: Dream
Characters involved: Aelita, Anthea, the men in black

Type of change: Filming restraint
Cause: Limiting the number of actors to pay

Everyone can recall the memorable flashbacks of Aelita's past that made up a large part of Code Lyoko's backstory. The 3 episodes in which they feature (52, 57 and 82) remain monumental in Code Lyoko...and an essential component of them is the famous men in black that kidnapped Aelita and pursued Franz.

It's reasonable to figure that the men in black were initially going to be in Code Lyoko Evolution: in Aelita's nightmare of episode 18. In the dream space, Anthea ends up disappearing and a man in black was supposed to arise... Cut from the episode. Regrettable when we know that Evolution was supposed to lift the veil on Franz Hopper's life.

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8th place

Season 2
Episode 40 "Attack of the Zombies"

Type of scene: Action on Earth
Characters involved: William and Jeremy

Type of change: Censoring!
Cause: Violent scene

Yes, in the excruciatingly world of the cartoon, censoring is a reality. Imagine if a sweet little child, inspired by a scene between Ulrich and William, dislocated his classmate's jaw so he could be "like in the cartoon". That would be a mess, obviously...

However, in episode 40, while Jeremy was trying to part company with William to escape from the cafeteria and get to the factory through the zombies, William didn't content himself in simply pushing him to the ground to hold him back. He showed himself to be more persuasive, as the image demonstrates!

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7th place

Prequel
Episode 0 "XANA Awakens"

Type of scene: Action on Earth
Characters involved: Sissi & Odd

Type of change: Censoring!
Cause: Love-story/Physically suggestive

A scene from this episode was briefly cut. It was the scene during which Odd pursues Ulrich, while he's kidnapping Kiwi. He runs into Sissi (literally) on a corner in the hallway and the scene remains more or less ordinary in the cartoon. The writer had planned it so that during the fall, Odd's hands found themselves — inadvertently — right where they shouldn't be.
It didn't overly bother Odd, but on the other hand, Sissi ordered him to quickly remove them.

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6th place

Season 2
Episode 39 "A Bad Turn"

Type of scene: Action on Earth
Characters involved: Ulrich, William and a wrecked Krab

Type of change: Censoring!
Cause: Violent scene

Episode 39! An episode that you will find 3 times on this page! Let's start with the scene after the destruction of the first Krab, when Ulrich threatens William, telling him to stay away from the group. Very soft.
However, Ulrich did high-kick William in episode 39, after the Krab was destroyed, with the goal of making him know that he no longer wanted him close to Yumi. A rather boorish technique but easier than giving verbal threats.

You'll find that this "violent outburst" has two points of origin, lower down!

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5th place

Season 1
Episode 7 "Image Problem"
Episode 10 "The Girl of the Dreams"

Type of scene: Search on Lyoko
Characters involved: The Lyoko Warriors & the Guardians

Type of change: Scenario choice

A large change on the menu this time, as it applies to two episodes! Let's start with episode 10 of Code Lyoko: it's the episode during which Aelita disappears for a long while, prisoner in a Guardian. It was a rather different story in the original episode as it wasn't anything to do with a monster: Aelita fell into a crevasse in the Mountain Sector and fell unconscious until Odd found her. Why didn't Jeremy find her with the scan in this case? Well because of the snowstorm around the crevasse interfering with the program... A phenomenon that we never encounter in the series (in the virtual world, at least =P)

So what became of the Guardian? It was indeed present in episode 7 "Image Problem" where it imprisons Yumi. It did however work differently: it was generated by a pedestal at its base. This pedestal is relayed to the activated tower with cables. Also, it's not Aelita who frees Yumi by generating a false image of her: Ulrich simply severs the famous cables and the Guardian disappears.

The reasons for these changes? The Guardian wasn't visibly a monster on a basic level but a virtual phenomenon generated by an activated Tower. Doubtlessly the creators, in order to minimise the work, preferred to use it in two episodes instead of one.

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4th place

Season 2
Episode 28 "Unchartered Territory"

Type of scene: Daily life at Kadic
Characters involved: Sissi & Odd

Type of change: Censoring!
Cause: Love-story/Physically suggestive

In this episode during which Aelita discovers what life is like on Earth, the pest sends Aelita to the boys' showers. What followed was an argument full of insults between Sissi and Odd in a towel. In the script, Odd's towel slips a little further down without our hero realising. And Sissi doesn't miss the opportunity to remark that it wasn't very pleasant to look at.

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3rd place

Season 2
Episode 42 "A Fine Mess"

Type of scene: Daily life & relationship between the characters
Characters involved: Ulrich & Odd

Type of change: Censoring!
Cause: Love-story/Physically suggestive

This scene deserves its piece of fame. Indeed, it was probably the only "homosexual"-themed scene in the series. Thus it could serve as the cornerstone to all yaoi culture applied to Code Lyoko. Remember the original episode 42 "A Fine Mess". Odd finds himself, after a computer bug, stuck in Yumi's body and vice-versa. The clown then engaged in some strange behaviour while in his friend's female body.

There was a scene in which Odd (in Yumi's body) hugs Ulrich to make Sissi angry. It's then photographed by Milly and Tamiya and immortalised in the Kadic News. In the script, the deception went a little further than this. Odd didn't content himself in merely hugging Ulrich but gave him a big, dreamy kiss. Besides, we can't sideline this one since the blond punctuates the episode by saying: "Wow... You're a great kisser!".

The fanfiction writers that give Odd an unbridled sexuality might not be incorrect.

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2nd place

Season 2
Episode 52 "The Key"

Type of scene: Fight on Lyoko
Characters involved: The Lyoko Warriors

Type of change: Storyline choice
Cause: Development of the heroes

Everyone remembers the mystical final scene of episode 52 "The Key". Following a daunting fight Aelita reaches her fake missing fragment. Before this, the heroes are submerged in Creepers. Odd and Yumi are devirtualised while Aelita and Ulrich are forced to flee. The room falling apart is what eliminates the final Creepers while the Mantas controlled by Hopper save the teens.

In the script, things were very different: the Mantas arrived in right in the middle of the fight. The monsters under Hopper's control got rid the Lyoko Warriors of the Creepers with their laser fire.

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1st place

Season 2
Episode 39 "A Bad Turn"

Type of scene: Heroes' daily life
Characters involved: Yumi, William, eventually Ulrich.

Type of change: Scenario choice
Cause: Love-story

Episode 39 yet again...and a notable clarification. Story-wise, this is possibly one of the most important changes. Let's take the base scene: Yumi comes back home late at night, comes across William who declares his love and tries to kiss her. Ulrich witnesses the scene and flees, enraged. From there, Yumi dodges William and announces to him that she doesn't return his feelings.

In the cartoon, Yumi was troubled by William's declarations and, letting her guard down, she is caught and almost kissed by Ulrich's rival, the latter obviously being surprised by William's actions. The description in the script expands on it more in this sense: Yumi doesn't push William away violently, nor insult him. She pushes him softly and apologises for not returning his feelings. The end of the scene is identical, William understands that she is in love with Ulrich.

Now, what explanation can we find for this major change? It's still the only William/Yumi kiss in all of Code Lyoko...and the same one and only "successful" kiss for Yumi. Maybe the directors felt that Yumi's character should be shown as more firm towards William...or possibly that it would be taken badly by fans if William succeeded where Ulrich failed.

A sadly cut scene...and a coherent clarification on the rest of the episode and Ulrich's violence towards William.
 

The censored lines...
 
The second section is just as interesting as the one before it: speech. Some sequences in the episodes are rigorously identical to those in the script...with the exception of the words used by the heroes. But the power of these words is strong and the changes in lines can change our perception of a scene. We have therefore listed here the best changes in lines. An illustrated list of top ones first, followed by a table of all the plays on words that were adapted. Please note that the lines from the scripts have been translated into English by CodeLyoko.fr staff, and won't necessarily match what was written in the official English script.


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3rd place

Season 2
Episode 39 "A Bad Turn"

Original line
William: Hey, Odd can't help it if you drive like a dork.

Once again, the famous episode 39 for the third time on this page! A line changed: here we notice a far more direct and rude tone from William. We therefore better understand why Ulrich jumped on him every chance he got without thinking things through first. This is illustrated in the two scene changes already seen in this file: William's pushing a kiss, which leads to this verbal conflict, which itself leads to Ulrich's physical attack on William thereafter.

Three changes that would have, in the end, made the episode and added fuel to the fire in Ulrich and William's rivalry.

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2nd place

Prequel - "XANA Awakens"

Original line
Jim: ...when I was attacked by a vicious beaver! Its razor-sharp teeth were going for my jugger, but I was able to save myself thanks to my perfect mastery of the Raging Hand of Lei Fu Chang!
(Yumi and Ulrich burst out laughing)
Jim: What? What's so funny about that?
Yumi: Excuse us, sir!
Ulrich: I can just imagine the beaver running away with its tail between its legs!

Image“What? What's so funny about that?”

“Honestly, I think you would've been better off not talking about it!”
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This change in dialogue seems very ordinary...however, when we think about it, we realise that it's the origin of Jim's most used expression. Indeed, in the Prequel, he recounts his exploits as a forest ranger...which is unusal for him. And it's because Ulrich and Yumi make fun of him that he comes out vexed and decides not to talk about his past life anymore.

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1st place

Season 2
Episode 48 "Is Anybody Out There?"

Original line
Ok, for any of you who might be thinking of trying to pull anything, remember that the floors are different from each other in that they are either upstairs from or downstairs from the one...above! Girls are upstairs, and boys downstairs! Comings and goings from upstairs to downstairs and from downstairs to upstairs are strictly forbidden. And if I ever catch anyone from downstairs upstairs or anyone going from upstairs to downstairs, he or she's really going to regret it stairs! You've been warned!

Image"ATTENTION! For the little rule-breakers who break the rules, remember that the floors are different from each other in that they are either upstairs from or downstairs from the one...above! The one upstairs is for the girls and this one, downstairs, is for the boys! Comings and goings from upstairs to downstairs - and vice versa - are strictly forbidden! And if I ever catch someone from downstairs upstairs or someone from upstairs downstairs, they're going to learn why I call myself Jim!"

It's reasonable to assume that if, in reading the script, you got an idea that was relatively twisted and wrong, you can understand why this line was modified in the finished episode with the removal of certain terms.


Aside from these best of, here is a table recapping the wordplay alterations or comical lines between the scripts and the episodes.

CharactersLine(s) from the episodeLines(s) from the script
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#0 - XANA Awakens
"You're right! Maybe it's the tomb of an Egyptian pharaoh, huh?""You're right! Maybe it's the tomb of Tutankhatman, huh?"
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#48 - Is Anybody Out There?
"Well, Fritz Huckleberg has done it again! His third straight title what a champ! He's amazing!""Fritz Ungelbert has done it again! He's assassinated his third woman by drowning her in his jacuzzi!"
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#50 - Contact
"Feel like a little game of bowling?""Feel like a little game of Megapétank?"
(Pétanque is a French sport that's like boules.)
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#52 - The Key
"Go with Sissi and your future's gloomy 'cause you're gonna lose Yumi!""Go with Sissi and your future ends 'cause you're gonna lose your friends!"

And finally, for the big fans of GI-Jim... Here you'll find more of the past jobs of your favourite teacher, cut between the script and the episode!

Image"Hm...that reminds me of when I was a removalist."
Script of episode 33 Final Mix
"(in his dream) Go on Doug! Stop being such a sissy and put that zing in the jungle! (wakes up) Sorry...I was dreaming of when I was a pilot in the Royal Air Force!
Script of episode 54 - Lyoko Minus One
"...and how you seen me now, I was well on my way to making a huge career in Sumo wrestling! I was even junior champion when I was your age! But I had to decide between Sumo wrestling and Ping-Pong... In the end, I chose Ping-Pong because I already had the racquet."
Script of Evolution 18 - Tenacity
 

All the modifications...
 
After seeing the best of the modifications based on the creation of the scripts by the scriptwriters, you can find more by accessing the other pages in the file. On these pages, very long for season 1 notably, all the differences have been revealed and presented.

One page covers 13 episodes, so each season is therefore split into two pages. The direct access is below.

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[Season 1]
(Part 1) (Part 2)
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[Season 2]
(Part 1) (Part 2)
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[Season 3]
(Prequel & Episodes)
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[Evolution]
(Part 1) (Part 2)
 

History of the project and credits
 
The project was initiated very early. Two people had remarked that the episode scripts had very noticable differences when compared to the episodes themselves. On one hand, Aquatikelfik tackled it by putting some information on his blog. On the other, Shaka, the editor of CodeLyoko.fr, didn't immediately have time to dedicate to it but kept in mind the idea of doing research on the most notable differences.

After the end of season 4 and before that start of Evolution, Aquatikelfik joined the CodeLyoko.fr team for some time, mid-2012. The collaboration was a source of motivation and the file was kicked off in the second half of 2012 by Shaka and Aqua, with season 1. With the arrival of the new series Evolution at the end of 2012, the work implied by it and Aqua's drifting away from the site team put a large stop to the project.

It was completed by Shaka and Etienne (alias Dude Dudu) between the months of October and December 2013. Feeling close to the end of the project, Shaka then enlisted the help of artists from the Community to participate in the file's decoration and allow it to be released.

Original idea and project commencement
Shaka and Aquatikelfik

Comparison of scripts to the episodes
Aquatikelfik (Season 1), Shaka (Season 1, Season 2, Season 3), Etienne (Season 3 & Evolution)

Adaptation for online viewing
Shaka

Illustrations
Shaka (images of the series & requests), Poppy (graphical montages), Lénaelle & Nelbsia & Queen (drawings)

English adaptation
A_QueenOfFairys
 

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[File]
Planned ideas never acted on.


These are the ideas planned by the producers in the long run of a season to come during their work done on the season concept before the writers makes drafts.
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The deleted scene from episode 65.

A scene that wasn't mentioned in the script, that was created, but that was removed from the episode after its creation because of "too much violence".