Code Lyoko

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Code Lyoko
Code Lyoko logo.png
Code Lyoko logo
Genre Action-Adventure, Dramedy, Romantic, Science fiction, Supernatural
Created by Tania Palumbo
Thomas Romain
Written by Sophie Decroisette
Directed by Jérôme Mouscadet
Voices of Sharon Mann
Matthew Géczy
Mirabelle Kirkland
Barbara Weber-Scaff
David Gasman
Theme music composer Franck Keller
Ygal Amar
Opening theme "Un Monde Sans Danger" ("A World Without Danger")/"Code Lyoko Theme" by Julien Lamassonne (sung in English by Noam)
Ending theme

"A World Without Danger" (Instrumental) Season 1

"Break Away" (Instrumental) by Subdigitals Seasons 2-4
Composer(s) Serge Tavitian
Herman Martin
Country of origin France
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 95 (plus a two-part prequel) (List of episodes)
Running time 26 minutes approx.
Production company(s) Antefilms (Season 1)
MoonScoop (Season 2-4)
Original channel France 3 and Canal J (France)
Cartoon Network (US)
Original run Original series:
3 September 2003 (2003-09-03) – 10 November 2007
Followed by Code Lyoko: Evolution

Code Lyoko is a French animated television series created by Thomas Romain and Tania Palumbo, produced by Moonscoop, and the English-language cast is Barbara Weber-Scaff, David Gasman, Matthew Géczy, Mirabelle Kirkland, and Sharon Mann. The series centers on a group of five teenagers who travel to the virtual world of Lyoko to battle against a malignant artificial intelligence named X.A.N.A. who threatens Earth. The series is presented in 2D hand-drawn animation and CGI, as well as live action film in later seasons.

The series began its first run with ninety-five episodes on 3 September 2003, on France's France 3, and ended its run on 10 November 2007. It aired in the United States on 19 April 2004, for the first time Cartoon Network. The show later spawned a new and improved live-action/CGI series Code Lyoko Evolution, which began in late 2012, keeping the 3D computer animation style while it focused on Lyoko, the digital sea, and the Cortex.

Between 2004 and 2007, Code Lyoko aired every day on Cartoon Network (Miguzi) at 4 PM Eastern Standard Time, sometimes showing two episodes consecutively, in the cases of season finales.

On 31 May 2011, MoonScoop announced on its Facebook page that the show will be returning for a fifth season; this was partially due to a large dedicated fan base. The season consists of 26 episodes, as well as containing a mixture of live action and CGI. The show was then renamed "Code Lyoko: Evolution," and premiered 19 December 2012.


Jeremie Belpois, a profoundly gifted and intelligent thirteen-year old boy attending boarding school at the fictional Kadic Academy, one day discovers a quantum supercomputer in an abandoned factory near his school. Upon activating it, he discovers a virtual world called Lyoko and Aelita, a young girl trapped inside it.

Afterward, unusual events begin to occur at school. Jeremie learns of X.A.N.A., an autonomous and sentient malevolent and rogue artificial intelligence/multi-agent system who also dwells within the supercomputer whose goal is to conquer the real world and all human beings. Jeremie soon forms a goal to materialize Aelita into the real world and stop X.A.N.A. in his tracks. With the help from Jeremie's best friends and classmates-Ulrich Stern, Odd Della Robbia, Yumi Ishiyama, and Aelita-the group goes to Lyoko in hope to save both worlds from the sinister virtual entity.

With the exception of William Dunbar who joined the gang in the third season finale, but was possessed by X.A.N.A. once virtualized on Lyoko. He remained possessed until the episode, Down to Earth. He officially rejoins the group as the sixth Lyoko warrior in Code Lyoko: Evolution.


Original promotional poster for Garage Kids


Code Lyoko originates from the film short Les enfants font leur cinéma ("The children make their movies"), directed by Thomas Romain and produced by a group of students from Parisian visual arts school Gobelins School of the Image.[1] Romain worked with Tania Palumbo, Stanislas Brunet, and Jerome Cottray to create the film, which was screened at the 2000 Annecy International Animated Film Festival.[2] French animation company Antefilms offered Romain and Palumbo a contract as a result of the film. This led to the development of the pilot, Garage Kids.[1]

Garage Kids was first released in 2001. The project was created by Palumbo, Romain, and Carlo de Boutiny and developed by Anne de Galard. Its producers were Eric Garnet, Nicolas Atlan, Benoît di Sabatino, and Christophe di Sabatino. The project was produced by Antefilms.

Similar to its succeeding show Code Lyoko, Garage Kids was originally intended to be a 26-episode miniseries detailing the lives of four French boarding school students who discover the secret of the virtual world of Xanadu; created by a research group headed by a character known as the "Professor". The pilot featured both traditional animation and CGI.[3]

Garage Kids evolved into Code Lyoko, which began broadcast in 2003, with the virtual world renamed to "Lyoko". Romain, however, left the show to work on the Japanese anime series Ōban Star-Racers.

The factory and boarding school are based on real locations in France. The factory was based on a Renault production plant in Boulogne-Billancourt, but has since been demolished.[4] The school, Kadic Academy, is based on Lycée Lakanal in Sceaux.[5]


Lyoko (pronounced "lee-oh-koh") is the virtual world contained within the supercomputer. It is composed of five different regions or sectors, each one representing a different landscape and environment. The first four being the Forest, Desert, Ice/Polar/Glacier, and Mountains, superficially resembling various real-world landscapes, climate, and ecosystems. The fifth sector, Carthage, serves as the central hub of Lyoko; it contains all of Lyoko's data, and X.A.N.A.'s as well. It also contains the Core/Heart of Lyoko itself, the code which maintains and supports the whole virtual world; and the hangar for the group's virtual submersible ship, the Skidbladnir. The first four sectors are arranged by four points leading to the center, around the fifth sector, a ball-like figure. All five sectors are eventually destroyed by the end of the third season; by destroying the Core of Lyoko in the third season finale, X.A.N.A. made it so that the five main characters would no longer pose a threat to him and his evil schemes to destroy the real world. In the fourth season, all five sectors are eventually recreated by Jeremie and Aelita due to a recreation, restoration program given to them by Franz Hopper.

Digital Sea[edit]

The Digital Sea (or Digital Void) is a liquid sea and ocean that resides below all of the four main sectors and is how the Lyoko program portrays the supercomputer's DOS or DOS's quantum computer equivalent. When something falls into the Digital Sea, a white column of light emanates from it; this represents the deletion it causes. It is the most forbidden place on Lyoko due to the permanent deletion, as well as eternal virtualization on Lyoko. Only two people have actually fallen in it: Yumi, who was brought back by a materialization program originally made for Aelita, and Aelita who was eventually brought back by her father. X.A.N.A. intended to constantly throw Aelita into the digital sea in order to lure Franz Hopper out of hiding so that he could destroy him once and for all.


Lyoko is hosted on a supercomputer that is located in the abandoned factory; after destroying the original Lyoko, X.A.N.A.'s plan was to host more Lyokos on different supercomputers so he could launch attacks on the real world, much like he could on the original Lyoko. A Replika is a complete replica of one sector of Lyoko, complete with its own set of towers. The group attempted to rid the Network of all of the hundreds of existing Replikas, as doing so greatly weakened X.A.N.A., but there were too many to destroy one by one. Eventually, Jeremy's multi-agent program, due to Franz Hopper's sacrifice, had possessed enough energy and power to wipe them all out entirely, along with X.A.N.A. itself from existence.


Code Lyoko was voted as the best show by Canal J viewers in France,[6] and has achieved international fame as well; the show has been rated as one of the best shows on Cartoon Network and Kabillion in the United States, with Cartoon Network having it rated as the #3 best performing show in 2006 and Kabillion having it as #4 in monthly average views in 2010. The show has reached success in Spain as one of Clan TVE's highest rated shows, on Italy's Rai2 network, and in Finland and the United Kingdom as well. The show also won France's Prix de l'Export 2006 Award for Animation in December 2006.[7]


Several Code Lyoko products have been released, including DVDs, a series of cine-manga by Tokyopop, a series of four novels by Italian publisher Atlantyca Entertainment, apparel and other accessories. In 2006, Marvel Toys released a line of Code Lyoko toys and action figures.

The Game Factory has released three video games based on the show: Code Lyoko and Code Lyoko: Fall of X.A.N.A. for the Nintendo DS, and Code Lyoko: Quest for Infinity for the Wii, PSP, and PlayStation 2. There have been other games released through various mediums, one being Facebook.[8][9]

A series of Clan TVE festivals in Spain included live stage shows based on Code Lyoko among other things.[10] A game show known as Code Lyoko Challenge was planned to be released in late 2012, but fell through.[8]

In January 2011,all four seasons of Code Lyoko were released on iTunes in the US and in France by MoonScoop Holdings. in October 2011, all four seasons were released on Amazon Instant Streaming and via DVD in the same countries, however these DVDs are now out of print and extremely difficult to find.[11] On 6 August 2012, all four seasons were made available on Netflix DVD and Instant Watch.

Book series[edit]

A series of four chapter books was released by Atlantyca Entertainment and distributed in Italy and other countries. The novels delve deeper into the unanswered questions of the series. Taking place after the end of the series, X.A.N.A. has miraculously survived and returns, though weakened and initially missing its memories. X.A.N.A. takes control of Eva Skinner, an American girl, and travels to France in order to infiltrate the gang and kill them off. Unaware of their enemy's presence, the group works to find clues about Aelita's past, left by her father Franz Hopper, and confirm whether or not her mother is still alive somewhere. But at the same time, a terrorist group, the Green Phoenix, has become interested in supercomputer and intend to use it and Lyoko for evil purposes.

It has been confirmed that the series will never be released officially in English, nor the final two books released in French.[12]

International Release[edit]

Country Channel
 United States Cartoon Network
 Australia Network Ten
Cartoon Network
 Belgium RTBF
La Deux
 Colombia Cartoon Network
 Czech Republic Megamax
 United Kingdom GMTV
 Brazil Jetix
 Finland MTV3
 France France 3
Canal J (2003-)
TV5 Monde
 Croatia MiniTV
 South Korea Animax
SK Broadband
 India Sun TV
 Indonesia SpaceToon PLUS
Netherlands Jetix
 Spain Clan TVE
Canal Panda
 Israel NOGA
 Sweden SVT
 Italy Rai 2
Rai Gulp
Disney Channel
 Japan Jetix
 Canada SRC
 Lithuania LNK TV
 Hungary Megamax
 Norway NRK
 Pakistan Starlite
 Poland ZigZap
 Portugal Canal Panda
Panda Biggs
 Romania Megamax
 Russia TNT (Russia)
 Serbia Ultra TV
 Turkey JOJO
Maxi TV
Kidz TV
 Vietnam VTV
 Greece Mega TV (2013-)
 Hong Kong TVB


  1. ^ a b French news article referencing Code Lyoko Animeland. 2002-06-01. Retrieved 2011-06-13.
  2. ^ News article featuring Annecy films made by Gobleins' students (Including Thomas Romain's film) Catsuka. 2011-04-02. Retrieved 2011-06-13.
  3. ^ Garage Kids Presentation 2002-03-12. Retrieved 2011-06-13.
  4. ^ The Location of the Factory in Code Lyoko Retrieved 2011-06-20.
  5. ^ The Location of Kadic in Code Lyoko Retrieved 2011-06-20.
  6. ^ "Code Lyoko Game Coming to DS", Nintendo World Report. 2005-09-30.
  7. ^ MoonScoop Group-Partners and Awards MoonScoop. Retrieved 2011-06-20.
  8. ^ a b CL Presentation MIPTV 2012 2012-04-19. Retrieved 2012-04-19.
  9. ^ News article about social game. Kidscreen. 2011-21-11. Retrieved 2011-21-11
  10. ^ MoonScoop-Breaking News. MoonScoop. 2011-06-20
  11. ^ Code Lyoko Facebook Page Facebook. 2011-8-16. Retrieved 2011-12-10.
  12. ^ "News * Code Lyoko – CodeLyoko.Fr". Retrieved 2013-05-19

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