Code Lyoko: Evolution

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Code Lyoko: Evolution
Code Lyoko Evolution logo.jpg
Created by
Directed by
  • Luccio di Rossa (live action)
  • Florian Ferrier (CGI)
Starring
  • Mélanie Tran
  • Léonie Berthonnaud
  • Diego Mestanza
  • Quentin Merabet
  • Gulliver Bevernage-Benhadj
  • Marin Lafitte
  • Pauline Serieys
  • Bastien Thelliez
  • Frank Beckmann
  • Sophie Fern
Country of origin France
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 26[1] (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Benoît di Sabatino
Christophe di Sabatino
Running time 23 minutes
Release
Original network France 4 and Canal J
Boing
Original release January 5 – December 19, 2013
Chronology
Preceded by Code Lyoko

Code Lyoko: Evolution is the sequel to the French animated television series Code Lyoko. It premiered on December 19, 2012, on France 4 and repeated October 9, 2016, on Boing. It blends live-action with CGI, picking up where the original series left off. In addition to improving upon the CGI in the original series, the soundtrack has been overhauled as well.

Plot[edit]

Set one year after the events of the original series, Jeremie Belpois, Odd Della Robbia, Ulrich Stern, William Dunbar, Yumi Ishiyama and Aelita Schaeffer return to their daily lives and routines at Kadic Academy. X.A.N.A., despite their success in defeating it previously, suddenly reappears, reborn with even more strength and power than ever before. The protagonists resume their former double lives in order to protect humanity from X.A.N.A.'s evil schemes once again. Joined by William Dunbar, who has finally been accepted as the sixth Lyoko warrior, and an unreliable girl-genius named Laura Gauthier, the seven heroes are bent on unraveling the reasons for such a return and to exterminate X.A.N.A, the malevolently evil sentient, autonomous artificial intelligence/multi-agent system that is threatening the world once again.

In addition to X.A.N.A., the gang eventually discover that they have another dangerous enemy, a mad scientist called Professor Tyron who seems to be the one responsible for unintentionally returning X.A.N.A. to life. He commands a group of several virtual human avatars in green and black-striped costumes to counter the Lyoko warriors. In Tyron's lab, the group also discovers Aelita's long-lost mother, Anthea Hopper-Schaeffer. They seek to discover why she is with their new enemy and how to reunite Anthea and her daughter.

In the cliffhanger episode "Ultimate Mission", it is revealed that Tyron had been married to Anthea for four years and is now Aelita's stepfather and legal guardian. His only purpose of marrying Anthea was to get his hands on her late husband's archives so that he could effectively create the Cortex region, which X.A.N.A. then secretly inhabited to carry out its plans for world domination and destruction once again.

Characters[edit]

There are several characters that do not appear in the original show:

  • Laura Gauthier, portrayed by Pauline Serieys,: is the fifth child to be recruited by Jeremy Belpois in "Virus." A tech-savvy youth, she is viewed with suspicion by the protagonists due to her uninitiated status. In "Mutiny," she is excluded from the group and has her memory erased for betraying them and risking William's life.
  • Professor Tyron, portrayed by Franck Beckmann: inadvertently works alongside the malevolent artificial intelligence, XANA. His character is unintentionally responsible for XANA's rebirth as well as antagonizing Jeremy and his friends. He has been married to Aelita's mother, Anthea, for four years, making him Aelita's step-father.
  • Samantha Suarez, portrayed by Louise Vallat, is an adaptation of Samantha Knight,[2] a supporting character who appeared in the original series. Notable differences between Samantha Suarez and Samantha Knight include personality and skin color (Suarez is Caucasian while Knight is African-French).

Cast[edit]

Code Lyoko: Evolution characters Original actors/actresses
Jérémie Belpois Marin Lafitte
Aelita Schaeffer (Stones) Léonie Berthonnaud
Odd Della Robbia Gulliver Bevernage-Benhadj
Ulrich Stern Quentin Merabet
Yumi Ishiyama Mélanie Tran
William Dunbar Diego Mestanza
Laura Gauthier Pauline Serieys

Recurring[edit]

Code Lyoko: Evolution characters Original actors/actresses
Elizabeth Delmas (Sissi) Clémency Haynes
Mr. Delmas Éric Soubelet
Professor Lowell Tyron Franck Beckmann
Miss Hertz Sophie Fougère
Jim Morales Bastien Thelliez
Waldo Franz Schaeffer (Franz Hopper) Hugues Massignat
Anthéa Hopper-Schaeffer Sandrine Rigaux

Production[edit]

The budget for the series was expected to be €5,600,000.[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Code Lyoko Evolution (série 26x26' - France 3) - Moonscoop". Newsletter.magelis.org. Retrieved 2012-09-25. 
  2. ^ http://en.codelyoko.fr/acteurs#secondary_actors
  3. ^ "Angoulême : "Code Lyoko" en chair et en 3D". SudOuest.fr. 2012-02-29. Retrieved 2012-09-25.