Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Daytime Heroes: Code Lyoko (2003)

If you've wondered why the French studio, Moonscoop, has been very busy obtaining American properties such as Sabrina, chalk it up to the success they enjoyed after importing Code Lyoko to the US.

Code Lyoko debuted in 2003, airing in the US on Cartoon Network as part of its Miguzi block. In all, the series ran for 4 years, with a finite ending that not many of us have seen here.

The story is built around 5 teenagers, later 6, who fight in the virtual world of Lyoko against a rogue artificial intelligence, XANA, which has gained control of Lyoko. For a good part of the run, one of the kids, Aleita, was in Lyoko full-time, but eventually returned to the real world. In the last episodes I remember seeing, I think they were trying to build a relationship between Aleita & Jeremy, the team leader.

Today, Kabillion has the rights to the series, but on some cable systems is only available as a On Demand service.

Following is a sample episode:

 

Rating: B+.

2 comments:

Steven Dolce said...

The reason why Cartoon Network moved Toonami from weekday afternoons to Saturday nights in 2004 was because some of the programs on the block such as Yu Yu Hakusho and Rurouni Kenshin became too violent for a weekday afternoon broadcast on the channel. After all, Cartoon Network is and always will be a family oriented channel. Those shows were not very family friendly. So now you know why CN replaced Toonami with Miguzi on weekday afternoons. Before Toonami came back on [adult swim] in 2012, it aired on weekday afternoons from March 17, 1997 to April 16, 2004, and on Saturday nights from April 17, 2004 to September 20, 2008. Miguzi premiered on April 19, 2004, and it ended on June 1, 2007.

hobbyfan said...

Thanks for the info, Steve.