Garage Kids is a short pilot episode that was eventually used to create Code: Lyoko.
Original Concept and PlotEdit
- From the Garage Kids Promotional Documents
A group of kids whose adventures take place in the real world but also in a parallel and virtual world, Xanadu. The story? A boy of about twelve, Odd, arrives one day in his new neighborhood and quickly understands that his friends are gifted with extraordinary powers. Yumi, for example, is telekinetic while Ulrich has the gift of displacing himself at the speed of light. These kids have in fact penetrated the secret of Xanadu, the fruit of the labors of a research group whose laboratory, set in an environment inspired by the old Renault automobile factory on the Île Seguin at Boulogne-Billancourt, is now abandoned. Created by the Professor, a learned eccentric who sunk into madness, Xanadu and its multiple disturbances threaten to destroy the real world.
Built on the model of a soap opera which unfolds through the series, Garage Kids offers in each of its 26 episodes of 26 minutes a complete story in which Odd and his friends – Yumi, Ulrich and also Jeremie, a computer wizard – try to end one of the disturbances in the computer network caused by Xanadu's exuberance. While the idea of clandestine natures and hidden identities should seduce the children while feeding their imaginations, Garage Kids rests on the fascination that video games hold for kids today. A confrontation between the real world and Xanadu fully vindicates that of 2D and of 3D. Influenced by the poetry and the visual impact of Japanese animation, the series proposes a graphic universe that's particularly original and strong.
- Ulrich's katana blade is in binary code.
- Lyoko Powers are usable outside of XANADU.
- Odd seemingly intends not to go to XANADU.
- No Aelita or XANA; XANADU is instead haunted by monsters who activate towers and are not controlled by some higher power. And seemingly to deactivate a tower you must kill the monsters haunting the tower.
- Ulrich's pants are mush poofier, unlike in Code: Lyoko.
- The virtual world's name, XANADU, might have helped Antefilms make the name of the villan in Code Lyoko. X.A.N.A.