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Totally Spies

Totally Spies! conception came from the rise of girl band and female singers in the music industry. Wanting to capitalize on the niche, David Michel and Vincent Chalvon-Demersay put their idea into development, which later shifted into production within a year. According to Michel, the series’ animation style was intended to incorporate anime influences. Known to some anime fans as Totally Despised since they claimed that it is not true anime! What weeaboos don’t understand that whether it’s Totally Spies!, Naruto, Adventure Time or Haruhi Sezuma – it’s all animated in Korea! Totally Spies! character design and dynamic amongst Sam, Clover and Alex is often compared to them the Powerpuff Girls. There’s the clever leader the tomboy and the girly girl and on occasion the spies can be spotted wearing the same color palettes as the Powerpuff Girls.

This is no more American vs. Japanese animation! The production company, Marathon Media, intended on building on the series brand by forming a three-piece girl band, utilizing German talk show Arabella to create it. Using a panel of judges, 20 demo videos were selected and the winners were selected based on the strength of their performance and the show’s viewers. The band was selected and released a single in the spring of 2002, through EMI. According to managing director Dirk Fabarius, “The plan is to eventually create an entire album and establish and promote Totally Spies! as a real band.” While the idea did not materialize, the series was promoted through other merchandising. It was announced in the spring of 2001 that the series would air in the autumn on ABC Family, and would be distributed to the European countries in the following year.

In an interview with WorldScreen.com, Michael said that prior to his show, there were a lot of boy action-adventure shows and practically nothing for girls, yet in pop culture, there was Britney Spears and Spice Girls. He said that the characters are heavily inspired by the movie Clueless and wanted to mix that with a James Bond format. When they first pitched the show, it had a moderate response, but when the first season was broadcast, the Charlie’s Angels film came out, and suddenly the market was full of girl show properties.

According to an article “Achieving a Global Reach on Children’s Cultural Markets” by Valerie-Ines de la Ville and Laurent Durup, the series was originally designed to reach an American audience, but has garnered appeal from its humor “based on a stereotypical European vision of American references” while “appearing to be original and innovative to the U.S. audience”. Producer and artistic director Stephane Berry said that the style “is a melting between the American style, which associates action and comedy, and Japanese design for the aesthetic environment and the emotions expressed through the large eyes of the characters.” Some of the common references have included Charlie’s AngelsBeverly HillsThe AvengersJames Bond and its gadgets, anime, and Cat’s Eye.

Following the end of the fifth season, the series’s movie, Totally Spies! The Movie, was produced and released to theatres in France on July 22, 2009. The movie received a television release in the United States, on April 25 the following year, coinciding with the airing of the series fifth season there.

In August 2011, Marathon Media confirmed that production for the sixth season was underway and set to premiere in 2013. The sixth series would be produced solely by Marathon in association with TF1 and The Walt Disney Company France. It was later confirmed that 26 episodes would be produced and that the show would be licensed in Spain and Latin America, with European territories following suit. To coincide with the sixth season’s premiere, Zodiak Kids CP Paris, in association with Château de Versailles Spectacles (CVS) and TF1, organized an event at the Palace of Versailles, taking place during the summer of 2013. The event would be preceded with activities including a screening of a special featuring the spies on a mission in the palace gardens.

Original Concept

Original Totally Spies concept artThe show’s conception came from the rise of girl band and female singers in the music industry. The creator said that prior to his show, there were a lot of boy action-adventure shows and practically nothing for girls, yet in pop culture, there was Spice Girls. He said that the characters are heavily inspired by the movie Clueless and wanted to mix that with a James Bond format. When they first pitched the show, it had a moderate response, but when the first season was broadcast, it gained popularity.

In the late 1990’s a prototype pilot episode had been produced for Totally Spies! However, the producers decided to use a better animation technique for Season 1.

In this prototype Alex is not hispanic/african American. However the origins of this plot was reused in later seasons.