Skyland, is a CGI animated series developed in France in partnership with
Canada and Luxembourg for television channels France 2, Teletoon, NickToons
Network, ABC and CITV,. A 60-minute, worldwide preview was aired
on November 26, 2005, at multiple times during the day and the following day.
The program was hosted by Chase Francisco. It was launched on April 22,
2006, at 7:30 p.m. on Teletoon. On July 2, 2006, an encore of the one hour pilot
aired on Nicktoons Network, with the full series commencing on Saturday,
November 18, 2006. The show is produced by Paris's Method Films and Toronto's 9
Story Entertainment. Between 2010 and 2011 three books
inspired by the show have been published by a Castillian-Spanish writer with the
pseudonym David Carlyle. They were originally solely published in Spain as
a trilogy with the name "Skyland" followed by their novel names. Atlantyca
sold the rights in Brazilian, Spanish and Catalan, Dutch, Turkish, Macedonian,
Russian, Hungarian and Simplified Chinese. Book three was never released
in the Netherlands due to criticism on the two previous released book's
grammatical mistakes and lack of interest. "Skyland: Islas en el cielo"
was translated to "Skyland: islands in the wind", "Skyland: La Nave de las
Tempestades" was translated to "Skyland: The Storm Ship" and "Skyland: La guerra
dell'acqua" was translated to "Skyland: The Water War".
In the past people have claimed that Skyland was based on David Carlyle's
books or Italian writer Richard S. Tyne's book "Rick Storm: Skyland" from
the Rick Storm Trilogy. However, these claims turned out to be false
considering that all the mentioned books have been published post the air date of
Skyland's final episode. Plot
It is the 23rd century; the Earth has shattered into billions of pieces which
orbit around a central core. In this new world named Skyland, an evolved form of
humans has appeared: Seijins, who are able to absorb energy from sunlight and
use it to fuel special abilities such as telekinesis, telepathy, mental control,
astral projection, energy balls or blasts and electricity rays.
The Skyland is ruled by the Sphere, an organization which controls the
fragmented blocks water supplies and maintains its power thanks to Guardians
- promising Seijin children who have been taken away from their families and
given a special training. This dictatorship is fought by pirates.
After the capture of their mother by the Sphere in 2251, Mahad and Lena, a young
Seijin still learning to control her powers, are rescued by a group of
pirates. They join the pirate rebellion, determined to free their mother and help
bring the Sphere down. Production
= Animation = The first part of the animation was
produced by Attitude Studios of Paris, France, with large amounts of facial
animation work and rendering outsourced to DQ Entertainment in India.
Subsequently, the later part of the season has been completely animated and
finalized in DQ Entertainment of Hyderabad, India, using a completed
motion capture shot in Attitude Studio. It appears to make extensive use of
motion capture technology for a next-generation animation look.
= Soundtrack = The music was composed by Paul Intson,
of Canada. The extensive sound design and 5.1 surround mix was done by Jim
Longo of Rhythm Division in Toronto, Canada. Music editing was performed at
Rhythm Division by Rob Kirkpatrick on season 1 and Kevan Staples for season 2.
Additional editing by Bojan Risojevic. Main characters
Mahad - Age 17. Mahad is full of life, a show off, likable, charming, full of
himself and adventurous. When he was younger, he was always unhappy because
he didn't have a father and his mother was a lot like Lena. In pilot school, he
was always in detention due to making extreme moves on the simulator. Though
not a Seijin, his goal is to free his mother. Until that time, he will slug it
out with the Sphere. Though young, Mahad is unequalled as a pilot of his father's
ship the Hyperion and after him, he is the best pilot in all of Skyland. Though
his younger sister, Lena, always insists Dahlia is "too old for him", Mahad keeps
trying to convince Dahlia he's the guy for her. He has enormous, often
misplaced, self-confidence. His weapon of choice is his boomerang.
Lena - Age 12. Intelligent, reasonable, calm but determined, impetuous. When
someone she loves is in danger, Lena is a very mature, and formidable,
12-year-old girl. She alternates between carefree playing and grim determination.
Adventure isn't an end in itself, only a necessary step along the way. Lena is a
powerful Seijin, believed by Oslo to be the 'Lady of Light' from the prophecy.
She has the powers of telekinesis and telepathy, as well as other abilities
such as powering energy and creating energy bolts and balls, projecting
memories, and remotely sensing the presence of things and people. She can
even levitate herself to great heights, as seen during an aerial battle with
Diwan in the episode Heart of the Arena. She is beginning to control her
telekinesis, but it tires her quickly. She has still very little control over
her telepathy. Aran Cortes - Age 37. Gruff, moody,
severe and just, with a tendency to be blas. He's aware of his
responsibilities as "father figure" and protector of Puerto Angel. Often
complains that he has no idea why he listens to "kids". He tends to show his
anger physically, often punching a wall or banging his fist on a console when
frustrated. Cortes was part of the original Pirate Rebellion and knew
Marcus Farrell "by reputation." His weapon of choice is a shotgun. In the
English dub, he has a dubious Scottish accent. Despite wearing his uniform with
the Pirate crest even when "off duty" in Puerto Angel, Cortes "personalizes" it
with a Tartan instead of a belt. He knew Cheng's mother before she was supposedly
killed, and seemed to have had a soft spot for her.
Cheng - Age 12. Cheng, despite his incredible intellect, is really still a
child. He loves to fool around: missions are like video games in the great
outdoors and he loves to play practical jokes on people. He is a very good
hacker. He'll do anything for attention, like speaking in rhymes. He also has a
crush on Celia. Cortes is his foster father. His parents were Pirate
scientists that he believes are deceased. He thinks his only living
relative is his grandfather, Tybald Ye, a scientist who is truly on the Pirates'
side but pretends to be a Sphere supporter. His weapon of choice is a
laser bazooka. Dahlia - Age 20. She has moved into the
world of adults but is nevertheless attracted to Mahad's rebellious and
youthful spirit, as well as his love for freedom. She finds Mahad's arrogance
both irritating and appealing, which sets an interesting tension between
them. She seems to enjoy giving Mahad grief. In "Eye of the storm", she nearly
kissed Mahad had Lena not saved them. She often acts "serious" in order to
distinguish herself from the "kids" but she breaks down from time to time and
shows her mischievous side. She is proud to fight alongside Cortes and protect
the people of Puerto Angel. She is a valued member of the pirates. Her weapon
of choice is an energy bow and arrow. Mahad and others who disobey her are
often quick to see the sharp side of her tongue.
Diwan - Age 25. Female master of highly developed Seijin powers, but not at
Oslo's level. Appointed by Oslo to personally capture Lena. She's bald and
has a red tattoo above her left eye and eyeshadow on both. Currently, Diwan
would do anything to show her devotion to Oslo, who treats her like garbage in
return. She controls the Brigadiers. While she was a captive of the Pirates,
Diwan tried to escape but was cast off in the groundless Skyland, despite
Dahlia's attempts to save her. Marcus Farrell Former leader of the
Pirate Rebellion. He is the father of Mahad and Lena, partner to Mila. Back
when he was Mahad's age, he stole water from the Sphere in broad daylight. Mila
and Oslo were sent to capture him and Mila got to him first. He helped Mila to
see what the Sphere truly is, and they ran away together. Through their
combined efforts, they built up the rebellion in six years, posing a real
threat to the Sphere. He mysteriously disappeared during an attack on the
Sphere leaving the Pirate Rebellion in disarray. Mahad and Lena discover in
episode 10 that he may have survived, and might be hiding on one of the last
free blocks. Mila - Age 35. Mahad and Lena's mother.
Kept in hiding on the Sphere Block, Babylonia, she appears rarely and always
in a very symbolic way. Her children only discover her heroic past after she
is abducted. She used to hide in ships like a little stowaway. She was taken to
the Sphere Academy of her own free will. She was a highly gifted former student
in the Guardian School, where she spent time with Oslo. On her first mission
with Oslo, they were sent to capture Marcus Farrell. She got to him first.
She chose to renounce her exceptionally strong paranormal powers, as well as
many privileges, when she decided not to help the Sphere after seeing how
terrible it was. After leaving, she met up with Marcus Farrell and they married.
She gave birth to her son Mahad and was about to give birth to Lena when Marcus
vanished, crippling the Pirate Rebellion. She knew Oslo would find her
again, so Mila decided to go into hiding and raise her children as a Mansa farmer
without using her powers. She is a complex mix of Mahad's indomitable
personality and Lena's exceptional powers. She was saved by Mahad and Lena
in Kharzem Fortress. Oslo - Age 35. Brother of Darius, Comes
from Vandegaard, a Scandinavian block. Leader of the Guardians and Commander of
the Sphere. He knew Mila back in the Sphere Academy. They were best friends,
inseparable. On their first mission together, they were sent to capture
Marcus Farrell. When he found Mila, he attempted to turn her to fulfill the
Prophecy, rule all of Skyland and take control of the Sphere. After hearing
that her daughter was far more powerful, he decided to capture Lena. Absolute
master of his highly developed Seijin powers. Oslo is able to use his powers
in the dark and light by keeping himself exposed to sunlight night and day. Mila
said that being able to use his powers in the dark would destroy him from the
inside. He is a rival to Marcus, in that Marcus "stole" Mila from him. He told
Lena Marcus was alive but she found it hard to believe. It is slightly obvious
that Oslo has strong feelings for Mila, though she does not for him.
The Vector - Age 60. A very intelligent smart man. The Vector has always lived
as a recluse and was almost never interested in the "practical" aspects of
life. He is eccentric and often unaware of danger. He is often pensive,
daydreaming and lost in his thoughts. He rarely leaves his lighthouse on Puerto
Angel. He taught Lena how to use her powers. The Vector has mapped Skyland,
though it is incomplete. He helped Mila escape the Sphere Academy.
Wayan - Age 30. Wayan is Cortes' First Lieutenant. He is an excellent marksman,
capable of total concentration and self-mastery during a battle.
Conversely, he is much less organized in real life. Although he is talkative, a
joker and a great storyteller, his perpetual optimism doesn't detract from
his mastery of weapons and inborn sense of adventure which he satisfies with his
mountain climbing exploits. Sometimes it seems he's Cortes' kid brother that he
never had. His weapon of choice is a Shock Blaster.
Minor characters Alice - A recently graduated Guardian
who crash-landed on Puerto Angel and was captured. She believed that the Sphere
were the "good guys" and the pirates the "bad guys." She managed to escape by
tricking Mahad - who was on guard duty - and hid in the Mosquito bay. When Mahad
captured her, she promised not to tell the Sphere about their location but he
didn't trust her. Alice threw Mahad out an open door but used her powers to save
him. Out of pity, he hid her in his closet. However, Lena discovered her
during a block-wide search and, through a telepathic communion, Alice learned
from Lena that she was wrong about the Sphere. With the help of Cheng who fixed
her Patroller, they planned to have Alice find their mother. Suddenly, they
were intercepted by Diwan, whom Alice tricked into allowing them to escape.
Now a supporter of the pirates, Alice plans to tell the other Guardians the
truth, wherever she is reassigned. Astrid - Astrid is the daughter of Max.
She seems to be very close to her father, as she always calls him 'Daddy.'
She seems to be close in age to Mahad, towards whom she displayed requited
interest. When she learned that her Dad was not the famous Sean of Aragon, she
went to the Sphere but ended up hostage. Celia - A young Seijin girl who was
taken in by the Pirates. When the crew was captured, Lena helped Celia discover
her powers to defeat Jelola and Artemis. On Puerto Angel, Lena was her teacher in
her quest to unlock the full potential of her powers. Celia couldn't talk while
captive. She may have a crush on Cheng, calling him cute.
Christophe Cortes - Full name "Christophe Mendias Theodore Cortes".
Cortes' older brother. He refuses to call him Cortes and calls him by his
first name: Aran. He arrives at Puerto Angel in a Mosquito asking a favour from
Cortes to help him get his damaged ship that's stuck in ice barriers in a Sphere
zone. Christophe's ship is the Callisto, a 'sister' to the Saint Nazaire. After
Cortes helps Christophe free the Callisto from the icebarriers, Lena
reveals him in possession of exalarium which is only useful to the Sphere in
anti-Seijen containment technology. Christophe claims that he was only to
going to deliver the supposedly worthless metal to maintain the Sphere's
confidence. Unfortunately, when the Sphere left by Diwan assaulted both
frigates and the Saint Nazaire being low on power, Christophe pretended to meet
with Diwan to discuss their surrender before self-destructing the Callisto.
Afterwards, he managed to escape Sphere custody with the promise to reunite with
his brother soon. Darius - Oslo's twin brother. Was born
minutes after his brother and his existence prevented Oslo from gaining
his full Seijin potential. Was banished for life on the Vandegaard block.
Hailong Zalo - An elder Seijin and ruler of Ningxia. He used to know Mila. He was
imprisoned in a room where light felt like an intruder. Yet his apprentice Lee
rescued him. Unfortunately, while being ambushed by Diwan, Zalo physically
transmitted to Lena a message from her mother. Currently, he is weak but he
left Lee in charge of Ningxia. Jonah - A scientist who was hired by the
Sphere to design an Anti-Seijin holding cell on the Monolith for a very special
Seijin. However, he heard that he would be executed after the job was done,
compelling him to escape. He was intercepted by the pirates who asked for
his help to sneak Mahad and Lena onto the Monolith. Instead, he took off in
the Hyperion but was captured by Diwan. After a series of fights on the
Monoliths, Jonah escaped with Mahad and Lena so the Sphere could never use his
genius. Jonah was seen in the episode "Infiltration."
Lee - Lee comes from Ningxia, and apprentice to an old friend of the
Vector, Hailong Zalo. He came to Puerto Angel in search of "Little Phoenix" for
his master had a message from her mother. He was dismayed when the Sphere
had turned against Ningxia with the aid of fellow apprentice, Feng. He helped
Mahad and Lena escape from the guards and enlists their aid to save his
master. He made it look like he was following Feng's orders to capture them.
Once he distracted the guards, he freed Mahad, Lena and Zalo. But, they were
ambushed by Diwan. Lee went a little offscreen for a while. After Ningxia was
freed, Zalo put him in charge to protect Ningxia if the Sphere returns.
Max- Max is father to Astrid, and was a delivery man to a famous but now dead
scientist, Sean of Aragon. He pretended to be that scientist in order to impress
his daughter, but was, in reality, little more than a con man. Pretending
to be the Sean of Aragon brought nothing but trouble, however, as the Sphere
wanted to find the scientist, who had been working on a formula for an endless
source of water when his lab 'mysteriously' blew up.
Patrucci - An extremely paranoid citizen of Puerto Angel, Patrucci lives in
constant fear of the Sphere, and of betrayal from his fellow rebels. He
doesn't trust Mahad and Lena, nor seemingly Cortes, although he displayed
concern for Dahlia in 'Manipulations'. His character model is often recycled,
but most fans agree that the 'true' Patrucci only appeared in
'Manipulations'. Though he wanted to leave, he reappeared in "Alice" who
ratted to Cortes that Mahad, Cheng and Lena were helping a Guardian escape.
Shinseiki - A Guardian student who was banished to the Fringes for her attempts
to fulfill the Prophecy on her own. Even in exile, Shinseiki brooded from
revenge. Using dark powers, she kidnapped several Seijins in order to
absorb their powers to unify the blocks of Skyland and recreate Earth, no matter
how many suffered. To this end, she telepathically reached out to Lena to
bring her to the Great Wall and then to her tower. However, Lena tricked
Shinseiki, overloading her with power and destroying her tower, but the mad
Seijin had survived the blast. Shinseiki moves like a circus performer and has a
small brigade of Brigadiers as escorts Tibald Yee - Tibald Yee is Cheng's
grandfather. He lived in the time before Earth broke up. When it did, he joined
the Sphere when it brought order to the chaos. His daughter and her husband were
Pirate scientists. Tibald made every last scrap of the Sphere's technology,
from the Brigadiers to the S-22 Patrollers to the Monolith. While
delaying development on his missile defense system, Tibald dispatched
Patrollers all over Skyland to find Cheng. When he succeeded, Diwan found
out and arrested him as well as Mahad and Lena who came to rescue Cheng. When
the Pirates arrived, he fought with Cortes, passing him the plans to his
missile defense system, and they settled on a trade for him, for Cheng. He is now
a supporter of the Pirates secretly. Episodes
= Season One = = Season Two =
References External links
The Skyland French Fansite Canadian Skyland website
Skyland at the Internet Movie Database Skyland at TV.com
Blog of one of the writers Staff blog
Skyland at DMOZ