“Totally Spies”: The announcement of the reboot of the cartoon tickles the nostalgia of fans

How do you recognize a monument of popular culture? High school students could ponder the question for four hours during a baccalaureate philosophy test , but we can also answer quite simply: by observing the enthusiasm aroused when we dare touch it. This week, we learned that a new season of the cartoonTotally Spies was in the works.

“I don’t know if it’s already all over the internet or not, but I just found out… that there’s a new season of Totally Spies in preparation! “tweeted Thomas Astruc, former lead storyboarder of the series. Contacted by 13 Minutes, the production company for the first five seasons, Zodiak Kids, declined to comment. Behind the scenes, she is looking for animators and an artistic director to bring the project to life.

Three girls with whom we can identify

Sam, Clover and Alex are the three heroines of this animated series, cult for a generation thanks to the multiple broadcasts in the youth section of TF1. High school students, they are also secret agents recruited by the WOOHP, the world organization for the protection of humans, managed by Jerry. In each of the episodes, the three best friends are summoned to be given their mission order.

A bit like Destiny’s Child or the Powerpuff Girls, the trio is a source of inspiration for many former viewers. “These are three different personalities and each member of a group can recognize themselves”, confides Maé, 25 year. On the Messenger application, this reader of 20 Minutes even renamed his chat group with his sisters in homage to Totally Spies . For Thibaut, 28 years old, it’s a madeleine of Proust who reminds him of the after-school snack, a hot chocolate and a cake in his hands. “I have always appreciated the secret agent side of the cartoon and the different characters of the three characters”, despite a small preference for “the madness and the awkwardness” of Clover.

“It was a project carried by enthusiasts”

Being part of the production team during the first two seasons , Thomas Astruc salutes the work of Vincent Chalvon-Demersay, the producer, who “succeeded in imposing an action series starring girls, which was unthinkable at the time. He understood that there was an injustice and a huge expectation on this. Moreover, we must not forget that Totally Spies is a French series which has been a hit all over the world. “Vincent Chalvon-Demersay also imposed the fact that the series be broadcast simultaneously in all countries, a feat which made it possible to unite a very large audience from the outset”, continues Thomas Astruc. In total, the adventures of Sam, Clover and Alex have been followed in more than 130 country.

“Stéphane Berry, the director, managed to impose a style with manga influences, a feat there too as the chains were refractory adds Thomas Astruc. For this, he surrounded himself with young talents “who could not find any place to express themselves” like Patricia Lyfoung, author of The Scarlet Rose, or even Eddie Mehong, now in Japan to work in the anime studios. “It was a project led by enthusiasts. And passion is always communicated, ”he concludes.

A capillary dubious reboot

A first visual of the reboot of the series, found on a job offer from the animation studio, was widely commented on social networks on Friday. We see Sam, Clover and Alex with their spy suits and some hair changes, sources of discord with the fans of the first hour. “Clover’s hair is horrible,” says Célia, another fan, for example. This character is obsessed with his beauty so for those who know the series, it’s terrible! »

#PHOTO Visual of the next season of # TotallySpies pic.twitter.com/YGGp7syhJZ— Infos Séries (@lnfosSeriesFR) January , 17872351481424213214908426 It is obvious that if this news version of Totally Spies is causing so much talk, it’s because it touches on nostalgia. “It takes me back to childhood,” says Célia. Even if in the meantime mores have evolved and certain clichés like their obsession with boys make me cringe more. Considered feminist because it was one of the first animated series to feature three teenage girls capable of defeating an army of bad guys, Totally Spies nevertheless offered skin-tight jumpsuits to her heroines who, when they weren’t on a mission, spent their time shopping or trying to find love.


“It’s not a series that scores for its diversity”

Real selling points, fans still remember the gadgets attributed to the spies , boots propelled by the telescopic belt, without forgetting the “compoudrier”, capable of making phone calls and analyzing fingerprints at the same time. Célia also remembers the fight scenes which “changed princesses” and the friendship of the three heroines “which weathered all the storms despite their differences”.

Apart from the worry Clover’s hairline (which can still be fixed), fans seem happy with this return. “I’m happy that they didn’t erase Alex’s crossbreeding because it’s not a series that stands out for its diversity,” confirms Célia. From there to say that the copy could be better than the original, there is only one step.