Delta State (TV series)

Delta State

All the main characters (except man on the left)
Country of origin Canada
Original language(s) English
Original network Teletoon
Original release September 11, 2004 (2004-09-11)[1][2] – February 27, 2005 (2005-02-27)[2]

Delta State is a Canadian animated television series,[3] based on a comic book by Douglas Gayeton (which was never released), featuring four amnesiac roommates with the ability to enter an ethereal realm known as the Delta State. They face the dual tasks of piecing together their past lives and battling a group of Delta State denizens called Rifters, who seek to control the human mind. The main characters are Claire (Ilona Elkin), Martin (Dusan Dukic), Luna (Lizz Alexander), and Philip (Nicholas Wright).

The series debuted September 11, 2004 on Teletoon,[1] the Canadian cartoon television network. It is the first animated television series to be entirely rotoscoped, taking over 27 months to complete.

Delta State is a French/Canadian co-production with designs, story boards etc., done by Alphanim in Paris. Shooting and recording were performed by Nelvana Canada. The project was conceived by Douglas Gayeton, who also directed the original pilot and wrote the bible for the show.

The show has won the Special Award for a TV program at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival, and the Frames 2004 for best Asian Production.

The series aired in France from March 9, 2005 on Canal+.


Four people each become aware that they possess superhuman abilities of the mind, and are charged by their friend and mentor Professor Brodie with saving the world from Rifter forces. Brodie trains them to battle Rifters in the Delta State, a reference to the brain wave pattern achieved during deep sleep. The main characters, Professor Brodie, and the Rifters are able to enter and exit this state of consciousness at will. As in dreams, rules of physics or logic do not necessarily apply; yet, as in lucid dreaming, a measure of control over the situation can be achieved while in this state.





"Four young amnesiacs hold the fate of humankind in their hands. Their mission is to protect you from the "Rifters" who want to control the human mind. They may appear to be harmless and self-absorbed but they have astonishing, paranormal powers and an invincible motivation: To retrieve the secrets to their past lives, hidden deep in the parallel dimension of the Delta State." — Professor R. Brodie, opening credits

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DVD release

Teletoon first began releasing Delta State on DVD, three episodes per disc, with a delay of several months between batches, first with "Delta State First Contact" (episodes 1 – 3) released May 16, 2006; and then with "Delta State The Reading" (episodes 4 – 6), released October 10, 2006.

However after only two of these releases, and another delay of several months, "The Detour on Teletoon presents: The Complete First Season" was made available in a two-disc box set (a slightly thicker case than a regular DVD case) on February 13, 2007, with Teletoon's Detour banner at the top of the front artwork. This release, however, is not 'complete' as it contains only the first 13 episodes, not all 26.

There has been a re-release of this "first season" by Kaboom Entertainment on October 6, 2009, replacing Teletoon's banner at the top with their own. But according to the DVD menu listed by Amazon, this release has only the first 13 episodes on 2 discs as well. Oddly enough, Kaboom Entertainment's release is priced nearly $10 less than Teletoon's.

iTunes release

In the late summer/early fall of 2010, Delta State the TV series became available for download from the iTunes Store. It is offered via iTunes as it was originally intended to be marketed, with 'Season 1' comprising episodes 1 – 13, and 'Season 2' episodes 14 – 26.

The comic

The comic book was created by Douglas Gayeton, with artwork by Matt Rockman, in 1996 while both worked at a New York interactive company called Sunshine Digital. Before the project ever hit the bookshelves it was bought by Alphanim, who hired Gayeton to develop the book as an animated series. He shot the pilot with live actors in Los Angeles on a shoestring budget and took a flash-based vector animation approach to completing the project, all this years before the making of "Waking Life". After writing the original show bible and directing the pilot for the series Gayeton moved on to other projects, though he remains a fan of the work. To this date the graphic novel has yet to be sold in stores as it is owned by Alphanim.


The music for the show was composed by French DJ and producer Kid Loco. Only two tracks from the original soundtrack have been released. The first one is the Delta State theme song, which is an extended version of the main theme. It is available to buy from the iTunes store. The second track is called "Another Snake" and has been released on a compilation CD called "Ethnic Odyssey — Natural Born Travellers" in 2007. Other songs from the show have not been officially released.


  1. 1 2 "Fall 2004 Highlights: Teletoon" (Press release). Toronto: Teletoon. Channel Canada. August 23, 2004. Archived from the original on October 21, 2013.
  2. 1 2 "Television Program Logs". Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. 2016-03-02. Archived from the original on 2016-05-16.
  3. "Delta State". TV Guide.

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