MoonScoop Group

MoonScoop Group
Formerly called
France Animation (1984–87)
Futuroscope (1987–90)
Antefilms (1990–2001)
Antefilms Production (2001–03)
Fate rebranded as Splash Entertainment
Successor Splash Entertainment
Founded 2003
Founder Christophe Di Sabatino and Benoît Di Sabatino
Defunct 2014
Headquarters Paris, France
  • Antefilms
  • XANA Post-Production
  • Taffy Entertainment
  • MoonScoop Digital Entertainment
  • Mike Young Productions
  • Kabillion
  • LuxAnimation
  • Cyber Group Studios

The MoonScoop Group was a French animation and production company that creates and publishes animated television series. Its corporate headquarters are located in Paris, France, along with offices in the United Kingdom and the United States. It was established in 2003. It is most famously known for Code Lyoko and its sequel series, Code Lyoko Evolution.


One of MoonScoop's predecessors was France Animation, founded in 1984.[1] France Animation went on to become the original producers of Les Mondes Engloutis ("Spartakus and the Sun Beneath the Sea"). By the early 2000s, it bought Antefilms Production—an outfit created by Christophe Di Sabatino and Benoît Di Sabatino in 1990—to form the present day MoonScoop.[2] MoonScoop's holdings also include Funbag Animation Studios.

Acquisition of MoonScoop

As of February 4, 2014, MoonScoop had been 100% acquired by Mike and Liz Young[3] of Ellipsanime[4] whom has purchased all of Moonscoop's assets for $820,518 as well as retaining the remaining 27 Employees including the executive producer, Nicolas Atlan. MoonScoop is now re-branded as Splash Entertainment.

Important people

Christophe Di Sabatino and Benoît Di Sabatino (brothers) are the co-executive chairmen of the MoonScoop Group. Nicolas Atlan and Axel Dauchez are co-CEOs.


The MoonScoop Group is made up of numerous subsidiaries:

Most well-known shows

Code Lyoko

Main article: Code Lyoko

Code Lyoko is a French animated series featuring both conventional animation and computer-generated imagery, produced by Antefilms during the first season and MoonScoop during the second, in association with the France 3 television network and Canal J. Code Lyoko is about a group of four boarding school students enrolled at Kadic Junior High School, named Jeremie, Odd, Ulrich, and Yumi. The students try to help a virtual girl named Aelita leave the virtual world of Lyoko (found inside a supercomputer housed in the basement of an abandoned factory near their school), and enter the real world.

A highly malevolent and rogue artificial intelligence (also referred to as a multi-agent system) named X.A.N.A., bent on world domination, has taken over the quantum supercomputer in charge of the virtual reality/world of Lyoko. If the group is able to get Aelita to the activated tower(s) out of the more than forty scattered about four of Lyoko's five tropical regions, she can neutralize Xana's violently destructive attack on the real world; then the supercomputer can reverse time to just before the attack, leaving no one except the group to remember any of the events that transpired. To complicate the situation, they must do this while ensuring that their classmates and teachers are not killed (because going back in time cannot return those killed by X.A.N.A. to life), and deal with the various personality clashes they have with them at the same time.

Code Lyoko: Evolution

Main article: Code Lyoko: Evolution

This rebooted series takes place one year after the events of the original series stated above. Unlike its predecessor, however, it consists of live-action for the real world but still contains the 3D computer animation for the virtual world of Lyoko. Its first season has 26 episodes, and ended on an unresolved cliffhanger episode, which leaves a possibility for a second season in the near future.

X.A.N.A. has been mysteriously reborn with even more strength than before. This prompts Jeremie, Ulrich, Odd, Yumi and Aelita to reactive their well-hidden quantum supercomputer in order to return to Lyoko to obliterate the menacing A.I. once again. They are joined, again, by William Dunbar as the sixth member of their fighting team, and a girl-genius named Laura Gauthier; whom they are unsure to confide in.

Traveling into the digital sea inside their submersible submarine (which they had called the Skidbladnir), the five Lyoko Warriors come across another virtual world near Lyoko called the Cortex. However, as this new virtual region is ever-changing and chaotic, Jeremie programs a secondary viechile called the Megapod with Odd as its pilot. In the very center, lies the Core/Heart of the Cortex itself and by investigating further, they all discover a new enemy just as dangerous as X.A.N.A. Professor Tyron − who seems unaware of X.A.N.A.'s existence within his own supercomputer. The Lyoko warriors must deal with constructing a strong enough virus to completely exterminate X.A.N.A. and stop Tyron, as well as the powerful team of Ninjas his virtualizes onto the Cortex to battle the five Lyoko avatars.

Even more puzzling is the fact that Aelita's own mother, Anthea Hopper, appears to be working with their enemy. The group is determined to discover why she is working alongside Tyron and how to reunite mother and daughter. Jeremie succeeds in developing an anti-virus to eradicate X.A.N.A. once and for all and wipe out Tyron's own data in the process. Unfortunately, Tyron eventually manages to find them at Kadic Academy; due to his connection to Aelita's mother and legality as Aelita's stepfather. Desperate to save his work, Tyron orders that his supercomputer be shut down, which gradually causes the Cortex to disintegrate. Luckily, Odd, Ulrich, William and Aelita all managed to escape permanent virtualization in the digital sea by mere minutes. With Tyron's quantum supercomputer shut off, Jeremie shuts off their own supercomputer; therefore rending X.A.N.A. dormant once again; not destroying it.

Hero: 108

Main article: Hero: 108

A long time ago humans and animals lived together in harmony. But a wicked wizard named High Roller controlled 2 animals and tricked the other animals into thinking that humans were their enemies. Chaos reigned until a group of warriors, Lin Chung, Jumpy Ghostface, Mystique Sonia, Commander ApeTrully, Mr. No Hands, and Mighty Ray, had joined forces to end the war.

List of MoonScoop shows

(Note: As MoonScoop was the result of a merger between Antefilms and France Animation, this list consists of programming from both catalogs.)

List of MoonScoop films


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  4. Jeremy Dickson (2014-01-27). "Ellipsanime acquires Moonscoop". Kidscreen. Retrieved 2014-05-16.
  5. Archived July 24, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
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