Spike Team
Spike Team.jpg
The Spike Team with Lucky
Created byAndrea Lucchetta
Developed by
Written by
Voices of(Italian version)
Perla Liberatori as Jo
Gaia Bolognesi as Victoria
Eva Padoan as Beth
Gemma Donati as Patty
Letizia Ciampa as Susan
Laura Lenghi as Ann Mary
Andrea Lucchetta as Lucky
Theme music composer
  • Giovanni Cera
  • Angelo Poggi
Opening theme"Spike Team", performed by Jenny B
Country of originItaly
Original languageItalian
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes52
Production
Running time26 minutes
Production companies
DistributorRai
Release
Original networkRai 2, Rai Gulp
Picture format16:9
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseNovember 21, 2010 (2010-11-21) –
present

Spike Team is an Italian animated series created by Andrea Lucchetta,[1] and produced by Rai Fiction, Lucky Dreams and Graphilm. It revolves around a volleyball team of six girls and their coach, Lucky.

The first season aired in Italy from November 2010 to May 2011,[2][3] while the second season from July 17, 2014;[4] the third one, along with a live-action,[5] is in production.[6]

A special 40-minute-long episode, Il sogno di Brent (Brent's Dream), was presented in September 2012 during the Paralympic Games[7] and opened, on December 3, the European Day of People with Disabilities.[8] It then aired in Italy on December 1, 2013.[9]

Plot

Madame A, an unscrupulous businesswoman, controls Evertown, a city without green in which sport is no longer practiced. The only land yet to be conquered is the one on which stands the Spikersfield College, but, as it isn't for sale, she attempts to kill the owner Armand Alea. The will of the man, however, states that, in order to take possession not only of the land and the school, but also of the Torch of Olympia, preserved in the museum of the institute, the potential buyers must participate in a volleyball tournament, the Alea Cup. Against Madame A's team, the Black Roses, there's the Spike Team, formed by Jo, Victoria, Beth, Patty, Susan, and Ann Mary, coached by Lucky, a former volleyball champion. Thanks to the tournament, the six girls not only discover their strengths and weaknesses, but also the special virtues that, represented by six gems, are able to re-ignite the Olympic flame.

Characters

Main characters

Other characters

Episodes

First season (2010–2011)

# "Italian title" (Translation)
"English dub title"
Italian air date
(Rai 2)
1"La lunga mano di Madame A" (The long arm of Madame A)
November 21, 2010 (2010-11-21)
2"La sfida impossibile" (The impossible challenge)
November 28, 2010 (2010-11-28)
3"Si comincia da zero" (Starting from zero)
December 5, 2010 (2010-12-05)
4"Le sei dita di una mano" (The six fingers of one hand)
December 12, 2010 (2010-12-12)
5"Il valore del sacrificio" (The value of sacrifice)
December 19, 2010 (2010-12-19)
6"Dovere o piacere" (Duty or pleasure)
January 2, 2011 (2011-01-02)
7"Sfida sleale" (Unfair challenge)
January 9, 2011 (2011-01-09)
8"Una sporca trappola" (A dirty trap)
January 16, 2011 (2011-01-16)
9"Il trionfo di Madame" (The triumph of Madame)
January 23, 2011 (2011-01-23)
10"Cercando una strada" (Searching for a way)
January 30, 2011 (2011-01-30)
11"La scelta" (The choice)
February 6, 2011 (2011-02-06)
12"La capitana" (The captain)
February 13, 2011 (2011-02-13)
13"Una torcia fantasma" (A ghost torch)
February 20, 2011 (2011-02-20)
14"L'abbraccio dello squalo" (The embrace of the shark)
February 27, 2011 (2011-02-27)
15"Musica e complotti" (Music and plots)
March 6, 2011 (2011-03-06)
16"Salvando un college" (Saving a college)
March 13, 2011 (2011-03-13)
17"Un terribile dilemma" (A terrible dilemma)
March 20, 2011 (2011-03-20)
18"Attacco frontale" (Frontal attack)
March 27, 2011 (2011-03-27)
19"Confida nel tuo nemico" (Trust in your enemy)
April 3, 2011 (2011-04-03)
20"Fiesta" (Fiesta)
April 10, 2011 (2011-04-10)
21"Arbitro venduto" (Sold referee)
April 17, 2011 (2011-04-17)
22"Ritorno in pista" (Back on track)
April 24, 2011 (2011-04-24)
23"La forza della tigre" (The strength of the tiger)
May 1, 2011 (2011-05-01)
24"La conferma di una squadra" (The confirmation of a team)
May 8, 2011 (2011-05-08)
25"I conti del passato" (The accounts of the past)
May 15, 2011 (2011-05-15)
26"Il sapore della vittoria" (The taste of victory)
May 22, 2011 (2011-05-22)

Second season (2014)

# "Italian title" (Translation)
"English dub title"
Italian air date
(Rai Gulp)
1"Un nuovo inizio" (A new beginning)
July 17, 2014 (2014-07-17)
2"In trappola" (In a trap)
July 17, 2014 (2014-07-17)
3"Il Braciere di Olimpia" (The Cauldron of Olympia)
July 18, 2014 (2014-07-18)
4"Spike Camp"
July 18, 2014 (2014-07-18)
5"Lo spirito di una squadra" (The spirit of a team)
July 19, 2014 (2014-07-19)
6"Un amore virtuale" (A virtual love)
July 19, 2014 (2014-07-19)
7"Orgoglio e pregiudizio" (Pride and prejudice)
July 20, 2014 (2014-07-20)
8"Spike oui"
July 20, 2014 (2014-07-20)
9"Il segreto della Torcia" (The secret of the Torch)
July 21, 2014 (2014-07-21)
10"Vita da college" (College life)
July 21, 2014 (2014-07-21)
11"Una spia tra noi" (A spy among us)
July 22, 2014 (2014-07-22)
12"Segni dal passato" (Signs from the past)
July 22, 2014 (2014-07-22)
13"La bussola vichinga" (The Viking compass)
July 23, 2014 (2014-07-23)
14"Sconfitte e amori" (Losses and loves)
July 23, 2014 (2014-07-23)
15"Tensioni" (Tensions)
July 24, 2014 (2014-07-24)
16"Dentro o fuori" (In or out)
July 24, 2014 (2014-07-24)
17"Ironman"
July 25, 2014 (2014-07-25)
18"La storia di Brent" (Brent's story)
July 25, 2014 (2014-07-25)
19"Fuori squadra" (Out of the team)
July 26, 2014 (2014-07-26)
20"Doppio gioco" (Double game)
July 26, 2014 (2014-07-26)
21"Solleva, rotea, colpisci" (Lift, spin, hit)
July 27, 2014 (2014-07-27)
22"Tradimenti" (Betrayals)
July 27, 2014 (2014-07-27)
23"Caerleon"
July 28, 2014 (2014-07-28)
24"Dodici cavalieri e un re" (Twelve knights and a king)
July 28, 2014 (2014-07-28)
25"Esse di spada, esse di squadra" (S of sword, s of squad)
July 29, 2014 (2014-07-29)
26"Six for fight"
July 29, 2014 (2014-07-29)

Third season

# "Italian title" (Translation)
"English dub title"
Italian air date
1"Sette" (Seven)
TBA
2"Susan"
TBA
3"Ann Mary"
TBA
4"Patty"
TBA
5"Vicky"
TBA
6"Beth"
TBA
7"Franci"
TBA
8"Jo"
TBA
9"Lucky"
TBA
10"Terra" (Earth)
TBA
11"Legami" (Bound)
TBA
12"L'olimpiade ha inizio" (The Olympics begin)
TBA
13"Una vera squadra" (A true team)
TBA
14"Thai Indigestio" (Indigestible Thai)
TBA
15"Il girone si chiude" (The round closes)
TBA
16"Zodiaco" (Zodiac)
TBA
17"Buon divertimento Spike!"
" (Have fun, Spike!)"
TBA
18"Divise" (Divided)
TBA
19"La scelta di Jo" (Jo's choice)
TBA
20"Fantasmi" (Ghosts)
TBA
21"Un altro pianeta" (Another planet)
TBA
22"Alchimie di squadra"
" (Team alchemies)"
TBA
23"Davide vs Golia" (David vs Goliath)TBA
24"Le vestali" (7 vestals)
TBA
25"Le leonesse scendono in campo" (The lionesses take the field)
TBA
26"Spike Team"
TBA

Broadcast

Spike Team has been acquired by Foothill Entertainment for English-language countries,[10] by Rose Entertainment for South America[6] and by Ypsilon Entertainment for Spain-language countries.[5]

Books

References

  1. ^ "Andrea Lucchetta si "anima": arriva "Spike Team"" (in Italian). April 2010. Archived from the original on September 16, 2011. Retrieved February 29, 2012.
  2. ^ "Al Kazachok 2010 con Andrea Lucchetta e il suo Spike Team!" (in Italian). November 11, 2010. Retrieved February 29, 2012.
  3. ^ "Spike Team, il cartoon di Andrea Lucchetta al via su RaiDue" (in Italian). November 20, 2010. Retrieved February 29, 2012.
  4. ^ "Spike Team 2 di Andrea Lucchetta arriva in prima tv su Rai Gulp" (in Italian). July 11, 2014. Retrieved July 21, 2014.
  5. ^ a b "The view from Foothill". July 17, 2012. Archived from the original on October 21, 2013. Retrieved September 1, 2012.
  6. ^ a b "Le ultime novità per Spike Team" (in Italian). April 2011. Retrieved March 1, 2012.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Il sogno paralimpico di Brent: questa sera, a Casa Italia, la proiezione integrale del film. Presenti l'ideatore Andrea Lucchetta, il Presidente Pancalli ed il Capo Missione De Sanctis" (in Italian). September 3, 2012. Archived from the original on October 18, 2012. Retrieved September 4, 2012.
  8. ^ "Sognando le Paralimpiadi" (in Italian). Retrieved August 31, 2012.
  9. ^ "Il sogno di Brent, domenica in onda il cartoon sulla disabilità" (in Italian). November 27, 2013. Retrieved November 27, 2013.
  10. ^ "Spike Team d'esportazione" (in Italian). April 4, 2011. Retrieved March 1, 2012.