Les Vacances de Piwi! is a French 3D animated TV series produced by DKP Effects and EnSky Studios. The 26-episode series aired in Montreal, Quebec on Télé-Québec between July 9, 2002 and June 8, 2003.
However, a year before its broadcast, EnSky Studios had previewed a pitch pilot for the series at SIGGRAPH 2002. This version displayed several differences compared to the final product:
- The pitch pilot of the series had a standard version of the intro when Gourmand, Soleil, Resort, Ventouse, and Peinture smile and say "Les Vacances de Piwi!" all together.
- The mascots were originally cute and cuddly while they're showing their really cute smile.
- The animation of this pilot has inflatable bubbles and colorful skies.
- The pilot had a lot more action and destruction, compared to the lighter, more 'educational' fare witnessed in the series.
- There was a queen of Happy Planet who loves to tell stories. She would make the five mascots appear in the pilot.
Shortly after EnSky Studios screened the pitch pilot, several clips were recorded in July 9, 2002 at SIGGRAPH 2002. The behind the scenes footage was also released in July 9, 2002 created in Alias|Wavefront Maya and Avid DS for the DVD bonus feature. Most clips are also difficult to find these days compared from the past.
It is possible that a longer, full pilot may exist, as pilot telefilms were sometimes done to present a series' concept. A 3D animation reel was also released in July 9, 2002 by EnSky Studios for the DVD bonus feature.