The Book Continuity is the universe where the Les Pyjamasques picture book series takes place, with all its events from "Les Pyjamasques et le Grogarou" to the present being its canon. It is considered the main setting of the series, and the home dimension of Les Pyjamasques.
The continuity also includes events of the unaired pilot episode of the PJ Masks television series.
The Book Continuity is the continuity where the stories and events of the picture book series take place.
The primary location that most books takes place appears to be the fictional Tarabiscoville, a town based on Paris with aesthetics reminiscent to Gotham City from the Batman comic series.
The continuity has a cartoonish, goofy, humorous and dreamlike atmosphere with a fantasy-based setting, takes the idea of combining superhero fiction, folklore, nature, nocturnal and dream themes, and having aesthetics of slapstick cartoons.
In extension, as of "Les Pyjamasques et l'opération zéro," it combines the stories and lore of other folklores and legends of ancient origins (alongside the characters who are associated with that folklore) with Greek mythology storytelling style, contexts, references, aesthetics, lore and other elements. As of "Le cristal des Pyjamasques," it applies more aspects that is more akin to contemporary superhero culture such as the presence of superhero bases, and the frequent usage of superhero culture terms such as "super costumes" and "superpowers".
The aspects that relate to the atmosphere and aesthetics includes the superheroes wearing costume that resemble that of funny animal characters (such as Les Pyjamasques), anthropomorphic characters (such as Machine à bisous, Robot-Blizzard, Mitomites, Papinuits, Pyja-Robot and Grogarou) and a moon with a face.
TV Series Connections
As of "Les Pyjamasques et l'opération zéro," the continuity began incorporating elements from the Cartoon Continuity while keeping most of the elements from its first 18 stories of the continuity. These features include:
- Certain characters getting some visual connections to the costume designs of their television counterparts.
- The addition of new characters that directly reference the PJ Masks television series, but they are portrayed differently, renamed, and had their designs changed to match the atmosphere and theme of the continuity.
- Les Pyjamasques receiving vehicles that has a similar design to the PJ Masks, except they are convertible and have more animal features.
- Les Pyjamasques also received a new design to their totem to resemble the PJ Masks' HQ, and is been given magical abilities.
The continuity mainly focuses on several characters who are portrayed on mythologies such as:
- Nahual - (e.g. Les Pyjamasques)
- Fairies - (e.g. Lilifée)
- Monsters - (e.g. Grogarou, Croque-Chaussettes)
- Gremlins - (e.g. Sablotin)
- Living statuettes - (e.g. Utüpe)
- Witches - (e.g. Sorceline and Magistère la Sorcière)
- Magicians - (e.g. Marchand de sable)
- Gods - (e.g Apophis and Bastet)
- Nymphs - (e.g Orticia)
- Sea Serpents
- Magical Animals - (e.g. Totem Animals)
To reflect on the idea of placing folklores onto Greek mythology context and the inspiration on how Greek gods are represented, heroes and villains of the continuity are associated with specific aspects of life and nature. For example, Sorceline represents sadness and anger, Roméo Mécano represents failure, Les Mascrapules represents jealousy, and Les Pyjamasques represents as helpers of mankind. However, not all characters are associated with specific aspects of life and nature, as other characters such as Gatzo, Apophis, Orticia, Ninjaka and Sablotin are shown to be some of the exceptions.
Depending on the representation with life and nature, they either have motives on destroying, stealing, vandalize or damage anything for personal gains or to satisfy their negative moods. While others will attempt to help and protect from those who seek to destroy the opposite of a character's negative representation.
However, traditional superhero fiction motives of villains achieving the higher power in which nobody can stop them are excluded in the Book Continuity, in order to reflect on the cartoonish atmosphere of the Book Continuity.
In general, characters such as Les Pyjamasques and Les Mascrapules have personality traits which appear to be that of a funny cartoon character's behavior and mannerisms (e.g happy-go, mischievous, clumsy, dim-witted etc.) than that of traditional characters from superhero fiction.
The Book Continuity is mainly oriented to magic relating on real-life mythologies, folklore and legends. This also includes certain characters owning gadgetry and weapons which reflects on the continuity's cartoonish atmosphere and aesthetics of '40s/'50s vintage cartoons. As the book series progressed, some of the technology is incorporated from the Cartoon Continuity and is altered to fit with the continuity's dreamlike and cartoonish atmosphere and its mythology themes. Examples include:
- Roméo's inventions coming in a large variety of cartoon-styled anthropomorphic robots, robot demolishers, cartoon bombs, seeds, a bag containing a mechanical arm and much more that can be imagined.
- Ninjaka and the Ninjazouaves' Jumping Balloons, which happen to be inspired from the bouncy splats.
- Sorceline's Sac-à-oubli resembling that of a robber's money sack, and her magnet possessing magic such as lightning-based powers and the ability to mind-control Mitomites.
- Cartoon-styled superhero vehicles (such as the Chat-Bolide, Astro-Hibou and Energuman's super vehicle) with characteristics that are not common with comic-styled superhero vehicles, such as lacking a vehicle roof and vehicular gadgetry (in most cases).
- Agent Pin and Agent Pon owning children-sized ride-on cars instead of actual police vehicles.
- Les Pyjamasques being able to transform their pajamas into magical costumes by allowing their totem animals to illuminate their pajamas.
Presentations that are part of the Universe
- Originally, before the events of "Les Pyjamasques et l'opération zéro", the themes for the book series didn't had the idea of placing other folklores, mythologies and legends into Ancient Greek storytelling style and lore elements that time.