With Crash Bandicoot’s revival going strong with the release of Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled, and more recently Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time, it’s almost guaranteed that a TV show would come out of it, right? Well, a Crash Bandicoot animated series that was reportedly in the works has been rumored to be cancelled.
According to a Reddit post on r/crashbandicoot, which has since been deleted, the Crash Bandicoot cartoon was being produced between Activision and Amazon for the past year. The post included a leaked test clip from the show, and claimed that the project allegedly got axed due to a dispute over the direction of the script.
While the post has since been deleted by the Redditor, the test footage has been shared on YouTube, although it is unknown how long it will remain on the site. The test footage shows Cortex, who has a hint of Plankton in his voice, flipping the switch to turn an ordinary bandicoot into the anthropomorphic bandicoot we all know and love — a detail that was not seen in the original games.
Crash Bandicoot having an animated series in the works, if that is to be believed, shouldn’t come as a shock if you dive deep enough into the orange marsupial’s history of animated misadventures.
Universal Animation made a 90-second 2D animated test clip for the original Crash Bandicoot in 1996, but according to Dave Siller, who shared the clip on YouTube nearly 20 years later, Sony didn’t want it put in the game — not even as a hidden Easter egg — because they were heavily invested in their 3D agenda. In recent years, Crash made a few appearances in Skylanders Academy, the Netflix adaptation of the Skylanders games. Where he is mostly mute in the games other than the occasional “Whoa!” before his fall, Crash talked a mile a minute with a thick Australian accent in the show.
Activision and Amazon have yet to comment on the rumor of the Crash Bandicoot cartoon being cancelled, so we advise you to take this with the smallest grain of salt.
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