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Animaniacs: The Great Edgar Hunt is an Animaniacs video game released in 2005 in North America, Europe and Australia for the GameCube and Xbox, and for PlayStation 2 only in Europe. It features much of the voice actors from the original Animaniacs and Pinky and the Brain series reprising their roles, as well as voicing new characters. It was developed by Warthog Games and published by Ignition Entertainment. It was also the first Animaniacs-related project focusing on the Animaniacs series itself to be released since Wakko's Wish back in 1999, and the second overall for the franchise following the 2002 game Pinky and The Brain: The Master Plan.

Plot[]

Reporter Mary Hartless fills in the player in a news report that the Warner Film Lot is preparing for the "Edgar" award ceremony(Which is a parody of the Oscars, much like the Felix and Schloscar from the Genesis game and the show respectively). Frustrated by constantly being overlooked, film director C. C. Deville steals the Edgars and threatens to melt them all down unless studio chairman Thaddeus Plotz gives him a lucrative contract. But Deville's dim-witted assistant Jinx accidentally crashes Deville's getaway blimp into the Warner Bros. water tower. This scatters 44 of the 45 stolen Edgars across the studio lot and its five other soundstages, and releases Yakko, Wakko, and Dot in the process, who search for them to save the Edgar ceremony.

Cast[]

Much of the voice cast from the original Animaniacs and Pinky and the Brain series reprise their roles, in addition to voicing new characters. Guest-stars from both series also voice new characters in this game.

Playable[]

Cutscene only[]

  • Thaddeus Plotz (voiced by Frank Welker)
  • Ralph T. Guard (voiced by Frank Welker)
  • Chicken Boo (voiced by Frank Welker)
  • Dr. Scratchansniff (voiced by Rob Paulsen)
  • C.C Deville (voiced by Billy West)
  • Sherrif Marion (voiced by Billy West)
  • Bo Peep (voiced by Tress MacNeille)
  • Cleopatra (voiced by Tress MacNeille)
  • Mary Hartless (voiced by Tress MacNeille)
  • Dragon (voiced by Frank Welker)
  • Prospector (voiced by Frank Welker)
  • Bearded Man (voiced by Jeff Bennett)
  • Jock (voiced by Jeff Bennett)
  • Witch (voiced by Tress MacNeille)
  • Big Chief Sitting Bison (voiced by Jess Harnell)
  • Cowboy (voiced by Jess Harnell)
  • Space Ship Officer (voiced by Jess Harnell)
  • Frightened Girl (voiced by Kath Soucie)
  • Bathroom Soldier (voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson)
  • Duffy Fish (voiced by Rob Paulsen)
  • Turtle (voiced by Rob Paulsen)
  • Igor (voiced by Maurice LaMarche)
  • Marvin (voiced by Maurice LaMarche)
  • Prisoner (voiced by Maurice LaMarche)
  • Billy Goat (voiced by Billy West)
  • King of Primates (voiced by Billy West)

Gameplay[]

The different types of levels include:

  • The Warner film lot (Hub level)
  • Ye Olde West (Western)
  • Spooky Movie (Horror)
  • Once Upon a Time (Fantasy)
  • King O'Sullivan's Mines (Adventure)
  • The Epic (Epic)

You start out controlling Yakko Warner and first head out to rescue Wakko and Dot in the Horror and Western movie soundstages respectively. Like the Sega Genesis version of Animaniacs, the siblings have special abilities of their own to use:

  • Yakko can throw or drop bombs to destroy weakened walls and strong chests, and also to defeat strong enemies
  • Wakko can use a shovel to dig for collectables and find secret areas
  • Dot can use her hula outfit to limbo under small entranceways

All three Warners can attack, duck and roll, triple-jump, glide, ground pound and sneak around. They can also collect various items in the soundstages to help in getting the Edgars:

  • Suction Cups, which allow the Warners to climb up special printed walls.
  • A "Long Shot Weapon", which allows them to hit far away targets and enemies.
  • Scuba Gear, which allows them to dive and swim underwater(Which also changes the music).
  • A magnifying glass, which is needed to find enemies that Chicken Boo is disguised as in each soundstage.
  • Night vision goggles, which allows the Warners to enter darkened areas. Without even owning the goggles, a counter will count down upon entering a darkened area, soon forcing the character out.

The character also starts out with three full apples for health, having three sections to each(full, bitten, core) before it is darkened. Collecting full sets of "ACME" letters will increase the maximum apples by one to a maximum of nine. When the controlled Warner is knocked out by losing all their apples, from enemies or falling into pits of hazardous liquids, only the first three apples are restored to full.

Among other collectables aside from apples, ACME letters and Edgars, there are soundstage-specific collectables in every stage, some for missions, some having a theme matching the level:

  • Warner film lot: Film canisters
  • Ye Olde West: Gold nuggets
  • Spooky Movie: Pumpkins
  • Once Upon a Time: Crowns
  • King O'Sullivan's Mines: Emeralds
  • The Epic: Scarabs

Minigames[]

There are also minigames to find and play in the different soundstages for different rewards and to open new areas. Some include a shooting gallery, taming a bronco, getting goats across a bridge, solving a puzzle cube with four different puzzles on it, and partaking in a chariot race. The most common ones are the ones with Pinky and the Brain, at least one minigame with them can be found in each soundstage that give either Edgars or special items as rewards(Or in the case of their minigame in the Warner Film Lot, opening up the paths to the other soundstages).

Trivia[]

  • This game was originally planned to be published by SWING Entertainment under the name "Animaniacs: Hollywood Hijinx" with the same visuals, objectives and antagonist, but was put on hold when SWING declared bankruptcy in 2003 (presumably to coincide with the series' 10th anniversary)[1] Publishing duties were transferred to Ignition following SWING's dissolving.
  • The office building of the Warner film lot as well as certain soundstages have various easter eggs in its portraits, such as paintings with the Warner Brothers' and Sister's faces on them. There are also pictures of Minerva Mink, the Nurse, side characters from the original series (Such as Frau Hassenfeffer), and screencaps of Wakko's Wish scattered throughout.
    • The title change may have came to be to avoid confusion with Tiger's own LCD game, which was also titled "Hollywood Hi Jinx!".
  • The GameCube port of this game is playable on Nintendo Wii consoles with the model number RVL-001.

References[]

  1. Tim Symons - "News: Animaniacs First Look." N-Europe. Published March 13, 2003. Retrieved March 20, 2024.

External Links[]

Animaniacs Video Games
Animaniacs (1993-1998)
Konami (Genesis/Game Boy)Konami (SNES)Hollywood Hi Jinx!Game PackTen Pin AlleyA Gigantic AdventureSplat BallThe Great Edgar HuntLights, Camera, Action!
Pinky and the Brain (1995-1998)
World ConquestThe Master Plan
Crossovers
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Cancelled Titles
Pinky and the Brain (PlayStation/Sega Saturn)Animaniacs Grand Prix
Animaniacs: Hollywood Hypnotics
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