Trivia / ToeJam & Earl

  • Development Hell: For Toejam & Earl III: Mission to Earth, see What Could Have Been... below.
  • Executive Meddling: Panic on Funkotron was originally closer to the first game in terms of gameplay before Sega had them change it to the side-scroller seen in the finished product. Some of the differences between the first game and Mission To Earth were also made at Sega's request.
  • Franchise Killer: Mission to Earth's commercial underperformance pretty much killed any chance at a revival. Until 2015...
  • Sequel Gap: Twice. Mission to Earth was released nine years after Panic on Funkotron, and Back In The Groove will be released sixteen years after Mission to Earth.
  • Throw It In!: ToeJam and Earl were originally named FlowJam and Whirl, but the man coding their names in misheard them and wrote in ToeJam and Earl. Sega liked the latter names.
    • Trolling Creator: In a twichfeed, Greg confessed this isn't true. He made it up during interviews while "Punchy"
  • Unintentional Period Piece: Besides the Totally Radical slang, the cover of the first game firmly places it in the early 90s, especially the Japanese version with its crimped starry border.
  • What Could Have Been...: Before Sega didn't get it, and wanted something more generic., The second game was drastically different.
    • The plot was going to be about Toejam and Earl going to a rap contest on earth but they lose their Music Disk in the process, The plot was reused for the third game.
    • The third game was slated to be released on the Dreamcast but the failure of that console forced Greg to redevelop the game for the Xbox. It was also planned for the Sega CD and 32X Very early on but was scrapped for the same reason.
      • The third game was more like the first game with random level to level gameplay and a random level generator, Unlike the generic Mario 64 gameplay minus the platforming.
      • The third game's villain was going to be a KKK head mask as a symbol of an anti-racism statement, This was OBVIOUSLY rejected by Sega, So the character was changed to a generic skull design for the final game's.
      • Originally Lisa Lopes was cast as Latisha's voice actor but due to contract disputes, Sherrie Jackson provided the voice instead (this was before her death in 2002 the same year the game came out).
  • Working Title: All Funked Up was the original subtitle to the third game.
    • The game also formally had the title Toejam, Earl, and Latisha.

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