Western Animation: Rayman The Animated Series
Running for only four episodes in 1999, this is the
most obscure entry in the Rayman
video game franchise. This series starts out with Rayman as a captive in Rigatoni's circus, along with Lac Mac, Cookie, Bettina and Flips. After escaping the circus, they have to find their way through the city of Aeropolis, with inspector Grub hot on their trail.
Where exactly this all fits in the Rayman
continuity is anyone's guess. Notably, Razorbeard, the antagonist of Rayman: The Great Escape
, does show up in the first episode, although he is reduced to a minion of Rigatoni. The series was supposed to run for thirteen episodes, so it might have tied in at some point.
- All-CGI Cartoon: A very early example.
- Big Bad: Rigatoni.
- Butt Monkey: Both Cookie and Grub.
- Captain Colorbeard: Razorbeard.
- Demoted to Extra: Razorbeard, the Big Bad of Rayman 2: The Great Escape, is reduced to a lackey of Rigatoni and is only seen in a single episode.
- Great Escape: The first episode.
- Idiot Ball: Similar to a certain film, the prisoners fail to realize that Lac Mac, being able to bend steel bars, should be able to escape from his cage with relative ease until Rayman tells them.
- I Just Want To Be Free: What kicks off the plot; Rayman and friends are slaves in Rigatoni's circus, and escape in the first episode. Rigatoni hires Grub to recapture them.
- Keep Circulating the Tapes: A VHS and DVD of the series do exist, but they are very rare. If you've seen this series, you have most likely seen it online.
- Left Hanging: The show was canceled after four episodes and never gave a conclusion to the story.
- The Other Darrin: Despite the entire series lasting only four episodes that run for less than an hour together, Bettina is voiced by three different actresses: Carolyn Lawrence in episode 1 and 2, Lacy Chabert in episode 3 and Kath Soucie in episode 4.
- Prison Episode: The third episode, where the heroes venture into an asylum to break Cookie out.
- Punch Clock Villain: Inspector Grub. In the final episode, Rayman and his friends even set up a date for him.
- Scooby-Dooby Doors: Happens in the asylum.
- Shout-Out: A few jack-in-the-boxes looking like Ed from Tonic Trouble are spotted in the first episode.
- What Might Have Been: Thirteen episodes were planned. No one knows how far along most of the unreleased episodes were, but apparently episode five was nearly finished and was to be called "My Fair Lac Mac".