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Disney's Extreme Skate Adventure is a Disney skateboarding game featuring characters from Toy Story, The Lion King and Tarzan, as well as several real-life kids (decided by a contest) as members of the Extreme Skate Crew. It was developed by Toys For Bob and published by Activision in 2003, just in time for the Platinum Edition release of The Lion King.

Effectively just a Disney-fied version of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4, being built on the same engine and using the same gameplay mechanics. There's even an option to switch between "Basic" controls and the standard Tony Hawk "Pro" controls.

The Disney segments vary in their content. The Tarzan levels contain a loose adaptation of the events of the film, with the player helping Tarzan's gorilla family as they encounter humans for the first time. The Toy Story levels have the player simply exploring Andy's Room and Pizza Planet before moving on to a sci-fi mission to Zurg's homeworld. Finally, The Lion King sees the player helping Simba's pride fend off the machinations of Scar.

Tropes that apply to Disney Extreme Skate Adventure:

  • Adaptation Expansion: Several of the worlds have undergone significant expansions in order to make them viable skating arenas. It's especially notable with the Toy Story levels: Andy's room has a bathroom, Pizza Planet has a dining area and kitchen and Zurg's World has an indoor area unlike anything seen in the In-Universe Toy Story 2 game.
  • Age Lift: Jane is now depicted as a young child around Tarzan's age, even though she didn't debut in Tarzan until after the Time Skip occurred and she was already an adult.
  • Alternate Continuity:
    • The Toy Story levels feature the toys being able to freely travel to Pizza Planet under their own accord; and one could imagine the final level, Zurg's Planet, being the toys enacting Andy's playtime.
    • The Tarzan levels feature Jane as a young girl, the same age as Tarzan, Terk, and Tantor in the opening of the film, thus making this a universe where the Porters visited Africa with Clayton during Jane's childhood.
    • The Lion King levels are completely incompatible with the original film, but feature an ongoing story where Scar is openly regarded as an enemy by the Pride. He plugs up Pride Rock's primary source of water out of spite, seemingly never kills Mufasa and usurps the throne, and is eventually chased out of the Pride Lands when Simba defeats him in a race.
  • And Your Reward Is Clothes: By completing tasks, you can unlock additional clothing choices and skateboard designs for the kid skaters.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: Each of the three universes has a major villain you have to defeat:
    • Toy Story: Emperor Zurg, though he only menaces the heroes on his planet which is implied to be Andy's playtime.
    • The Lion King: Scar, who's a more serious threat to the pride.
    • Tarzan: Clayton, who is still trying to capture the gorillas for hunting trophies.
  • The Bully: In Ollieworld, there's a large bully-type character named Hamish. He challenges the player character to a race, though apparently he doesn't even know why he became a bully.
  • Cast Herd: Characters are arranged by series. Disney characters can only skate in worlds from their home series, while the kid skaters can skate in any world.
  • Character Select Forcing: Several missions are only playable with certain characters. Some of them are just for fun, like Timon and Pumbaa being the characters selected to dunk a bunch of hyenas in lava in the Elephant Graveyard. Some missions are more tailored to certain characters, like Rafiki having to gather elephant spirits in the Graveyard due to his job as the pride's shaman. And more critically, the final missions of each final level of the Disney levels - Zurg's Planet, Clayton's Ship, and Scar's Canyon - force the player to select The Hero of the playable roster to take on the villain. This notably means Simba is the only one who can defeat Scar.
  • Dance Party Ending: The Ollieworld storyline missions end with the original characters Hamish, Leslie, Cap'n' Salty, and Storekeeper McDougal doing a coordinated dance number to the Nokia ringtone.
  • Defeat Means Playable: Defeating Zurg in the final Toy Story world unlocks him as a playable skater.
  • Distressed Dude:
    • In the Elephant Graveyard, Zazu gets captured by the hyenas and stuffed into a bone cage above the gorge of lava, and you have to rescue him by skating into his cage from a ramp (you, on the other hand, are just fine).
    • In Andy's Room, Hamm is stuck on top of the toilet and is too afraid to climb down due to risking his change. You have to blow the toilet top off to get him down to safety.
    • In the climax of Clayton's Ship, you have to rescue the many gorillas who've been captured by Clayton.
  • Expy: The three hyena guards who are the Pre-Final Boss you must chase away before you can confront Scar are probably meant to be Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed.
  • Final Boss:
    • Scar is the boss of the Lion King levels. You have to beat him in a race as Simba for the title of "Skate Champion".
    • Clayton is the boss of the Tarzan levels. You have to lure him under a cage after freeing all the gorillas so you can trap him instead.
    • Zurg is the boss of the Toy Story levels. You have to deactivate the batteries empowering his platform to cause him to fall into the abyss of his base. Zurg is also the only villain who actively attacks you, shooting at you with his ion cannon.
  • Go-Karting with Bowser:
    • Many missions are given out by henchmen in the Tarzan and The Lion King. Neither Clayton's men or the hyenas ask you to do anything heinous, though one hyena at Scar's Canyon does ask you to beat back a swarm of Zazu's avian friends since he claims they won't leave him alone.
    • In Olliewood, Hamish is the local bully, but he's too dumb to be truly malicious. Nonetheless, he challenges the player to a race and later can be seen skating around minding his own business as an NPC.
    • Emperor Zurg can go skateboarding with his sworn enemy, Buzz Lightyear.
    • Downplayed at the end of Scar's Canyon. Simba has to race his treacherous uncle Scar through the canyon, but it's treated as the Final Boss fight of the Lion King levels and seems to result in Scar's banishment. Before this, Scar gave out one 'SKATE' collection mission in the Elephant Graveyard.
  • Heinous Hyena: As to be expected, they form the majority of the NPC's in the Lion King levels since they are Scar's army. That said, several of them give out missions like High Score's.
  • Hub World: Olliewood is a skateboarding-based city from which the kid skaters can access any of the Disney worlds by finding specially-marked portals.
  • Giant Squid: Not on-screen, but if you fall into the water around Clayton's Ship, you'll respawn with a message saying a giant squid threw you back overboard.
  • Granola Girl: Original Olliewood character Leslie wears a rasta hat, only drinks milk, and hosts a mission where the player has to collect recyclable trash for the good of the environment.
  • Guest Fighter: Real-life rapper Lil Romeo appears as an unlockable member of the Extreme Skate Crew.
  • Jungle Japes: Two of the Tarzan levels take place in jungle-themed areas; Jungle Treehouse features the house Tarzan's parents built in the opening above a large grassy area while Human Camp has a grinding area full of vines and an isolated rocky area near the rapids. Pride Rock also has a select area of jungle where you have to save Zazu's feather pen.
  • Last Episode, New Character: The last characters you can unlock in each Disney stage are Nala, Zurg, and Young Jane.
  • Leitmotif: Each skater has their own theme tune in the character select. For example, Woody has a western-sounding theme, while Timon and Pumbaa have a jazzy tune.
  • Lethal Lava Land: The Elephant Graveyard has huge rivers of lava coursing through it, and also has an area where there are several pits of it. Timon and Pumbaa have a mission where they have to shove a bunch of hyenas into the pits.
  • Massive Multiplayer Crossover: Between Toy Story, The Lion King and Tarzan. The three series don't directly interact with each other in any way and their skaters are restricted to their home worlds, but the kid skaters can access any world.
  • Mission Control: Two of the Disney levels each have a character who gives out the most missions and seems most tapped into the plot if there is one. In the Pride Lands, Zazu is the most prominent director of the heroes on their quest to defeat Scar, which makes sense as he's the majordomo of the pride. In the Toy Story levels, Rex serves as this since he is the character who's spent the most time trying to find a way to defeat Zurg.
  • Mission-Pack Sequel: To Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4: the two games were published by Activision and even run on the same engine.
  • Mythology Gag: Timon and Pumbaa's mission where they are tasked with pushing hyenas into the lava pits is a reference to their original film where they went bowling for buzzards and later hyenas.
  • Noodle Incident: One mission in Andy's Room has the player rescuing Hamm from the top of the toilet by flushing it. When rescued, Hamm notes that he doesn't feel like going into detail about why he was on top of the toilet to begin with.
  • Pre-Final Boss: The penultimate story mission of Scar's Canyon has you sending boulders rolling towards Scar's hyena guards. This clears a path for the player, as Simba, to challenge Scar for the final race.
  • Product Placement: Olliewood prominently features a McDonald's restaurant and Nokia phone ads everywhere. Both also have missions that serve little purpose beyond advertising them further: the former has you deliver food around the city (which unlocks a pair of Ronald's clown shoes for the kid skaters) while the latter has you collecting various ringtones.
  • Secret Character: Each of the three universes has two secret skaters, with the Extreme Skate Crew having one unlockable member:
  • Teleportation: Each stage has some manner of Fast Travel.
    • Pride Rock's first intended mission, unplugging the spring, will restore water to numerous waterfalls around the map which a player can use to travel between them.
    • Pizza Planet has a fast travel point if you travel into the oven, which will then deposit you in the dining room.
    • Human Camp and Clayton's Ship also have portals through a waterfall and inside the ship that can dump you elsewhere; Human Camp can provide a jump from the waterfalls to the main camp area, while Clayton's ship can transport you from within the bowels of the ship to the crow's nest.
  • Tempting Fate: Any quest giver who hosts a score challenge usually will boast about how you'll never get it, usually because they claim the high score was achieved by the local villain. Your job, naturally, is to prove them wrong.