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Video Game / Motor Toon Grand Prix

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"Yo! Here's what's happening! The awesome toons are waiting for you! A whole lot of fun, and exciting surprises like secret characters! It's all starting, so get it together! Are you ready? GO!

—The intro from the second game.

Motor Toon Grand Prix is a 1994 Mascot Racer game for the PlayStation. It was the first creation of Polyphony Digital, who is best known for the Gran Turismo series.

Unlike most kart racers, this game employs a coin-based power-up system where the player is able to pick up coins along the track, then spend them on a power-up roulette.

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Motor Toon Grand Prix contains the following tropes:

  • Animesque: Inverted. The game has an art style evocative of Western Animation, but the art direction was handled by Susumu Matsushita, a Japanese artist.
  • Difficult, but Awesome: It's been discovered that Raptor & Raptor actually go faster when driving backwards. Here's an example.
  • Everything's Better with Penguins: The Penguin Bros.
  • Have a Nice Death: Should you lose all three tries in the second game (by not making it high enough in the rankings), your character gets crushed by a 32-ton weight. Every character has a unique quote to go with it.
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  • Killed Mid-Sentence: In the aforementioned Game Over sequence, Captain Rock and Bolbox don't finish their sentences before getting crushed.
  • Large Ham: The very enthusiastic announcer, who shouts whatever power-up you have.
  • Macro Zone/Wackyland: Gulliver House.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Vanity
  • Power-Up: When you spend a coin at any time during the race, a roulette will spin, and you will collect the power-up it stops on. Some of these include:
  • The Rival: Vanity is one to Princess Jean.
  • The Twelve Principles of Animation: Whenever you turn, your vehicle squashes and skews to go along with it. If you find this too distracting, you can always turn it off.
  • Unlockable Content: Achieving 1st place in each difficulty setting gives you bonus features in the second game.
    • Easy unlocks three new racers: Vanity, Billy the Tough, and Ching Tong Shang.
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    • Normal unlocks the original five tracks played in reverse, along with new scenery to go with it.
    • Hard unlocks Motor Toon Tank Combat, a first person tank battle game. It's notable for running at a high resolution of 640x480. Two-player mode is available with a PlayStation Link Cable.
    • Professional unlocks Submarine X, a board game similar to Battleship. It also supports two-players with the PlayStation Link Cable.
    • Expert unlocks Motor Toon Grand Prix R, a minigame where you drive an F1 or stock car with realistic physics (for the time) through Toon Island II. Oh, and it runs at 60 frames per second.
  • Wacky Racing


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