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Drew Blanc


Basically, Toonstruck is an Adventure point-and-click game developed by Burst Studios and published by Virgin Interactive on October 31st 1996, for MS-DOS. It uses FMV of Christopher Lloyd as Drew Blanc, as well as animated cartoons, making most of the game have a Roger Rabbit Effect.

The basic plot goes that character designer Drew Blanc has a meeting with his boss, who demands him to create more bunny characters for the 10th anniversary of the "Fluffy Fluffy Bun Bun Show", since it needs something new and fresh to retain its audience, for the very next day.

Thus Blanc has to pull an all-nighter to figure out what kind of bunny would go well with the titular character of FFBB show. While he's at it, he gazes up at one of his own designed characters, Flux Wildly, in a sketch he has on the wall, longing to actually use him instead of the rabbit he's gotten fed up with.


He nods off, suffering from author's block. He wakes to the sound of his TV turning on and displaying said show, only for it to turn into a void that sucks Blanc into the cartoon world! In it, he meets his very own character, Flux, and asks him for help to return to the human world. Flux takes Blanc to the king of Cutopia, who promises to help him go back, in exchange for gathering the materials for the Cutifier - a machine to counter the Malevolator that Count Nefarious has developed; a flying machine equipped with a raygun which has been used to transform the people and places of Cutopia into dark, twisted malevolence.

Thus begins the journey of Drew Blanc and Flux Wildly to find the pieces to make the Cutifier work and reverse what the evil Count Nefarious has done.

Then things go crazier...


Some of the unused materials from the game can be seen here and here. Besides, there is a Lost Media Wiki entry for the the unreleased Toonstruck 2.

As of February 10th, 2015, this game can be purchased on GOG Dot Com.

This game provides examples of:

  • Absent-Minded Professor: Bricabrac. Apparently, the guy misplaces his glasses... in his POCKET... all the time. Amazing how this guy is able to concoct a sophisticated piece of machinery like the Cutifier.
  • Advertised Extra: Spike, who plays a much smaller role than either the packaging or main menu itself indicates.
  • The Ahnold: Jim the Pitbull is muscular and has an Austrian accent.
  • Already Undone for You: Count Nefarious's castle
  • Ambiguously Gay: The Carecrow.
  • Amusing Injuries: Most notably with Woof and Warp of WACME, thankfully with some instant healing right after.
  • Artificial Limbs: Count Nefarious' henchmen, Feedback, Goggles, and Lugnut, with the the loss of speech, sight and hearing respectively, have to use special gadgets to enable them to speak, see and hear, respectively.
  • Badass Normal: Drew Blanc, by the end of the game.
  • Bag of Holding: Drew's inventory is one of these, given to him and presumably invented by Bricabrac. On the inventory screen, the thing is HUGE.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Fluffy Fluffy/King Hugh
  • Bloodless Carnage: Mostly played straight, with two aversions: When Warp pins on the acid-squirting flower, there's a squirt of blood, and when Woof punches through Warp's head with the boxing glove, it leaves his bloodied brains smashed through the wall. Being a toon, Warp is back on his feet in a few seconds.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Flux becomes this when exposed to the Cutifier. Though he does in fact become a much "nicer" character, Zanydu people seem somewhat opposed to the constant friendliness of the Cutopians, so to him, that is crazy.
  • Bury Your Gays: Possibly for the Carecrow. He acts Camp Gay and some time after he gets malevolated, Nefarious hits him with the Malevolator again, which causes him to apparently fall over dead.note 
  • Captain Ersatz: B. B. Wolf seems to be heavily inspired by Tex Avery's Wolfie, perhaps combined with the Big Bad Wolf from The Three Little Bops.
  • Chekhov's Boomerang:
    • The Cloak and the Spit are used first to solve a puzzle and then again as a component of the Cutifier.
    • Several of the items you find and use in Disk 1 have other uses in Disk 2, such as the Music Box, the Magnet, the Watering Can, and the Mallet.
  • Cliffhanger: Drew manages to defeat Nefarious and Fluffy Bun Bun and destroy the Cutifier and Malevolator before returning to the real world. But Flux contacts him (through a communicator he gave him at the last second) and informs him the two are still alive and they need Drew's help. The mutagen Nefarious shot into Drew finally kicks in turning him into a toon before he warps back to the toon world. End game.
  • Cardboard Prison: The Malevolands prison, as well as Nefarious' castle.
  • Creepy Crossdresser: Seedy, the thuggish organizer of the bowling alley, who wins games with his patented move. Which requires him to fire a bowling ball from between his buttocks while wearing a tutu.
  • Cute Is Evil: Fluffy-Fluffy Bun Bun. An ickle-wickle cutesy-wutesy megalomaniacal despot.
  • Cut Short: The second half of the game has never seen the light of day because they were banking on sales to justify its release.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Drew Blanc tends to be this.
  • Dialogue Tree: Bit of a strange case. The "main" conversation is represented by an ice cube (to "break the ice"), that melts further and further as the conversation plays out (and can no longer be pursued once entirely melted), other subjects that are touched upon through the main conversation will appear beside the ice cube as icons depicting the subject.
  • Do Well, but Not Perfect: The instructions in the toilet paper of the Fish Flushing game in the fishing outhouse say that in order to win, you have to get the yellow puffer fish. But the fish you actually need to advance the storyline is the second best prize: a green sole.
  • Dissimile: More than a few jokes of this nature.
  • Dumb Muscle: Snout the guard, and Lugnut.
  • Everything's Deader with Zombies: Sort of. Feedback, Goggles, and Lugnut were all brought back from the dead, but otherwise avert most of the actual tropes of zombiehood (shambling, brains, etc.). The only real evidence that something is off about them is that, aside from the gadgets which grant each one his respective missing sense, they're not proper toons, but just ambulatory construction guides that cartoonists and animators usually draw before they fill in the finished character. The implication, to an artist, is that a half-job is the best Nefarious could (or would) do on their resurrection - that, or they're just artist's concept sketches who were binned (read: killed off) before being fully realized into full-fledged characters.
  • Evil Plan: Take over the world and Go to the human world and take it over as well!
  • Evil vs. Evil: Nefarious' initial plan to turn things evil with his machine, and Fluffy Fluffy Bun Bun planning to turn everything cute (including those that weren't cute before, such as the inhabitants of Zanydu and the Malevolands) with her machine.
  • Expressive Mask: Flux's "eyes" are actually a pair of heavily stylized glasses; he doesn't appear to have proper eyes at all, but that doesn't seem to slow him down.
    • Fluffy's mask of King Hugh.
  • Expy: Flux seems to be inspired by Max. Both are small, loudmouthed creatures who are somewhat Heroic Comedic Sociopaths (Although Max is much more of a comedic sociopath than Flux). They even have similar-sounding voices, and Drew even calls Flux "little buddy" a few times, which is Sam's affectionate nickname for Max.
  • Eye Scream: Even if it's just a balloon animal...
  • Fate Worse than Death: Depends on how you look at it, the serum that Count Nefarious had Drew injected with, which slowly turns him into a toon.
  • Foil: During his pitch to his boss at the end of the game, Drew proposes that Flux be added to the cartoon as a co-star to Fluffy because they would act as foils to each other.
  • Foreshadowing: An example that was cut. Just before Drew is transported to Cutopia, Vincent van Gogh's self-portrait can be seen hanging on Drew's room's wall. One of the things that was cut from the game was getting to meet Vincent van Gogh.
  • Fun with Acronyms:
    Robot Maker: I am a Super Mega Ultra Genius!
    Flux: That's SMUG for short, right?
  • Gas Mask Mooks: Snout, if Drew is recaptured once.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Lots.
  • Hypno Fool: Drew uses some reflective sunglasses to trick Ms. Fortune into hypnotizing herself as part of his escape from the Count's castle.
  • Hypnotic Eyes: Ms. Fortune.
  • Kleptomaniac Hero: Considering that some things are actually stolen from others...
  • Lampshade Hanging: Oh so much!
  • Laughing Mad: SPIKE THE CLOWN.
  • Like Is, Like, a Comma: Ms. Fit speaks like this.
  • Logic Bomb: The only way to get rid of the Robot Maker is by using his own intelligence against him.
  • Malaproper: B. B. Wolf. For example, he says that it is against prototype (protocol) to be on a first-name basis with dinner and also claims that King Hugh wouldn't be unhappy if his mother was flatulent (flattened) by a bus.
  • Meaningful Name: Aside from Drew Blanc, there's his boss, Sam Schmaltz, who will only accept cutesy bunny-related ideas on Drew's part.
  • Mean Boss: Sam Schmaltz, Drew's employer. He's arrogant, condescending and treats his sole cartoonist (who is responsible for his company's ten years of success) like utter shit. And at the end of the game he brutally shoots down Drew's idea to incorporate Flux into Fluffy's show.
  • Monster Clown: Considering Spike is hidden in a padded cell...
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Count Nefarious
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: The Robot Maker speaks with a voice that sounds like robot Christopher Walken, especially when he rants about how he'll one day take over the world.
  • Nobody Poops: As You Know this toilet is used for our Zanydu sport of fish flushing. What else did you have in mind?
    • Fluffy Fluffy Bun Bun claims to make cute poops that smell better than flowers.
  • Moon Logic Puzzle: Several puzzles requires one to think using cartoon logic to progress, perhaps most famously picking up Warp's "stars" after he is hit by a boxing glove.
  • Non Sequitur: Spike the Clown, all the time. Drew may even engage in non sequitur "conversations" with him that prove fruitless.
  • Painting the Medium: The game plays pretty fast and loose with the fourth wall in general, but the arcade has an arcade machine partly framing the area, making it look like it's being displayed on such a machine.
  • Portable Hole: Used for fast traveling, which also doubles as Another Dimension
  • Public Domain Soundtrack: Classical pieces such as "La gazza ladra" and the "William Tell Overture" are heard on the game's soundtrack, the remainder consisting chiefly of production library music.
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: The Three Horrible Henchmen
  • Reality Ensues: The ending has a rather tragic example. Drew is inspired by his adventures (which he thinks are a dream) to incorporate Flux into Fluffy's show as a character foil. His heartfelt pitch to Sam Schmultz the next morning completely fails to move his narrow-minded boss, who is outraged that Drew went against his orders to create more cute characters. Turns out a Mean Boss won't appreciate you doing anything but exactly what he told you to do, even if your proposal is a far superior idea. Luckily (?) enough for Drew, he's not immediately fired because his boss still needs him to create more characters. And also because his adventure was real and he gets sucked back into the Toon world soon after.
  • Ridiculously Human Robots: Averted, since the Robot Maker is quite robotic. Also, his appearance and personality appears to be inspired by the Daleks.
  • Roger Rabbit Effect: The cartoon characters are animated, of course, while protagonist Drew Blanc is created by filming Christopher Lloyd in live-action.
  • Saying Sound Effects Out Loud: "Groan!" "Heavy sigh."
  • Scenery Porn: So many of the backgrounds are just so damn lush and detailed.
  • Scenery Gorn: The Malevolands / Malevolated areas.
  • Serial Escalation: If Drew is hypnotized by Ms. Fortune, he'll be put back in the castle jail, where Snout enacts new methods to prevent him from getting outnote  before just quitting his job and leaving the key under the mat for Drew to find.
  • Scotireland: The Cutopian Bartender is half Irish, half Scottish ("...and all cheese!") and alternates between these two accents. He is, in fact, a green cheese shaped like a Four-Leaf Clover wearing a kilt.
  • Servile Snarker: The Footman, though apparently he adores King Hugh (perhaps a bit too much...) and would doubtfully act towards his liege as he does Drew and Flux.
  • Sequel Hook: The final cut scene hints at this. Sadly the sales of the game were too disappointing to justify the sequel's development, even though the developers have stated they wish to make one.
  • Sexophone: Heard when Ms. Fortune tries to hypnotize Drew.
  • Shout-Out: The game is very reminiscent of Who Framed Roger Rabbit, made even funnier when you recall who Christopher Lloyd played in that classic film.
  • Solve the Soup Cans: The phone dialing sequence, for one.
  • Skewed Priorities: Fluffy Fluffy Bun Bun is not having a great day. She's rather upset about the attacks by Nefarious, but "more importantly", somebody gave her cotton candy...and she hates cotton candy!
  • Take Over the World: The goal of Count Nefarious, the Robot Maker, and Fluffy Fluffy Bun Bun.
  • "Test Your Strength" Game: There's one in the arcade. Naturally you have to cheat to win it.
  • That Russian Squat Dance: A rather... terrible attempt at it occurs when Ms. Fortune is having fun with the hypnotized Drew.
  • The Reveal: In the middle of the game, its revealed Fluffy Fluffy Bun Bun took over King Hugh's throne and disguised herself as the king so she can use the Cutifier to turn everything cute and cuddly as she sees fit.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: Mistress Marge is so used to being whipped by Punisher Polly that nothing can satisfy her anymore. Except... a feather.
  • Trapped in TV Land: Drew Blanc gets trapped inside the cartoon world as part of the game's story.
  • Valley Girl: Ms. Fit, the owner of costume shop, though a subversion as far as the stereotypical personality traits go, as she reads complex books and discusses their symbolism.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Lugnut; big hulking guard — bright helium voice. This actually comes into play when Drew has to mimic his voice to bypass a security lock.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: An aversion with the horse in the stable after it is malevolated. The game actually lets you ask about it's disappearance. While the response is merely a malicious cackle, the answer becomes apparent once you ask yourself where the glue comes from. As a matter of fact, the presence of the machine ought to be a dead giveaway before you even need to bother asking. Not to mention the fact that the poor bugger was named "Elmer" and before the stable gets malevolated, right-clicking on the horse will lead Flux to describe him as "a pot of glue waiting to happen".
    • While we don't actually meet King Hugh (or we probably did, hard to tell), Fluffy Bun Bun mentions that he was locked away. You never get around to rescuing him however.
  • Who's on First?: A few times, most notably with the singing baker frogs Dough and Mee.
  • World of Pun: Oh yes; several worlds, to be exact.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Drew Blanc literally exclaims "Spiders! Why did it have to be spiders?" upon seeing a couple of them crawling on the wall.
  • Zip Mode: Right-clicking on an exit will, with very few exceptions, take Drew there in nothing flat.


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