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Western Animation / Rayman: The Animated Series

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Running for only four episodes in 1999, this is the most obscure piece of media connected to the Rayman video game series. This series starts out with Rayman as a captive in Rigatoni's circus, along with new characters Lac Mac, Cookie, Betina 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 2: The Great Escape: 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.

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  • Adaptational Wimp: Razorbeard, the Big Bad of Rayman 2, is an incompetent lackey.
  • All-CGI Cartoon: A very early example.
  • Ambiguously Human: Betina's species is not confirmed but she looks like a human girl. In this case, she would qualify as a Token Human.
  • Animated Adaptation: Of the Rayman series.
  • Big Bad: Rigatoni.
  • Bottle Episode: The last episode takes place almost entirely in Grub's house.
  • Butt-Monkey: Both Cookie and Grub.
  • Canon Foreigner: Lac Mac, Cookie, Betina, Flips, Rigatoni, Inspector Grub and everyone else barring Razorbeard and Rayman himself have never appeared anywhere in the games.
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  • Captain Colorbeard: Razorbeard.
  • Cut Short: The show was canceled after four episodes and never gave a conclusion to the story.
  • Demoted to Extra: Razorbeard, the Big Bad of Rayman 2: The Great Escape: The Great Escape, is reduced to a lackey of Rigatoni and is only seen in a single episode.
  • Eureka Moment: Upon seeing Lac Mac's metal-bending trick, Rayman and Betina both realise that he could use his strength to help the group finally escape from their cages.
  • Guile Hero: Rayman uses his wits and ideas for the majority of the series more often than he uses his powers like in the second episode.
  • Great Escape: The first episode.
  • Hero Antagonist: Inspector Grub, who's just doing his job as a police officer by trying to catch what he believes to be a group of criminals.
  • 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.
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  • 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.
  • In Name Only: This series has very little ties to the original games. Aside from the appearance of Razorbeard (who was Demoted to Extra anyway, and has no connection to his video game counterpart) and Rayman himself, you would never guess this had anything to do with the games at all.
  • Instrumental Theme Tune: The main theme for the series contains no lyrics.
  • 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 second episode.
  • Singing Telegram: In the last episode, after Grub's date goes wrong due to his clumsiness, Rayman tries to salvage it by posing as a singing telegram at his date's house, offering her flowers and another date with Grub at the movies.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: A strong yet dumb, primarily blue-and-white creature who happens to be a friend of Rayman? Are we talking about Globox or Lac Mac?


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